In case the Biden administration and America’s European allies ban Russian oil, Sen. Chris Murphy believes the shortfall created by such a move should be filled in at least partly, if not entirely, with renewable energy.
He expressed this while speaking on “Fox News Sunday” with temporary host Shannon Bream about a bipartisan bill sponsored by Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin and Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski that would ban Russian oil.
Manchin has made it clear that he supports simply filling in the shortfall by ramping up oil, gas and coal production. But Murphy wasn’t so sure about that.
“Joe Manchin represents a coal state. I represent a state that’s going to have a lot of wind power online very soon. And so, you know, my preference would be to try to fill in that gap with renewable energy,” he said.
The big problem is that renewable energy accounted for only 20.1 percent of the United States’ energy in 2021, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
Wind in particular accounted for only 9.2 percent. Combined, fossil fuels like coal and natural gas meanwhile accounted for 60.8 percent of all energy.
In fairness to Murphy, he continued his remarks by essentially admitting that yes, renewables alone wouldn’t be enough to make up for the shortfall, and that the United States would still need to rely on other energy sources as well, including coal.
“I think the reality is, if Europe decides to take a tough stand against Russian gas and oil, there’s no way to not have some of that filled in with U.S. natural resource production, [liquefied natural gas] in particular. Natural gas that we produce here in the United States and ship to Europe is likely going to have to be part of the solution,” he said.
“I would just want to make sure that in the United States, if we’re going to have to fill in what we lose in Russian gas, that’s not just from West Virginia coal — that’s also from Long Island sound wind power.”
Fair enough? Murphy later went on to echo some of his points on Twitter, where it appears they weren’t necessarily well-received.
Yes. And of course many of us have been saying this for decades. It’s frankly crazy we still import so much Russian oil given the fact that we could simply choose to run on country on domestic clean power. https://t.co/2V0a25B7VZ
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) March 6, 2022
No, we can’t you ignorant slut. We need to stop playing policies with our countries energy. Yes, we should move farther and farther to clean and renewable energy…but shooting our selves in the foot before we get there only slows us down
— Brad Lang (@BradLangShow) March 6, 2022
No. Domestic oil and gas. Why do you loathe the middle class and poor?
— Connecticut Mises Caucus (@MisesCaucusCT) March 6, 2022
Ok, so if we can flip the switch to clean energy, do it RIGHT NOW. We can’t, it’s a good goal but will take time. So encourage & allow domestic oil production to bridge the gap until we can realistically go green.
— John N Garcia (@JG_Atlantic) March 6, 2022
During the same discussion on “Fox News Sunday,” Murphy also seemed to suggest that he’s not very favorable toward Manchin and Murkowski’s bill.
“If the price of a barrel of oil goes to 150 dollars because we ban Russian imports, you and I can deal with that. But there are a lot of low-income consumers who would be hurt,” he rightly noted.
Manchin, who tends to side with the working class, doesn’t seem concerned by this.
“If there was a poll being taken and they said, ‘Joe, would you pay 10 cents more per gallon to support the people of Ukraine and stop the support of Russia?’ I would gladly pay 10 cents more per gallon,” he said at a press conference last Thursday.
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) says he would “gladly pay 10 cents more a gallon” for gas to help Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/QN1kCbBLRd
— The Recount (@therecount) March 3, 2022
That remark was especially not well-received on Twitter:
Did anyone tell @Sen_JoeManchin that gas prices jumped 40 CENTS in Ohio since Wednesday? Just wondering if that’s more than the 10 cents he said he’d be willing to pay?
— Fed Up Jinx 🦀 ™®©° (@Jennyjinx) March 6, 2022
Your bill alone put 7% on the price of oil, Friday alone. A little more.than ’10 cents a gallon’. Never underestimate the stupidity of narcissistic politicians.
— Darren Deacon (@DarrenNDeacon) March 5, 2022
Multi-millionaire Manchin would gladly pay 10 cents per gallon more to fill up his Maserati,
to help Ukraine.
— Wheezy (@WheezyNC) March 4, 2022
10 cents more a gallon??? Shows just how out of touch @Sen_JoeManchin is. Gas where I am is going up 10-15 cents a gallon A DAY!!
— The News Rabbit (@TheNewsRabbit) March 4, 2022
He’s not the only wealthy left-winger who’s called for everyday Americans to make sacrifices for another country:
I think this sermon to Americans about the great value and need to “endure” higher prices for food and gas, valid or not, should stop being delivered by rich celebrities and television pundits who won’t even notice anything different. It’s easy to demand *others* “sacrifice.” https://t.co/CMN053Aqgj
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) March 5, 2022
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