The following is a news release sent out by Kevin Cramer tonight: (Side note: Waxman is a Democrat from California)
North Dakota Public Service Commission Chairman Kevin Cramer today called Congressman Henry Waxman’s comments about the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline “very disturbing.”
Cramer referenced a letter Waxman sent to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday where Waxman claims the pipeline, which would provide a transportation link for North Dakota Bakken Oil to refineries in Oklahoma and Texas, would “expand our reliance on the dirtiest source of transportation fuel currently available.”
Waxman is the chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
“What planet is Henry Waxman living on,” said Cramer. “Clearly he has no concept of how important domestic supplies of crude oil are to our economy and our national security.”
Cramer continued, “In addition to providing another export route for North Dakota oil, the Keystone XL will carry Oil Sands crude from Alberta Canada. I’d rather the United States get its oil from North Dakota and Canada than Venezuela and Saudi Arabia.”
Cramer is running for re-election to the PSC and has been attacked relentlessly by his opponent for his strong political opinions. “I have to wonder why Brad Crabtree is silent when a leading member of his own party makes such outrageous and ill informed statements,” said Cramer, “If Crabtree is serious about being an energy regulator in North Dakota, he’d better step up to the plate when it matters most. This is one of those times.”