This week, a cybersecurity attack forced the 5,500-mile Colonial Pipeline offline, causing long lines and fuel shortages at gas stations across the southeastern United States. This widespread concern exposed the vulnerabilities in our energy infrastructure created by years of frivolous environmental lawsuits and “keep it in the ground” activism. President Biden’s disastrous energy policies in the first months of his administration have continued this trend, hindering America’s ability to remain energy-dominant and threatening our energy security.
This crisis, which was caused by a Russian criminal organization, underscores the urgent need to invest in America’s critical infrastructure. Since taking office, President Biden has reversed progress made to solidify American energy dominance by revoking the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline and other executive orders aimed at streamlining the federal permitting process for critical infrastructure projects. With the temporary closure of a single pipeline and the crisis that has unfolded, it’s never been more clear that we must ensure that every region of our country can experience the same levels of low costs and energy reliability.
Even Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm admitted this week that “the pipe is the best way” to transport fuel across the country, which begs the question — why did President Biden cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline?
If President Biden truly wants to “Build Back Better,” then we must prioritize true infrastructure reform that actually allows the construction and permitting of new pipelines and refineries. We also have to secure our grid and pipeline networks against future cyberattacks. The Colonial Pipeline attack makes apparent the need to build redundancies into our energy infrastructure. Americans need faith that the lights will turn on, and gas stations will be there to fill them up.
This Week’s HEAT Member Highlights:
Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) and 62 HEAT members joined a letter led by Rep. David Rouzer (R-N.C.) in the aftermath of the Colonial Pipeline attack urging President Biden to oppose destructive energy policies like those which restrict the construction of additional American pipeline capacity and have undermined our energy security.
Energy News:Biden Administration Actions:
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) repealed a set of requirements established by the Trump Administration that would have made future EPA rule-making more accountable. The Trump rule would have required EPA to provide a more detailed cost-benefit analysis before issuing Clean Air Act regulations.
House GOP Actions:
Republican Leader of the Energy and Commerce Committee Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) and Republican Subcommittee Leader on Energy Fred Upton (R-Mich.) reintroduced several bipartisan energy bills designed to secure America’s energy infrastructure in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline cybersecurity attack.
- Biden’s energy sec says ‘pipe is best way’ to transport fuel, sparks backlash regarding Keystone XL pipeline (Fox News)
- Gasoline prices flirt with $3 a gallon for first time since 2014 (Washington Examiner)
- The ‘elephant in the room’ on Biden climate agenda (Washington Examiner)
- Gas shortages could last ‘weeks’ despite Colonial Pipeline restart: expert (Yahoo Finance)
- Jugular of the U.S. fuel pipeline system shuts down after cyberattack (Politico)
The Response on Social Media:
Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) pointed out the hypocrisy of President Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm admitting that pipelines are the “best way” to transport fuel to areas affected by the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack despite cancelling Keystone XL.