The U.S. lawmakers warned construction of the Enbridge-owned tar sands pipeline has "grave implications" for nearby ecosystems.
A bicameral group of Democratic lawmakers this week joined Indigenous leaders, healthcare professionals, and environmentalists in calling on the Biden administration to revoke federal permits for the construction of Line 3, a pipeline project that would have the equivalent climate impact of 50 new coal-fired power plants.
In a letter sent to President Joe Biden on Monday and obtained by HuffPost Wednesday, eight Democratic senators and nearly two dozen House members rebuked the administration for standing behind the tar sands project, which was approved during the tenure of former President Donald Trump.
In June, as Common Dreams reported, the Biden Justice Department filed a brief defending the Trump administration's approval of the pipeline from a legal challenge filed by Indigenous and climate groups. Critics said the Justice Department's filing flies directly in the face of Biden's stated promise to treat the climate crisis as an "existential threat."