Elon Musk: US needs to increase oil, gas production ‘immediately’

Tesla CEO Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskOn The Money – Push to block Russian imports hits wall Elon Musk invites UAW to hold unionization vote at Tesla The Hill’s 12:30 Report – Sights and sounds from Biden’s State of the Union MORE urged the United States to increase its oil and gas production following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, despite the negative impact on his company.

“Hate to say it, but we need to increase oil & gas output immediately. Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures, ”Musk tweeted on Friday.

“Obviously, this would negatively affect Tesla, but sustainable energy solutions simply cannot react instantaneously to make up for Russian oil & gas exports,” he added.

Several Republicans responded to Musk, echoing their agreement.

“I could not agree more,” Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottThe Hill’s Morning Report – Russia’s war against Ukraine grinds on House passes bill making lynching a federal hate crime Iowa Gov. Reynolds to give GOP response to Biden State of the Union MORE (RS.C.) tweeted in response.

“America is funding Russia’s war by buying Russian oil and gas rather than producing our own,” Rep. Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertPelosi says Boebert and Greene ‘should just shut up’ House passes bill to expand health benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits The Memo: Boebert’s antics seen as new sign of politics’ decline MORE (R-Co.) also tweeted.

The tweets come against the backdrop of a bipartisan group of lawmakers signaling support for a ban on oil and energy imports from Russia. House Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money – Job growth booms in February Russian oil company calls for peace in Ukraine in break with Putin 2024 Republicans eager to be seen as tough on Russia MORE (D-Calif.) Said on Thursday that while she did not want the prices of gas to go up, she did support blocking oil imports.

“I’m all for that – ban it,” the House Speaker said. “Ban the oil coming from Russia.”

Sens. Joe ManchinJoe ManchinOn The Money – Job growth booms in February Overnight Health Care – Presented by Alexion – Manchin pitch sparks Democratic exasperation Russian oil company calls for peace in Ukraine in break with Putin MORE (DW.Va.) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiRussian oil company calls for peace in Ukraine in break with Putin Photos of the Week: State of the Union, Ukraine vigil and Batman On The Money – Push to block Russian imports hits wall MORE (R-Alaska) on Thursday proposed legislation to ban energy imports from Russia.

“The United States has the ability to backfill and help all of our allies around the world as they [Russia] use this energy as a weapon, ”the West Virginia senator said during a Thursday press conference. “We have to make sure we’re doing ours [energy production]. We do it cleaner than anybody else. We do it in a better fashion anybody else. And we have the ability with a reserve to do much more during this crisis. ”

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiZelensky slams NATO over refusing to implement no-fly zone over Ukraine Energy & Environment – Russian takeover sparks nuclear jitters On The Money – Job growth booms in February MORE said on Friday that the Biden administration was weighing cutting down on Russian oil imports to the United States while expressing concern over the likelihood of gas prices rising.

“We are looking at options we could take right now to cut US consumption of Russian energy, but we are very focused on minimizing the impact to families,” Psaki said. “If you reduce supply in the global marketplace, you are going to raise gas prices.”

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