Civil Patriot | Annie Peterson
We’ve been covering the many records President Biden has set since taking office. They’re not of the usual variety. You’ll find many of them listed in an older article titled Biden is Setting Some Strange New Records.
He has killed jobs, signed more Executive Orders than any other president, and (until recently) neglected to hold press conferences.
Now he’s set another record. Biden has been sued by 21 states over his order to shut down the Keystone Pipeline.
The man driving this suit is the Attorney General of Texas, Ken Paxton. He released a video statement, which ended with the words, “And so, Mr. President. . .I’m sure I’ll be saying this many, many times over the coming years, but we’ll see you in court.”
Montana has linked arms with Texas to lead the charge. Here’s the full list of all states suing:
The suit opens with a complaint, which reads:
When the States ratified the Constitution, they ceded the power to regulate inter-state and international commerce to Congress, U.S. Const. which must act through the process of bicameralism and presentment.. This process may “often seem clumsy, inefficient, even unworkable,” but was designed to protect both the liberty and property of individuals and the prerogative of sovereign States.
It goes on to say:
The President has certain prerogatives to act on behalf of the United States in foreign affairs. But as far as domestic law is concerned, the President must work with and abide by the limits set by Congress—whether he likes them or not.
This Administration has sought to leverage its power regarding U.S. foreign policy to unilaterally contradict Congress’s stated domestic policy regarding one of the most significant energy projects in a generation: the Keystone XL Pipeline. This it may not do.
The suit then goes on in detail to describe the various legal and moral problems with Biden’s Executive Order.
In a press release, Paxton had this to say:
“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.”
It’s the “complete disregard for the Constitutional limits on his power” part that concerns me most, of course.
I guess we’ll have to see how this plays out. The courts haven’t been very kind to conservatives in recent months, so I’m not placing any bets. But I sure hope they can keep the pipeline from shutting down so that we can salvage all of those jobs. My hat is off to any politician who stands up to tyranny, so kudos to Paxton and his team.