White House press secretary Jen Psaki called for furthering green energy initiatives in the face of foreign oil dependence that could see Americans burdened by $150/barrel prices.
In an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Psaki dismissed calls for President Biden to restart the Keystone XL oil pipeline and instead harkened back to the executive order that canceled the project which stated, the U.S. “must prioritize the development of a clean energy economy.”
“What this actually justifies in President Biden’s view is the fact that we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil, on oil in general,” Psaki claimed, “and we need to look at other ways of having energy in our country and others.
“We’ve seen over the last week or so is that a number of European countries are recognizing they need to reduce their own reliance on Russian oil,” she added.
What Psaki left out of her assertion is that the recognition of the dependence on Russian oil stems from the lack of international leverage it provides those European countries, not from their concerns of moving toward greener energy production.