Energy: Biden administration must listen to all voices
U.S. Sen. Shelley Capito is right.
“I’ve seen this playbook before, so we’re back to the future,” she said last month as she spoke on the Senate floor about President Joe Biden’s flurry of executive orders to start his term.
She was most critical of course of the orders she believes will negatively affect West Virginians. Capito, R-W.Va., called them “an economic, energy and national security disaster.”
Among the changes Biden hopes to make with his orders are to make the climate crisis a focus of foreign policy and national security, creating a White House Office of Domestic Climate Policy and task force, and protecting 30 percent of federal land and water by the end of the decade. He has also issued orders revoking the Keystone XL pipeline permit and rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement.
We have learned from the previous two presidential administrations that one man cannot — and SHOULD not — rule by executive order alone. But Biden presses on. He claims:
“It’s not time for small measures; we need to be bold, so, let me be clear: That includes helping revitalize the economies of coal, oil, and gas, and power plant communities. We’re never going to forget the men and women who dug the coal and built the nation. We’re going to do right by them and make sure they have opportunities to keep building the nation and their own communities and getting paid well for it.”
Capito correctly points out, that promise has been made — and broken — once before.
Biden has plenty of time to do things differently, of course. He has a chance to fulfill his promise to fight for ALL Americans. But to do so he must listen to voices like Capito’s.
“A national energy transition really needs time,” she said.
Let us hope Biden and company are listening.