Harold Hutchison on June 2, 2022
A Fox News contributor claimed that President Joe Biden enabled the Russian invasion of Ukraine after making bad decisions, including carrying out a “full scale attack” against domestic energy production on Fox Business Thursday.
Charles Hurt, the opinion editor of The Washington Times, told Stuart Varney on Fox Business that Biden “made a lot of terrible decisions” when he entered office, including “the full scale attack on energy independence” which not only increased gas and food prices, but also encouraged Russian President Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine.
“I would argue that it was that attack on American oil and gas, which increased gas prices so much that it gave Vladimir Putin the money he needed to invade,” Hurt said, adding that these were “a policy platform” of the Biden administration.
The Biden administration canceled offshore lease sales in May after issuing new regulations in April that placed new restrictions on onshore drilling for oil and natural gas, even as it urged the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to increase production. The administration also cancelled the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, and claimed that restarting the project would not lower oil and gas prices.
Russia invaded Ukraine in February, leading to massive economic sanctions and companies pulling out of Russia. Over 4,000 civilians have been killed in the fighting, according to the United Nations.
The White House and Hurt did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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