President Joe Biden faces pressure to fulfill an aggressive climate portfolio that reduces American dependence on fossil fuels, lowers gas prices ahead of the holiday season, and appeases an important diplomatic ally and trade partner that has invoked a decades-old treaty between the two countries over oil flow.
All three collided last week during Biden’s closely held meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose government has made clear that it is backing the Calgary firm that operates a pipeline Michigan Democrats have tried in vain to shut down.
Biden faces pressure from a close ally, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as well as environmental activists and tribal groups to arrest the pipeline’s function. Meanwhile, surging gas prices, a liability for a presidency already