With gas prices continuing to rise and the Russia/Ukraine conflict still in full swing, Americans are highly concerned about a potential energy crisis. It’s a grim reminder of the gas shortages and rationing of the ’70s.
However, most Republican leaders and millions of citizens believe we can fix this situation if we simply help ourselves.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has been an opponent of the Joe Biden administration for some time, and Manchin is once again standing with the GOP on this important issue.
Along with a few of his Democrat colleagues. Manchin is calling for action in regards to American pipelines. We need to start drilling again if we wish to restore balance to the teetering energy market.
That’s why he has little patience for delays, and that’s unfortunately what the government is running into.
So, while Americans are paying well upwards of $4/gallon for gas (approaching $5 in some states), pipelines we desperately need are sitting dormant. And partly because of withheld permits.
Regarding this frustrating situation, Sen. Manchin had some choice words for one of President Biden’s appointees.
Via The Daily Wire:
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) slammed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chairman Richard Glick, a Biden appointee, during remarks late last week over stalled pipeline permits which come as Americans are experiencing surging energy costs.
Manchin is the Chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, so he has the authority to call out people like Glick.
According to Fox News, the Senator “questioned the regulators over their policy decisions while pressing them to allow certain stalled projects to move forward.”
These “stalled projects” are already hurting Americans, but Chairman Glick tried to defend his agency’s decision to withhold permits. He claimed the delays were because he wanted it “done right the first time.”
But Manchin isn’t buying this excuse:
Shame on all of you. …we’ve been down this road before, but they’re throwing so many more obstacles, you’re way outside his wheelhouse, and he knows how I feel about that.
And when a reporter said Glick was worried about moving too fast, Manchin retorted:
Red tape is hardly anything new on Capitol Hill, and people realize that everything takes about three times longer than it probably should. In the eyes of most citizens, that’s just part for the course.
However, energy costs are spiraling and inflation continues to jump. This is having a profoundly negative impact on millions of wallets — and frustration is mounting fast.
So when it comes to delayed pipeline projects, withheld permits, and endless conflicts with environmental activists, one can understand why so many are concerned about the current situation.
In short, a whole lot of hard-working Americans stand with Manchin on this, that’s for certain.