Democratic Congressman Ro Khanna voiced dismay and confusion about the Biden administration’s decision to send American oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to adversarial nations abroad during an appearance with Fox News on Thursday afternoon.
Khanna’s remarks follow a Reuters story that claimed millions of barrels of oil from the SPR were exported as gas prices in the United States were at all-time highs.
Ro Khanna (D-CA) blasts Biden for exporting American oil to foreign countries while gas prices soar:— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) July 7, 2022
"I don’t understand why we aren’t having a ban on exports…people in my district, they're talking to me about gas prices, about higher food prices…airlines getting cancelled." pic.twitter.com/4pKyFvynWd
According to statistics and sources, more than 5 million barrels of oil from the historic US emergency reserves release that lowered domestic fuel prices were shipped to Europe and Asia last month, despite record-high US gasoline and diesel prices.
Karine Jean-Pierre doesn’t know that millions of barrels of oil released from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve have been sent to foreign countries. pic.twitter.com/B51kV5XFC6— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) July 5, 2022
The impact of US President Joe Biden’s efforts to cut record pump prices is being muted by the export of petroleum and fuel. On Saturday, Biden reiterated his plea for fuel providers to lower their rates, garnering criticism from Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.
NSC Spox John Kirby: Biden will hold a bilateral meeting with Saudi king and and his leadership team, which will include Crown Prince MBS.— Alex Ward (@alexbward) July 7, 2022
The press secretary for the White House is feigning ignorance.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden will visit Saudi Arabia this month to meet with Prince Mohammed bin Salman and King Salman bin Abdulaziz. While limiting domestic US output, he will encourage them to increase oil production.