Washington, D.C. — House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) released the following statement on Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s joint motion with California and Oregon to stop the Gas Transmission Northwest pipeline.
“The Attorney General should not be attacking safe and reliable energy infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. This anti-energy crusade will further weaken our economy and global energy security.
“Russia’s attack on Ukraine has further magnified the importance of North American energy for our allies. The lack of pipelines and LNG export facilities in the Pacific Northwest, because of these types of anti-American energy efforts, makes it almost impossible to use our clean resources to help our allies, as well as other countries in Asia and the Pacific meet their energy needs. Instead, it makes them more reliant on our adversaries.
“Now is not the time to be shutting down and blocking critical energy infrastructure. I urge these attorneys general, including Attorney General Ferguson, to abandon this misguided effort. President Biden’s own Department of Energy Secretary said that pipelines are the best way to transport energy. We should be building pipelines and expanding natural gas infrastructure across the country to lower costs, ensure reliable, affordable energy, lower emissions, and help our allies around the world.”