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AG Derek Schmidt urges president to support additional energy infrastructure projects

Release Date: May 17, 2021

TOPEKA – (May 17, 2021) – A recent shutdown of a major pipeline highlights the need for expanding energy infrastructure in the United States, not curtailing it at the expense of national security, including reversing the decision to cancel the Keystone XL project, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Schmidt and 18 other attorneys general wrote President Biden in the wake of a cyberattack that forced the Colonial pipeline to be shutdown, causing price spikes, fuel shortages and lines at the gas pumps on the East Coast not seen since the Carter Administration in the 1970s. The Biden Administration relaxed environmental and safety rules to help restore fuel supplies. 

“Most Americans—particularly those not located along the coasts—now wish you had been so diligent and responsive before you determined that Keystone XL could be sacrificed on the altar of left-wing virtue signaling,” the letter stated.

In addition to supplying our own energy needs, energy infrastructure is needed to maintain our nation’s leadership as a net-energy exporter – a position that enhances our national security, increases global stability, and creates good-paying jobs for American workers.

“Americans depend upon safe and secure energy supplies, which is why we must build and maintain robust energy infrastructure that is resilient in the face of accidents and sabotage.  A temporary shutdown of one pipeline’s full-capacity operations shouldn’t bring half the country to the brink,” Schmidt and the other attorneys general wrote.

Biden purported to unilaterally cancel the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office, even though President Obama’s State Department concluded multiple times that Keystone XL was a net positive for the economy, the environment, and energy security. In light of the Colonial pipeline incident, Biden’s own Energy Secretary acknowledged that pipelines are “the best way to go” when it comes to moving fossil fuels. 

Schmidt is also part of a 21-state coalition currently suing the Biden Administration over its unlawful revocation of the Keystone cross-border permit. A copy of today’s letter from the attorneys general to the president can be found at https://bit.ly/3yjgkkL.

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