HELENA — President Biden announced Tuesday a U.S.ban on Russian oil imports due to Russia’s war in Ukraine. The ban will also include natural gas and coal.
“We're banning all imports of Russian oil and gas and energy. That means Russian oil will no longer be accepted at U.S. ports and the American people will deal another powerful blow to the Putin war machine," said Biden.
Today, I’m announcing that the United States is targeting a main artery of Russia’s economy.— President Biden (@POTUS) March 8, 2022
We are banning all imports of Russian oil and gas.
The move comes as gas and other energy prices rapidly increase in the U.S. following the Russian invasion.
Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) and Sen. Jon Tester (D-Mont.) praised the move Tuesday, while also calling on increasing domestic energy production.
“Great,” Sen. Steve Daines said in a press release. “Now instead of looking to Iran and Venezuela for oil—work with American producers and unleash American energy production!”
Replace Russian oil with American oil.— Steve Daines (@SteveDaines) March 8, 2022
“I appreciate President Biden working with our bipartisan coalition to ban imports of Russian oil and gas. This will weaken Putin's regime,” wrote Sen. Jon Tester on Twitter. “Now we've got to increase domestic production and strengthen our energy independence so we can get working families some relief at the pump.”
I appreciate President Biden working with our bipartisan coalition to ban imports of Russian oil and gas. This will weaken Putin's regime.— Senator Jon Tester (@SenatorTester) March 8, 2022
Now we've got to increase domestic production and strengthen our energy independence so we can get working families some relief at the pump.
In recent days both Daines and Tester have pushed for increasing U.S. energy independence, including restarting the Keystone XL pipeline.
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, Russian oil accounted for 7.4% of total U.S. imports between July 2021-December 2021.
Montana Governor Greg Gianforte tweeted Tuesday the state is ready to make America energy secure and independent.
“Our adversaries are the only beneficiaries when we aren't expanding production and supply here at home,” wrote Gianforte.
Hardworking Montanans stand ready to make America energy secure and independent.— Governor Greg Gianforte (@GovGianforte) March 8, 2022
Our adversaries are the only beneficiaries when we aren't expanding production and supply here at home.
Biden said the move was made in consultation with NATO and European allies to show a united front against the actions of Russian President Vladamir Putin.
“We’re moving forward with this ban understanding that many of our European allies and partners may not be in a position to join us,” Biden said in his address. “The United States produces far more oil domestically than all of the European countries combined. In fact, we are a net exporter of energy. We can take this step when others cannot.”
Congressman Matt Rosendale criticized Biden, saying the president was not being transparent on the United State’s oil production noting the country had decreased its oil production from 2019 to 2021.
President Biden claimed that the U.S. is producing more oil today than ever before.— Matt Rosendale (@RepRosendale) March 8, 2022
Here are the facts:
In 2019, the U.S. produced 12.23 million barrels per day.
In 2021, the U.S. produced 11.2 million barrels per day.
Americans deserve better transparency from the president.
According to data from the U.S. Department of Energy, in 2021 the country produced 11.2 million barrels of oil a day. In 2019 the U.S. produced 12.2 million barrels a day. That decrease comes after a significant increase over the last 14 years. In 2008, the U.S. was producing 5 million barrels a day, by 2018 the country was producing 10.9 million barrels a day.