21 States’ attorneys general joined together to sue Joe Biden, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Attorney General Merrick Garland, DHS Secretary Mayorkas, Secretary of the Interior Scott De La Vega, Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm, Acting Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Jane Nishida, and Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg. The states, led by Montana (where it begins) and Texas (where it ends), are suing the Biden administration over the cancelation of the interstate-international Keystone Pipeline XL permit.
The 21 States joined in the lawsuit:
- North Dakota
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
The complaint stated that Biden’s Executive order violated “the liberty and property of individuals and the prerogative of sovereign States” by canceling the pipeline. The States argue that when the Constitution was ratified, States ceded the ability to regulate interstate commerce with the U.S. Congress and not the President of the United States.
By canceling the pipeline, Biden took the power that normally lay with Congress and gave it to the Executive branch. “The President has certain prerogatives to act on behalf of the United States in foreign affairs. But as far as domestic law is concerned, the President must work with and abide by the limits set by Congress – whether he like them or not,” the complaint wrote.
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The pipeline would be responsible for safely carrying “830,000 barrels of oil from where it is produced in Canada and Montana to pre-existing refineries in Houston.” The complaint says that “the U.S. government has studied the safety, environmental impact, and economic benefits of Keystone XL for years,” and “it repeatedly concluded that the pipeline would have a negligible impact on the climate but significant impact on the economy and American energy independence.”
Biden’s stance on the pipeline was proven to align more with donor wants than it did preserving the climate. The multiple studies prove the pipeline didn’t harm the climate any more than any other transportation and, in fact, because it was underground, it caused fewer issues. Thousands of workers lost their jobs, and George Soros went back to being the transportation hub foil international oil because Biden puts America last.
“Revocation of the Keystone XL pipeline permit is a regulation of interstate and international commerce, which can only be accomplished as any other statute can: through the process of bicameralism and presentment. The President lacks the power to enact his ‘ambitious plan’ to reshape the economy in defiance of Congress’s unwillingness to do so,” states the complaint.
It says that Congress did not hand that power over to the President, and even if it had, it would violate its own non-delegate doctrine. “The Executives unilateral decision to revoke the Keystone XL permit is contrary to the constitutional structure to which the States agreed at the time of ratification. The Executive’s decision also encroaches upon the State’s abilities to steward and control the lands within their borders.”
The complaint claims that the Executive Order effectively canceled “tens of millions of property-tax dollars” and “harms the physical and economic well-being of the State’s residents, communities, businesses, and workers.”
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