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.
During his speech, Biden said it was a “myth” that his administration has slowed oil production or made it harder for energy companies to boost production.
“Let’s debunk some myths here. My administration has not stopped or slowed U.S. oil production,” Biden remarked at the White House. “Quite the opposite.”
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