Attorneys general from 16 states, led by Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen, call on President Joe Biden to reinstate the Keystone XL pipeline because of the threat of oil shortages.

In a Monday, April 18 letter, the prosecutors argued that they have been warning President Biden about the “serious detrimental consequences” that stopping the pipeline would raise, Progressive Farmer, from DTN’s website, reported.

“Following your revocation of President Donald Trump’s 2019 permit for the Keystone XL pipeline on the first day of your administration, we have repeatedly asked you to reconsider this misguided (and we continue to believe unlawful) decision,” the prosecutors said.

They continued, “We warned you then if your decision was not reversed, Americans would “suffer serious detrimental consequences. Consumers would pay higher prices, and our allies would become further dependent on Russian and Middle Eastern oil.”

“We hate to say we told you so,” they added.

They also emphasized that the states benefit economically from the pipeline through lower fuel costs and job creation.

The site said TC Energy Corp canceled the Keystone XL pipeline project in June 2021 after Biden’s executive order revoked the project’s federal permit early in his administration.

This was one of Joe Biden’s first actions as president, so the U.S. ceased to be energy independent as it was under the Trump era.

The attorneys general of Montana, Alaska, Arkansas, Arkansas, Indiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Alabama, Arizona, Florida, Florida, Louisiana, Missouri, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, West Virginia, South Carolina, Utah, and Wyoming also mentioned in the letter a recent Wall Street Journal report that the Biden administration is trying to import more oil from Canada. 

“The oil you now want to import from Canada is the same oil that would have flowed through the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have transported nearly a million barrels per day—not only from Canada but from the Bakken oilfields in Montana and North Dakota—to American refineries,” they criticized Biden in their letter.

“The hypocrisy would be stunning if it weren’t so insulting to American energy workers and those in rural communities who benefited from the pipeline’s many economic opportunities,” the prosecutors sentenced.

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