Keystone XL: Statement from Premier Kenney
Premier Jason Kenney issued the following statement on cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline by the Biden Administration:
“The United States is our most important ally and trading partner. Amongst all of the Canadian provinces, Alberta has the deepest economic ties to the United States with $100 billion worth of exports, and strong social connections that go back over a century.
“As friends and allies of the United States, we are deeply disturbed that one of President Biden’s first actions in office has been to rescind the Presidential permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline border crossing.
“My thoughts are with the 2,000 people who lost their jobs today, and all those who are coping with the devastating consequences of this decision.
“The U.S. State Department’s own exhaustive analysis conducted under President Obama’s administration concluded that Keystone XL would actually reduce emissions, as the alternative will be to move this energy by higher emitting and less secure rail transport.
“The Government of Canada has more ambitious emissions goals than the new U.S. Administration, and our provincial government is investing billions of dollars in the development of emissions reductions technology.
“This means that Alberta, Canada, and the Keystone XL pipeline are part of the solution in the energy transition.
“For months we’ve been told that the Biden transition team would not communicate with foreign governments on this or other issues. And now a decision has been made without even giving Canada a chance to communicate formally with the new administration.
“That’s not how you treat a friend and ally.
“We will continue to fight for Alberta’s responsible energy industry, and for the 59,000 jobs that this project would create.
“Alberta’s government calls for the federal government and Prime Minister Trudeau to immediately enter into talks with the Biden administration on their cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline in the context of a broader agreement on energy supply and climate action. Failing an agreement with the American government, we call on the Government of Canada to respond with consequences for this attack on Canada’s largest industry. We are not asking for special treatment, simply the same response that Canada’s government had when other areas of our national economy were under threat from the US government.”
NOTLEY STATEMENT REGARDING KEYSTONE XL
EDMONTON – Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley issued the following statement regarding President Biden rescinding the construction permit for the Keystone XL pipeline:
“It’s no doubt that the decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline will harm thousands of Alberta workers and their families. It is a difficult day for Alberta’s energy sector.
“For all Albertans; however, this decision is made far worse by the Premier’s reckless gamble of at least $1.5 billion on a project that most people understood was at great risk and over which he had no authority.
“We continue to call on the Premier to stop hiding the deal he struck with TC Energy from Albertans. There is still another $6 billion at stake and Albertans deserve to know how much of that we stand to lose.”