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PHILIPPE, SD- President Biden has been ‘absolutely worthless’ and ‘did nothing for us,’ say residents of small South Dakota town as their community continues to deal with fallout from Keystone pipeline cancellation XL.
“He doesn’t care,” Philip resident Paulette told Fox News. “If he cared, Keystone would walk away.”
Biden revoked the license to build the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office over concerns about its potential impact on the climate.
“Biden and his administration ran on Build Back Better, and, that is, where I stand from, a bunch of bullshit,” West Central Electric Cooperative CEO Jeff Birkeland told Fox News. . “I think his new slogan should be ‘slaughtering booming business’.”
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Birkeland said the Keystone XL pipeline was a “unique opportunity” for Philip, a town of 779 people. The project would have brought unprecedented growth to their otherwise stagnant community, he told Fox News.
West Central, located in Philip, was one of three power cooperatives in South Dakota working on substations for the Keystone Pipeline.
The Birkeland Co-op had invested $9 million in the project when Biden halted it after a day in office, the energy CEO told Fox.
“He literally pulled the rug out from under us and killed our economy,” Birkeland said.
Paulette told Fox News that the effect of Biden’s decision to cancel the pipeline “was huge. He got no love from that area.”
“There was going to be a lot of money coming in here to help our schools, to help our community,” she continued. “It was going to be a good deal, and he trashed it.”
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“No Common Sense”
Duane Adair, manager of the town’s only motel, the Motel West, said: ‘There’s no good sense in making this decision to close the pipelines – then turn around and we have a lack of supply problem. oil.”
For three straight days this week, gasoline prices have hit an all-time high, with the national average hitting $4.35 a gallon on Thursday, according to AAA.
Biden on Tuesday announced a ban on Russian oil and gas imports in response to Moscow’s war on Ukraine. The president warned that Americans would see higher prices at the pumps.
The White House has not indicated whether it will take steps to increase domestic energy production despite supply shortages.
“Do you really think sleepy old Joe Biden makes sense of an oil spill? No, he doesn’t,” Adair said, referring to environmental concerns cited by Biden as his reasoning behind the pipeline cancellation. Keystone.
“Do you really think sleepy old Joe Biden is crazy about an oil spill? No, he’s not.”
“The helicopter he flies, Air Force One, the vehicles he transports, I bet none of them are electric,” Adair continued. “I bet he’s not on green power.”
“We often get jumped”
On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked by Fox News’ Peter Doocy: “You’re pushing electric vehicles today. He’s a president talking about the power of our example. Owns there an electric vehicle?
“Presidents of the United States don’t drive much,” Psaki replied.
Rose, a longtime resident of Philip, said rural America often feels ignored when it comes to policies emanating from Washington.
“I think we’re often ignored,” she told Fox News.
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Mike Albrecht, who finds himself with an abandoned men’s camp meant to house up to 1,200 pipeline workers, shared a similar sentiment.
“It just seems like there’s no listening to small town voices,” he told Fox News.
Paulette said of Biden: “He didn’t do anything for us. Absolutely worthless.”
Teny Sahakian is an associate producer/writer for Fox News. Follow Teny on Twitter at @tenysahakian.