U.S. Senator Joe Manchin visiting Alberta to discuss energy security

U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) is visiting Alberta to meet with Premier Jason Kenney, Energy Minister Sonya Savage and key energy stakeholders to discuss energy security in North America.

Manchin, who chairs the United States Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, will be in Alberta on Monday and Tuesday to learn about the province’s energy sector, a government of Alberta press release said.

The visit comes as Republicans called on President Joe Biden to resurrect the long-dead Keystone XL pipeline as gas prices soar.

Manchin has also previously called on the White House to reverse its decision on Keystone XL.

Read more: Amid soaring gas prices, Republicans in U.S. Congress bring up Keystone XL decision

Kenney has previously pushed the Biden administration to reconsider its decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline expansion, saying it can reduce the pressure to import oil and gas from foreign nations like Russia.

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“If the United States is serious about this, they could come back to the table and build Keystone XL,” Kenney said at a press conference in March. “If President Biden had not vetoed that project, it would be done later this year.”

Federal Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson said last month Canada has the capacity to increase oil and gas exports in 2022 to improve global energy security following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Read more: Canada can increase oil, gas exports in 2022 to help global energy security: Wilkinson

According to Wilkinson, Canada could increase oil exports by up to 200,000 barrels per day and natural gas exports by up to 100,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boepd) this year in response to requests from allies to address supply shortages.

“Our European friends and allies need Canada and others to step up,” Wilkinson said. “They’re telling us they need our help in getting off Russian oil and gas in the short term, while speeding up the energy transition across the continent.”

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