Published: Mon, January 25, 2021
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Trudeau and Biden hold first official call Friday night

Trudeau and Biden hold first official call Friday night

Washington correspondent Adrian Morrow says the step toward greener energy gives Canada an opportunity for new collaborations with the US around renewables. This is another campaign promise that could yet again sideswipe Canada and swing at other allies too. Construction of the pipeline, which would have transported more than 800,000 barrels a day of oil sands crude from Alberta to Nebraska, had already started previous year after the government of Alberta invested $1.1 billion into the project to jump-start work. Indigenous groups like NCC worry that the pipeline will not be able to go ahead under Biden's presidency.

Mr. Biden's decision to block Keystone XL won't immediately hurt Canada's oil industry because production and demand have fallen during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Keystone XL cancellation means more oil will have to move to the Gulf Coast by more expensive and less safe rail and eventually by water once the TMX pipeline project is completed to carry oil from Alberta to tidewater in British Columbia.

Trudeau was on deck later Friday to be Biden's first phone call with a foreign leader since taking office, and promised to express Canada's frustration with the president's Day 1 decision to cancel the pipeline expansion.

"The fact that we have so much alignment, not just me and President Biden, but Canadians and President Biden", Trudeau said, noting a number of intersecting interests, including climate change.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Avril Haines as the Director of National Intelligence, the nation's top intelligence job.

Kenney said those responses were not enough.

Trump administration sanctions on Venezuela and Iran and production cuts by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries have also raised the price of heavy crude from overseas and increased the attractiveness of Canada's cheaper crude in the U.S.

That left Canada wholly dependent on the USA government approval of Keystone XL and forced the Liberal government (we taxpayers) to buy the TMX pipeline from Kinder Morgan.

As word emerged this week of the project's imminent demise, Calgary-based owner TC Energy revealed plans to spend US$1.7 billion on a solar, wind and battery-powered operating system for the pipeline to ensure it achieves net-zero emissions by 2030.

In keeping with your goals to "Build Back Better", Keystone XL would provide an excellent opportunity for you to make good on those promises. They will know he killed two made-in-Canada pipelines, brought in a new regulatory regime that makes future pipelines all but impossible and failed to raise much of a stir when the Obama administration cancelled Keystone for the first time in 2015.

USA refiners have consumed more Canadian crude in recent months.

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