Biden expected to issue executive order to halt construction of Keystone XL oil pipeline

January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) – In his first hours as president, Joe Biden will aim to strike at the heart of President Donald Trump’s policy legacy.

Aides say Biden on Wednesday plans to sign a series of executive actions that reverse his predecessor’s orders on immigration, climate change and the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

Biden also is expected to end construction on Trump’s U.S.-Mexico border wall, end the ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries, rejoin the Paris Climate Accord and the World Health Organization and revoke the approval of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which would angle through a portion of South Dakota.

The 15 executive actions are an attempt to essentially rewind the last four years of federal policies with striking speed.