When the permit cancellation was announced, TC Energy warned that it would “directly lead to the layoff of thousands of union workers.”
The project, which aimed to carry oil from the tar sands of Canada into the United States, has been the subject of controversy for years, igniting conversations about environmental, political and social justice issues. The end of the Keystone XL project could push environmentalists to pressure Biden to end other projects, including Line 3 and the Dakota Access pipeline.
The news of TC Energy suing the US government came right before a leaky gas pipeline burst in the Gulf of Mexico, causing a fire in the body of water.
“We’re just not treating [climate change] like the planetary emergency it is,” Emily Atkin, founder of the Heated newsletter and MSNBC contributor, told CNN’s Chief Media Correspondent Brian Stelter on “Reliable Sources” Sunday. “Right now, everyone should be a climate reporter,” she said. “And if you’re not a climate reporter right now, you will be, whether you realize it or not.”
— CNN’s Matt Egan contributed to this report.