(CNSNews.com) -- When asked if the United States should prohibit petroleum imports from Russia Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) said, “I don’t think that we ought to be importing 600-some thousand, 670-plus thousand barrels of oil every day from Russia when we could turn on our own energy production.”
At the Capitol on Thursday, CNSNews.com asked Sen. Hawley, “Should the United States prohibit petroleum imports from Russia?”
The senator said, “Yeah, yeah, we should, I mean, I don’t think that we ought to be importing 600-some thousand, 670-plus thousand barrels of oil every day from Russia when we could turn on our own energy production.”
“So, we ought to turn on our energy production, we ought to sanction their oil sector, and all of it, oil and gas, the whole energy sector,” said Hawley. That would be something that would be, I think, really powerful in this fight to stand with the people of Ukraine and also get our own energy independence.”
Russia is one of the top crude oil and petroleum exporters globally.
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), in 2020 Russia was the second largest net exporter of crude oil and petroleum products to the United States, sending, on average, 540,000 barrels daily to this country. In 2021, it averaged 670,000 barrels per day in exports to the United States. The highest month in 2020 was October with 660,000 barrels. In 2021 it was May with 847,000 barrels.
Canada had the highest export rate to the United States in 2020 with 3,193,000 barrels of petroleum, while Iraq was in fifth place with 176,000 barrels, and Guyana was in tenth place with 27,000 barrels, according to the EIA.
The United States trade deficit with Russia in 2021, reported by the Census Bureau, was the second largest at $23,306,800,000 compared to 2011 which was $26,300,600,000. The number one import from Russia to the United States in 2021 was fuel oil at $10,265,587, 048 and the second was crude oil at $4,714, 801, 618.
With President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline on his first day in office, the United States is no longer energy independent. Rather, it relies upon other countries for energy resources such as gas and oil.
The effect of the pipeline removal has led to higher gas prices and, since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, according to The Hill, there is concern for how the U.S. economy will be impacted with a higher increase in gas prices as well as other energy sources, food prices, travel costs, and the stock market.