It’s about time!
As reliance on foreign oil has revealed critical weaknesses in American oil independence, Republican Rep. Buddy Carter of Georgia has proposed legislation to revive the Keystone XL pipeline.
In an interview with Co-host Dagen McDowell on Thursday’s broadcast of Fox Business’s “Mornings with Maria,” Carter started his argument by criticizing President Joe Biden for declaring “war on fossil fuels” in the United States, saying that by doing that, Biden is declaring “war on energy independence.”
In his segment, Carter noted that the U.S. was now recognizing, as a result of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the importance of energy independence to national security.
“We have to have energy independence; we had it. When Joe Biden took office, he threw it away. Now we need it again,” he told McDowell.
He then revealed that this was the reason he introduced legislation to restart the Keystone XL pipeline, which he touted as “ending dependence on Russian energy.”
He concluded his remarks by saying that “starting to drill on federal land” and stopping the “assault on permitting and licensing for drilling” was critical.
The Georgia Republican also said that the administration needs “to convert [United States] LNG facilities from import facilities… to export facilities,” expressing that given the “abundance of natural gas” in the U.S., the country could provide gas to Europe and other allies.
He reiterated earlier remarks, saying, “We can have, and we did have energy independence, and the Biden administration ruined it and threw it away.”
The Congressman’s remark comes as the national gas average nears one month above $4 a gallon, a figure breached as soon as Russian President Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine.