Former Keystone Pipeline Worker Rips Biden After Comments on Oil Production

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A former Keystone XL pipeline welder sharply criticized President Biden after the White House announced new measures intended to drive gasoline and energy prices down on Wednesday.

“I don’t know how he gets away with keep saying that he doesn’t have anything to do with [high gas prices] when they’ve got everything to do with it,” Neal Crabtree told FOX Business in an interview.

Crabtree — a member of an Arkansas pipeliners’ union who had worked on the Keystone XL project in Nebraska — and hundreds other workers were laid off hours after the president took office on Jan. 20, 2021. Shortly after his inauguration, Biden canceled the federal permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that would have transported 830,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada to Texas.

Biden’s executive order nixing the pipeline stated that the U.S. would prioritize the “development of a clean energy economy” instead of fossil fuel production.

As far as my side of the industry, we’ve seen our man-hours cut almost — well, more than half. We got people that lost health insurance, they’re not getting retirement benefits, they’ve had to find different careers,” Crabtree continued. “When you’re 40, or 45 years old, starting over ain’t the easiest thing to do. You spent all your time building your skill set and then all of a sudden you’re making a minimum wage. It can change your life.”

“It’s not just Keystone. Ever since day one — I can name you dozens of other pipelines that we were expecting to build here in the last couple of years, and they can’t get the permits,” he added.

Earlier Wednesday, in response to rising gasoline prices, the president announced his intention to initiate another sale from the nation’s emergency oil stockpiles and blamed oil and refining companies for increased costs. Average gas prices nationwide fell to $3.85 per gallon, about 15% higher than their level a year ago, according to a AAA database.

……In addition to canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, the Biden administration has hampered the domestic fossil fuel industry by canceling lease sales, introducing impediments to new pipeline construction and backing financial disclosure rules requiring private sector companies to reveal “climate risk” data.

“It ain’t just, you know, the canceling of pipelines. It’s behind-the-scenes stuff — pressuring banks and lenders not to finance fossil fuel projects,” Crabtree told FOX Business. “But the main problem that our industry is having is they’ve got such a stranglehold on the permit process.”


The day he was installed, Biden signed an executive order to block the Keystone XL pipelinewiping out thousands of jobs and declaring war on the U.S. energy industry. He’s also  banned new oil and gas development on public land. But he helped the Russians with Nord Stream. He’s subsidizing the Russian war effort in Ukraine.  And after all that money his family made from Burisma.



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