May 24, 2022

Democratic Sen. Manchin says Putin will not back down if we don’t block his oil

West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin argued on Monday that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not back down if the U.S. does not block his oil and gas money.

Manchin shared the comments on West Virginia MetroNews’ “Talkline with Hoppy Kercheval” on Monday.

“I’m realistic enough to understand the world does not run on renewables. The world’s running on petroleum. The world’s running on fossil,” Manchin said.

He added that boosting American energy production “gives Europe the chance to say, hey, Russia, we don’t need you anymore, even if you walk away today, we’re going to starve you out of this. Because it’s all about the money for Putin. If we can’t shut that down, you’ll never get him to — you’ll never get him out of there.”

Manchin is one of the Democrats advocating the U.S. bans the import of Russian oil and gas.

“The United States should set the example for the rest of the world by banning the import of Russian oil and gas products. It is foolish for us to keep buying Russian products and giving money to Putin to use against the Ukrainian people,” he tweeted.

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