Newton’s third law of motion tells us that, “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.”
The new leader of the free world might have just proven Newton wrong.
Hours after he’d received the greatest honor of his life, an adoring establishment media looked on as newly sworn-in President Joe Biden scribbled his name onto an executive order revoking the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. This simple act of applying pen to paper on Inauguration Day appears to have triggered a very unequal and opposite reaction.
Immediately, thousands of workers lost their jobs.
But the misery didn’t end there. Many Americans will be experiencing the ripple effects of this ill-considered action for years to come.
Led by Attorneys General Ken Paxton of Texas and Austin Knudsen of Montana, 21 oil-producing states plan to fight back.
A group of 21 state attorneys general filed a complaint in Texas federal district court against the Biden Administration on Wednesday for revoking the permit for Keystone XL. The lawsuit states that Biden “does not have the unilateral authority to change energy policy that Congress has set. The power to regulate interstate and international commerce, including granting or rejecting permits for oil pipelines that cross an international border, resides with Congress—not the President,” according to a statement on Paxton’s website.
The lawsuit, which can be viewed here, was joined by attorneys general in the following states:
Paxton said, “Since his first day in office, President Biden has made it his mission to undo all the progress of the previous administration, with complete disregard for the Constitutional limits on his power. His decision to revoke the pipeline permit is not only unlawful but will also devastate the livelihoods of thousands of workers, their families, and their communities.”
“This administration continues to tout imaginary green-energy jobs, without any recognition that their actions in the real world will make it impossible for hard-working Americans to put food on the table.”
“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,” Knudsen said.
He added, “There is not even a perceived environmental benefit to his actions. His attempt to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline is an empty virtue signal to his wealthy coastal elite donors. It shows Biden’s contempt for rural communities in Montana and other states along the pipeline’s path that would benefit from and support the project.”
I don’t know if Biden fully comprehends what he’s doing at this point. His handlers put a pen in his hand and he signs. They put him in front of a teleprompter and he reads.
Whether he does or he doesn’t understand the consequences of his actions, thousands of Americans lost their livelihoods at the stroke of a pen.
Additionally, the U.S. is nowhere near ready to end our dependence on fossil fuels. And without a viable source of alternative energy, it won’t be long before America becomes, once again, dependent on other nations for our energy supply. And that will ultimately threaten our national security.
If we can take back the House in the midterms, Congress can defund much of the radical agenda Democrats will surely pass this year and next. And if we elect a Republican president in 2024, most of the foolish initiatives they’ve enacted can be reversed. One thing is for sure: For the next two years, Republicans must fight the Biden Administration every step of the way.
We’ll let Ken Paxton show us how it’s done.
I will not back down. pic.twitter.com/YuWz91fezV
— Texas Attorney General (@TXAG) March 17, 2021