White House Claims ‘Energy Industry Isn’t Saying Our Policies Hurt Production’

Despite evidence to the contrary, White House Special Presidential Coordinator for Energy Security Amos Hochstein claimed that the energy industry isn’t complaining about the Biden administration’s energy policies and how they are hindering production.

According to Hochstein, the actual complaints about the effects of President Joe Biden’s energy policies are “coming from political circles,” and not “from the industry.”

During an interview with ABC News host Diane Macedo, she mentioned criticism of the president regarding his inaction on expanding domestic production and his decision to stop the Keystone XL pipeline — asking him about whether Biden has a plan to reduce dependence on foreign energy sources.

“So, Amos, President Biden has been criticized for not doing more on the domestic front, for killing the Keystone XL pipeline project, for not doing more to expand domestic production. So, what is the administration doing to try to reduce the U.S.’s reliance on foreign oil?” Macedo asked.

Hochstein responded by blatantly lying, arguing that the Biden administration actually has given the American energy industry “all the tools necessary” in order “to increase production.” He also asserted that the Biden administration expects domestic production to ramp up next year.

“So, let’s divide, let’s separate myth from fact. The Biden administration has given all the tools necessary for the American industry to increase production,” he claimed. “And, in fact, they are. They’re doing exactly that because they have those tools.”

“The American producers have already increased north of half-a-million barrels a day of production,” Hochstein added. “We expect them to go up even further in 2023. So, they do not — the talking points about the President doing something to hinder American industry, that’s coming from political circles. That’s not coming from the industry. The industry has what it needs. So, we expect to work with them to ensure that we continue to have those [kinds] of [increases] in [production] at home.”