Even before the Russia-Ukraine conflict erupted, America had serious inflation issues. On top of that, gas and energy prices have been rising steadily for months, alongside Biden’s falling approval rating.
And with the Russian invasion intensifying, oil prices have jumped yet again. Many critics wonder why the Biden administration continues to purchase oil from Russia.
One of those critics is actually a fellow Democrat — but he has often battled Biden on key topics.
Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) was one of Biden’s biggest naysayers in the past year, even though Manchin is technically a left-wing politician.
Manchin fought Biden’s team tooth-and-nail in regards to the last spending package, and accused the current administration of vastly over-spending and putting America in a tenuous position.
In fact, the Senator has often appeared to be more of a Republican ally in recent months.
Now, he’s going after Biden yet again. This time, he’s agreeing with many GOP leaders who have criticized Biden’s handling of the oil situation from Day One.
These critics say that while former President Donald Trump worked to make America energy-independent, Biden erased these efforts and went back to relying on foreign imports for our oil.
As a result, we’re now in a difficult situation with the Russia/Ukraine war. And Manchin isn’t happy (via Washington Examiner):
Sen. Joe Manchin called on President Joe Biden to ramp up domestic energy production to curtail the United States’s reliance on Russian oil and gas imports, accusing the White House of pushing ‘hypocritical’ policies.
Manchin cited the U.S. importing around 500,000 barrels of oil every day from Russia. This translates to around $70 million every 24 hours.
In a statement this week, the Senator railed against this, saying that while America publicly supports Ukraine and condemns Russia, we’re still buying Russian oil. And as Manchin said:
This makes no sense at all and represents a clear and present danger to our nation’s energy security.
The United States can and must ramp up domestic energy production and increase access to our abundant resources and technologies to both protect our energy independence and support our allies around the globe.
Manchin added that “the entire world is watching” current Russian President Vladimir Putin “use energy as a weapon.”
He’s echoing what most Republican leaders have been saying since the start of the conflict: this only proves once again that America must strive to become energy-independent.
The environmental activists slam the continued use of fossil fuels, but don’t appear to have an immediate solution regarding the energy crisis. War tends to throw many systems into disarray.
And this time, Manchin isn’t the only Democrat to call out Biden.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska also asked the President to consider using more domestic oil resources, saying if we didn’t it’d be a “missed opportunity.” That’s a tamer version of what Republicans have been saying.
If the conflict overseas doesn’t end relatively soon, Americans are worried that oil prices will continue to skyrocket. And in turn, the cost of living will jump yet again.
That’s why many say Biden absolutely needs to get the U.S. back on track — a positive track former President Trump had us on, according to many concerned citizens.
- Sen. Joe Manchin ripped President Biden for continuing to buy oil from Russia.
- He says the U.S. is importing around 500K barrels every day, or about $70M.
- Sen. Lisa Murkowski echoed Manchin’s request, that Biden immediately start ramping up domestic oil production.
Source: Washington Examiner