U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin renewed his criticism Pres. Joe Biden this week in a statement calling for the White House to put its oil money where its anti-Putin mouth is and quit paying Russia for its oil supplies to meet Americas’ demand.
“The whole world is watching as Pres. Vladimir Putin uses energy as one of his weapons in an attempt to coerce and extort our European allies,” Manchin said. “While Americans hate what is occurring in Ukraine, the U.S. is continuing to allow the import of over half a million barrels every day of crude oil and other petroleum based products from Russia even during this time of war. This doesn’t make any sense at all, and it represents a present and clear danger to our country’s energy security,” he said of the Biden administration’s policy toward production in the U.S.
“The U.S. can and must increase domestic energy production and also increase access to our technologies and abundant resources to both support our allies and protect our energy independence,” said Manchin, hammering the point home.
Sen. Manchin is, as with other problems on which he has been vocal on, right to criticize Biden’s administration for its energy policies. The U.S. absolutely is able to build and maintain its independence in the energy sector — we were doing this during Trump’s administration. When the United States is energy independent, it will also help our allies who have come under threat from the tyrants around the world who otherwise enjoy a monopoly on the energy sector. But by caving to the radical climate alarmists, the Biden administration has made the United States subject to the whims of those tyrants like Vladimir Putin and have put America’s allies in danger.
“If there was ever a time we needed to be energy independent, that time is now,” said Manchin. “I’m calling on the Biden Administration and all industry partners to take action now, up to and including banning all crude oil imports coming from Russia. To keep asking other nations to do what we are able to do for ourselves is really hypocritical,” Manchin said of Pres. Biden’s policies. “To keep depending on Russian oil as they are attacking Ukraine is senseless.”
“In the near-term, the strategic value of America’s energy sector and what could be done to better position our country on the world stage will be an ongoing topic that will continue to be brought up,” said Manchin.