Joe Biden’s energy policies, according to a former Keystone XL pipeline worker, are the real cause of rising fuel prices, and the war in Ukraine “had nothing to do with” it.
The energy industry “tried to tell” the Biden administration that blocking new oil and gas projects would imperil American energy independence and national security, according to Neal Crabtree, a welder who lost his job when Biden shelved the Keystone XL pipeline.
In an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, Crabtree said, “We tried to warn this administration back when they canceled the Keystone pipeline” that it was also “canceling national security, foreign policy and energy.”
As oil neared $130 per barrel, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States reached a new high this week. Biden declared on Tuesday that he will impose an embargo on Russian oil and gas imports, calling it a “main artery of Russia’s economy.”
The president urged energy corporations in the United States to avoid “profiteering or price gouging,” and blamed the energy issue on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s conflict.
“Since Putin began his military buildup on Ukrainian borders – just since then – the price of gas at pumps in America went up 75 cents,” Biden said. “And with this action it’s going to go up further.”
Jen Psaki the current White House press secretary tried outright lies, “Federal policies are not limiting the supplies of oil and gas,” Psaki said Monday. “There are 9,000 approved drilling permits that are not being used, so the suggestion that we are not allowing companies to drill is inaccurate,” she continued. “I would suggest you ask the oil companies why they’re not using those if there’s a desire to drill more.”
However, Crabtree disputed the president’s claims. “Even if we can fix the Ukrainian problem, the prices are still going up,” he told Fox News, adding that Biden’s “policies have everything to do with the rising fuel prices in this country today.
“It has nothing to do with the war in Ukraine,” he said.
“When I’d first seen the reports of the president going to places like Iran and Venezuela to ask for more oil output, I said ‘this is fake news, he hasn’t gone this far off the rocker,’” Crabtree told media.
“But I guess that’s the path they want to take. “Why not invite North Korea?” he continued. “Maybe they’ve got a few barrels of oil that they can spare?”