Texas Governor Greg Abbott had a message for Biden after the president begged OPEC to increase production to help him combat skyrocketing fuel prices – “Texas can do this … Stay out of our way.”
Following the White House’s desperate statement to OPEC urging the 23 oil producing countries, led largely by Russia and Saudi Arabia, to increase oil production, the Texas Republican Governor fired off an open letter denouncing the Biden administration’s moves to inhibit oil production in the United States while begging abroad.
Abbott tweeted, “Dear White House: Texas can do this. Our producers can easily produce that oil if your Administration will just stay out of the way. Allow American workers—not OPEC—produce the oil that can reduce the price of gasoline. Don’t make us dependent on foreign sources of energy.”
The White House’s statement by national security advisor Jake Sullivan on Wednesday read:
“Higher gasoline costs, if left unchecked, risk harming the ongoing global recovery. The price of crude oil has been higher than it was at the end of 2019, before the onset of the pandemic.
While OPEC+ recently agreed to production increases, these increases will not fully offset previous production cuts that OPEC+ imposed during the pandemic until well into 2022. At a critical moment in the global recovery, this is simply not enough.
President Biden has made clear that he wants Americans to have access to affordable and reliable energy, including at the pump. Although we are not a party to OPEC, the United States will always speak to international partners regarding issues of significance that affect our national economic and security affairs, in public and private. We are engaging with relevant OPEC+ members on the importance of competitive markets in setting prices. Competitive energy markets will ensure reliable and stable energy supplies, and OPEC+ must do more to support the recovery.”
Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw also blasted the Biden administration over the statement earlier in the week, accusing the president and his team of “reaching a whole new level of stupid” after begging for OPEC’s help.
“Reaching a whole new level of stupid, the Biden administration asks OPEC (foreign oil) to increase production, while making every possible attempt to destroy CLEANER American oil and gas. Not just stupid, but anti-American,” posted Crenshaw on Twitter.
One of Biden’s first acts as president was revoking a permit from the Keystone XL Pipeline project allowing the planned pipeline to cross over from Canada into the United States.
Biden’s action effectively killed the pipeline, costing thousands of jobs. If completed, the pipeline would have shipped over 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta, Canada, to refineries on the Gulf Coast of Texas.
In June, Biden suspended oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge’s 1002 area, a massive oil preserve located in Alaska. Former President Donald Trump finalized a plan to open the area to oil development in 2020 after decades of Alaskan officials lobbying the federal government.
In April, the Biden administration released its “Made In America” tax plan, in which it stated its intent to replace “fossil fuel subsidies with incentives for clean energy production,” adding, “provisions of the tax code shift our energy production away from cleaner alternatives, undermining long-term energy independence and the fight against climate change. Subsidized fossil fuels have also negatively impacted air and water quality in U.S. communities—especially in communities of color.”
Author: Harold Carter
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