White House Press officer Jen Psaki pushed back today against Peter Doocy of Fox News, who repeatedly tried to cut him off in his interrogation on national oil production in the middle of soaring gasoline prices Across the country.
“Let me finish – let me give you the facts here,” Psaki said. “I know it can be awkward, but I think they’re important right now.”
“We have been clear that in the short term, supply has to follow demand,” Psaki said. “Here and around the world, as we transition to a secure and clean energy future, we are one of the largest producers with a strong domestic gas industry. We’ve actually produced more oil – it’s a record number – and we will continue to produce more oil. There are 9,000 drilling permits approved that are not being used, so the suggestion that we don’t allow companies to drill is inaccurate.
Doocy went on to ask, “Does President Biden rescind its executive order that stops new oil and natural gas leases on public lands? »
“Well, 90% of them happen on private land, as you surely know, and there are 9,000 unused approved drilling permits,” Psaki replied. “So I would suggest you ask the oil companies why they don’t use them if they want to drill more.”
After a few round trips on the Keystone pipelineDoocy got to the heart of his questioning: Biden’s climate crisis agenda.
“Gas prices are approaching an all-time high per gallon. How high do they have to go before President Biden has to say, ‘I’m going to set aside my lofty climate goals and just increase domestic oil production, bring producers to drill more here, and we can talk about the future of fossil fuels later?’ asked Doocy.
“The United States has produced more oil this year than President Trump’s first year,” Psaki replied. “Next year, according to the Ministry of Energy, we will produce more oil than ever before. These are the facts in terms of oil production. And again, there are 9,000 unused approved permits for onshore drilling. I think you are misunderstanding the real problem.
She continued: “If we look to the future and what we can do to prevent this from being a challenge in future crises, the best thing we can do is reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil. , because it will help us. have a reliable source of energy, so we are not worried about rising gas prices due to the whims of a foreign dictator.