A coalition of 21 states just sued President Joe Biden for his decision to revoke a crucial permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline, according to a report in The Hill.
The states are led by Texas and Montana who have argued that revoking the border crossing permit for the pipeline is a “regulation of interstate and international commerce” that must be left to Congress.
The states’ Republican attorney generals went on to make the case that Biden changing the permit status constitutes overreach on the part of the Executive Branch of government, saying that the decision was arbitrary and capricious.
“Cabinet Defendants’ actions … have the possibility of depriving States and local governments of millions of dollars in revenues. Yet, far from providing a reasoned explanation for why they are taking their actions, they have not provided any reason at all,” the suit states.
Montana Attorney General Austin Knudsen (R) went so far as to call Biden’s decision to cancel the permit “an empty virtue signal to his wealthy coastal elite donors.”
“The power to regulate foreign and interstate commerce belongs to Congress – not the President. This is another example of Joe Biden overstepping his constitutional role to the detriment of Montanans,” he added.
When requesting comment, The Hill was referred by a White House spokesperson to a Department of Justice spokesperson, who didn’t immediately respond for comment.
While it’s difficult to imagine an administration short-sighted enough to completely alienate an industry as big and influential as the oil field, it’s not lost on conservatives that the states most affected by the oil industry are predominately “red” states.
Knudsen’s assertion that the Biden administration could be pandering to the “limousine liberals” who don’t have a firm grasp on what the oil industry does for the country could be the sad reality we’re left to contend with for the next 3 ¾ years.