Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Wednesday that the Biden administration's axing of the Keystone XL oil pipeline project and what she said were moves to "ban fracking" both play into Russia's hands.
Biden's early steps after taking office represent a sharp break from the Trump administration's efforts to maximize fossil fuel production. On his first day in office, Biden moved to rejoin the Paris Agreement on climate change and revoked a permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline was first proposed in 2008 but reached a snag under the Obama administration. Former President Donald Trump revived the project and was one of its chief advocates.
Haley said that Biden's shutting down of the Keystone pipeline and what she said were his administration's moves to "ban fracking" both make his first seven days in office "a good first week for Russia."
Last week, the Biden administration imposed a 60-day suspension of new permits for oil and gas leasing, drilling, and fracking on federal lands. According to multiple media reports, Biden is expected to go a step further on Wednesday and impose a moratorium on such permits, although the freeze would not impact existing leases and would not apply to private land, which accounts for more than three quarters of total U.S. oil production and even more for natural gas.
Haley, in her interview with Fox News, complained that Biden is "more interested in reversing everything President Trump did" rather than looking forward.