Secretary Granholm tells Rep. Waltz DOE did not Coordinate with State Department on Nord Stream Decision
Washington, May 27, 2021
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Mike Waltz (FL-6) questioned Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm about the recent attack on the Colonial pipeline by a Russian hacking group, the Department’s policy on paying ransoms, and the Administration’s lifting of sanctions on the Nord Stream pipeline. During his questioning, Rep. Waltz pressed Secretary Granholm on coordination with the State Department over the lifting of the Nord Stream pipeline sanctions, despite opposing the pipeline. Read the excerpt and watch the exchange below:
Rep. Waltz: What did we get in return for the (Nord Stream) sanctions?
Secretary Granholm: I wasn’t apart of those discussions with respect to these sanctions so you’d you have to direct that to the Department of State.
Rep. Waltz: So…the Department of Energy and Department of International Affairs, with the ENR Bureau – the energy bureau at the State Department—is there not coordination with the Energy Department when it comes to engaging…our European partners with the pipeline?
Secretary Granholm: Generally yes. And we obviously oppose the pipeline. And I’ll say from the Department of Energy’—one of the reasons, in addition to the geopolitical issues relative to Russia—one of the reasons why I think that pipeline is very dangerous is it is carrying the dirtiest form of natural gas on Earth.
Watch the full exchange here: