House Energy Action Team co-chairs Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) joined House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) in a joint statement regarding the Biden Administration’s decision to rescind the Keystone XL pipeline permit and rejoin the Paris Agreement on his first day in office: “President Biden’s decision to rescind an essential permit for the Keystone XL pipeline puts thousands of present and future union jobs at risk and undermines the trust of our friends and allies in Canada who have invested billions of dollars into the completion of this vital pipeline. American energy security will also be undermined because this Canadian energy, destined for refineries along the Gulf Coast, will now be replaced by imports from unreliable OPEC countries.
“Additionally, President Biden’s decision to re-join the Paris Agreement will be detrimental to American families and workers. Estimates show that the reduction in manufacturing necessary to comply with the unrealistic Paris Accord mandates would destroy up to 2.7 million jobs in the U.S. by 2025. Those jobs would go to exempt countries like China and India, who emit significantly more carbon than us now, and are allowed to increase their emissions through 2030 under the flawed terms of the agreement, thus having the perverse effect of increasing global carbon emissions. The harmful policies that make up this agreement will hit low-income Americans the hardest by increasing energy costs and destroying blue-collar jobs at a time when millions have lost their jobs and families who are struggling need affordable energy the most.
“We hope President Biden will do what’s best for the American people and reverse his decision to pursue the same failed energy policies as the Obama White House, which left our country more dependent on Middle Eastern oil and resulted in higher energy prices for hard-working American families.”