We must use our own resources before looking abroad
By Michael Geary, August 12, 2021
Yesterday, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan called for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries Plus (OPEC+) to produce more oil to stabilize rising gas prices in the United States. Mr. Sullivan claimed that “President Biden has made clear that he wants Americans to have access to affordable and reliable energy, including at the pump.” But does he?
His first eight months in office leaves this Texan double guessing President Biden’s commitment to affordable gas prices in the United States. Let’s examine the record. First, the President nixed the Keystone XL pipeline project within his first month in office. Second, he froze new drilling operations on federal lands. Third, as of yesterday, his $1 trillion Infrastructure Plan includes $7.5 billion for electric charging stations alone. These aren’t the actions of an administration concerned about “affordable and reliable energy.” These are the actions of an administration hostile to domestic fossil fuel development. Now, instead of turning to our own vast natural resources for relief, he looks abroad for ways to lower gas prices. He looks to socialist Venezuela, the unstable middle east, and, incredibly, he looks to Russia.
If President Biden wants to make gas affordable, he needs to stop listening to “green” policy experts. He needs to start supporting pipeline infrastructure and allowing our natural resources on federal lands to be safely developed. Calling for more oil production from OPEC+ isn’t the answer. If we need more oil production, we only need to look beneath our feet here in America.