Portman Statement on Biden Administration Action to Block Development of KeystoneXL Pipeline, Cost American Energy Jobs

January 20, 2021 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) issued the following statement in response to the Biden administration’s action to rescind the Presidential Permit needed for the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline: 

“As I’ve said previously, I want to work with the Biden administration to address the most pressing challenges facing our country. As the U.S. continues to struggle amid the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic, it’s unfortunate that one of the Biden administration’s first actions will cost American jobs and hurt our economy. The pipeline is creating thousands of good-paying union jobs, boosting our manufacturing sector, and strengthening our energy security in cooperation with Canada, one of our closest allies. 

“I have long said that the Keystone XL Pipeline is an essential component of an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy that uses all sources of American energy – from nuclear to fossil to renewables to energy efficiency measures – that will enhance U.S. energy security needed to compete and succeed in the decades ahead. My stance has not changed, and I urge the Biden administration to re-examine its decision so that the Keystone XL Pipeline can create jobs, lower energy prices, and help grow our economy.”