Kirby: Biden Lifting Sanctions on Venezuela ‘Has Nothing to Do with a Benefit to the Climate’

Melanie Arter | November 28, 2022 | 7:42pm EST
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A man pumps gas in a Chevron station on October 5, 2022 in Monterey Park, California. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
A man pumps gas in a Chevron station on October 5, 2022 in Monterey Park, California. (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - The Biden administration on Saturday lifted some sanctions on Venezuela to allow Chevron to produce and export oil from Venezuela.

The decision is expected to add oil to the global market and ease fuel prices.


National Security Council Coordinator for Strategic Communications John Kirby said Monday that the decision “has nothing to do with a benefit to the climate.”

“On the sanctions relief for Venezuela, why is it that President Biden would rather let U.S. companies drill for oil in Venezuela than here in the U.S.?” Fox News White House Correspondent Peter Doocy asked.

KIRBY: That’s not an accurate take on the president’s view.

DOOCY: Earlier this month, he said, “No more drilling. There is no more drilling.”

KIRBY:  The president has issued 9,000 permits for drilling on U.S. federal lands, Peter; 9,000 of them are being unused. There are plenty of opportunities for oil and gas companies to drill here in the United States.

Now, I’ll let Chevron speak for this particular issue of sanctions relief, but our expectation is it won’t be a lot of oil coming out of there. It will have to be shipped to the United States.

DOOCY: Does the president think there’s some benefit to the climate to drill oil in Venezuela and not here?

KIRBY: No, it has nothing to do with a benefit to the climate, Peter. Again, there are 9,000 unused permits here in the United States on federal land that oil and gas companies can and should take advantage of - 9,000. And we’re talking about one there in Venezuela.

Now, look, it remains to be seen how much will get drilled down there. It’ll be up to Chevron to decide that, Peter, but — but as a function of the sanction itself, that oil, whatever product is drilled, has to come to the United States.

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