Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, wrote an op-ed on Monday, Feb. 1, warning that energy policies imposed by President Joe Biden will cause great harm to state economies dependent on oil and gas revenues, while failing to solve environmental problems.

Barrasso was highly critical of the energy policies implemented by Biden in his first days in office, most notably the cancellation of the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and the ban on federal land leases for drilling.

“These orders will take a sledgehammer to the economies of western states without putting a dent in climate change,” Barrasso wrote in an op-ed in USA Today.

He added, “A federal leasing ban would kill an estimated 62,000 jobs in New Mexico, nearly 120,000 in Texas and more than 33,000 in my home state of Wyoming next year alone, according to the American Petroleum Institute.”

Not only will it leave these states with high unemployment rates, they will also miss out on millions of dollars from the cancellation of leases, which are currently used to fund public schools, essential services, and infrastructure investments. 

Aside from the economic catastrophe that these policies could generate, Barrasso, an expert in environmental policies, assures that Biden’s measures will have no real impact on climate change.

Barrasso recognizes the need to generate alternative energies, study them and develop them for future implementation, but that does not require a radical ban on traditional energies from one day to the next. “The United States and the world will continue to use fuels such as oil, natural gas, and coal for the foreseeable future,” Barrasso wrote. 

“Banning U.S. production of these fuels weakens our energy security and undermines our economic strength. It will saddle Americans with higher energy bills, an additional burden as the nation struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic,” he continued.

Amid a deep economic crisis resulting from the CCP Virus pandemic, President Biden decided to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline on environmental grounds. 

The project promised to be one of the most important works of the century for the United States, which, during the Trump administration, was projected to have thousands of American jobs.

In one day, the path painstakingly laid out during four years of the Trump administration was reversed. Biden’s action reversed course and placed the United States back under the dependence of the Middle East, denying the possibility of energy sovereignty. 

And as if that were not enough, the Biden administration uses environmental care as an argument to implement its policies, when now the United States will have to import energy from countries that are much less regulated in terms of environmental safety. So the effect will end up being even worse.

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