During a press briefing on Wednesday, in the wake of the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, Biden Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said that the best way to deliver fuel across parts of the United States is pipelines.

Note that Biden administration official Granholm said this after President Joe Biden revoked a number of pipeline permits in January as he first entered the White House, including Keystone XL.

The cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, which transports some 45% of fuel used along East coast, has led to gas shortages in some areas.

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Granholm: ‘Pipe Is The Best Way To Go’

A reporter asked Granholm, “What is the feasibility of using rail cars to transport fuel into the affected areas? I know that’s being looked at.”

Granholm replied, “The DOT is looking at that and so we’ll have to wait until their analysis is done.” 

Granholm continued,  “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 the Jones Act to be able to respond.”

“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,” she added.

Granholm went on, “But it’s — the pipe is the best way to go. 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.”

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudea Not Happy Keystone Pipeline Cancelled

It’s an interesting comment from Biden’s Energy Secretary, since her boss Biden effectively canceled the Keystone XL pipeline. 

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has expressed his “disappointment” in Biden’s decision to get rid of the Keystone.

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After a meeting between Trudeau and Biden in late January, Trudeau’s office issues a statement.

“The prime minister raised Canada’s disappointment with the United States’ decision on the Keystone XL pipeline,” a statement said.

It added, “The prime minister underscored the important economic and energy security benefits of our bilateral energy relationship as well as his support for energy workers.”

The comment wasn’t lost on Republican proponents of the pipeline, either.

 

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