Diesel fuel shortages, in part due to Hurricane Florence, is a big problem for North and South Carolina, as well as Tennessee. But some officials are blaming the issue on Vice President Joe Biden.
The Biden Administration’s Failure to Bolster Domestic Energy Production
In his first month in office, President Biden halted new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters. The move was widely seen as an effort to appease environmental groups, who have long opposed fossil fuel development. However, the administration’s failure to bolster domestic energy production has now come back to bite them, as a severe shortage of diesel fuel has hit the southeastern United States.
The shortage is being blamed on a number of factors, including the closure of the Colonial Pipeline due to a ransomware attack, and a fire at a Texas refinery. But many Republicans, including U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt of Alabama, say that the blame lies squarely with the Biden administration.
In a statement released on May 13th, Aderholt said: “The current diesel fuel crisis facing our nation is yet another example of the consequences of the Biden Administration’s war on American energy independence. Just one month into his Presidency, Joe Biden killed thousands of good-paying jobs and put our nation’s energy security at risk by halting new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters… Now we are seeing the real-world impacts of those decisions with widespread shortages of diesel fuel being reported across the Southeast.”
Aderholt went on to call on Biden to rescind his leasing moratorium and open up more federal lands for energy development. He also called on the administration to approve new pipelines, such as the Keystone XL pipeline, which
SE Issues with Diesel Fuel Shortages
The Southeast region of the United States is currently facing a diesel fuel shortage, and many people are pointing the finger at President Joe Biden.
Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-AL) said in a statement that the Biden Administration “hasn’t done anything to help” the situation.
“The current administration inherited a Perfect Storm of problems when it came to our nation’s energy sector,” Aderholt said. “Since taking office, President Biden and his team have made things worse, not better.”
Aderholt went on to say that the Administration “should be doing everything in its power to increase domestic production of energy, including oil and gas.”
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) also spoke out against the Administration, saying that the shortage is “entirely predictable and avoidable.”
“This is what happens when you have an Administration that is hostile to oil and gas development,” Murkowski said. “They’ve been sending all kinds of signals that they don’t want this industry to succeed.”
The diesel fuel shortage in the Southeast has caused problems for truckers, farmers, and others who rely on diesel to power their vehicles and equipment. Many businesses have been forced to either close down or significantly reduce their operations due to the lack of available fuel.
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U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt and Other Republicans Blame Joe Biden for Diesel Fuel Shortages in SE
Some Republicans in the Southeast are blaming President Joe Biden for recent diesel fuel shortages in the region.
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, said in a statement that the Biden administration’s “failed energy policies” are to blame for the shortages.
“The Biden Administration’s decision to shut down the Keystone XL Pipeline has led to a shortage of diesel fuel in the Southeast,” Aderholt said. “This is just another example of how the new Administration’s failed energy policies are causing real harm to American consumers.”
Aderholt also called on Biden to “reverse course on his anti-energy agenda” and approve the Keystone XL Pipeline.
Similarly, Alabama Republican Party Chairman John Merrill blamed the shortages on Biden’s “reckless decisions.”
“President Biden’s reckless decisions regarding our nation’s energy policy are having a direct and negative impact on working families across Alabama,” Merrill said in a statement. “As gas prices continue to rise and now we are seeing reports of diesel fuel shortages, it is clear that President Biden is not looking out for the best interests of everyday Americans.”
Merrill called on Biden to “immediately take action” to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline and “end his war on American energy jobs.”