Democrat Senator Joe Manchin is urging President Biden to reverse his rushed decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit. In a letter to the President, Sen. Manchin writes that pipelines are the safest method to transport oil in addition to providing thousands of good jobs for hard-working Americans.
Machin’s letter to Biden reads, “Pipelines continue to be the safest mode to transport our oil and natural gas resources and they support thousands of high-paying, American union jobs. To that end, I encourage you to reconsider your decision to revoke the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and take into account the potential impacts of any further action to safety, jobs, and energy security.”
In his letter, Sen Manchin also notes that without pipelines oil will still continue to find alternative methods of transport that actually have a more devastating impact on climate change.
“Crude oil will continue to find its way to market through increased reliance on other modes of transport, like truck and rail, which have a higher number of reported releases of crude oil per ton-mile than pipelines,” writes Manchin.
The Democrat cites studies conducted by the Transportation Department which showed incidents involving crude oil shipment by truck and rail have a considerably higher probability than if transported by pipeline.
Biden canceled the Keystone pipeline his first day in office by executive order. Since making the move, Republicans have urged Biden to reverse the decision which killed thousands of American jobs while the country continues to reel from record unemployment rates as a result of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic.
Joe Manchin is now the chair of the Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Read Senator Manchin’s letter to Biden HERE.Joe Manchin Letter to Biden on Keystone XL