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Noem Blames Biden’s Blocking Of Keystone XL for Gasoline Price Hikes and Hacked Pipeline

Hackers held Colonial Pipeline’s fuel pipeline network for ransom for days, triggering gasoline line-ups in the southeastern U.S. and contributing to a dime hike in the national average price of gasoline per gallon since the beginning of May.

Governor Kristi Noem blames those problems on President Biden for rekilling Keystone XL:

Governor Kristi Noem, hard at work tweeting bad policy analysis from her official account, 2021.05.12.
Governor Kristi Noem, hard at work tweeting bad policy analysis from her official account, 2021.05.12.

I’m not sure policy analysis gets dumber than that. Cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline (for the second time, because there’s no business case for it, and because it wouldn’t serve the national interest) had absolutely nothing to do with the gasoline station line-ups and price spikes caused by the temporary shutdown of the Colonial Pipeline system. Hackers could have taken Keystone XL hostage just as easily as they put a kink in Colonial. Even if TransCanada/TC Energy’s Keystone XL existed and didn’t get hacked and were shipping tar sands oil from Canada to U.S. refineries, the gasoline distilled from that black snake still wouldn’t have been flowing through the stopped Colonial system.

Gasoline prices in general are rising because demand is up… and the Keystone XL would have made gasoline cost even more. Noem was wrong in 2013 when she fantasized that KXL would “drastically” reduce gasoline prices; she’s still wrong today.

Besides, the run on gasoline in the Southeast came not from any actual shortage but from panic-buying, the actions of lots of people listening to emotion and bushwah instead of facts… which Governor Noem only makes worse with her clueless partisan pitches to her Presidential primary base.

21 Comments

  1. Tim 2021-05-13 07:51

    She’s not the sharpest pencil in the box.

  2. mike from iowa 2021-05-13 07:58

    Noem nothing is the “pillow guy” of magat guvs and this is her pillow talk fantasy conspiracy red meat for her fans. Bet she smoked a cigarette in the afterglow.

  3. Donald Pay 2021-05-13 08:09

    This is Noem’s schtick. I like hyperbole and satire, but don’t confuse it with good policy.

  4. sx123 2021-05-13 09:15

    Wow, because another pipeline in the middle of the US would help defy the laws of physics and physically move gas to the east coast. :-/

  5. Francis Schaffer 2021-05-13 09:52

    Would someone please tell her that the refineries in Texas aren’t designed to distill many gallons of gasoline from tar sands? Please

  6. jerry 2021-05-13 10:10

    Her minions sop that up like a junkie to heroin… with the same result. What she does prove though is Biden’s infrastructure plans are long overdue. Wonder when all of them will have to answer up about why they are not supporting Biden’s plan.

  7. mike from iowa 2021-05-13 13:02

    Around the first oif the year, gasahol at local Co-op was 2.69 per gallon as it was the first of this week. Today, gasahol rose 5 cents and unleaded regular stayed @ 2.99 per gallon. Some massive mark-up with the price rise in gasahol may be a reflection of higher corn costs. Noem is full or more Number 2 than a kristmas turkey.

  8. John 2021-05-13 13:30

    Senator Low Bar Thune repeated the same GOP trope, cited by the Washington Post.
    These people, noem, thune, and their talking points get dumber daily.

    In the same breath they pretend that the internet is not infrastructure. . . . Tell me again what social redeeming value lies behind these people . . .

  9. I’m No Dr. Suess 2021-05-13 13:51

    I’ve been waiting for her to gloat ever since I heard about the hack. Kristi is so predictable!

  10. Arlo Blundt 2021-05-13 14:11

    Well…Pipeline disruption is a windfall for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe and the investors of Warren Buffit’s Berkshire Hathaway. The “Wizard of Omaha” has made a bet that Canadian pipeline firms will run into road blocks as landowners resist eminent domain, Indian Tribes assert their rights, and ecologists win the long term “global warming” argument. Meanwhile, he’s running a huge fleet of oil tankers on tracks built 100 years ago during the greatest corporate swindle in our history, the building of our rail network at public expense.

  11. Amy Blair 2021-05-13 15:13

    And all the people believing her and chiming in about how right she is is astounding!

  12. RST Tribal Member 2021-05-13 16:24

    America’s Governor Noem is on the fast track to prove she could be the dumbest Republican in the U.S., maybe even dumber then #45 or our own RINO Thune. Goodness November 2022 cannot come soon enough. I would expand more but laughing to hard.

  13. Porter Lansing 2021-05-13 16:36

    Kristi Noem lies like a Trump.

  14. mike from iowa 2021-05-13 16:41

    Heerz a funny…. In the real world wild white Rinos are essentially extinct, save for some in zoos. Black rinos, otoh, are still fairly numerous. With luck, domestic rinos iof all colors will be essentially extinct before the next midterms.

  15. leslie 2021-05-13 16:55

    Noem also got busy, after saying “I wouldn’t attend” outdoor car races in 2020, by interfering w/CDC-OSHA efforts in April 2020 to “stop the spread” at Smithfield, then encouraged July 4th Black Hills spread and then the Sturgis Rally spread. Now we are finally back to where we were after extraordinary consequences.

    “Reported Covid-19 deaths (7-day average) are now at the lowest point since April 1, 2020. Still too many but progress. Vaccines work.”

  16. Mark Anderson 2021-05-13 18:22

    Well I’ll try this again, I used the term bulls… in my last message and its lost, it was a work of genius folks, thats my trump missive. I got gas three days ago, Florida time here, two other people getting gas, no problem. The other Gov running for president, DeSantis declared an emergency that day and caused one. What can I say, Kristi and Ronnie, what a team they will make, Ron on top of course, it is the pub party after all. What can you expect from the lying losers.

  17. leslie 2021-05-14 02:31

    She actually just mouth-breathed this:

    “Governor Kristi Noem
    10h
    Glad the CDC are [sic] finally looking at the science.”
    ***
    Stunning stupidity. She is equivalent to MTG and the gun nut dope from CO who assaulted AOC in the House today.

    Extraordinary. McCarthy is also an idiot. Don’t Republicans *want* to elect competent people???

  18. mike from iowa 2021-05-14 13:44

    Average gas prices across Virginia is approx $2.94 per gallon and one BP station raised its pump price to $6.99, but you don’t know it until you get to the pump. Colonial Pipeline is back online and Noem is a bald face liar, like usual.

  19. mike from iowa 2021-05-14 13:45

    ps the group that hacked the Colonial lost control of the money so they are out of business.

  20. Chad Vickers 2021-05-14 19:08

    She’s smoking that stuff she’s keeping from the rest of SD.

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