A Canadian energy official is ‘frustrated’ that the Biden administration is looking to Venezuela and Saudi Arabia for oil instead of looking to its neighbor to the north.
Sonya Savage, the energy minister for Alberta, made the comments about Joe Biden in an interview with Lisa Fletcher of WJLA-TV.
“What did you think when President Biden called on OPEC and other oil drilling nations like Saudi?” Fletcher asked.
“I thought ‘what?’ ‘We’re right next door. We’re here!’” Savage replied.
“It’s extremely frustrating when we see the United States administration reaching out to Saudi Arabia to ask for more oil production, to ask OPEC for more oil production, to look at Iran, to look at Venezuela when we’re right next door here in Alberta,” she added. “They should be looking at us as the solution to energy security, not around, not Venezuela.”
Savage made sure to note that Canada could more than make up for the lack of oil imports that result from the ban on Russian imports over the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
This isn’t the first time that Savage has called out Joe Biden. She has previously criticized the administration in posts on her official Twitter account.
“US now looking to replace Russian barrels with Venezuelan? You can’t make this stuff up – desperate times require desperate measures,” she tweeted.
“A reminder of the folly of energy policy over the past decade. Canada, with the 3rd largest reserves, could have supplied the US and the world,” Savage added.
US now looking to replace Russian barrels with Venezuelan? You can’t make this stuff up – desperate times require desperate measures.
A reminder of the folly of energy policy over the past decade. Canada, with the 3rd largest reserves, could have supplied the US and the world. https://t.co/5hRsAgDzBm
— Sonya Savage (@sonyasavage) March 6, 2022
Back home, Biden and the Democrats are also being attacked by Republicans and other critics for seeking to increase oil production from unfriendly countries while they continue to restrict domestic oil production that could have curbed the skyrocketing price of gas.
“The result of Biden’s presidency has been that the enemies of America, countries like Russia, like Iran, like Venezuela are all getting stronger, getting richer, getting more aggressive, getting more hostile, because the president is simultaneously weakening our own ability to produce energy and strengthening their ability to produce energy,” said Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).