Russian President Vladimir Putin could very well be a direct beneficiary of the environmental plans Sen. Kamala Harris pledged to implement if she were elected commander in chief in 2020.
President Donald Trump has proudly touted that the United States has become energy independent and the top oil producer in the world during his watch, but Harris would reverse those gains. [RELATED: New Poll Shows Trump Topping ALL Democratic Candidates in Favorability]
Trump has facilitated taking America to a place of energy dominance by slashing regulations, opening more federal lands and offshore areas to oil exploration and green-lighting projects like the Dakota Access and Keystone XL pipelines.
At a CNN town hall on Wednesday, Harris promised that she would ban offshore oil drilling, as well as fracking on public and private lands. Fracking is used to extract both natural gas and oil from shale.
Kamala Harris comes out in favor of a federal ban on fracking, and against Americans having affordable energy.pic.twitter.com/DZWidzsbqz
— BlazeTV (@BlazeTV) September 4, 2019
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 6.5 million barrels of oil were extracted from shale per day in 2018, making up approximately 59 percent of the country’s crude oil production. [RELATED: Black Unemployment Smashed ‘All-Time Low’ Record]
Russia’s economy is highly dependent on selling oil on the world market, and the more crude oil available means lower prices, which hurts Putin’s regime.
Trump has pointed this fact out on multiple occasions when accused by Democrats and members of the media of doing the Russian leader’s bidding.
Earlier this year, Trump tweeted, “’ Gas prices drop across the United States because President Trump has deregulated Energy and we are now producing a great deal more oil than ever before.’@foxandfriends.” [RELATED: Leftist Council Member Says Cleaning Feces Off Seattle Streets With a Power Washer is Racist]
“But this is bad news for Russia, why would President Trump do such a thing? We Thought he worked for Kremlin?” he added.