May 26, 2022

Joe Biden refusing to reverse course on Keystone XL pipeline, ensuring Russian oil will continue to fund Ukrainian invasion

As the conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues to escalate, relying on foreign oil is clearly a losing proposition. However, President Joe Biden still refuses to do anything to remedy that.

The Biden administration will not reverse course on canceling the Keystone XL pipeline despite the need for domestic oil production, the Washington Examiner reported. Oil prices continue to rise while supply could be severely threatened by the conflict in Europe.

“The Keystone Pipeline was not processing oil through the system,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters when asked about reinstating the project. “That does not solve any problems. That’s a misdiagnosis โ€” or maybe a misdiagnosis of what needs to happen.”

Psaki also rejected the notion that more oil drilling would alleviate the problems that will have Americans paying more and more at the pump. “I would also note that on oil leases, what this actually justifies in President Biden’s view is the fact that we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, on oil in general … and we need to look at other ways of having energy in our country and others,” Psaki offered.

Republicans have hammered Biden on this stance. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) noted that the pipeline project if allowed to move forward, “would bring more oil into America every day from Canada than we import every day from Russia.”

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) also blamed Biden’s green energy plans for helping Russian President Vladimir Putin gain a larger share of the oil market. “You talk about weakness on the part of Joe Biden,” Hawley said.

“He comes to office, and what does he do? He shuts down American energy production and greenlights Russian energy production. Is it any wonder that Vladimir Putin feels emboldened to do whatever he wants to do?” Hawley said.

Biden softened the ground for Putin to invade Ukraine while creating the burgeoning energy crisis that is likely to persist. His weakness on foreign policy and his disdain for America’s energy independence has gotten us here — and there’s no telling how severe things will become before he’s voted out.

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