Congresswoman Carol Miller and more than 140 of her party members believe that this could make the U.S. dependent on “countries like China and Russia.”
American Republican congressmen have written a letter to the U.S. President, Democrat Joe Biden, accusing him of an anti-American energy policy, which, according to lawmakers, could make the United States dependent on “countries such as China and Russia.”
The initiator of the appeal to the president was Congresswoman Carol Miller (from West Virginia); more than 140 of her fellow party members from the lower house of Congress joined the letter. As noted in a press release on Miller’s website, the decision to write to Biden was made against the backdrop of rising fuel prices and the administration’s recent call for OPEC+ countries to “produce more oil to combat rising gasoline prices for American consumers.”
“Your opinion that an increase in oil supplies is necessary to reduce prices at gas stations is justified. We also agree with the assistant to the U.S. President for National Security, Jake Sullivan, who said that rising gasoline prices would create “a risk of damaging the global [economic] recovery.” However, we disagree with your administration’s efforts to reduce access to American energy resources and simultaneous calls to OPEC+ to increase production of its resources,” the congressmen write.
“As you know, OPEC+ includes countries that are known opponents of the United States, such as Russia, Iran, and Venezuela. It is not in America’s interests to rely on these countries on the issue of energy. At the same time, removing obstacles to American oil and gas production and their infrastructure will lead to the growth of the American economy and increase the number of jobs, increase national and energy security, and lower energy prices for American families. It will also lead to a reduction in global emissions since the United States produces energy with a more responsible attitude to the environment than those countries that you want America to rely on,” the authors of the letter claim.
In their opinion, the aforementioned call for OPEC+ “is consistent with some other anti-American energy policy measures” promoted by the administration and Democrats in Congress. These congressmen include, among other things, the decision to cancel the construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada to the United States and the introduction of a moratorium on the lease of federal lands for the development of oil and gas fields. “Instead of continuing to call for the greater prosperity of OPEC+-affiliated countries that seek to harm the United States, we must satisfy American demands with American-made energy resources. <…> We ask you to cooperate with us to preserve America’s energy security and reverse the disastrous energy policy of your administration, which will make us dependent on countries such as China and Russia,” the Republicans stressed.
Biden has been paying great attention to environmental issues and expanding the use of clean energy sources since the beginning of his presidency. He calls the issue of combating climate change one of the priorities of his administration.