The entire Joe Biden administration is an enigma wrapped in a riddle surrounded by a question and hand-delivered in hypocrisy.
The politically astute among us, especially supporters of former President Donald Trump, are keenly aware that one of Biden’s first official acts, once he was led to the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office by his handlers, was to sign an executive order halting construction of one of the most consequential infrastructure projects over the past decade, the Keystone XL pipeline.
In addition, Biden also canceled new oil and gas drilling on federal lands as his administration prepared to reenter the monumentally bad Paris Climate Accords in which the world’s greatest polluters — India and China — won’t abide by. Meanwhile, his minions are also hard at work developing new energy regulations.
All of these actions have combined to dramatically increase energy prices as we’ve seen in the roughly four months that Biden’s handlers have been in office.
Then came this week’s Coup de grâce — a ransomware attack against Colonial Pipeline, whose arteries transport 45 percent of the gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel to the East Coast.
Suddenly, pipelines to the most energy-averse administration in the history of the country matter when more than a third of Americans whose livelihoods are suddenly threatened.
“Isn’t it true that pipelines are more carbon-delivery efficient than trains or trucks or other forms of delivery?” Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, asked the masked and muffled climate czar John Kerry on Wednesday.
“Yeah, that is true. I think that is true,” responded Kerry, the multimillionaire who, in a fit of tone-deafness, told laid-off and highly skilled Keystone pipefitters and workers they should just start building solar panels after Biden killed the project.
“But it doesn’t mean necessarily we want to be adding another (pipe)line when there are other alternatives. But is it better than train and better than — yes it is, in my judgment,” added the noble climate czar.
So — why did Biden cancel it, Kerry was pressed.
“On the Keystone, the administration is trying to put teeth in its words and its commitment to the climate crisis,” Kerry said.
“We do not need to be building that additional infrastructure at this moment when we have other options, which are readily available to us, for how we supply and what we supply. We need to do a greater build-out of renewable in this country.”
Why? After all, despite Donald Trump’s energy policies rapidly expanding production and supply, which led to full energy independence in the U.S. in four short years, America’s carbon and other harmful emissions were down.
Meanwhile, as she addressed the then-still critical closure of the Colonial Pipeline on Tuesday, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm also said that pipeline delivery of fuel “is the best way to go.”
Initially, she was asked by a reporter about the “feasibility of using rail cars to transport fuel into the affected areas.”
“Yeah, the DOT is looking at that and so we’ll have to wait till their analysis is done,” she said.
“These–it–they’re–these are not easy solutions ‘cause there may or may not be the right rail cars, there may not–or may not be the deepwater ports available for the Jones Act to be able to respond,” Granholm added.
Continuing, she admitted: “So this particular area of the country there–this is why we have doubled down on ensuring that there’s an ability to truck oil in, gas in. But it’s–it’s–the pipe is the best way to go. And so that’s why hopefully this company, Colonial, will, in fact, be able to restore operations by the end of the week, as they have said.”
So, when is Keystone going to be relaunched? Americans interested in regaining our energy independence want to know now that ‘the experts’ have [re]established the best means of transporting it.
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