It’s hard to miss the irony in President Joe Biden’s recent decision to allow Russian President Vladimir Putin to move forward with completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, a fossil fuel infrastructure project that will solidify Russia’s natural gas monopoly in Europe.
On Biden’s first day in office, he revoked a permit for the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would have brought us energy from our ally Canada and thousands of good-paying U.S. blue-collar jobs in the process.
Now, he is waiving the sanctions Congress sought to impose on Putin’s corrupt cronies to block Russia’s pipeline, paving the way for Moscow to increase its power and influence over our NATO allies.
Biden’s gift to Putin comes on the heels of a successful ransomware attack by Russian hackers on our domestic pipeline, Colonial, which resulted in the shutdown of critical American infrastructure that supplies 45% of U.S. fuel needs along the East Coast.
The president’s actions are a clear signal to our adversaries that they need not worry about this administration punishing those governments that allow economic warfare against America to be waged from their soil.