Defending Jobs: 21 States Sue Biden over his Disastrous Keystone Pipeline Decision

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States are Finally Fighting Back: 21 States Sue Biden Over His Anti-Job, Anti-Energy Keystone Pipeline Decision

According to Christina Laila at the Gateway Pundit, Texas and Montana have led the charge against Biden with 19 others following them into battle against his anti-jobs administration. The full lawsuit can be found here.

According to the lawsuit as presented by the Montanta DOJ, the full list of the 21 states suing Biden is:

  • STATE OF TEXAS
  • STATE OF MONTANA
  • STATE OF ALABAMA
  • STATE OF ARIZONA
  • STATE OF ARKANSAS
  • STATE OF GEORGIA
  • STATE OF KANSAS
  • STATE OF KENTUCKY
  • STATE OF INDIANA
  • STATE OF LOUISIANA
  • STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
  • STATE OF MISSOURI
  • STATE OF NEBRASKA
  • STATE OF NORTH DAKOTA
  • STATE OF OHIO
  • STATE OF OKLAHOMA
  • STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
  • STATE OF SOUTH DAKOTA
  • STATE OF UTAH
  • STATE OF WEST VIRGINIA

The Texas AG said this about the lawsuit that he is leading and the “21 states sue Biden” news:

While I’m shocked to see my home state of Georgia on there given Brian Kemp’s incompetent and/or suspicious behavior during the run-up and follow up to the 2020 election, but it is certainly inspiring to see red states banding together against the federal government’s tyranny.

Their argument regards his day-one decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline, which was meant to safely and economically move Canadian oil created from Canada’s vast reserves of oil sands from Canada to the refineries in the US. The coalition of Republican states is suing Biden and his administration based on the fact that Biden’s decision is a “regulation of interstate and international commerce” and thus must be handled by Congress rather than the executive branch.

To make that argument, the lawsuit states that:

“When the States ratified the Constitution, they ceded the power to regulate
inter-state and international commerce to Congress, U.S. Const. art. I, § 8, cl. 3, which must act through the process of bicameralism and presentment. Id. § 7. This process may “often seem clumsy, inefficient, even unworkable,” but was designed to protect both the liberty and property of individuals and the prerogative of sovereign States. See, e.g., I.N.S. v. Chadha, 462 U.S. 919, 958-59 (1983). The President has certain prerogatives to act on behalf of the United States in foreign affairs. But as far as domestic law is concerned, the President must work with and abide by the limits set by Congress—whether he likes them or not.”

Additionally, the lawsuit states that:

“This Administration has sought to leverage its power regarding U.S. foreign
policy to unilaterally contradict Congress’s stated domestic policy regarding one of the most significant energy projects in a generation: the Keystone XL Pipeline. This
it may not do. On behalf of many of the States through which Keystone XL runs—
beginning within the United States in Montana in the north and terminating in Texas
in the south, the States of Montana and Texas bring this suit to prevent the
Administration from circumventing limits placed on it by the Constitution,
Administrative Procedure Act, and congressionally enacted national policy in this
critical energy matter.”

Their argument is likely the constitutionally correct one. According to the Constitution itself, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3 gives Congress the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations, and among the several states, and with the Indian tribes.”

As you can see in this map of the Keystone XL pipeline, and as is noted in the lawsuit argument being made by 21 states, the pipeline itself runs through both numerous states and between Canada and the US:

21 states sue biden
By cmglee, Meclee, Flappiefh, Lokal_Profil et al. – Keystone-pipeline-route.pngKeystone-pipeline-route-fr.svgBlankMap-USA-states-Canada-provinces, HI closer.svg, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74299299

Based on that information, it would appear that the 21 states have a solid case. Congress is supposed to be regulating commerce of the sort that the Keystone pipeline represents, not the executive branch.

By: Gen Z Conservative. Follow me on Parler, Gab, and Facebook

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