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Reader's View: Stauber snubbing facts, failing on solutions

Stauber’s accusations about Biden and the Keystone XL project and oil permits are just two examples of what I feel are fabrications and inaccuracies in Stauber’s mailings.

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Rep. Pete Stauber’s emails that he sends out to constituents are often full of questionable claims and misconceptions. It would take too long to address them all.

But I do want to thank him for giving President Joe Biden credit for canceling the Keystone XL pipeline project. While Stauber seems to want us to believe that canceling Keystone is responsible for rising gas prices, this is totally false. Just Google, “Is canceling the Keystone project a cause for rising gas prices?”

Stauber also claims Biden paused new oil and gas leases on federal lands. But Biden did not ban oil drilling. In fact, his administration issued more than 3,500 new permits to drill on federal lands in its first year. That’s 34% more than the Trump administration in its first year. Biden also released oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help stabilize gas prices. It is absurd to blame Biden for rising gas prices and the inflation that is occurring around the world.

Stauber should thank Biden for canceling Keystone XL as an effort to address climate change. Climate change played a role in the drought and resulting forest fires that destroyed property in Stauber’s district last year and the record snow and rains that are causing floods and damage to property in Stauber’s district this year.

Stauber’s accusations about Biden and the Keystone XL project and oil permits are just two examples of what I feel are fabrications and inaccuracies in Stauber’s mailings. How can a politician make good decisions for his constituents if he or she doesn’t know or doesn’t acknowledge facts? Real facts are needed so better solutions can be proposed. Stauber is falling short.

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Michael Herman

Chisago City, Minnesota

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