While the coronavirus pandemic grips the world, Canadian fossil fuel company TC Energy quietly announced Tuesday its intention to start work on the Keystone XL pipeline following an investment of roughly U.S. $1.1 billion into the project by Alberta\u0026#039;s provincial government. \u0022This desperate attempt by Alberta\u0026#039;s government to push through the failing Keystone XL pipeline during a global pandemic is beyond the pale.\u0022 —Collin Rees, Oil Change International\u0022Over the last decade of pushing their dirty tar sands pipeline, TC Energy has already made it abundantly clear that they don\u0026#039;t care about risks to our communities, but this is a shameful new low,\u0022 said Catherine Collentine, associate director of the Sierra Club\u0026#039;s Beyond Dirty Fuels campaign.The news from TC Energy, formerly known as TransCanada, came the same day Premier of Alberta Jason Kenney announced what he claimed was a \u0022wise\u0022 investment in the project that would make sure the company could begin \u0022immediate construction.\u0022\u0022We cannot wait for the end of the pandemic and the global recession to act,\u0022 Kenney said Tuesday, calling the investment \u0022a bold move to re-take control of our province\u0026#039;s economic destiny.\u0022But climate campaigners on reiterated Monday that the project—which would carry roughly 830,000 barrels per day of tar sands oil 1,179 miles from Hardisty, Alberta to the U.S. state of Nebraska—is unwise for the economy, climate, and communities in the pipeline\u0026#039;s path.\u0022This desperate attempt by Alberta\u0026#039;s government to push through the failing Keystone XL pipeline during a global pandemic is beyond the pale,\u0022 said Collin Rees, senior U.S. campaigner with Oil Change International. \u0022We need billions of public dollars invested directly in vulnerable communities dying from COVID-19, not spent propping up massive oil companies and unneeded projects that would trample Indigenous rights and exacerbate the climate crisis.\u0022The timing of the investment, Rees added, is particularly noteworthy.\u0022This huge giveaway of public money to fossil fuel executives coming just 36 hours after Jason Kenney\u0026#039;s government laid off more than 20,000 educational workers across Alberta says more about where his priorities lie than we ever could,\u0022 said Rees. \u0022The Indigenous communities, farmers, and ranchers along the Keystone XL route will continue to fiercely resist, and this pipeline will never be built.\u0022So during a health crisis, Alberta is ripping up it\u0026#039;s contract with doctors but has billions of dollars to throw to one company to build a pipeline that will quickly become a stranded asset as the world moves away from oil?#ableg #cndpoli #COVIDCanada #StopFundingFossils #KXL https://t.co/lTYZ7XyJsM— Julia Levin (@lev_jf) March 31, 2020Climate action advocates, including Jane Fleming Kleeb, founder of Bold Nebraska, which has fought the fossil fuel project for years, also stressed that the project still faces legal challenges.\u0022TC Energy is facing eminent domain lawsuits from landowners, and county boards have not granted permits in Nebraska, while nationally there are several lawsuits in federal court challenging the project\u0026#039;s permits and seeking a preliminary injunction on construction,\u0022 said Kleeb. \u0022So while they may have a green light to build in Alberta, they do not have all the permits and regulatory approvals necessary to move forward in America.\u0022The Sierra Club, in its statement, also drew attention to \u0022numerous legal challenges\u0022 the pipeline project faces.\u0022By barreling forward with construction during a global pandemic, TC Energy is putting already vulnerable communities at even greater risk,\u0022 added Collentine, referencing possible leaks and spills from the project.While Kleeb seemed sure that the Keystone XL would not be allowed to move forward within the U.S. once a Democratic president is elected, Jamie Henn, a co-founder of climate group 350.org, is not so sure.\u0022Joe Biden needs to come out and say he\u0026#039;d veto the Keystone XL pipeline right now,\u0022 Henn wrote on Twitter of the former vice president and presidential candidate. \u0022He opposed it when he was in the Obama Administration—for what possible reason would he support it now?\u0022Indigenous, environmental, and landowner groups have called on all White House hopefuls to sign to their No Keystone Xl pledge. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has added his name to the pledge, while Biden has not.\u0026nbsp;Nevertheless, Henn stressed that the movement to stop the pipeline is undeterred.\u0022#NoKXL is still here, still fighting, and still going to stop that damn pipe,\u0022 he said.