President Joe Biden is set to announce a United States ban on Russian oil, natural gas and coal imports, following the Russian invasion into Ukraine.
Biden is scheduled to speak at 10:45 am EST and will reportedly “announce actions to continue to hold Russia accountable for its unprovoked and unjustified war on Ukraine.”
The administration had been at odds with the idea of banning Russian energy imports, claiming that it would skyrocket energy prices. On Monday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki claimed that Biden had not yet made a final decision.
“No decision has been made at this point by the president about a ban on importing oil from Russia,” she claimed, adding that conversations were ongoing with “counterparts and partners in Europe and around the world.”
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has previously urged those who condemn Russia’s invasion to boycott the use of Russian energy, including imported oil.
“It may be called embargo, but it also simply may be called a moral when you refuse to give money to a terrorist,” Zelenskyy announced, also calling for a potential ban of imports into Russia if they can’t “follow civilized rules, then they should also not be getting any goods or services from civilization.”
Social media reacted to the news:
Let’s see how can US citizens survive this
They will be marching soon on Whitehouse
People will forget what happened during Trump supporters charging on Whitehouse
— Iqbal Ka Shaheen (@ShaheenIsBorn) March 8, 2022
This is a great opportunity to shift to green energy. We shouldn’t be shifting to oil imports from other troubled nations, but should invest in comprehensive green infrastructure to end our reliance on other nations for energy.
— Joshua Statland (@j_statland) March 8, 2022
Build Back Better into the gutter goes America
— Starboard (@Starboardnav) March 8, 2022
$50 a gallon ⛽
— Omega Rick (@0mega_Rick) March 8, 2022
Ban Russia and rely Saudi, Iran and Venezuela. Because they are the good guys. I mean who cares if a barrel goes to $300? A moral victory over Russia is more important than an economic depression.
— Jim Williams (@jimwills21) March 8, 2022
Lord we will freeze and people will see $20 a gallon and inflation will hit us like nothing we have ever seen..but hey no more mean tweets.
— Denize Collinz (@CollinzDenize) March 8, 2022
Then what? Where/who do we supplement that oil from?
— jill bidens pool boy (@JoshSzary) March 8, 2022
@JustinTrudeau please follow suit
— Spaldo (@Spaldo75) March 8, 2022
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