WTAS: McKinley Leads Forum That Pushes Back On President Biden’s Devastating Energy Policies

McKinley Focused on Job Loss, Community Impact During Energy and Commerce Committee Forum on the Cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline XL

WASHINGTON D.C. – Yesterday Representative David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.), Ranking Member of the Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change, led and moderated a virtual forum entitled “President Biden’s Cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and American Jobs.”

The Committee heard from various participants including:

  • The Honorable Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan & former Saskatchewan Minister of Environment
  • The Honorable Austin Knudsen, Attorney General of Montana
  • Mr. John Stoody, Vice President of Government & Public Relations for the Association of Oil Pipe Lines

What They’re Saying About The Forum:

E&E News: “House Republicans warned yesterday that motivations behind the White House's action to cancel the controversial Keystone XL pipeline have the potential to affect other pipeline networks caught in the midst of environmental backlash.”

Washington Examiner's Daily on Energy: “Rep. David McKinley of West Virginia said Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee will be aiming to show the consequences, such as lost jobs and higher electric bills, that they argue Biden’s policies will bring about…McKinley, who came up with the idea to hold the forums, described the effort as similar to a ‘shadow cabinet’ in parliamentary governments that scrutinize the actions of the majority party and offer alternatives.”

Politico’s Morning Energy: “Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce climate change subcommittee will hold a pro-Keystone XL pipeline forum today, focusing on how Biden’s rejection of the project last month will hurt local jobs and workers.”

The Inter-Mountain: “McKinley and others believe that the Biden administration’s tone — set by his January executive order — will freeze further oil and natural gas pipeline development. Instead of curbing the use of fossil fuels, discouraging domestic oil and natural gas production will just shift production overseas to countries with more lax environmental standards.”

The Wheeling Intelligencer: “While President Joe Biden is pitching a multi-trillion-dollar infrastructure package to Congress, First District Congressman David McKinley, R-W.Va., reminded people one of Biden’s first acts as president was canceling an infrastructure project with possible repercussions for West Virginia.”

WV MetroNews: “McKinley, the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee’s ranking member, said the president’s decision will result in lost jobs and economic opportunities. He also warned the administration’s actions could lead to similar cancellations of other oil and natural gas projects.”

WV News: “Rep. David McKinley, R-W.Va., gathered a group of stakeholders together Tuesday afternoon for a virtual forum on the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project. The transnational oil pipeline, planned to run from western Canada to Texas, was canceled on the first day of President Joe Biden’s administration, when he signed an executive order revoking a key permit…McKinley, who serves as the Republican leader of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee, said Biden’s order will lead to the loss of around 11,000 jobs and $2 billion in wages.”

KRTV of Great Falls, MT: “A virtual forum was held Tuesday, hosted by by U.S. Representative David McKinley of West Virginia. Among concerns discussed were the economic impact that cancelling the pipeline is expected to have on counties, including some in Montana, that the pipeline would pass through.”

KBZK of Bozeman, MT: "Elected officials from the U.S. and Canada on Tuesday discussed concerns about President Joe Biden’s decision to temporarily stop construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline. A virtual forum was held Tuesday, hosted by by U.S. Representative David McKinley of West Virginia. Among concerns discussed were the economic impact that cancelling the pipeline is expected to have on counties, including some in Montana, that the pipeline would pass through."

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