Alberta Premier Jason Kenney kicks off his two-day blitz in Washington today, hoping to convince U.S. lawmakers that his province is best positioned to bolster North American energy security.
“It’s deeply frustrating for us not to even appear on the radar screen when it comes to [energy] discussions,” Kenney said during a roundtable with reporters.
“If the United States is serious about this energy issue, all I’m saying is we have the supply. We just need more infrastructure.”
On Tuesday, Kenney will appear before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he plans to promote Alberta’s oil sands and push for Americans to import more energy from Canada instead of “nations.” in conflict”.
“Why instinct in the [Biden] Administration to call Riyadh, Tehran and Caracas, and not Calgary? No one has ever given a good answer to this question,” he said.
Kenney’s invitation to the committee came from the committee’s chairman, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, an unpredictable Democrat who visited the Alberta oil sands in April.
Manchin strongly criticized US President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel the expansion of the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have transported oil from Alberta to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
“The Keystone XL pipeline is something we should never have given up on. Now we wish we hadn’t,” Manchin said while visiting Alberta last month.
The Alberta government recently launched a $6 million advertising campaign to portray itself as a reliable energy provider for Americans struggling with soaring gas prices and supply disruptions caused by the ban on Russian oil.
Kenney said he will also urge committee members to oppose Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s push to shut down Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline, which could disrupt states’ energy supplies. from the Midwest to Ontario.
“If you think people are paying high prices right now, I wouldn’t want to be a congressman or a senator from a Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, if Line 5 was closed,” he said.
But Kenney’s moment in America’s spotlight comes on the eve of a critical vote on his party leadership. He will return to Alberta on Wednesday, where he will hear the results of a United Conservative Party referendum on whether to continue as leader and premier.
Kenney said a 50%+1 confidence vote was enough term for him to stay in office.
“I’ve never lost an election and I don’t plan to do so now,” he said.
With files from The Canadian Press
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