Trying to slip a report on how badly Joe Biden has screwed up past me is like trying to slip a t-bone steak past a pit bull. Yes, I get attacked by the leftist trolls, but they soon find out that I am a troll bridge and they can cross me but they have to pay a price. Today’s lesson is on the Keystone Pipeline debacle perpetrated by the pretender in the Oval Office.
The final report from the Biden Energy Department was brutal in its assessment of Biden’s actions, so they tried to slip it through in hopes no one was paying attention. Unfortunately for them, I was. On the first day of Biden’s occupancy of the Oval Office, he canceled the Keystone Pipeline that would have been in full operation during 2022.
The original report from the Energy Department claimed that only 3,900 direct jobs and 21,050 total jobs over a two-year construction would have been created, but the final report says 16,149 and 59,468 jobs annually for a two-year period would have been created. Quite a difference, huh? Additionally, the report, citing multiple studies, showed that there would have been a positive economic impact of between $3.4-9.6 billion over the lifetime of the project.
Biden on his first day on the job axed the Keystone XL Pipeline, drawing the ire of union workers, industry stakeholders, and GOP lawmakers whose states will be negatively impacted by the decision. https://t.co/DiQrYnzJ6m
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) January 22, 2021
Biden pushed through the Investment and Jobs Act in November 2021. But, thanks to Republicans Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Jim Risch (R-ID) successfully adding an amendment that mandated reports on those projects, the numbers could not be hidden from American taxpayers. However, the report, by law had to be released within 90 days. The report did not get released until over a year had passed, in hopes people would have forgotten it by then. It was not forgotten.
the Energy Department claimed:
“The U.S. Department of Energy released a report evaluating existing analysis on economic and job effects of the XL portion of Keystone pipeline. It concluded there were limited job impacts, with approximately 50 permanent jobs estimated to have been created were the pipeline operational.”
That statement was true, but only because they neglected to add the high-paying jobs that would have been created during the two years of construction. That’s like your girlfriend claiming she has never cheated on you with any other man before you found out she has been sleeping with your sister and half of the WNBA.
When Biden revoked the permit, the project was said to be over halfway done, was on track to be completed in 2022, and would have been operational in the early part of this year (2023).
The Keystone XL would have delivered roughly 830,000 barrels of crude oil from Canada to the U.S. through the pipeline. Additionally, a labor agreement signed by four unions with TC Energy in August 2020 promised the project would have created 42,000 American jobs and 2 billion in total wages.
Following Biden revoking the permits, Keystone XL was no longer a viable project and its builder, TC Energy, moved on from it, confirming its termination in June 2021. Federal judges tossed a challenge from almost two dozen states asking the court to reinstate the pipeline’s permits.
Nice try, Joe, but you will have to do better next time.