A growing number of Democrats are calling for Biden to sanction Russian energy

Several Democrats are now joining Republicans in arguing that President Joe Biden and his administration, in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ought to stop importing oil from Russia, Breitbart News reports

Two of the latest Democrats to do so are Sens. Mark Warner (D-VA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). They made the call for an embargo on Russian oil during an appearance Thursday on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports. 

Besides the embargo, the senators also called for energy companies to “step up.”

“I know there’s hardship on the American people and on everybody who is affected by these high gas prices, but the other thing we need to do is we need to call on our CEOs of the major oil companies to stop sitting on production and increase production,” Shaheen said. “They’ve been sitting on the amount of production because they want to keep the price high. Well, the world needs them to respond now as well.”

Pelosi joins in

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) also voiced support on Thursday for banning the import of Russian oil. “I’m all for that. Ban it,” Pelosi said.

The United States and its allies have placed various sanctions on Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine, but no sanctions have been placed on Russian energy. Several Republicans have argued that if Biden wants to slow Russian President Vladimir Putin down, this would be the thing to do.

Biden, however, has refused to do so.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has explained that Biden does not want to sanction Russian energy because it would hurt both America and its allies. America gets about 3% of its oil imports from Russia, whereas the corresponding percentage for Europe is 40%.

What’s not being said

When the Biden administration makes these arguments what it leaves unsaid is that the only reason sanctioning Russian energy would hurt the U.S. and its allies is because Biden refuses to allow for an increase of oil and gas production to take place on U.S. land.

It should also be noted that Pelosi and some other Democrats who claim to now be in favor of sanctioning Russian energy would not be in favor of increasing oil and gas production on U.S. land, which would only make the already-high oil and gas prices here in the U.S. even higher.

The reason is that Biden and the Democrats are beholden to their climate change agenda. In other words, Biden has made it clear that the climate change agenda is more important than stopping Russia.

As this point continues to be raised, it is becoming harder and harder for Biden to maintain his position. Psaki has now said that sanctions on Russian energy are not off the table. We’ll have to see if as more Democrats support these sanctions Biden will go ahead and impose them.

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