Joe Biden’s campaign said Monday that as president, he would rescind the Trump administration’s permit authorizing the Keystone XL pipeline, most likely elevating the project into a 2020 campaign issue.
If completed, the pipeline, which has spent the past decade in political and legal limbo, would help carry some 830,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to refineries in Texas, passing through Nebraska. The project was rejected by the Obama administration in 2015, sending what environmentalists hoped would be a signal that the United States was a global leader on fighting climate change.
Trump promised during his 2016 campaign to revive the project, saying it posed no risk to the environment and suggesting that its added jobs would be a boon for the economy. Shortly after taking office, his administration issued permits to allow it to move forward, but it has remained stalled because of legal challenges.
The former vice president’s renewed opposition to the project is likely to make it a flash point in the November election, again testing the popularity of Trump’s drive to reverse Obama-era environmental policies.