AGs Sue Biden over Keystone XL
Friday, March 19, 2021

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and Montana Attorney General Austin Knudson filing a multistate complaint this week against the Biden administration for revoking the 2019 Presidential Permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. 

The lawsuit, supported by 19 other state attorneys general, states that Biden does not have the unilateral authority to change energy policy that Congress has set. The suit says power to regulate interstate and international commerce, including granting or rejecting permits for oil pipelines that cross an international border, resides with Congress, not the President.

"Since his first day in office, President Biden has made it his mission to undo all the progress of the previous administration, with complete disregard for the Constitutional limits on his power," Paxton said. "This administration continues to tout imaginary green-energy jobs, without any recognition that their actions in the real world will make it impossible for hard-working Americans to put food on the table."

"This is another example of Joe Biden overstepping his constitutional role to the detriment of Montanans," Knudson said. "There is not even a perceived environmental benefit to his actions...(it) is an empty virtue signal to his wealthy coastal elite donors."

North Dakota Congressman Kelly Armstrong, when asked about the issue in this week's energy roundtable, said he hopes the lawsuit is successful.

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