Keystone Xl, Biden, Montana discussed on All Things Considered
Justice climate over the next few days, but the big question remains. What can he do with Congress? Executive Action on Lee takes you so far he proposed this $1.9 trillion covert relief package. And again today argue that it needs to happen that it's urgent that it's a crisis. But he's getting a lot of pushback from Congress Republicans in Congress and it's not clear how fast they can act, even if they do want to do it. It's NPR. White House correspondent Tamara Keith and NPR Health Policy reporter Selena Simmons. Duffin. Thank you. You're welcome. Thank you. Now on President Biden isn't just focusing on the pandemic. One of the first things he did after his inauguration yesterday was to cancel a permit to build the Keystone XL pipeline. That pipeline would have transported crude oil from Alberta to the Texas Gulf Coast. It would have entered the U. S in Montana from their Yellowstone Public radio's Kayla Derochette reports on the mixed reaction to the cancelation. Tribes and environmental groups here and in other states, the pipeline would have crossed have been fighting the Keystone XL pipeline in court for roughly a decade. Last year in a video by indigenous collective Buffalo defense, roughly 10 4 pack, tribal members protested in northern Montana. They lined up with their hands, held up in fists and repeated a Lakota phrase. It's become slogan for the movement against pipelines like the Dakota Access Pipeline and Keystone XL Mini. With Joanie for Newman. It was trying water is life. The Canadian company behind Keystone XL. T. C Energy operates a pipeline, which spilled thousands of gallons of oil in South Dakota in 2017 and in North Dakota in 2019. Activists and tribal members say the pipeline endangers water quality breaks, Tribal land treaties and pipeline construction brings the threat of human trafficking. Biden's decision to revoke a presidential permit Donald Trump granted Canadian developer TC Energy in 2019 puts a hard stop to the billion dollar project. Among those celebrating was Fort Belknap. Indian Community Council president Andy Work a member of the only tribe. I'm just really happy. I'm really happy and I'm really thankful in South Dakota, the Rosebud Sioux tribal government joined Fort Belknap ensuing to stop the pipeline. Rosebud. Sioux President Rodney Bordeaux was busy Coordinating Cove in 19 vaccinations when he heard biting, canceled the permit a great victory. Hopefully, that's the end of it, but we'll continue to fight it. We're gonna watch it. But pipelines supporters are seeing the collapse of 10 years of work. PC Energy, which declined to comment for the story, released a statement in anticipation of the permit cancelation yesterday and said it's suspending further activity on the pipeline. County commissioners in rural northeastern Montana, where agriculture is the dominant industry said they had been looking forward to the tax revenue, which the state estimated at $63 million a year. Well, extremely disappointed. Mary Armstrong is a commissioner in Montana's Valley County were very large county with very few people seems like a perfect place, and, um Perfectly compatible with US Montana Republicans strongly criticized by its decision, but Keystone XL has also been supported by Democrats here, including former governor Steve Bullock and Senator Jon Tester. Yesterday. Tester said he still supports the development of the pipeline, but with conditions he had encouraged the Biden administration to meet with supporters and opponents before making a decision While the pipeline from Alberta looks dead for now. The premiere of that province. Jason Kenny yesterday pushed for consequences. The Canadian province of Alberta invested $1.5 billion in the project and a statement yesterday. Kenny call for Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to discuss the decision. However, the U. S government refuses to open the door to a constructive and respectful dialogue about these issues that it is clear that the government of Canada must impose meaningful trade and economic sanctions. To defend our country's vital economic interests. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in a statement expressed disappointment, invite his decision but acknowledged by the choice to fulfill a promise he made during.