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Manchin urges Biden to restore Keystone XL pipeline

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), chairman of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, urged President Joe Biden to restore the Keystone XL pipeline after the administration released 50 million barrels of oil of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

“I continue to call on President Biden to responsibly increase energy production here at home and turn the tide to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline,” Manchin wrote in a statement. He added that the pipeline would have “supplied our country with up to 900,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada, one of our closest allies.”

“It’s about American energy independence and the fact that hardworking Americans should not depend on foreign actors, like OPEC +, for our energy security and instead focus on the real challenges facing us. the future of our country, “said Manchin. He was referring to the oil cartel made up of 13 countries that rejected Biden’s plea earlier in the year when he called for more oil production.

White House Biden announced on Tuesday that the president will release 50 million barrels of oil from the SPR because “oil supply has not kept up with demand as the global economy emerges from the pandemic” and Americans “feel the impact of high gas prices at the pump and in their home heating bills.

However, on the same day, Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm – who oversees the United States’ energy supply – did not know how many barrels of oil the United States consumes per day when a reporter told her about it. asked about the daily oil consumption of the United States at a press conference. .

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Releasing oil from the reserve is just a “band-aid” and “does not resolve the self-inflicted wound that shortsighted energy policy has on our nation,” Manchin said. “With an energy transition underway across the country, it is essential that Washington does not jeopardize the energy security of the United States in the short term and leave consumers vulnerable to rising prices. “

In February, Manchin reportedly joined Republicans in urging the president to reconsider canceling the pipeline permit, saying pipelines “continue to be the safest mode to transport our oil and gas resources, and that they support thousands of well-paying American union jobs “.

At the same time, with all gas prices peaking in seven years, and Americans continue to struggle at the pumps, Biden has yet to find a permanent solution to the rising gas prices.

Breitbart News reported, “Biden began his presidency by canceling the Keystone pipeline, halting energy exploration on federal lands and ending America’s energy independence, gained under former President Donald Trump. “

The report adds that the Biden administration “has openly stated that it will not increase domestic oil production to help bring down gas prices in the United States and, instead, pleaded with OPEC to ‘increase production abroad “.

However, despite the cancellation of permits for the Keystone pipeline, Biden lifted Trump-era Russian sanctions so that construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to Germany can be streamlined.

Jacob Bliss is a reporter for Breitbart News. You can follow it on Twitter.

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