Trudeau gives up on Keystone XL pipeline, says Biden made his decision


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he’s given up on the Keystone XL oil pipeline as President Biden has made clear his decision to nix the project.

Trudeau recently held a virtual meeting with Biden and gushed over their potential collaboration on climate change, but in the past has also promoted the oil conduit between his country and the US.

At last month’s meeting, the two leaders did not mention their disagreement on Biden’s post-inaugural executive action ending construction of the pipeline.

Trudeau told NBC program “Meet the Press” on Sunday that “I think it’s fairly clear that the US administration has made its decision on that and we’re much more interested in ensuring that we’re moving forward in ways that are good for both of our countries.”

Biden’s decision to cancel the pipeline cost thousands of jobs on both sides of the border, though his anti-global-warming chief John Kerry claimed that energy-sector workers impacted by Biden administration actions will “have better choices” and can “go to work to make the solar panels.”

A TC Energy pump station sits behind mounds of dirt from the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.
A TC Energy pump station sits behind mounds of dirt from the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline.
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The pipeline project was slowed by landowner resistance and was targeted for years by US activists opposed to fossil fuels, which Biden says he wants to phase out of use.

Trudeau, who is struggling to acquire COVID-19 vaccine doses for his country, told NBC that “I think there’s so much we can do together that I don’t spend too much time worrying about the tension points that will always come up in our relationship.”

President Biden's decision to cancel the pipeline cost thousands of jobs on both sides of the border.
President Biden’s decision to cancel the pipeline cost thousands of jobs on both sides of the border.
REUTERS/Todd Korol

Trudeau raised “Canada’s disappointment” over the pipeline when he and Biden spoke in January in Biden’s first call with a foreign leader, according to a readout from Trudeau’s press office.

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