In a letter sent to Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Wednesday, the Louisiana Republican said White House inaction to “reopen American assets” would prompt him to block Brad Crabtree as assistant secretary for fossil energy and carbon management, along with several others up for top jobs at the Department of Energy.
“This is a developing situation that involves a major sense of urgency from the Biden administration,” Kennedy wrote in a letter first obtained by Fox News. “It is vital to America’s economic, environmental and national security interests that these facilities, which are American-owned assets, are immediately allowed to reopen.”
Kennedy’s threat follows reports that Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador – also referred to as AMLO – has directed militarized police forces to bar access to fuel storage facilities privately owned by U.S. ビジネス, first reported the ウォールストリートジャーナル 先月.
American companies like Texas-based Monterra Energy and California-based Sempra Energy are among those unable to gain access to their fuel supplies.
“Despite the companies’ continued efforts to work with ALMO’s regulators, multiple facilities remain closed and under supervision of the militarized police force,” Kennedy said.
The senator said he has further learned that regulators are also “harassing” American-owned renewable energy facilities.
“It is obvious what is going on here – AMLO’s shutting down all foreign competition for his state-owned company, Pemex, and so far he’s getting zero resistance from U.S. officials in the Biden administration,” 彼が追加した.
Lopez Obrador has reportedly pushed to have the state revert to a 1970’s policy and place all energy production under the control of the Mexican government, a move that could jeopardize the U.S, メキシコ, Canada Agreement (USMCA).
The White House will host the North American Leaders’ Summit Thursday, the first time in five years leaders from the three nations will meet to promote trilateral trade and economic integration, an event Kennedy believes would be an opportunity for the administration to address U.S. energy qualms.
“I implore you to begin aggressive engagement with the AMLO administration and urge the White House to immediately initiate a dialogue between our countries,” 彼は言った. “I hope the Biden administration understands that American workers will feel the consequences of inaction.”
Fox News could not immediately reach Granholm for comment.
Adam Shaw contributed to this report.