(WatchDogReport.org) – On March 8, President Joe Biden took action against Russia that critics say is a serious step in the wrong direction. Biden’s proposed ban on Russian oil imports leaves a void in crude oil supply the United States needs for some of its production. Biden’s plan to fill the gap walks his administration down a dark road.
Biden will seek, in part, to replace the crude from Russia with oil from Venezuela or Iran. Venezuela is currently run by a ruthless dictator the United States doesn’t recognize, and Iran is an unfriendly regime testing the waters of ballistic missile warfare. In turning to these countries, Biden may have placed the country in a situation of choosing the “lesser of two evils.”
While Chevron and Exxon have agreed to increase production in the US, shortfalls will still come. Where we go to fill the empty spaces has become a political hot button.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tweeted in response to the decision that there are plenty of other options for America to look for oil without having to turn to another government we probably shouldn’t be doing business with. Jordan mentions popular ideas in Republican circles, including opening up the Alaskan National Wildlife Refuge.
American oil leases.
There’s no shortage of oil. Only common sense.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) March 8, 2022
Drilling in the refuge came to a screeching halt, along with other energy-friendly policies instituted by former President Donald Trump, almost immediately upon Biden’s arrival in Washington, DC.
Biden may have found a solution for the logistics of the latest move against Russia, but has he considered the moral implications or the dangers to democracy of allowing one authoritarian to take priority over another?
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