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Biden Decision to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline Costly and Destructive

January 22, 2021

Biden Decision to Cancel Keystone XL Pipeline Costly and Destructive

Griffin says 'The consequences will be less jobs, higher energy costs and more dependence on foreign oil'

LITTLE ROCK – Lt. Governor Tim Griffin issued the following statement regarding President Biden's decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit:

"President Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline permit is a giant step backwards for our country.  The decision will negatively impact millions of Americans while doing nothing to further his stated goal of improving the environment. The consequences will be less jobs, higher energy costs and more dependence on foreign oil. The bottom line is that the oil traveling in the pipeline will still be refined somewhere.  Even the Prime Minister of Canada criticized the decision. I spent years in Congress leading the charge for the Keystone XL Pipeline and was excited when President Trump approved it.  We have seen first-hand the positive economic impact it has had, especially right here in Central Arkansas, while furthering the goal of energy independence. In 2014, I called President Obama’s delays in approving the permit 'embarrassing and unacceptable' because the decision was based on politics, not good science or the country’s interests. President Biden is making the same mistake that President Obama did, and I am asking our federal delegation to continue the fight to reverse this ill-conceived decision."

Click below to watch my January 18, 2012 press conference on the Keystone XL Pipeline. 


About Lt. Governor Tim Griffin

He was elected lieutenant governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and was re-elected for his second four-year term on November 6, 2018. From 2011-2015, Griffin served as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District. For the 113th Congress, he was a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as a Deputy Whip for the Majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. Griffin has served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve, Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps, for over 22 years and currently holds the rank of colonel. In 2005, Griffin was mobilized to active duty as an Army prosecutor at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, and served with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) in Mosul, Iraq. He is currently serving as the Commander of the 134th Legal Operations Detachment (LOD) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Prior to his current post, Griffin served as a senior legislative advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness at the Pentagon. Colonel Griffin holds a master's degree in strategic studies from the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their three children.


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