Congress: Don’t Ban Russian Energy Without Unleashing American Energy

Press Releases · Mar 23, 2022

WASHINGTON — Heritage Action, a conservative organization with two million grassroots activists nationwide, today released a statement from Executive Director Jessica Anderson responding to the Senate’s consideration of measures to ban energy imports from Russia:

While Americans are crushed by soaring energy and food prices, Washington fiddles.

Gas prices recently hit an all-time record of over $4.43 per gallon, up from $2.53 when Joe Biden took office. Meanwhile, Congress is preparing a package of measures including oil bans and tariffs that would, by their own admission, cause energy prices to skyrocket for American consumers.

While decoupling from Russia and punishing them for their invasion of Ukraine should be a top priority for Congress, conservatives should demand that any Russian energy ban is coupled with an equally impactful set of measures to undo the damage of Biden’s America Last energy policy. Unleashing American energy production would shield working Americans from the effect of skyrocketing energy prices while also increasing our own national security. Without those measures, an energy ban would hurt Americans more than Russians while doing little to affect the situation in Ukraine. Deciding between anti-Russia and pro-America measures is a false choice.

Conservatives should reject bans on Russian energy unless the bans are accompanied by measures to unleash American energy production and support Americans both on the job and at the pump. It’s long past time to put American energy first.

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