When Nancy Pelosi and a vast number of conservatives are on the same page you know it has a shot. That’s the situation with a ban on Russian oil. Though we’ll pay higher prices at the pumps, Americans polled support in it big numbers.
Where we disagree with Pelosi is on American energy production. Republicans want to unleash it. Democrats will permit high gas prices to further a green agenda.
FNC: “Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Sunday that the U.S. is considering a ban on Russian oil imports ‘in coordination’ with European and NATO allies amid bipartisan calls for a full embargo while Russia continues its invasion of Ukraine.
Speaking from the former Soviet republic of Moldova on CNN’s ‘State of the Union,’ Blinken said the administration was looking at the ‘prospect’ of banning Russian oil imports ‘in a coordinated way’ with allies, while making sure there is still enough oil on the global market, but he declined to elaborate on how that could be accomplished.”
BREAKING: US and European officials are engaged in talks about ban on Russian oil imports
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“The actions we’ve taken to date have already had a devastating impact on the Russian economy,” he said later on NBC. “We’ve seen the ruble in free fall. We see the economy heading into a deep recession. We’ve already had a major impact, but we are looking, again, as we speak, in coordination with allies and partners at this prospect of banning oil imports.”
“So it’s interesting you’ve added the ‘in coordination’ – the United States is not going to do this unilaterally?” Chuck Todd asked.
“A hallmark of everything we’ve done to date has been in coordination with our allies and partners,” Blinken responded. “We are much more effective across the board when we’re doing things together and in as close coordination as possible. There are instances in which we each do things a little bit different, but it complements the whole.
“So, in the first instance, we want to make sure that we’re acting in coordination,” he added. “I’m not going to rule out taking action one way or another, irrespective of what they do, but everything we’ve done, the approach starts with coordinating with allies and partners.”
But Republicans blame Biden’s past actions and want to get tougher. “U.S. purchases, coupled with soaring prices caused by a decrease in the oil supply earned Russia’s gas sector record profits last year,” Rep. Jim Banks, R-IN, chairman of the Republican Study Committee, wrote last week to fellow Republicans. “That cash helped insulate Russia from sanctions and shifted Putin’s calculus towards a full-scale invasion.”
House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-LA, who sits on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, told press: “President Biden should immediately reverse his devastating policies that are causing gas prices to skyrocket and are giving Putin leverage against the rest of the world and return to the policies that were working under President Trump to create American energy dominance with gas prices below $2 a gallon. Speaker Pelosi and President Biden’s radical Green New Deal agenda will be a major issue in November’s elections.”