The Biden administration has been busily blaming anyone but themselves for rising gas prices here at home. One of their frequent scapegoats is the oil and gas industry, which they claim can simply boost production, despite the miles of red tape in their way. But if Biden won’t facilitate increased U.S. oil and gas production, he could at least look to one of our closest allies, Canada for more.
The energy minister for Alberta, Sonya Savage, recently discussed the issue on a TV show. The Blaze reports her reaction to Biden requesting OPEC and other similar nations to boost production:
“I thought ‘what?’ ‘We’re right next door. We’re here!’” Savage responded.
“It’s extremely frustrating when we see the United States administration reaching out to Saudi Arabia to ask for more oil production, to ask OPEC for more oil production, to look at Iran, to look at Venezuela when we’re right next door here in Alberta,” she explained. “They should be looking at us as the solution to energy security, not around, not Venezuela.”
Savage said that Canada could more than make up the lack of oil imports resulting from the ban on Russian imports over its invasion of Ukraine.
“A reminder of the folly of energy policy over the past decade. Canada, with the third largest reserves, could have supplied the U.S. and the world,” Savage added.
Savage certainly has a right to be frustrated by the Biden administration’s energy policies, as the now-canceled Keystone XL pipeline would have carried oil from her province to refineries in the southern U.S. And despite the Biden administration’s attempting to justify the cancellation by citing climate concerns, the pipeline would in fact have produced net-zero carbon emissions over its lifetime.
Since the Biden administration doesn’t appear intent on boosting our own production, it could at least start by reducing our dependence on unfriendly foreign nations by turning to allies such as Canada for support. If we have to be dependent on someone, let’s at least make it our friends.