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Daines Says Report Shows Loss Of Pipeline Jobs

U.S. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., stressed the loss of jobs from the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline after the Biden administration released a report regarding the decision.

Daines and Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, demanded the report.

The Biden administration finally owned up to what we have known all along - killing the Keystone XL pipeline cost good-paying jobs, hurt Montana’s economy and was the first step in the Biden administration’s war on oil and gas production in the United States,” Daines noted. “Unfortunately, the administration continues to pursue energy production anywhere but the United States. These policies may appeal to the woke Left, but hurt Montana’s working families. I’ll keep fighting back against Biden’s anti-energy agenda and supporting Montana energy projects and jobs.”

The senator said the report released by the U.S. Department of Energy states the Keystone XL pipeline would have created between 16,000 and 59,000 jobs and would have had a positive economic impact of between $3.16 and $9.6 billion.

The report reads, “At the time the KXL was cancelled, TC Energy announced that approximately 1,000 workers “on both sides of the border” were impacted.”

Daines has each been harsh critics of Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline.

“It’s only day one, and with the stroke of a pen, Biden has already taken steps to kill American energy projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline, which is critical to energy producing states like Montana,” Daines said in January 2021.

“President Biden set us on a dangerous path when he decided to kill the Keystone XL pipeline on Day One in office,” Daines said in a press release. “What’s happening in Russia and Europe is a stark reminder of the need to support American energy development, not hinder it. Energy security is national security, and a global energy dominant America is a safer world. Biden must restart the Keystone XL pipeline now.”

First proposed in 2008, the 1,700 pipeline was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast.

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