Tshibaka statement of Biden's release of oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve

President Biden has ordered the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, an attempt to address rising fuel prices that are the result of his administration’s anti-energy policies.

Alaska Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate Kelly Tshibaka today issued the following statement:

“Joe Biden is bragging about the release of 50 million barrels of oil, but this is really just an admission that his energy policy is a complete failure for the entire country. First, people should understand that the United States uses 18 million barrels of oil every day, so Biden’s action won’t even cover three days. This is a gesture so small that it can’t even be called a band-aid.

“The reserve is meant to be used during economic or natural disasters, not as a response to a crisis of the president’s own creation. From his first day in office, Biden has assaulted the energy industries in this country – and specifically in Alaska – and declared all-out war on our domestic oil production. When you block new production and build barriers for existing industries, what exactly did he expect was going to happen?

“Biden’s energy policies are devastating for Alaskans, both in the rising costs of fuel but also in the loss of jobs and opportunities. And he has had a Chief Enabling Officer in Sen. Lisa Murkowski, who helped pave the way for Biden’s presidency by opposing President Donald Trump, whose policies were fantastic for our people. When she was the deciding vote to push the confirmation of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who is spearheading the energy-annihilating agenda, Murkowski said she was doing so with misgivings. But she did it anyway, and now Alaska is paying the price.

“Biden’s announcement is an indictment of his own administration, and Lisa Murkowski is complicit as well.”

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