The oil and gas industry is exploiting the recent Russian invasion of Ukraine to ask the Biden administration to allow additional oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters, issue permits for new domestic energy infrastructure, and approve pending applications for additional liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects. The truth, however, is that more drilling and more pipelines will not help Ukrainians, will not facilitate a long-term global rejection of Russian oil, and will not relieve U.S. gasoline and energy prices.
Continued reliance on fossil fuels is the problem—not the solution. Instead, the United States must reduce the nation’s dependence on oil and gas and support a rapid switch to clean energy. The worst thing to do now would be to lock future generations into additional decades of reliance on these dangerous fuels, which is exactly what the oil and gas industry is trying to do.