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Rep. Crane: ‘Idiotic’ Biden Administration To Blame For Energy, National Security Crises

December 5, 2023

By Corinne Murdock |

Rep. Eli Crane (R-AZ-02) says that President Joe Biden’s energy policies are to blame for the burgeoning energy and national security crises.

Crane linked the crises to “idiotic” actions by the Biden administration, citing the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, ban on drilling on federal lands, and the resulting depletion of the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). 

“The Biden Admin has sabotaged American energy & compromised our national security,” said Crane. “Not to mention, these idiotic moves impose crippling costs on Americans.”  

Gas prices in Arizona average about $3.40, a decline from last year’s average of $3.90. The national average was lower as of the latest federal data, at about $3.20. Arizona’s average gas price reached a record high last March, surpassing the previous high set in June 2008.

Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office by revoking the permit necessary for the pipeline’s completion through executive order. About a week later, Biden issued another executive order paving the way for a ban on new oil and gas leases on public lands and waters. That ban has not come to fruition, though the administration has added other burdens to the oil industry. 

In July, the Biden administration announced new rules that would increase the cost that oil companies must pay to drill on public lands by over 16 percent — ending a century-long rate of about 12 percent — and end the renewal of unused permits. 

When the Russo-Ukrainian conflict escalated last year with Russia’s invasion into Ukraine, the Biden administration began tapping into the SPR to mitigate the resulting rise in oil prices.

The strategy resulted in a 40-year record depletion of the reserve, at 180 million barrels. Last week, the Department of Energy (DOE) reported that it bought back nearly nine million barrels.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) monthly data, domestic crude oil production increased at a greater rate under Trump than the past two years under Biden. 

Under Trump (thousand barrels):

  • 2017 produced 3.4 million; by September produced 2.5 million
  • 2018 produced 3.9 million; by September produced 2.9 million
  • 2019 produced 4.4 million; by September produced 3.3 million
  • 2020 produced 4.1 million; by September produced 3.1 million

From 2017 to 2018, there were over 581,000 more barrels produced. From 2018 to 2019, there were over 496,000 more barrels produced. 2020 marked a decline, with about 351,000 less barrels produced. The first three months of 2020, prior to the pandemic’s likely impact, reflected record productions of crude oil that were higher than the first three months of this year’s production levels. 

Under Biden (thousand barrels): 

  • 2021 produced 4.1 million; by September produced 3 million
  • 2022 produced 4.3 million; by September produced 3.2 million
  • Amount in 2023 produced so far (as of September): nearly 3.5 million

From 2021 to 2022, there were 234,000 more barrels produced. So far this year, there have been about 281,000 more barrels produced. 

The Biden administration has made clear its commitment to swapping oil for total electrification. Their goal aligns with a globalist commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

Over the weekend, the Biden administration announced a new rule to reduce methane emissions from oil producers.

Corinne Murdock is a reporter for AZ Free News. Follow her latest on Twitter, or email tips to

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