White House Calls For Less Reliance On OPEC, But Blocks Domestic Drilling

St. James Terminal, a marine unloading and distribution point for crude oil, a U.S. Department of Energy owned site located southwest of Baton Rouge, La., on the Mississippi River, is shown in 1990.  This pipeline serves the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), which is the largest stockpile of crude oil in the world, developed to diminish the impact of oil disruption emergencies.  A SPR worker checks the valves and pipes on the pipeline that connects the terminal with the long-term SPR storage sites and a cross-country distribution pipeline.  (AP Photo/U.S. Department of Energy)

At a glance

  • The White House energy policy officially has reached the level of incoherence. Spokesman John Kirby said the U.S. needs to be less reliant on OPEC.
  • OK, fine. But the Biden Administration has blocked domestic oil and gas exploration on federal lands.
  • The administration has auctioned off t he fewest. screws of land for oil and gas exploration since the 1940s.
  • President Biden said during his campaign he planned to halt oil and gas leasing to further his aggressive climate agenda that seeks to phase out fossil fuels and promote green energy.


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