White Hour press secretary Jen Psaki isn’t circling back on calls for the opening of Keystone Pipeline in the United States for fossil fuel production.
Psaki said opening the Keystone Pipeline is not the answer, calling it a “misdiagnosis or maybe a misdiagnosis of what needs to happen.”
ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos said, “Senator Tom Cotton says the United States should be doing more to crack down on the Russian energy sector.”
“How about we impose those sanctions,” Cotton said, “but lift the restrictions on the production of American oil and gas to stand drilling on American lands again. We can re-open the Keystone Pipeline, which will bring more oil into America from Canada than we import from Russia.”
Stephanopoulos asked, “The president open to those proposals?”
Psaki answered, “On the energy sector, the way that the president, President Biden, has approached sanctions is we want to take every step to maximize the impact and the consequences on President Putin while minimizing the impact on the American people and the global community.”
Psaki added, “The Keystone Pipeline was not processing oil through the system. That does not solve any problems. That’s a misdiagnosis or maybe a misdiagnosis of what needs to happen. I would also note that on oil leases, what this actually justifies in President Biden’s view is the fact that we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, on oil in general, and we need to look at other ways of having energy in our country and others.”
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