Conspicuously absent from President Joe Biden’s otherwise economically-crushing sanctions against Russia in response to its invasion of Ukraine are any restrictions on that belligerent nation’s energy sector, which is odd considering that oil and gas exports are Russia’s top revenue producer.
Now a Ukrainian-born member of Congress, Rep. Victoria Spartz (R-IN), is accusing Biden of indirectly “financing” Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war effort, given the fact that the U.S. imports some increasingly expensive oil from Russia, Fox News reported.
Spartz, who was born in Soviet-era Ukraine before emigrating to the U.S. with her family, has understandably been quite outspoken in opposition to Putin’s invasion of her home country, and she joined Fox host Sean Hannity Wednesday evening to discuss the issue.
Buying Putin’s oil means we are “financing his war” against Ukraine
The Indiana congresswoman began by decrying the Biden administration’s hostile attitude toward domestic energy production and the fact that far too many people today view “climate change” as the biggest threat when, in her view, the lack of energy security for the U.S. poses a far bigger problem.
Spartz also lamented the “lack of common sense” in both Europe and the U.S. on the energy production issue and said “it’s created instability, bloodshed and a lot of problems. So we need to be smarter.”
“And I think, you know, this president needs to understand if we want to tip the scale and make President Putin listen to us, the most effective way to do it is stop financing his war,” she said, referencing the Russian oil that is purchased by the U.S. on a daily basis.
Spartz went on to recount how she had recently chastised German leaders for their reliance on Russian oil and natural gas, but they simply countered by pointing out that the U.S. buys Russian oil, too. She admitted to Hannity, “To tell you the truth, I didn’t have an answer for them because it was true. And it’s just a disgrace that we are doing that.”
Last night, I joined @seanhannity on @FoxNews to discuss the unprovoked, violent invasion Putin is carrying out in Ukraine. The failed energy policies of the West are one of the major contributing factors to this aggression and current global instability. pic.twitter.com/Gct0JdmsCk
— Rep. Victoria Spartz (@RepSpartz) March 3, 2022
Other politicians calling for a ban on Russian oil imports
According to ABC News, the U.S. obtains anywhere from 5-10 percent of its imported crude oil and refined oil products from Russia, and while that may not seem like much in the big scheme of things, it is still putting millions of U.S. dollars in Putin’s coffers regularly.
Now, in addition to Rep. Spartz, several Republican politicians at the state and federal level across the country are urging Biden and his administration to change its hostile policies to allow for and encourage more domestic energy production.
Retiring Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) is among those, and he pointed to the ludicrous fact that Biden had canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, which would have imported ample oil from neighboring Canada, while still importing oil from an adversary like Russia, and told ABC, “So, here we are cutting off our own North American energy supply while helping Russia by buying their oil.”
For what it is worth, Biden has been getting hammered on this issue by Republicans as well as even many Democrats, and the president recently said that “nothing is off the table” in terms of a future ban on Russian oil imports, so perhaps the political pressure will finally compel him to do what probably should have been done in the first place.