The American Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg stated this week on MSNBC’s “The 11th Hour” show that to fight oil prices going up amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, President Biden did not want to support the Keystone Pipeline.
According to Pete Buttigieg, it would be like “galloping for permanent solutions to immediate short term issues.”
Anchor Stephanie Ruhle said, “I would like to stay on gas for another moment. You are absolutely right, the president does not set the gas price, but he can somewhat influence it. And while putting out some strategic reserves helps, given how much was released, it is really just a small drop in the bucket. Are there things, and I know this is probably controversial, it has huge environmental affects, could the president maybe authorize the Keystone Pipeline? Or work out some deal with Iran?”
Buttigieg said, “Look, the president says that all options are on the table. But we must also make sure that we aren’t galloping for permanent solutions to immediate short term issues, where more tactical and strategic actions in the short term that can make a huge difference, like what you get with the strategic reserve, which exists in part to reply to problems like this.”
He added, “The president has given out policies that will help cushion the impacts of the volatility in energy markets in the future by increasing more of a homegrown and diversified energy base for this nation.”
This comes at a time when Americans are paying sky-high gas prices. And many experts say that the ongoing sanctions against Russia could have a ripple affect that could make this problem worse. This is probably true since Russia is among the top energy producing countries in the world. Higher gas prices will also invariably lead to higher prices for all other goods, since transportation costs are a major factor in determining the retail prices in stores.
Buttigieg’s ignorance of the problem of energy independence is still more proof that he is incompetent and to be honest, he fits right in with the Biden White House. No wonder there are rumors he will replace Kamala Harris in 2024.