(ConservativeInsider.org) – Considering Russia is a large supplier of crude oil to much of the world, the country’s invasion of Ukraine has many countries scrambling to reduce their dependence on them for the import. On February 2, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg appeared on MSNBC, where he stated President Joe Biden did not want to use the Keystone Pipeline to help lower the price of oil. According to the secretary, opening up the pipeline would be the wrong solution to a “short-term problem.”
Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) insists the United States needs to build natural gas infrastructure to help America and its allies and eliminate any oil dependence on Russia.
To put up barriers to natural gas projects & the benefits they provide while Putin is actively & effectively weaponizing energy against our allies is absurd. We need to instead increase access & strengthen our ability to use energy to fight for our values & support our partners. pic.twitter.com/rWuMPVR8mI
— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) March 3, 2022
With gas prices skyrocketing out of control and inflation rates showing no signs of slowing down, many wonder what the president can do to ease the pain at the pump. Unfortunately, the answer is, not much. On March 1, Biden released 30 million barrels of reserved oil to help and said he would release more “if necessary.” This short-term solution doesn’t really address the country’s dependence on foreign oil producers like Russia.
The long-term solution seems to be to follow Biden’s plan to diversify and grow an “energy base” right in the United States. That way, not only can the US achieve energy independence, but also help other countries reduce their dependence on places like Russia. The question is, how long will that take, and how much money will we send to Putin in the meantime?
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