Senators United in Bipartisan Measure to Ban Petroleum Sales

( – The American people should expect their elected representatives to act for the best of their country rather than what has been the norm for the past several decades, which is to split votes strictly on party lines. Every so often though, something so blindingly obvious comes along that all sides come together from the very first step of introducing a piece of legislation.

No Oil For You!

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) was first put in use in 1977 after the Energy Crisis that caused so much trouble for the United States after the OPEC nations embargoed sales to the country. Lawmakers of the time realized just how dangerous it could be for foreign countries to have that much power and control of such a vital resource. They authorized four massive underground facilities that can hold more than 700 million 42-gallon barrels worth of oil combined.

A group from the United States Senate including Republicans and Democrats have realized that there is another real danger in how and to whom products in the SPR are sold. They have jointly introduced a bill titled the Banning Oil Exports to Foreign Adversaries Act and specifically named China, Russia, and, Venezuela amongst others according to press releases by several of the senators. They are also taking aim at “any entity owned, controlled, or influenced by the Chinese Communist Party.”

The primary sponsors of the bill are Senators John Fetterman (D-PA) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) and were joined by “original cosponsors” Tom Cotton (R-AR), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH). Fetterman’s announcement notes there have been occasions where “during both the Biden and Trump Administrations, foreign companies with direct ties to our adversaries” have won the auctions where the oil has been put up for bid.

Both presidents took heat over the respective sales, but Biden’s maneuver outraged many Republicans because of a potential tie to the ongoing saga and coverups involving his son Hunter. Twenty members of the House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm dated July 20, 2022, according to an exclusive report in the New York Post.

The letter brought up a report from her department saying that nearly 1 million barrels of SPR oil were sold to “Unipec America, a subsidiary of Sinopec, a company owned by the Chinese Communist Party, and most troubling, a recipient of billions of dollars of investment by one of Hunter Biden’s equity funds, BHR Partners (BHR).” They were also seeking information on whether Hunter Biden personally profited from the sale and if the DOE was aware of his connection beforehand.

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