Dems Block Approval Of Keystone XL Pipeline Despite The Urgent Need For Energy Independence From Russia.

The “American Independence from Russian Energy Act,” introduced by House Republicans on Feb. 28, would authorize the Keystone XL pipeline, boost domestic oil and gas production, and prevent President Biden’s executive branch agencies from halting energy leasing on federal land and water, among other provisions. Despite this, the bill was defeated on March 1 by a vote of 221 to 202, virtually exclusively along partisan lines. In an interview with The Epoch Times, Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.), ranking member of the House Natural Resources Committee and a co-sponsor of the bill, said, “Getting our pipelines expanded is huge.” “We have to import Russian energy to the New England states because there are no pipelines that can transport Pennsylvania natural gas up there.” According to data from the Energy Information Administration, U.S. crude oil imports from Russia more than quadrupled last…


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