BIDEN REVEALS HE DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE LABOR MARKET TRADITION WHEN HE HAD TO BUILD THE BID.
“I’m not going to back the pipeline,” Biden said in a 2008 interview with the Atlantic.
But he did, in a 2016 interview with Bloomberg View, say that “I don’t want to be a hypocrite,” as well as say that his administration has “made it very clear to the TransCanada folks in Washington that they need to get off the pipeline.”
As President Obama’s first secretary of the interior, Biden made Keystone XL a centerpiece of his administration’s climate-change agenda, promising to “create thousands of jobs, billions in tax revenues, billions of dollars in economic stimulus and millions of jobs.”
He then went on to sign a $15 minimum wage, expand early education, and support a $1 billion stimulus package.
He even signed an executive order to require that the pipeline be built in line with the Paris Climate Agreement, saying it “shouldn’t be a surprise that our government has taken a strong stand to support our environment.”
“We’re not going back to a pipeline that’s going to cause environmental harm,” Biden added.
The president has repeatedly praised Keystone XL, but the pipeline’s opponents are now fighting for a federal court order to block it, arguing that it will cause environmental devastation.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of the pipeline, but not without some harsh words for the Obama administration.
“The pipeline is not going anywhere,” wrote Judge Richard Leon, writing that “even with the court’s decision, it is unlikely that a court will be able to prevent construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.”
“It is not a green project,” Leon added, “and it will not be approved by a court, nor by the federal government, in the foreseeable future.”