‘I Blame The Saudis’: Democrat Congressman Responds To Gas Prices Hitting $6.50 In His District | Eastern North Carolina Now | Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) recently argued that soaring gasoline prices in his district are largely induced by actions from Saudi Arabia to restrict oil production.

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    Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) recently argued that soaring gasoline prices in his district are largely induced by actions from Saudi Arabia to restrict oil production.

    Saudi Arabia joined Russia and other members of OPEC+ in slashing petroleum output by two million barrels per day beginning in November, constituting 2% of global oil demand. Khanna, who represents Silicon Valley, argued during an interview with Fox Business that the kingdom bears much of the responsibility for high energy prices.

    "First, I blame the Saudis. They are totally outrageous and ungrateful in cutting production and hurting the American people," Khanna said, also blaming the Federal Reserve for "buying back corporate bonds and mortgages for way too long" and Russian President Vladimir Putin for causing "aggravated supply chains" through the Ukraine invasion.

    Gas prices in California have reached an average of $6.20 per gallon, according to data from AAA, while prices in Khanna's district have reached $6.50 per gallon. One year ago, prices at the pump were $4.45 per gallon.

    During a visit to Saudi Arabia three months ago, President Joe Biden touted the necessity to "ensure adequate supplies" of energy and fulfill "global needs." Though he did not specifically mention oil, many had speculated that encouraging higher output in response to elevated gas prices in the United States was a primary factor behind Biden's visit - a suspicion that appeared to be validated after the Saudi government released a statement this week revealing Biden's request to delay the production cut until after the midterm elections.

    In another Fox Business interview, Khanna said that the Saudis betrayed the United States, the nation's primary supplier of military equipment, through the decision to reduce petroleum output.

    "The priority is to get gas prices low, and what we need to do is be very tough on Saudi Arabia," he told anchor Neil Cavuto. "After all we have done for that country ... for them to do this to the American people is outrageous, and we should say that if they don't reverse their decision, we are going to stop sending them weapons."

    The Biden administration has garnered criticism for nixing expansions to the Keystone XL pipeline and slowing federal oil leases to a crawl. When pressed by Cavuto on why regulators are discouraging domestic oil production, Khanna noted that energy producers have neglected to invest in refinery capacity. Cavuto retorted that incentives to build new refineries would be foolish given the administration's preference for renewable energy.

    Members of the Biden administration have indeed contended that high fuel costs should provoke a transition toward renewable energy rather than the prioritization of raising domestic output. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said during a speech last month that the Inflation Reduction Act, which was recently passed into law, contains reforms that will prevent American reliance on foreign oil.

    "Over the past two years in particular, we've seen the direct consequences of our continued dependence on fossil fuels. Not only do we continue to contribute and subject ourselves to a rapidly warming climate," Yellen remarked, "but we expose ourselves to the type of energy market volatility we've experienced in the wake of Russia's brutal war on Ukraine. No country controls the wind and the sun. And countries that can harness those sources of energy will make their economies more resilient and secure."

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In what may be the most divisive period in modern American History, even more divisive than the turbulent sixties due to today's lack of patriotism, consider what are the major catalysts causing so much of this calamity of conflict, and vote: What most instigates the division of America, on this day September 20, 2022?
  Racism within our society
  Sex realignment to the detriment of our society.
  Biden /Harris Wide Open Southern Border Policy for the Demographic Upheaval of OUR Constitutional Republic
  Rampant Crime in Democratic controlled cities, and the possible contagion elsewhere
  Covid Pandemic, and its mishandling at the political, and bureaucratic levels.
  The unresolved questions /allegation regarding the flawed 2020 General Election
  January 6th Riot or "Armed Insurrection", depending upon patriotic perspective
  Joe Biden as Divisive Leader; Ineffective and Corrupt Executive
  Failed Education Industry, from an overall perspective, regarding all levels of education.
  Propagandistic Media in complete conflict with the First Amendment's guarantee of Freedom of Speech, and the awesome responsibility of a Free Press..
  "Orangeman Bad!"
  Bureaucracy rushing to a behemoth size, its unjustified expense, and far too often overreach.
  The Weaponized Deep State for political purposes
  A secular ambivalence to all that is real.
  Record number of overdose deaths from opioids and now Fentanyl
  Biden Administration's disastrous Foreign Policy
  Bidenflation /supply chain failure inevitably evolving into stagflation and recession.
  "Ultra MAGA Extremists" freely speaking louder AND LOUDER!
691 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?


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Inarguably, the policies of the Democrats in congress and Joe Biden as the Executive is plunging the United States into a recession, if we are not already there; a recession that was completely avoidable. Will abrupt changes in policies occur in time?
  Yes, the Democrats have a bold plan, yet to be revealed, to save us.
  No, there will have to be a complete undoing of the damage done by these Democrats.
  I can't do simple math, so how am I to understand the concept of basic economics.
1,180 total vote(s)     What's your Opinion?

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