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:
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.