Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), who is known for being one of the biggest centrists in Congress, is calling on President Joe Biden to restart the Keystone XL pipeline.
“I continue to call on President Biden to responsibly increase energy production here at home and to reverse course to allow the Keystone XL pipeline to be built which would have provided our country with up to 900,000 barrels of oil per day from Canada, one of our closest allies,” Manchin said in a statement on Tuesday, according to The Hill.
“To be clear, this is about American energy independence and the fact that hard-working Americans should not depend on foreign actors, like OPEC+, for our energy security and instead focus on the real challenges facing our country’s future,” he added, referring to the group of countries that are major producers of oil.
This came hours after the Biden administration announced plans to release 50 million barrels of oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an attempt to curb rising gas prices. Earlier this year, Manchin joined Republicans in calling on Biden to restart the permit for the pipeline, because, he said, pipelines across the country “continue to be the safest mode to transport our oil and natural gas resources, and they support thousands of high-paying, American union jobs.″
Last week, Manchin touched on the inflation crisis when he expressed his beliefs that Biden’s Build Back Better Act, which was recently passed by the House and is set to go to the Senate, would not help lower prices.
Speaking on rising gas prices, Manchin said, “The cost they see every day. And every day they go to fill up is a dollar and a quarter more a gallon. Three twenty-nine, $3.39. A gallon of milk is now $4 in many places. It’s taking a toll. And I hear it when I go to the grocery store or if I go to the gas station. They say, ‘Are you as mad as I am?’ and I say, ‘Absolutely.'”
Meanwhile, Biden claims he gave his thoughts on ending American dependence on fossil fuel.
“This is the decade that will determine the answer. This decade,” Biden said earlier this month at an international climate summit. “The science is clear: We only have a brief window left before us to raise our ambitions and…to meet the task that’s rapidly narrowing.”