The tension in Ukraine only increases day by day, but now it is exposing a major problem under President Joe Biden: the nation’s energy dependence on other nations.
The U.S. achieved energy independence under former President Donald Trump, but Biden quickly did away with that. Now, Americans may feel the pinch beyond the soaring gas prices of recent months.
“For America to be a diplomatic power, we must be a military power,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash. “To be a military power, America has to be an economic power. It’s all connected, and President Joe Biden is undermining it all with his radical agenda to shut down American energy and embolden our enemies like Russia.”
Rodgers recommended quick action given the situation in Ukraine.
“Especially given Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, America must flip the switch and aggressively promote our energy jobs, production, and exports,” she said. “Now is not the time to be shutting down American pipelines, keeping resources in the ground, and making the world more dependent on Russian oil and natural gas.”
Biden’s energy policies have discouraged or outright banned drilling in some areas.
“The Biden administration’s policies have resulted in skyrocketing energy prices for the American people,” said Power the Future, an energy workers advocacy group. “Putin uses Russian energy as a geopolitical weapon against his enemies. President Biden has used American energy against the American people.”
Gas prices have risen a full dollar in the last 12 months.
“If the President is serious about countering Russia and being tough on Putin, he would work with us to ensure America leads as the world’s number one energy producer,” Rodgers added. “I will soon be introducing legislation called the American Energy Independence from Russia Act that would require the President to make an energy security plan that encourages America’s oil production to offset Russian imports. House Republicans on Energy and Commerce are ready to pass solutions that unleash energy production across the board including for oil and natural gas.”
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