Rutledge Continues to Defend Arkansans Crushed by President Biden’s Cancellation of the Keystone Pipeline
April 7, 2021
LITTLE ROCK – Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge stood proudly today showing her continued support for Arkansas pipeliners and welders, who lost their jobs when President Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline permit. President Biden signed Executive Order 13990 on his first day in office, destroying hundreds of Arkansans’ good-paying jobs and jeopardizing the financial stability of countless families during a pandemic. In March, Rutledge and 20 other states sued the Biden Administration. The lawsuit explains the administration’s unilateral action crippled America’s economy, hurt consumers, displaced workers, increased our dependence on foreign energy resources, and ultimately harmed the environment. The complaint also explains that President Biden failed to consult with the states before taking an action that will have far-reaching consequences and sets a dangerous precedent that prioritizes leftists’ agenda over America’s economy.
“With the stroke of a pen, the Biden-Harris Administration eliminated real income for Arkansans and instead gave them an imaginary idea and a future promise of green energy jobs that don’t yet exist,” said Attorney General Rutledge. “Just like I did with the Obama Administration, I will stop acts of unlawful federal overreach and political nonsense that has a real and harmful impact on Arkansans."
In February, fourteen attorneys general advised President Biden in a letter that their states were reviewing available legal options to protect their citizens and interests. Since the over-reaching Executive Order was signed, Attorney General Rutledge worked diligently to help Arkansans who have been directly impacted by the Biden Administration’s energy policy.