Attorney General Carr and 18 state attorneys general call on Biden to support energy infrastructure

From the Attorney General’s Office:

Attorney General Chris Carr and 18 other state attorneys general call on President Joe Biden to support additional energy infrastructure – including the Keystone XL pipeline – following the closure of the colonial pipeline which caused price spikes, shortages fuel and Carter-style lines at gas stations in the southern and eastern parts of the country. In a letter to President Biden, the coalition details the damage caused by its alleged cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline and urged him to put Americans’ national security and environment first.

“Georgians are now seeing firsthand that pipelines are the most critical mode of transportation for fuel,” said Attorney General Chris Carr. “We will continue to push for President Biden’s unilateral and unconstitutional cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline in Federal Court because his politically symbolic decision destabilized our energy security and eliminated quality jobs and investment opportunities.”

The colonial pipeline situation showed the panic and widespread disruption that can occur when a single pipeline system goes offline. In the aftermath of the cyberattack, the Biden administration relaxed environmental and safety rules to secure[e] critical energy supply chains… alleviating shortages… [and] avoid[] potential disruptions to the energy supply of affected communities. “

“Most Americans, especially those do not located along the coasts – I now wish I had been so diligent and responsive before deciding that Keystone XL could be sacrificed on the altar of signaling left virtue, ”the letter reads.

In addition to meeting our own energy needs, an energy infrastructure is necessary to maintain our country’s leadership as a net energy exporter – a position that enhances our national security, increases global stability and creates well-paying jobs. for American workers.

“Americans depend on a safe and secure energy supply, which is why we must build and maintain a robust energy infrastructure that resists accidents and sabotage. A temporary halt to full-capacity pipeline operations should not put half the country on the brink of collapse. We need safer, cleaner sources of energy, ”Carr and the other attorneys general wrote to Biden. “But your administration’s current approach trades these factual findings for the fashionable concerns of your coastal elites.”

President Biden claimed to unilaterally cancel the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office, even though the Obama State Department has repeatedly concluded that Keystone XL is a net positive for the economy, the environment and energy security. And just a few days ago, President Biden’s own Energy Secretary recognized that pipelines are “the best way to go” when it comes to transporting fossil fuels.

“To be clear, we believe your Keystone XL decision was unconstitutional and illegal, and many, the undersigned states are now lobbying these claims in Federal Court. But beyond the fundamental anarchy of your decision, the current situation shows how bad a political decision it was, ”the letter said. “Your impulse to bow to an extreme climate program unrelated to scientific fact or reality – demonstrated by the cancellation of Keystone XL and other similar actions – is robbing Americans of the safe and clean energy supply they have. need now. It is undermining our energy independence by eliminating a large and secure source of oil at a time of growing global unrest. It damages our reputation with geopolitical allies, such as Canada, by reneging on our commitments. It destroys sophisticated, well-paying jobs. And it’s holding back sustainable economic growth in pipeline communities and across the country. “

In addition to Carr, the attorneys general of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana , North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming also signed on the letter.

Carr is also part of a coalition of 21 states currently suing the Biden administration over its unconstitutional revocation of the Keystone cross-border license.