The Biden administration has greenlighted the expansion of a Pacific Northwest natural gas pipeline despite the protests of environmental activists who claim that the project would hasten the alleged climate change doomsday.
On Thursday, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the Gas Transmission Northwest XPress Project (GTNXP) which aims to expand the capacity of gas in the existing system by about “150 million cubic feet (4.2 million cubic meters) of natural gas per day, “ according to the Associated Press. The pipeline runs through Washington State, Oregon, and Idaho with the expansion able to power around half a million additional homes in the region.
“The GTN XPress project will play a critical role in keeping energy affordable and reliable for consumers in California and the Pacific Northwest,” Michael Tadeo, a spokesperson for TC Energy, the project’s developer told Fox News Digital. “We appreciate FERC’s bipartisan action today to approve the project and will work diligently to place it into service as soon as possible.”
“After I led a bicameral group of my colleagues in urging FERC to act, I’m glad the commission is finally allowing this much-needed energy project to move forward,” Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (R-Ore.), said in a statement. “It will support domestic energy production and boost our energy security while also helping lower utility bills for families. Although it’s overdue, this is the right decision.”
I recently led a bicameral group of my colleagues in urging @FERC to act on the GTN Xpress project without delay, and I’m glad the commission has finally given the green light.
— Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer (@RepLCD) October 19, 2023
But Democrat climate alarmists hit the roof as they cried bloody murder over what they see as a betrayal from the climate-obsessed Biden regime.
“Today’s decision by the federal government to approve the GTN Xpress pipeline is disastrous,” said Oregon’s Democrat Governor Tina Kotek in a video posted to X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.
Today’s decision by the federal government to approve the GTN Xpress pipeline is disastrous. pic.twitter.com/OxGzdncoKE
— Governor Tina Kotek (@GovTinaKotek) October 20, 2023
“I’m beyond disappointed @FERC approved the GTN Xpress pipeline. We made clear that moving forward with this project would hurt our climate goals and could put communities in WA in harm’s way. This fight isn’t over—I’ll keep working to make sure WA state is heard in this process,” Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) whined.
I’m beyond disappointed @FERC approved the GTN Xpress pipeline. We made clear that moving forward with this project would hurt our climate goals and could put communities in WA in harm’s way. This fight isn’t over—I’ll keep working to make sure WA state is heard in this process. https://t.co/gPcxJU9XiM
— Senator Patty Murray (@PattyMurray) October 19, 2023
“Today’s decision by FERC flies in the face of what is morally and economically necessary to protect our communities from the worsening impacts of climate change,” Washington Governor Jay Inslee said in a statement.
“Today’s decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to rubber stamp the GTN Xpress pipeline is outrageous,” raged Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in a statement.
.@FERC‘s decision to greenlight the GTN Xpress pipeline expansion project is a dangerous step backwards in our national and state climate efforts. It would shackle us to long-term investments in fossil fuels. This fight isn’t over. Read my statement ⬇️https://t.co/9oMggq8YTh
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) October 19, 2023
“Unfortunately FERC’s approval is not a surprise because the Commission is captured by the fossil fuel industry. There is no other explanation for how FERC could approve over 99% of the fossil fuel projects it reviews in the face of climate catastrophe. FERC needs fundamental reform,” Merkley added.
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) October 19, 2023
Environmentalists are vowing that the fight isn’t over and legal action is the next step.
“We are challenging FERC’s decision to approve the GTN Xpress project. The states of Washington, Oregon, and California should do the same,” said nonprofit Columbia Riverkeeper in a statement.
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