The Pipeline Shut down


President Biden has revoked several of past President Trump’s orders in his first few weeks, one of which is. orders that include shutting down the KeyStone pipelines.

One of the orders he signed included completely cutting out the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Not only is he shutting down something huge, this is also causing up to 18,000 Americans to lose their jobs.

It can be challenging to understand how this impacts our country, especially for high school students. Therefore it’s important to be  informed about the facts within the situation.

According to,, “Currently, there is a pipeline running from Alberta, Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. This pipeline is the already existing Keystone pipeline that sends 550,000 barrels of oil from Alberta to Steele City. The 1,200-mile Keystone XL Pipeline was designed to mirror that, but instead, provide a direct route from the two cities and send 830,000 barrels a day.”

When Obama was in office he made the same move to shut down these pipelines, whereas Trump in his presidency worked to reopen them.

President Biden, and Obama had decided to shut down the pipelines because it does not match with their administration’s economic and climate imperatives. They believe that these pipelines are causing climate change because of the fossil fuel being used.

Due to the shut down thousands upon thousands of Americans have lost their jobs in this industry.

According to, “By revoking the Keystone pipeline permit, Biden is destroying 11,000 jobs and roughly $2 billion in wages.”

Pipelines are used to transport raw materials from remote areas. After transport they are then turned into terminals for gas, so we are able to produce gasoline. Because of this gasoline prices will shoot up into the market.

According to Pipeline, “Few people are aware of the critical work done by millions of miles of liquid and natural gas pipelines in the U.S. to deliver these products safely and reliably to American homes and businesses. We can get where we need to go by car, by bus or by plane because pipelines deliver the gasoline, diesel and jet fuel that make fueling up quick, convenient and affordable – at the gas station, bus depot or airport. The shelves of our local stores are lined with healthy food and affordable goods that are able to be grown or made because of raw materials delivered by pipeline.”

Now that you know how important pipelines are, it’s up to us to empower change or status quo. Inform others, your friends, or your parents.