Washington: White House spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Wednesday that President Joe Biden’s first call to a foreign leader will be Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau-the controversial Keystone XL pipeline The fate of is on the agenda.
“His first foreign leader call will be on Friday with Prime Minister Trudeau,” Psaki told reporters at her first White House briefing.
She said they would discuss their “important relationship,” and the Biden administration’s decision to halt further construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline between Canada and the United States.
Trudeau said he was “disappointed” by the move, which came shortly after Biden took office.
“While we welcome the president’s commitment to fight climate change, we are disappointed but acknowledge the President’s decision to fulfill his election campaign promise on Keystone XL,” Trudeau said in a statement.
“I look forward to working with President Biden to reduce pollution, combat climate change, fight Covid-19, create middle class jobs, and build back better by supporting a sustainable economic recovery for everyone.”
TC Energy, the Canadian company behind the pipeline, suspended construction of the partially completed oil conduit earlier Wednesday, saying the move would mean thousands of lost jobs.
“The decision would overturn an unprecedented, comprehensive regulatory process that lasted more than a decade and repeatedly concluded the pipeline would transport much needed energy in an environmentally responsible way while enhancing North American energy security,” it said.
Canadian regulators approved the project in 2010, but due to environmental concerns, the project was blocked by President Barack Obama in 2015-the decision was made by his successor Donald Trump ) Was revoked in 2017.
Although Ottawa has always supported the project, environmental groups and indigenous groups firmly call for fouls.
The pipeline is 1,210 miles (1,947 kilometers) long. It starts in 2023 and transports up to 830,000 barrels of oil from Alberta’s oil sands to Nebraska, and then transports it through the existing system to coastal Texas. Oil refinery.