Manchin pushes back on Biden’s choice to nix Keystone XL pipeline

One of the Senate’s top Democrats is fighting back against President Joe Biden’s decision to put an end to the Keystone XL pipeline project.

The Daily Caller reports that Senate Energy Committee Chairman Joe Manchin (D-WV) has written a letter to Biden urging him to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to move forward as planned.

“Safety, jobs, and energy security”

Writing Tuesday, Manchin intimated the project is a key part of “responsible energy infrastructure development.”

“Pipelines continue to be the safest mode to transport our oil and natural gas resources and they support thousands of high paying, American union jobs,” he said.

“To that end, I encourage you to reconsider your decision to revoke the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and take into account the potential impacts of any further action to safety, jobs, and energy security,” Manchin added.

“Let these processes proceed”

Manchin went on to argue that Biden’s “Build Back Better” policy is supported by “keeping Americans working while strengthening North American economic and energy security,” which the Keystone XL pipeline would do.

What’s more, the senator said that “it is of the utmost importance that the United States maintain that energy security through strategic relationships with our allies rather than increasing reliance on OPEC nations and Russia.”

“Pipeline infrastructure projects already undergo a rigorous permitting process that allows experts to weigh-in on the security, safety, and environmental impacts of the project,” Manchin wrote to the president.

“I encourage you to let these processes proceed as intended and to not let politics drive the decision on the development of our nation’s vital energy infrastructure,” he concluded.

The pipeline project

Nixing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline was one of Biden’s first moves as president.

If finished, the pipeline would have been roughly 2,000 miles long and used to transport oil from Canada to Texas, the Daily Caller reported.

Biden has been heavily criticized for this decision for the likely thousands of jobs that were destroyed by it. But despite the cries of Manchin and Republicans, there’s been no indication to this point that Biden has any intention of reinstating the project’s permit.

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