It was reported by Newsmax that the United States must start putting its natural gas and oil onto the market not only to stop funding Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war machine but also to help bring down prices and help Americans, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., told Newsmax on Monday.
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“The gas prices started going up long before the invasion of Ukraine because of the United States policy, the Biden policy to quit drilling for gas and oil and providing it on the open market,” he added.
While the United States should not be buying Russian oil, which is putting “about $65 [million] or $75 million a day” toward Putin’s attacks on Ukraine, the other side of the equation is to reopen the United States’ capabilities, said Perry.
Americans can’t afford the higher gas prices, particularly at a time when their wages are no longer going up to meet the record levels of inflation, said Perry.
“It’s all self-inflicted and unnecessary,” said Perry. “These are all policies of Joe Biden and the left.”
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Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken told CNN on Sunday that the United States is “working with Poland as we speak to see if we can backfill anything that they provide to the Ukrainians,” including fighter jets, and while Perry said he supports that, he questioned the wisdom of “telegraphing our actions” to Putin.
Perry, though, said there is no reason for the United States to shirk from helping Ukraine out of fear of escalating tensions, and he thinks an agreement on backfilling planes and weapons sent to the war-torn country “should have happened a long time ago. It really shouldn’t be news.”
“I’m not sure how tensions can get any higher,” said Perry. “If you’re living in Poland or Belarus, you’re very concerned, and so the thing to do is to let Vladimir Putin know that this is not going to stand. He’s not going to stay in Ukraine.”
By taking further action, he added, that puts “despots, wherever you live” on alert to “stay in your own countries and quit invading your neighbors [as] you’re not going to be rewarded for doing it.”