Biden energy secretary breaks with White House on Russian pipeline

The top energy official in the Biden administration has split with the White House over its decision to revoke sanctions on a Russian pipeline.

According to the Washington Examiner, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm came out this week against President Joe Biden’s recent move waiving sanctions on the company behind the Nord Stream 2, a natural gas pipeline that, once completed, will run from Russia to Germany.

“Very dangerous”

Granholm’s comments on the subject came during testimony she gave before the House Science Committee on Thursday.

There, Granholm was clear that she doesn’t support waiving sanctions on the pipeline because, in her words, it’s “not good for our climate.”

“One of the reasons why that pipeline is very dangerous is because it is carrying the dirtiest form of natural gas on Earth with no security on methane emissions,” the energy secretary explained, according to the Examiner.

Granholm was reportedly responding to a question from Rep. Michael Waltz, a Florida Republican who agreed with the energy chief that waiving sanctions “was an incredibly bad decision.”

“I find it more disturbing,” Waltz added, “[that] your department wasn’t a key part of it.”

“A good lesson”

As the Examiner notes, the Biden administration will continue to sanction “four ships and four companies, all of them Russian in origin, involved in the building of Nord Stream 2.” As for why the company behind it and its CEO will no longer face U.S. sanctions, the president said this week that while he doesn’t support the pipeline, it was “almost completed by the time I took office.”

“To go ahead and impose sanctions now, I think, would be counterproductive now in terms of our European relations,” Biden said, according to the New York Post. “And they know how strongly I feel. And I hope we can work on how they handle it from this point on.”

It’s a sentiment Granholm sought to emphasize on Thursday.

“Arguably, this issue about sanctioning a pipeline should have come much earlier in the construction of it,” she told the House Science panel, according to the Examiner. “It is a good lesson for going forward. We ought to have stopped it before it was built rather than after it has been built.”

Looks like the Biden administration won’t soon be giving up its strategy of blaming all its shortcomings on Donald Trump. Go figure.

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