Incredibly disappointed—it’s the reaction of Oklahoma U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe to President Biden’s 2022 State of the Union address.
In a statement issued Wednesday, the GOP Senator the address was just that–talk. While Inhofe’s criticism focused initially on Biden’s national defense blunders including the deaths of 13 American soldiers in the Afghanistan withdrawal, something Biden did not mention in his speech, the Senator pointed out Biden’s failing energy policies.
“President Biden’s terrible record on energy and climate has not been forgotten and is on full display across America,” said Sen. Inhofe who called the Paris Climate Agreement that Biden rejoined, a failure.
“Not to mention the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline and its associated 10,000 jobs. This pipeline would have strengthened our energy independence as it was expected to carry over 800,000 barrels of oil per day, which would have increased domestic supply and reduced the supply and demand disruption we are witnessing today that have increased oil prices above $100,” he added.
“While this administration has called for more foreign oil production, it remains clear to Oklahomans that the real solution to our energy needs is to cut regulations and unleash American energy production like we did under the Trump administration — and the situation in Ukraine makes this even more essential,” said the Senator.
Inhofe also charged that Biden’s foreign policy and national security strategy are making the U.S. less safe and weakening its reputation around the world.
“For months, we watched Russia’s military buildup around Ukraine — it was plain as day that Putin intended to violate Ukraine’s sovereignty, and this administration wasn’t ready.”
Inhofe said Biden’s deterrence strategy failed and now millions of Ukrainians are fighting for their country and their lives.
“Putin is going to great lengths to get what he wants, and we can no longer afford to drag our feet in acting to support Ukraine. Congress must provide additional aid to help now, because the administration won’t.”