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Wizipan Little Elk, of the Rosebud Sioux, and Art Tanderup, a Nebraska farmer—members of the Cowboy and Indian Alliance—risk arrest by standing in the Washington Monument Reflecting Pool during the Reject and Protect weeklong demonstrations in 2014 in D.C. to protest TransCanada’s proposed Keystone XL pipeline, which threatens water from the Ogallala Aquifer in America’s heartland. April 24, 2014 (Photo by Garth Lenz / iLCP)

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  • On his first day in office on Jan. 20, 2021, President Biden kept his campaign promise and rescinded Keystone XL’s Presidential Permit, effectively killing the project — following a year-long grassroots campaign launched in August 2020 that successfully pressured nearly all of the Democratic presidential candidates to sign onto a “NoKXL Pledge” to stop the pipeline if elected. Then-nominee Joe Biden announced on May 18, 2020 that he would rescind the KXL permit if he were to be elected.
    • Despite President Biden’s executive action to revoke the KXL permit, Republican supporters of the project in Congress and some U.S. states have also launched last-ditch efforts to try to resurrect the project, including a failed amendments to major legislation that could have re-authorized the revoked permit; a lawsuit filed by 21 state attorneys general seeking to overturn President Biden’s revocation of the permit; and a “forum” held by minority Republicans on the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Committee (“President Biden’s Cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline and American Jobs”).
  • The vast majority of political leaders in the states Keystone XL would cross — Nebraska, South Dakota and Montana — all have supported the project since it was first proposed in 2008, including all three states’ governors, state AGs, and state legislatures, as well as some individual counties (a few municipalities have notably passed resolutions opposing KXL).
Solar XL installation #2 at Diana and Byron “Stix” Steskals’ Prairierose Farm near Atkinson, NE on Sept. 16, 2017. (Photo: Alex Matzke for Bold Nebraska)

Solar XL installation #2 in the path of Keystone XL at Diana and Byron “Stix” Steskals’ Prairierose Farm near Atkinson, NE on Sept. 16, 2017. (Photo: Alex Matzke for Bold Nebraska)

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