Canada won't stop trying to convince Joe Biden of the merits of Keystone XL, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisted Tuesday, despite reports the US president-elect appears poised to sign the pipeline project's death warrant.
KXL is meant to carry 830,000 barrels per day of oil sands crude from Alberta to Nebraska but has run into fierce opposition from USA landowners, Native American tribes and environmentalists.
"The Government of Canada continues to support the Keystone XL project", she said.
A failure to complete Keystone XL, proposed by Calgary-based TC Energy, would eliminate one of three pipelines that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has often touted as critical conduits for the Canadian oil and gas sector. Trump's administration reversed that decision in early 2017, giving a green light for construction of the project to begin.
Transition documents obtained by Canadian broadcaster CTV News show USA president-elect Biden could use an executive order to revoke the Keystone XL pipeline expansion permit as soon as Wednesday, when he is due to be inaugurated U.S. president. Alberta's financial exposure is just over C$1 billion ($783 million), Kenney said, after the province invested in KXL a year ago.
In Canada, construction is underway, with the worldwide border crossing already complete.
"We hope President-elect Biden will show respect for Canada and will sit down and at the very least talk to us", Kenney said.
It's a pipeline that saw Premier Jason Kenney pump $1.5 billion of taxpayer money into a year ago.
Federal Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole called on Trudeau to reach out to the incoming US administration to ensure Keystone moves forward.
I am deeply concerned by reports that the incoming administration of President-elect Joe Biden may repeal the Presidential permit for the Keystone XL border crossing next week.
Such a decision "would strain relations between our two countries and waste an opportunity to work together on a shared U.S".
The day before the CBC report, TC Energy announced that KXL would achieve net-zero emissions across the project after flipping into service in 2023, and that the pipeline would be the first to be "fully powered by renewable energy sources no later than 2030".
Trudeau, despite championing climate action, had pledged to get this and other long-delayed pipelines built in order to get Canadian oil ― the third-largest reserve in the world ― to new markets and to get a better price for it. The company changed course after the election of President Donald Trump.
In his 2020 run for president, Biden vowed to scrap its permit once elected.
"They may have reached the same conclusion, but I think it would have been worth hearing out the case to be made", Giffin said. According to a report published by Canadian Broadcasting Corp.
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