President Joe Biden is seeking to solve the oil crisis in the U.S. by begging foreign dictators and despots to increase their territories'' oil production and many on social media are torching him for it.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday that they would not be seeking to increase domestic oil production and instead insisted that the crisis meant they should depend more on renewable sources.
“It’s a reminder that real energy security comes from reducing our dependence on fossil fuels,” Psaki claimed. “The only way to protect U.S. over the long term is to become energy independent."
Oil prices have been skyrocketing since Russia's invasion of Ukraine. Many in the U.S. are calling for the Biden administration to stop all oil imports from Russia while it continues to attack Ukrainian sovereignty.
Republicans and other critics of the administration criticized him on social media for seeking increased production from questionable foreign sources while seeking to shut down domestic producers of oil.
"It is wrong for the Biden Administration to beg for oil from Venezuela & legitimize Maduro’s communist regime during an official visit. The U.S. should hold Maduro accountable while increasing domestic energy production so we won’t need to rely on hostile regimes for energy," responded Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).
"Apparently Biden thinks producing more of our own oil in America is bad for the climate but somehow producing more oil in #Venezuela is not," tweeted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).
"Gas is up 13% in just the past week. What will it take for Joe Biden to increase oil production in America?" replied Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).
"Gas wouldn’t be this expensive if Joe Biden opened up America’s oil pipelines," tweeted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio). "Anyone telling you otherwise is lying."
"Biden should be turning to AMERICAN energy producers for more oil and gas—not dictators in Venezuela, Iran, and Saudi Arabia," tweeted Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.).
"Joe Biden would rather get oil from socialists in Venezuela than from American workers in Texas," added Rep. Lance Gooden (R-Texas.)
"At this point, the Biden administration is actively considering incentivizing both Iranian oil and Venezuelan oil, but has thus far shown no interest in incentivizing *checks notes* American oil. Up is down. Down is up," said Newsweek opinion editor Josh Hammer.
While the administration is now blaming oil companies for the high price of gas and claiming their policies have not reduced production, Biden previously said that it would be necessary to transition away from fossil fuels and towards renewable energy.
Also on Monday, the stock market continued to collapse over fears due to inflation and the continuing invasion of Ukraine by Russia.
Here's more about the rising gas prices:
Gas Tops $4 A Gallon As Fighting Between In Ukraine Continueswww.youtube.com