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Putin Has a Problem: Joe Biden Could Ban Russian Oil Today

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President Biden held a secure video call yesterday with President Macron, Chancellor Scholz, and Prime Minister Johnson. The leaders affirmed their determination to continue raising the costs on Russia for its unprovoked and unjustified invasion of Ukraine. They also underscored their commitment to continue providing security, economic, and humanitarian assistance to Ukraine. In addition, they discussed their respective recent engagements with the Ukrainian and Russian presidents.

Russian Oil, See Ya: Last week, United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken argued that energy sanctions on Russia would hurt America more than it would Moscow. Only days later, however, the Biden administration is now singing a different tune. Blinken said over the weekend that the Biden White House is in “very active discussion” with European partners about banning the import of oil to the United States. And it now seems the Biden Administration could announce a ban on Russian oil at any moment, perhaps today.

It could deny Russia as much as $500 million per day in revenue.

House Democrats Prepare Sweeping Energy Sanctions, and More

Speaking to CNN from Moldova on Sunday, Blinken warned that the war in Ukraine could last some time.

“Vladimir Putin has, unfortunately, the capacity with the sheer manpower he has in Ukraine and overmatch he has, the ability to keep grinding things down against incredibly resilient and courageous Ukrainians. I think we have to be prepared for this to last for some time,” he said.

Blinken had spent two days visiting NATO member nations in Eastern Europe, and told CNN that the Biden White House was talking to European allies to consider the prospect of banning the importation of Russian oil “in a coordinated way” while also ensuring that there is an “appropriate supply of oil on world markets.”

His comments were remarkably different from his previous effort to distance the Biden White House from the possibility of energy sanctions. Despite the very clear danger that Russian oil sanctions would pose to the United States economy, however, the idea appears to have support among high-profile Democrats.

On Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi expressed her support for the idea, announcing on her website that House Democrats are “exploring strong legislation that will further isolate Russia from the global economy.”

Her site revealed that a bill was in the works that would ban the import of Russian oil and energy into the United States, as well as end all normal trading relations with both Russia and Belarus. Pelosi also said the bill would instruct the United States to take steps to deny Russia access to the World Trade Organization.

Pelosi insisted, however, that the United States doesn’t need to choose between democratic values and economic interests, with the Biden administration apparently “laser-focused on bringing down the higher energy costs for American families.”

Biden Considers Venezuelan Oil to Bring Down Costs

On Monday, the average price of gasoline in the United States hit a record high of $4.104, with some parts of the country paying almost $7 per gallon. The previous record was set in 2008, when average prices reached $4.103.

As fuel costs increase and the White House reportedly goes ahead with plans to block Russian oil, President Joe Biden is reportedly considering easing restrictions on the importation of oil from Venezuela to make up for the shortfall. Biden is also reportedly putting increased pressure on Saudi Arabia to boost oil production, despite the exact same request being rejected in February.

Jack Buckby is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and report on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

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Jack Buckby is 19FortyFive's Breaking News Editor. He is a British author, counter-extremism researcher, and journalist based in New York. Reporting on the U.K., Europe, and the U.S., he works to analyze and understand left-wing and right-wing radicalization, and reports on Western governments’ approaches to the pressing issues of today. His books and research papers explore these themes and propose pragmatic solutions to our increasingly polarized society.

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Alex

    March 8, 2022 at 10:18 am

    The US can even apply the Iron Curtain. It won’t help. Russia has its own plans and they simply do not care about the United States.

  2. samir sardana

    March 8, 2022 at 2:57 pm

    What is the impact of this ban ?

    It will push up NYMEX crude -unless Iranian crude flows (which will not as they are in the Russia/China camp)

    WILL THE SAUDIS PUMP MORE ? IN LIGHT OF BIDEN VIEWS ON MBS AND THE KHASOGGI DISASTER !

    What is the impact of this OIL SPIKE,on PRC ?

    It will push PRC to buy Russian discounted Oil

    Russia needs only the Marginal Cost of Oil to be paid cash down – which will be 15% -20% of Oil prices, and the rest the Chinese can pay on barter or CIPS mode.

    So long as there is food,oil and gas for Russians and incomes – Putin is safe.So manufacturing should keep rolling and PRC should keep buying

    If there is an equity swap between Russian and PRC companies to make Russian mineral and Oil – Chinese owned in part – then that will insulate Russia from all UN Sanctions and allow use of SWIFT and CIPS – legally – with no risk of EU sanctions !

    EU cannot sanction PRC.dindooohindoo

    If all the above goes as per Putin plan – he will seal off NORD 1 – as once spring comes, EU might stop buying Russian Gas – in any case,and so Putin might give a SHOCK to EU.- to push UP LNG rates – and then,if some disaster happens in the Persian Gulf or Qatar …..

    US has to see this as an opportunity !

    To push through Oil expansion projects.

    If PRC pays more for Oil,and the US is self sufficient, means that OPEC shifts to USA – as US production boost and cuts,will drive NYMEX !

    It will also help the US, to force the EU ,to impose sanctions on PRC – as PRC will keep buying Russian discounted oil.It will also allow EU and US tanker, to stop chartering of their ships for Russian Oil.

    The only risk to the US is that,Iran will make money and so,will not co-operate – BUT THAT WAS TO HAPPEN IN ANY CASE – as they are in the Russia/PRC camp.

    Oil at 130

    Means that Edible oils will blow up

    No wheat from UKR and Russia = disaster

    No Gas = No Urea

    No Russian fertilisers

    Food price spike and Food shortages

    Which is part of the plan !

    COVID MASK + FOOD MASK = BREATH LESS + TALK LESS AND EAT LESS !

    The best way to reduce carbon is to STOP eating food,and living off supplements and capsules

    That time has come ! dindooohindoo

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