This week Biden is in the Middle East begging Saudi Arabia for more oil amid a national energy crisis he created, but the very moves he made to create a problem at home, he now supports for Germany to avert a crisis.
The Biden administration is now backing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to ship natural gas pipeline equipment to Germany. Not only is this a deep contrast to his closure of the Keystone XL pipeline, but seems to contradict his ongoing intentions to sanction Russia.
The delivery of the equipment from Canada will lead to Germany importing more Russian natural gas.
State Department spokesman Ned Price expressed Washington’s support for the move in a statement Monday.
“We support the Canadian government’s decision to return a natural-gas turbine to Germany for use in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline,” Price said.
He told the outlet that the move “will allow Germany and other European countries to replenish their gas reserves, increasing their energy security and resiliency and countering Russia’s efforts to weaponize energy.”
Trudeau plans to ship the equipment for the Nord Stream 1 pipeline back to Germany after it had been held in Montreal as a result of ongoing sanctions on Russian gas, according to Bloomberg.
The decision aims to prevent severe economic turmoil in Germany due to high energy prices.
According to the report, European gas prices fell after the announcement.
Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said the decision was “dangerous” in a statement released earlier this week.
Despite supporting the continued use of Russia’s Nord Stream 1 pipeline, Biden has opposed constructing new pipelines in the U.S. and continues to shut down drilling. One of the first moves he made when taking office was halting the completion of the Keystone XL pipeline.