Daleep Singh, the deputy national security adviser for international economics, said it was wrong to blame the Keystone decision for spiraling prices at the pumps


The Biden administration on Wednesday dismissed criticism of its decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline as a ‘distraction’ even as it battles rising gas prices.

Daleep Singh, the deputy national security adviser for international economics, said it was wrong to blame the Keystone decision for spiraling prices at the pumps.

‘Keystone has absolutely nothing to do with the current supply and demand in energy markets,’ Singh said on MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe.’

President Joe Biden revoked a permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline soon after taking office last year, citing environmental concerns. The pipeline would have carried crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska.

The issue has been raised by Republicans as an answer to the growing energy crisis, which has been exacerbated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

The US is reportedly looking for alternative sources of oil, including Venezuela and Saudi Arabia, fueling criticism that the Biden administration is prepared to do business with regimes that have poor human rights records.

But Singh dismissed the idea that Keystone would have helped plug the gap.

Daleep Singh, the deputy national security adviser for international economics, said it was wrong to blame the Keystone decision for spiraling prices at the pumps

Daleep Singh, the deputy national security adviser for international economics, said it was wrong to blame the Keystone decision for spiraling prices at the pumps

The Keystone pipeline would have carried crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska

The Keystone pipeline would have carried crude oil from Alberta, Canada, to Nebraska

Above shows a chart for US crude oil imports, which excludes other petroleum products 

President Joe Biden pointed out during his speech on Tuesday that the US produced more oil during his first year in office than during Donald Trump's first year in 2017

President Joe Biden pointed out during his speech on Tuesday that the US produced more oil during his first year in office than during Donald Trump’s first year in 2017

‘Keystone is a pipeline, not an oil field,’ he said.

‘It doesn’t produce additional oil. 

‘Even if keystone XL had been permitted last year, it would have been years away from completion.

‘It wouldn’t have helped in today’s circumstance.’

Instead he reiterated the administration’s stance on the importance of ‘quickly’  transitioning to clean, green energy. 

Biden on Tuesday announced that the U.S. will stop buying Russian oil, which currently amounts to 670,000 barrels a day.

Canada is currently the United States’ largest supplier of oil, but cannot make up the difference alone. 

Instead, Biden officials have been reaching out to Venezuela and Saudi Arabia to try and encourage them to turn on the taps and lower the price of oil, which is currently at a 14-year high.

In announcing the ban, Biden was blunt in warning that, ‘there will be a cost as well here in the United States.’

He called it ‘Putin’s price hike’ in an effort to put the blame on Moscow. 

Later in the day, while arriving on a visit to Texas, Biden was asked if he had a message for the American people about gas prices 

‘They’re going to go up,’ he admitted before adding: ‘Can’t do much right now. Russia is responsible.’

The has been given short shrift by opponents.  

Rick Scott, chair of the Senate GOP’s campaign arm the National Republican Senatorial Committee, accused Biden of dodging blame for high gas prices.

‘Americans are paying record gas prices & Biden blames everyone else. Here’s the real cause,’ he wrote on Twitter. 

‘Biden’s war on U.S. energy: canceling Keystone XL while approving Russia’s pipelines. Biden’s Afghanistan debacle & weakness on the world stage. 

‘Who is responsible? Joe Biden.’  

Rep. Dan Meuser of Pennsylvania – one of the top energy producing states in the union – demanded Biden reopen the Keystone XL pipeline to help increase the US oil supply.

‘The US was a net exporter of oil in 2020, but under Biden we became a net importer in 2021, and remains so today. With the Keystone XL Pipeline we would have imported over 100k gallons from Canada, rather than the 70k from Russia we currently import,’ Meuser said. 

But the White House has stuck to the line this week, saying Keystone was not the answer.  

‘I actually don’t think it would,’ said Press Secretary Jen Psaki when she was asked if it would have helped with supply

‘The Keystone was not an oilfield; it’s a pipeline.’



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