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Keystone XL Pipeline - The Basics


Keystone XL Pipeline - The Basics 

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Joe Biden's announcement to halt the development of the Keystone XL pipeline was highly controversial. One side of the political aisle claims that this decision will destroy economic development, while the other side says that the pipeline will worsen the effects of climate change. So, what is the Keystone XL pipeline, and should its construction be stopped?

What is Keystone XL?

The Keystone XL Pipeline would span from Texas to Canada and transport tons of fossil fuels between the countries. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) states that it was proposed by TransCanada in 2008. 

Political disputes

The same NRDC article says that Barack Obama vetoed the pipeline's development in 2015, but President Trump reversed Obama's policy immediately after taking office. Joe Biden halted the construction on his inauguration day, following in the footsteps of President Obama. 

I highly recommend reading the NRDC article if you're interested in the subject of the Keystone XL pipeline. This pipeline would cause high emissions and disrupt ecosystems, so President Joe Biden was right to halt the construction from an environmental standpoint.

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