Alternative energy goals are essential, but they are not yet an immediate replacement for oil.

The advancement of alternative energy goals should, for the present, coexist with fossil fuels. 

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We think Joe Biden’s recent executive order canceling the Keystone XL pipeline was more symbolic than necessary at present.

Some say Americans will end up having to pay more for their gas at the pump—more of the gas will need to be imported from places like Arabia, Russia, and Venezuela—by plane or ship—vessels propelled by fuels that will likely release more environmentally harmful contaminants than the net-zero emission pipeline that Biden canceled.

Not to mention the thousands of permanent and temporary jobs lost. We also think Biden’s notion that windmills and solar energy will timely replace fossil fuels has merit, but the transition is far from being complete. The immediate harm caused by shutting the pipeline down to the American economy outweighs future alternative energy goals. The advancement of alternative energy goals should, for the present, coexist with fossil fuels.

“Keystone became a symbol as much as a project,” wrote the Wall Street Journal. “Environmental activists seized on it as a rallying point, portraying it as epitomizing the U.S.’s reliance on fossil fuels,” the City Journal writes.

We agree.

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