SCRANTON – U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer, R-ND, Ranking Member of the Environment and Public Works (EPW) Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, participated in an Americans for Prosperity press conference and a guided tour through the Keystone XL Pipeline boneyard, which houses pipe segments originally intended for the pipeline.
At the time of its closure, the project was under construction and employed more than 1,500 workers. By the end of 2021, it would have provided approximately 11,000 direct jobs and 60,000 direct and indirect jobs.
“The real problem the Keystone XL pipeline highlighted is environmental extremists simply hate oil. They disregarded our number one trading partner, Canada, and the jobs and security North American energy brings,” said Senator Cramer. “We could have had 900k barrels of oil from our friends in Alberta, but the Biden administration would rather import it from our adversaries in Venezuela. Squandering the abundant, clean resources we have been given is unethical and unjust to the American people who would benefit. Under the right public policies of supply meeting demand, prosperity is possible and wasteful boneyards of pipe and building materials like Keystone XL’s can be avoided.”
Background: In January 2021, Senator Cramer issued a statement after President Biden signed the Executive Order revoking the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The day before the cancellation of the pipeline, he joined his Senate colleagues in a letter to President Biden asking him to support its completion.