McConnell Heavily Criticizes Biden’s Energy Policy, Calls It ‘Piecemeal Green New Deal’

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday heavily criticized the Biden administration’s actions on energy policy that he collectively dubbed a “piecemeal green new deal.”

January 29, 2021

McConnell said at a Senate session on Thursday that the Biden administration’s actions so far is “the wrong prescription,” including the decision to revoke authorization for the Keystone pipeline, the decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Accord, and other actions taken in the name of addressing climate change.

“There’s nothing green about a tsunami of pink slips for American workers, or carting Canadian crude around in trucks and trains instead of a pipeline,” McConnell said. “This piecemeal green new deal is the wrong prescription.Wrong for the environment, wrong for national security. And most of all for the working Americans who will soon be formerly working Americans if this keeps up.

“China, Russia, and our other competitors must be thrilled, absolutely thrilled, that our new government is essentially declaring war on some of our own economic foundations to satisfy a craving for symbolic gestures,” McConnell added.

“Wilfully throwing our own people out of work, reducing our domestic energy security, raising costs and prices for working families—all for no meaningful impact on global temperatures.”

The Republican senator praised the policies of the Trump administration saying, “The last four years prove that growing our prosperity, reducing emissions, and expanding domestic energy are actually not in tension—we can achieve all three.”

The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Keystone XL Oil Pipeline

McConnell called Biden’s decision to revoke the permit on the Keystone XL oil pipeline a “massive setback for energy security in North America.” Former President Donald Trump had in 2017 permitted the completion of the pipeline.

A Canadian leader last week called Biden’s decision to halt the completion of the oil pipeline system in Canada and the United States a “gut punch,” McConnell noted. “I’d imagine the 11,000 American workers, including 8.000 union workers who were counting on that work, feel the same way,” he added, saying that Biden “effecti….

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