Buttigieg's 'Short Term Problems' Argument Against Keystone XL Is Both Funny and Terrifying

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On Day One of the Joe Biden Presidential Disaster™, hapless Joe revoked a key permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, effectively killing the $8 billion project. Fast forward: as the Russian Army continues to pound Ukraine, skyrocketing oil prices continue to pound the budgets of families across America.


And Biden’s response? To trot out his equally clueless Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg to make an absolute fool out of himself, as he argues against rethinking Keystone’s demise.

During an appearance on MSNBC’s “11th Hour” on Wednesday, as reported by Daily Caller, Buttigieg told host Stephanie Ruhle the Biden administration doesn’t want to implement “permanent solutions” to “short-term problems” with respect to the pipeline.


Setting aside the laugh-out-loud “short-term problems” nonsense for a sec — most of which is obscene in its indifference — what the hell is wrong with implementing permanent solutions to the permanent problems that Biden purposely created, including his hellbent mission to destroy the American fossil fuels industry?

Remember Biden’s following “greatest hit,” when he was asked during a 2019 Democrat presidential primary debate if there would be “any place for fossils fuels, including coal and fracking in a Biden administration,” and his answer was flat-out “No”? Me, too.

Or that time in early 2020 when Biden was very clear: “We are going to get rid of fossil fuels“? Yep, I remember that one as well. Let’s toss in Corn Pop’s pal’s longtime attack on the coal industry — in 2008, he declared “No coal plants here in America” — while we’re at it.

The bottom line:

Biden’s War on Energy has been long in the making and now the chickens are coming home to roost. And hapless Joe is picking them off one by one.


Anyway, Ruhle kicked off the festivities by not only agreeing with every absurdity that came out of Buttigieg’s mouth as he shilled for Biden; she “shockingly” asked leading questions throughout the “interview.”  As transcribed by Daily Caller (emphasis, mine):

I want to stay on gas for another moment. You’re absolutely right, the president does not set the price of gas, but he can influence it. And while releasing some strategic reserves matters, given how much has been released, it is really just a drop in the bucket.

Are there things, and I realize this is controversial, it has huge environmental impacts, could the president possibly consider authorizing the Keystone Pipeline? Or working something out with Iran?

Buttigieg’s response was ludicrous at best — and a potential strategic disaster at worst.

Look, the president has said that all options are on the table.

But we also need to make sure that we are not galloping after permanent solutions to immediate short term problems, where more strategic and tactical actions in the short term that can make a difference, like what you have with the strategic reserve, which exists partly in order to respond to situations like this.

The president has laid policies that are going help cushion the impacts of any volatility in energy markets in the future [um, huh?] by building up more of a diversified and homegrown energy base for this country.

“A diversified and homegrown energy base.” Please.


Let’s get back to that potential strategic disaster I mentioned.

After Biden pulled a hamstring while rushing to kill Keystone XL on Day One of his Oval Office Occupation, he begged Russia and OPEC to increase their output —and was promptly rebuffed by both.

So, now Buttigieg says “all options are on the table,” including buying oil from the mad mullahs in Tehran. That is insane on multiple levels.

Speaking of the insanity of the U.S. engaging with Iran on anything even remotely related to American security, as my colleague Jim Thompson reported on Thursday, the Biden administration is currently in talks with Iran, informally being run by a Russian diplomat, no less, and is “on the verge of giving Iran what it wants,” including “a world stage and normalizing terrorism by removing, among others, the Revolutionary Guard from the list of terrorist organizations.” What could possibly go wrong?

Yep, that’s the funniest — and potentially most terrifying — thing I’ve seen all day.


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