Dem senator says if US bans Russian oil, he wants to fill gap with ‘wind energy’

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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.


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.

That remark was especially not well-received on Twitter:

He’s not the only wealthy left-winger who’s called for everyday Americans to make sacrifices for another country:


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