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“Please be advised that the states are reviewing available legal options to protect our residents and sovereign interests,” says part of the letter.
And it adds: “In the meantime, we urge you to reconsider your decision to impose devastating economic harm on states, communities, families and workers across the country”.
In the text, the coalition of prosecutors, led by Montana Republican Attorney General Austin Knudsen and including top legal officials from Georgia, Missouri, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas, warns that the decision “will result in devastating harm to many of our states and local communities.”
“Even those states outside the Keystone XL pipeline route, indeed, all Americans, will suffer severe and harmful consequences,” they reiterate.
“However, it appears that you never considered these impacts on Montana and other states and entities,” they added.
The letter also took issue with the Biden administration’s promise that laid-off pipeline workers would receive “green jobs” in the future.
Knudsen and the others said it was “cold comfort” that workers who are now unemployed would be promised a job that doesn’t exist.
“You have expressed your commitment to bringing the nation together,” the letter continued. “If that is to be more than empty rhetoric, you must consider and account for the alarming effects your actions have on states, local communities, families and workers.”