Biden administration Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Wednesday that authorizing the Keystone Pipeline would be a “permanent solution” to “immediate short term problems,” amid gas prices that have now at least doubled since President Joe Biden took office less than 14 months ago.
MSNBC “The 11th Hour” anchor Stephanie Rule pointed out correctly that the release of 30 million gallons from the U.S. strategic reserve was only a “drop in the bucket” and asked about the Keystone Pipeline or “working something out with Iran.”
Buttigieg said, “Look, the president has said that all options are on the table. But we also need to make sure that we are not galloping after permanent solutions to immediate short term problems, where more strategic and tactical actions in the short term that can make a difference, like what you have with the strategic reserve, which exists partly in order to respond to situations like this.”
He claimed that “the president has laid policies that are going help cushion the impacts of any volatility in energy markets in the future by building up more of a diversified and homegrown energy base for this country.”
But the obvious fix would be to at least temporarily allow the Keystone Pipeline and regain our energy independence, which would ensure that we don’t have even higher gas prices down the line amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and severe sanctions on that oil-rich nation.
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