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Keller calls on president to reverse climate orders

Members of the House Energy Action Team — including U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer — recently sent a letter calling on President Joe Biden to reverse his orders rejoining the Paris climate change accords and rescinding a permit for the Keystone pipeline project.

“It took President Biden only 48 hours in office to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords, kill the Keystone XL pipeline, and ban drilling on federal lands — effectively wiping out four years of progress in America’s energy industry,” Keller said of the initiatives, according to a news release. “As a someone who was born in — and campaigned on being from — northeastern Pennsylvania, President Biden should have a clear understanding of just how important good-paying energy jobs are for millions of rural Americans. … The energy production that comes out of Pennsylvania’s 12th District is critically important in providing our nation with family-sustaining wages and affordable energy.

“Unless action is taken to reverse course, our energy industry will experience long-term hardships that will negatively impact our economy, national security, and the future of innovation. I urge President Biden to reconsider these harmful actions.”

The news release described the letter as highlighting the role that America’s energy industry plays in shaping national security, securing a leadership position in the international energy market, ending global energy poverty and supporting rural economies and critical infrastructure.

The letter also argues the policies will “impede years of growth in the energy sector (and) will eliminate millions of jobs.”

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