By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney followed in the footsteps of Wyoming colleague U.S. Sen. John Barrasso on Thursday by condemning some of the actions taken by the newly sworn-in president, particularly those aimed at curtailing the use of fossil fuels.
“We face significant challenges that require bipartisan responses. Today’s executive orders reverse important policies and impose significant economic cost that will imperil our recovery,” Cheney said.
Specifically, Cheney criticized President Joe Biden’s decision to rejoin the Paris Climate Agreement, blocking the Keystone Pipeline and stopping funding for important security measures.
“Rejoining the deeply flawed Paris Climate Accord and blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline will eliminate jobs, increase the cost of energy and embolden our adversaries,” Cheney said. “Meanwhile, blocking funding for important border security enhancements, including the continued construction of the wall, lays the foundation for increased illegal immigration.”
These sentiments were similar to those expressed by U.S. Sen. John Barrasso this week.
However, Cheney didn’t just criticize Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday, as she noted their inauguration was an important opportunity for Americans to come together.
She welcomed the new Biden administration to the White House on Wednesday.
“President Biden and Vice President Harris have the prayers and hope of the entire nation with them as they take office today,” Cheney wrote in a tweet on Wednesday morning shortly before Biden took the oath of office.