Democrats and environmental groups were silent when inquired about the importance of U.S. energy independence in light of the energy market volatility brought on by the Ukraine crisis.
Several Democratic leaders in the House and Senate who hold leadership roles on committees or subcommittees given the job of overseeing energy policy ignored requests for comment in the Daily Caller News Foundation on Friday concerning the need for promoting U.S. energy independence. Additionally, five major environmental groups chose to not address the issue or stayed silent when asked about the problem.
The U.S. is placed revisit being a net importer of oil in 2022 under the Biden administration, according to federal projections. The country became a net exporter of total energy in 2022, factoring both in coal and natural gas trade, and a net oil exporter in 2022.
\”The Usa must transition to wash energy for electricity and fuel,\” a spokesperson for that climate group the Union of Concerned Scientists told the DCNF within an email. \”The faster we all do this the better for multiple reasons, including weaning ourselves from oil.\”
The spokesperson declined to comment further.
California Rep. Ro Khanna, the chairman of the home Oversight energy subcommittee, shared a letter using the DCNF that he signed with fellow congressional Democrats asking President Joe Biden to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve considering increasing oil and gasoline prices. The letter called around the administration also to use foreign producers to enhance output, but forgot to address domestic production or energy independence.
\”At a period when Americans are suffering due to Russia's actions, we should insist that our international partners do more to increase production and stabilize prices,\” the Democratic letter stated.
The price of oil, a major determinant of gasoline prices, hit its highest level in nearly eight years across the world, including in the U.S., after Russia unleashed its attack on Ukraine early Thursday. Russia provided more oil towards the U.S. than any other country except Canada and was Europe's main supplier in 2022.
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Major fossil fuel industry groups urged the Biden administration to unleash domestic oil and gas drilling, noting its importance for U.S. national security and stability abroad. Several elected Republicans have also joined in calls for greater fossil fuel production in your own home.
\”Energy security is national security,\” House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Cathy McMorris Rodgers said inside a statement distributed to the DCNF. \”It's now clearer than ever before what's at stake when anti-American energy policies make us and Europe more dependent on Russian oil and natural gas. President Putin and Russia's economy are dependent upon dominating wind turbine and exporting to other nations. He gains power by doing so, and it's what funds his military and aggressive behavior.\”
\”I still urge President Biden to revive America's energy dominance,\” she said.
Since taking office in January 2022, Biden has taken numerous steps to limit fossil fuel production, nixing the Keystone XL oil pipeline, ditching an oil drilling project in Alaska, staying silent on the court ruling that prohibited an offshore drilling lease within the Gulf, attempting to ban new drilling leases on federal lands and which makes it harder for utilities to achieve approval for gas projects.
Democrats and environmentalists alike have aggressively pushed an immediate transition to renewables, boosting both solar and wind energy technology.