The war between Russia and Ukraine may seem far away, but as Europeans and Americans already know, its effects will soon be felt at their corner gas station, where California consumers are already shelling out more than five bucks a gallon.
But never fear, because California Rep. Brad Sherman has the solution:
Beg for oil.
From Saudi Arabia.
And make sure they know, if they don’t “open their taps,” Ukrainian blood will be all over Saudi hands.
You see, in response to shutting down the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Russia’s Deputy Chair of the Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, has already told Europe to expect to pay “€2,000 for 1,000 cubic meters of natural gas,” and as White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday, higher prices at the pumps was the price of preserving American values.
“As you heard the president say last week, standing up for our values is not without cost,” Psaki said in response to a question from Peter Doocy about five-dollar gas.
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz has issued an order to halt the process of certifying the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. Well. Welcome to the brave new world where Europeans are very soon going to pay €2.000 for 1.000 cubic meters of natural gas!
— Dmitry Medvedev (@MedvedevRussiaE) February 22, 2022
Peter Doocy: "Gas in California is almost $5 a gallon. Should people across the country expect to see that kind of a number when they go to gas up their car?"
Jen Psaki: "As you heard the president say last week, standing up for our values is not without cost." pic.twitter.com/eXSO5I5jQm
— The Hill (@thehill) February 23, 2022
So, Sherman, keen to pass the buck, felt he should stick his hand out to Saudi Arabia.
“Saudi Arabia,” he tweeted, “now is your chance to be an ally or an enemy of those standing against Russia’s attack on #Ukraine. Saudi Arabia must open taps and produce more oil so the world can turn its back on Russian oil. Otherwise, the blood of Ukrainians is also on Saudi Arabia’s hands.”
Saudi Arabia – now is your chance to be an ally or an enemy of those standing against Russia's attack on #Ukraine. Saudi Arabia must open taps and produce more oil so the world can turn its back on Russian oil. Otherwise, the blood of Ukrainians is also on Saudi Arabia's hands.
— Congressman Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) February 25, 2022
Sherman, it should be noted, is a staunch critic of former President Donald Trump and a long-time supporter of ending oil and gas drilling off the “Pacific, Atlantic, & Florida Gulf coasts and in the Artic Nat’l Wildlife Refuge.”
Trump's #GOPTaxScam opened the Arctic Nat'l Wildlife Refuge to oil & gas drilling. This past week, my colleagues and I voted to ban oil & gas drilling off the Pacific, Atlantic, & Florida Gulf coasts and in the Arctic Nat'l Wildlife Refuge. #ProtectOurCoast #ProtectTheArctic pic.twitter.com/SbOFwUZJfU
— Congressman Brad Sherman (@BradSherman) September 12, 2019
The tweet calling on Saudi Arabia, as anyone who isn’t Brad Sherman could predict, went down like a lead balloon, with Twitter rushing to remind him of our energy independence under Trump and his own hand in soaring gas prices.
“The Biden admin war on American energy is so bad that we have Democrat Congressmen twitter-begging Saudi Arabia to produce more oil,” tweeted Matt Whitlock.
“Dem Congressman begging the Saudis to ramp up production while in support of killing US domestic production,” Mike Palicz stated. “Pathetic.”
“Hey Brad,” responded Chip Roy, “remember this — wherein you and your Dem colleagues unilaterally disarmed by shutting down ANWR & Offshore Drilling?”
And one user by the name of Razor simply chanted, “Help us, Saudis, keep gas prices under $10/gallon, you’re our only midterms hope.”
This happened THURSDAY @BradSherman
After days of test-driving the message of “Americans are going to pay higher energy prices, that’s the cost of defending freedom!” they take another step to increase those prices… themselves. https://t.co/dTlOAeCfuc
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) February 26, 2022
Dem Congressman begging the Saudis to ramp up production while in support of killing US domestic production. Pathetic. https://t.co/lTGChwz4Vh
— Mike Palicz (@Mike_Palicz) February 26, 2022
— Chip Roy (@chiproytx) February 26, 2022
“Help us, Saudis, keep gas prices under $10/gallon, you’re our only midterms hope.”
— Razor (@hale_razor) February 26, 2022
But perhaps the most scathing dismissal came from Amal Alhazzani, a contributor to Saudi news agency, AAWSAT.
“What a fairness!” she tweeted. “Asking Saudi Arabia to sabotage its relation with Russia after all what they did together to serve oil price acceptable for years in OPEC+. You and EU gave Ukrainian regime supportive promises so stick with it. It is your burden and ethic responsibility.”
What a fairness!
Asking Saudi Arabia to sabotage its relation with Russia after all what they did together to serve oil price acceptable for years in OPEC+
You and EU gave Ukrainian regime supportive promises so stick with it.
It is your burden and ethic responsibility.
— أمل عبدالعزيزالهزاني (@Alhazzani_Amal) February 26, 2022
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