Democratic-controlled state governments are blocking federal energy infrastructure projects supported by the Trump Administration “ for the sole reason of politics,” Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Chief of Staff Anthony Pugliese told Breitbart News Sunday.
An independent agency that regulates interstate transmission of natural gas, oil, and electricity, FERC relies on cooperation with state and local governments to ensure America has a reliable electric grid.
During Trump’s presidency, though, “some parts of the country that are controlled by members of the Democratic party and others … are determined to ensure that no infrastructure goes through their state and are determined to say no just because the Trump Administration is supporting it … for the sole reason of politics,” Pugliese told Breitbart News Sunday host Amanda House.
“I think it’s frustrating for a lot of people [because] people say all the time we want to reduce countries like Russia’s influence in our economy and on our way of life, but, for purely political reasons, some governors and other state and local entities are blocking our ability to put that infrastructure to continue and ensure that the American way of life [continues].”
“When you are trying to ensure that the environment is being protected but, at the same time, ensuring that we are protecting the national security [and] promoting jobs and the American economy, we can do great things — and I think that’s what you’re seeing right now in this administration,” he concluded.