West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin made it clear that he disagrees with the Democratic Party’s stance that the Keystone XL Pipeline is a hazard for the environment.
Appearing on Fox News’ “Special Report” with Bret Baier, Manchin said he “respectfully” disagreed with President Joe Biden’s decision to terminate thousands of jobs to stop the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, and noted that the oil is much safer going through the pipeline than it is being transported via rail or road.
I’ve seen a train blow up in West Virginia carrying that crude. I’ve seen tanker cars explode going through towns. It’s much safer in that pipeline than it is coming across the road or the rail. If they think they’re going to stop that product, that’s a heavy crude we need in our refineries.
The bottom-line is in that — I’m an all-in energy person, Bret, and we have to have energy basically and not depend on foreign energy. So we have to have the heavy crude. I rather it…come from Canada than I would from Venezuela.
So all of this being said, we’re going to find a pathway forward, but bottom-line is, we can do it cleaner. You cannot eliminate your way to a cleaner global environment. You can innovate your way through technology, and that’s what we intend to do.
And in West Virginia, we’ll build the new technology that the rest of the world can clean up the environment. This is — should be an opportunity, there’s transitions going on.
Manchin is actually more correct than the rest of his party would like you to think. According to the Wall Street Journal, there is no evidence that pipeline leaks actually cause more pollution than regular crude oil transportation. In fact, it would appear to be better for the environment, as it results in less spillage from accidents, as well as reducing CO2 emissions from vehicles used to transport it.
Between the lost jobs and the added risk to the environment, this move by Democrats doesn’t make any sense on the surface unless they were trying to redirect funding and manpower to green energy projects, which is exactly what Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said the administration was doing during a back and forth with Texas Senator Ted Cruz.
No matter how you swing it, Democrats just crippled America with their swift, politically driven decision on the pipeline.