The Biden administration is facing criticism for canceling the Keystone XL pipeline project once again. The complaint follows a fuel shortage due to a recent cyberattack on Colonial Pipeline. Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm had to admit that using a pipeline is “the best way” to transport fuel.
According to GasBuddy researcher Patrick DeHaan, nearly 1800 gas stations have run out of gas in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia. As a result, long queues and panic buying have flooded gas stations along the Southeast coast.
A number of Eastern governors have declared a state of emergency due to gas shortages. The Colonial Pipeline, which provides 45 percent of all fuel to the East Coast, remains shut down following the cyberattack over the weekend.
When questioned by a reporter about the “feasibility of using rail cars” to transport fuel in the affected regions, Granholm said the Department of Transportation was looking into the use of rail cars to transport fuel. She added that “these are not easy solutions” because rail transportation has too many variables.
“We have doubled down on ensuring that there’s an ability to truck oil in, gas in, but it’s—the pipe is the best way to go,” Granholm said.
“And so that’s why hopefully this company, Colonial, will in fact be able to restore operations by the end of the week as they have said.”
After Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, Energy Secretary Granholm says “pipe is the best way” to transport fuel pic.twitter.com/fIRaIPN8YQ
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) May 11, 2021
Granholm said that the Southeast Coast is experiencing a “supply crunch” rather than a shortage.
“We’re asking people not to hoard.” Granholm added. “We have gasoline. We just have to get it to the right places.”
Granholm’s admission appeared to go against the Biden administration agenda since President Biden, on his first day in office, canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline project, costing thousands of energy jobs.
Granholm’s response has caused outrage online, with conservative politicians around the country blasting her on Twitter for supporting Biden’s decision to kill the Keystone pipeline.
Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr weighed in on Granholm’s remarks, stating that the energy secretary “admitted” that pipelines are “the best and most critical mode of transport for fuel.”
“Georgians are now seeing that firsthand,” Carr added. “That’s why I filed suit to stop his illegal revocation of the Keystone XL pipeline.”
.@JoeBiden‘s own Energy Secretary admitted yesterday pipelines are the best and most critical mode of transport for fuel.
— Chris Carr (@ChrisCarr_Ga) May 12, 2021
Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge also made a comment, tweeting that, “Biden’s Energy Secretary says that pipe is the best way to transport fuel—I agree, Sec. Granholm [and] that’s why I sued,” she wrote. “Now tell the ‘Big Guy’ & let’s put Arkansans back to work!'”
Biden’s Energy Secretary says that pipe is the best way to transport fuel—I agree, Sec. Granholm & that’s why I sued. Now tell the “Big Guy” & let’s put Arkansans back to work! #arpx https://t.co/92A4kh6UPZ
— Leslie Rutledge (@LeslieRutledge) May 11, 2021
According to the Associated Press, attorneys general from 21 states filed a lawsuit on Wednesday to overturn Biden’s termination of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada.