When Democratic President Joe Biden canceled the much talked about and needed Keystone XL Pipeline on his first day in the White House, we all knew exactly what it was: a political move to appease all those leftists who pushed and pulled their way into getting him his new title.
Of course, he’d never admit to that – at least not in so many words.
Then again, he might not have to, as this week’s actions by him and his administration, or the lack thereof, have basically proved our point for us.
In case you didn’t know, there’s another pipeline about to be built in the United States. It’s called the Line 3 oil sands pipeline and is to be built mostly in the liberal growing state of Minnesota.
Now, one would think that as Biden was apparently so against having the Keystone XL one completed, he too might have a problem with this smaller one. After all, their purposes are the same.
But one would be wrong.
Apparently, Biden and his administration have no problem with the Line 3 pipeline or the supposed wild rice that it puts in jeopardy. According to a recent statement put out by the White House on the construction project, it poses no notable threat to the environment.
A few local indigenous tribes, who have been protesting the move for months now alongside environmentalists, say otherwise. According to them and the ever anti-American Minnesota lawmaker Ilhan Omar, the project “puts wild rice at risk and violates Tribal treaty rights.”
But still, Biden doesn’t agree.
Why? Well, as it turns out, he could care less about the environment or even the rights of tribal members. Instead, the decision to keep the pipeline going likely has a lot more to do with the fact that, as of right now, there isn’t much talk about it outside of those few local tribes.
Unlike with the Keystone project, it’s not a household name, and few people even know about it. That means it’s not national news or sympathy. And that’s just the way Biden would like to keep it.
As it stands now, Biden is still hearing it from a long list of unions and their workers, who also helped to put him in office, that he quite evidently forgot about on day one in office.
And they have every right to be upset. At the moment that it was announced the Keystone project would be canceled, over a thousand workers were instantly laid off. In the coming months, another 11,000 who had already been promised jobs were told they were out of luck.
To make matters even worse, oil and gas prices have gone through the roof since the project’s cancellation. Now, of course, some of this can be attributed to Biden’s separate decision to cancel all federal gas and oil leases, which isn’t helping his cause.
Understandably, this has made the United States, one of the most fossil fuel-rich countries in the world, dependent on Middle Eastern nations like Iraq and Syria.
Not one of his better moves, if I say so myself.
And he knows it now.
In recent weeks, his administration has actually had to beg OPEC and others to begin producing more, not less, oil for the United States as gas prices have skyrocketed.
Biden’s National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Wednesday, “President Biden has made clear that he wants Americans to have access to affordable and reliable energy, including at the pump. Although we are not a party to OPEC, the United States will always speak to international partners regarding issues of significance that affect our national economic and security affairs, in public and private.”
Basically, they are back-pedaling.
Had they not canceled oil and gas leases or the Keystone XL project, gas prices wouldn’t be such an issue right now. Unfortunately, neither would the current and dismal state of the energy industry in the United States.
And now, with this new pipeline being allowed to continue as planned, we all know it.