The Marysville Advocate: Time to Unleash Kansas Energy – Senator Jerry Moran

by | Oct 20, 2022 | Energy

This editorial ran in The Marysville Advocate on October 19, 2022.A growing energy crisis is creating financial strain for American families and putting our country’s national security at risk. Through innovation and by embracing an all-of-the-above energy strategy, the United States can once again achieve energy independence, lower prices and supply energy to our allies.With energy and gas prices nearing an all-time high, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) – a group of oil-producing countries including Saudi Arabia – recently announced it will significantly cut domestic oil production.This decision will further drive up the cost of gas and allow Russia to sell its oil at a higher price, funding Putin’s war against Ukraine. Being forced to rely on countries controlled by dictators to supply our energy puts our own national security at risk and sends millions of American dollars overseas.Rather than taking steps to increase domestic energy production, President Biden responded to OPEC’s announcement with plans to again release oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.Given that the U.S. consumes nearly 20 million barrels of oil per day, the decision to release another 10 million barrels from the reserve will have a minimal effect on lowering prices at the pump …

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