White House press secretary Jen Psaki pushed back today against Fox News’s Peter Doocy, who repeatedly tried to cut her off in his questioning about domestic oil production amid skyrocketing gas prices across the country.
“Let me finish – let me give you the facts here,” Psaki said. “I know that can be inconvenient, but I think they’re important in this moment.”
“We have been clear that in the short-term, supply must keep up with the demand,” Psaki said. “Here and around the world, as we make the shift to a secure, clean energy future, we are one of the largest producers with a strong domestic gas industry. We have actually produced more oil – it is at record numbers – and we will continue to produce more oil. There are 9,000 approved drilling permits that are not being used, so the suggestion that we are not allowing companies to drill is inaccurate.”
Doocy followed up by asking, “Would President Biden rescind his executive order that halts new oil and natural gas leases on public lands?”
“Well, 90% of them happen on private lands, as I’m sure you know, and there are 9,000 unused approved drilling permits,” Psaki responded. “So I would suggest that you ask the oil companies why they are not using those if there is a desire to drill more.”
After some back-and-forth about the Keystone pipeline, Doocy got to the heart of his questioning: Biden’s climate crisis agenda.
“Gas prices are approaching an all-time high per gallon. How high would they have to get before President Biden would have to say, ‘I’m going to set aside my ambitious climate goals and just increase domestic oil production, get the producers to drill more here, and we can address the fossil fuel future later?’” Doocy asked.
“The US produced more oil this year than in President Trump’s first year,” Psaki responded. “Next year, according to the department of energy, we will produce more oil than ever before. Those are the facts in terms of oil production. And again, there are 9,000 unused approved permits to drill on shore. I think you’re misidentifying what the actual issue is.
She continued: “If we’re looking to the future and what we can do to prevent this from being a challenge in future crises, the best thing we can do is to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and foreign oil because that will help us have a reliable source of energy so we are not worried about gas prices going up because of the whims of a foreign dictator.”