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They are furious that the tar sands pipeline project slammed by environmentalists is officially dead.

Congressional Republicans are outraged that a planned tar sands oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico has been officially canceled. And they are once again misleading the public about what the project would have done.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was furious about the news. "After facing insurmountable opposition, the company behind the Keystone Pipeline abandoned the project today," he wrote on Wednesday. "Thousands of jobs destroyed and our energy independence jeopardized."

"The Keystone XL pipeline would have strengthened U.S. energy independence & supported thousands of high-paying jobs," complained Idaho Sen. Jim Risch.

"Canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline has cost our country thousands of good-paying jobs & made us more dependent on foreign countries to supply our domestic energy needs," agreed Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran.

"The Keystone XL pipeline would have created thousands of well-paying jobs, supported our manufacturing sector & energy security & strengthened our relationship w Canada," tweeted Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio. "But unfortunately, Pres. Biden cancelled the pipeline on his 1st day in office."

"The Keystone XL pipeline would've strengthened U.S. energy independence and created 11,000 good-paying American jobs," wrote Rep. Garret Graves of Louisiana.

The Canadian company sponsoring the proposed Keystone XL project announced Wednesday that it was abandoning the proposed 1,200 mile pipeline, and would instead focus on meeting “evolving energy demands."

The decision came months after President Joe Biden kept a campaign promise and revoked a permit allowing the Keystone XL's completion. Citing the greenhouse gases emitted by tar sands oil, he noted in his Jan. 20 order that the project "would not be consistent with my administration’s economic and climate imperatives."

Environmental advocates strongly opposed the project, warning that it would devastate the climate and that tar sands pipelines are highly susceptible to dangerous leaks.

"This isn't your grandfather's typical oil," Anthony Swift, director of NRDC's Canada project said in January. "It's nasty stuff."

Contrary to the claims made by congressional Republicans, the pipeline was not expected to be a great source for jobs, nor a step toward U.S. energy independence.

While its construction would have required many temporary employees, the State Department estimated that Keystone XL would create just 35 permanent jobs.

Experts said it would do little for American energy independence, especially as the world moves away from fossil fuel reliance. The pipeline would have moved Canadian oil and much of that would have been exported out of the United States after it was refined.

A January Morning Consult/Politico poll suggests the GOP's false claims about the project have not convinced the public. It found that a 42% plurality support Biden's decision to cancel the permit, with 38% opposed to it.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

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Milpitas community briefs for the week of June 25

Park construction

Construction began this month on McCandless Park, adjacent to the Mabel Mattos Elementary School. The park will include community garden, butterfly garden, dog play area, barn play area, all-inclusive playgrounds, and a restroom Construction is anticipated be completed in fall 2022.

Construction work is being done from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Construction equipment will enter and exit the site at the entrance near East Penitencia Creek on McCandless Drive at different times. Minor traffic delays may be experienced.

For more information, contact Capital Improvement Project Manager Michael Silveira at 408-586-3303 or [email protected]; project manager Lyhak Eam at 669-263-3257 or [email protected]; construction inspector Casey Crary at 408-586-3252 or [email protected]; or Justin Hesse, project engineer at McGuire and Hester at 510-519-6035 or [email protected]

Paint the Town Green

In honor of its 30th anniversary, Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley will celebrate over 4,500 projects completed, 50,000 home repairs and more than 400,000 hours of volunteer work. The “Paint the Town Green” event is also meant to point up the growing need for the nonprofit’s services for local seniors, medically fragile individuals and underserved residents to maintain their homes.

The online event is set for Thursday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m., hosted by honorary chairs Andy and Joselle Kryder and featuring a live fund-a-need.

Tickets are $30 at


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