On his first day in office, President Joe Biden revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline set to carry oil from Canada to U.S. refineries — and since then, his administration has taken a decidedly hostile stance toward the use of fossil fuels.
In an apparent betrayal of the president on this issue, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm admitted Tuesday, however, that “pipe is the best way to go” when it comes to transporting fuel across the country, as Breitbart reports.
Granholm’s stunning admission came as she was responding to questions from reporters about a recent hack — and subsequent shutdown — of the Colonial Pipeline, which supplies a substantial portion of the American East Coast with gasoline.
The attack threw the region into disarray with fears of a shortage that left the White House scrambling to respond.
“The best way to go”
In an effort to tamp down on concerns, Secretary Granholm spoke at a Tuesday presser at the White House, where she gave a rundown of what the Biden administration had done to address the Colonial Pipeline debacle.
Part of that effort, Granholm said, included the Department of Transportation (DOT) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) easing regulations on the delivery of gasoline in the impacted region.
Later, the secretary was asked about the “feasibility” of using rail cars to transport gas into the affected areas, which Granholm said the DOT was considering, according to Breitbart. “These — these are not easy solutions because there may or may not be the right rail cars; there may not or may not be the deep-water ports available” for fuel-laden cargo ships, she said.
“So this particular area of the country there — this is why 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 conceded, according to Breitbart. “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.”
Take a look for yourself:
After Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, Energy Secretary Granholm says “pipe is the best way” to transport fuel pic.twitter.com/fIRaIPN8YQ
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“That’s why we have pipelines”
Of course, Granholm wasn’t the only Biden administration official to contradict the president’s messaging this week. When asked about Granholm’s remarks Friday, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg told The Washington Post that he agreed with the energy chief’s assessment on “the efficiency” of using pipes for “moving petroleum products.”
“That’s why we have pipelines,” he added matter of factly, according to Breitbart. Presidential Climate Envoy John Kerry, meanwhile, admitted at a Wednesday congressional hearing that it’s “true” that “pipelines are more carbon-delivery efficient than trains or trucks or other forms of delivery.” Perhaps the Biden administration would do well to admit the truth, too.