We are now one hundred and ten days since the start of Vladimir Putin’s bloody brutal war on Ukraine. Since the invasion the global energy market has been largely turned on its head, as old certainties of supply have been ripped up.
TC Energy just confirmed what we already knew but it’s a thrilling reality all the same — the Keystone XL pipeline is no more and never will be. This is yet another huge moment in an historic effort.
A broad coalition of Indigenous, landowner, environmental, and conservation groups called on TC Energy to immediately halt all activity on its Keystone XL pipeline project due to the coronavirus public health threat.
Today, the Government of Alberta announced that it would support TC Energy’s Keystone XL oil pipeline, with a direct investment of more than USD 1 billion.
“When even Enbridge is calling this a subsidy, you know Alberta’s XL bailout is another desperate attempt at a lifeline for a pipeline that will never be built. Keystone XL would be a disaster for the climate, and watching governments bend over backwards to be a part of that is heartbreaking in a year where you could barely catch your breath between climate disasters.”
As millions celebrate Thanksgiving, the bosses at TransCanada will not be in a cheerful, festive mood. They will be wondering what went wrong over the last week, after they seem to have snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
“Today was a victory for everyone working to stop Keystone XL. TransCanada did not get their preferred route which means years of new review and legal challenges are now on the table”
Today the Nebraska PSC chose to stand with Trump, climate denial, and Big Oil. Good luck with that. Whatever happens now there is precisely zero chance that the global citizen, investor, and government momentum behind the Paris goals and against the fossil fuel industry will be stopped. Even if Trump and the PSC are out, the rest of the world is #stillin.
On Thursday, August 10th, in Lincoln, NE, activist groups delivered more than 460,000 public comments opposing the Keystone XL pipeline to the Nebraska Public Service Commission.
For those fighting the KXL pipeline, there are important lessons to learn from recent events. First that Trump is defeatible. The man who has made a career of being an Alpha-male bully in business is now finding the reality of politics very different.