Biden Claims We Need More Refineries, But His Actions Tell Different Story

Joe Biden

( – Democrat President Joe Biden has declared explicitly that the United States needs more capacity for oil refining. Yet, his declaration remains highly questionable as his administration adamantly refuses to boost domestic oil production and processing even against the backdrop of skyrocketing oil prices.

Speaking at the White House this week, Biden seemed to advocate for a balance between expanding US oil refining capacity and still “transitioning” to renewable energy sources.

However, he made no mention of any potential practical implications of his comments as gas prices across the nation are reaching unprecedented highs.

“We need more refining capacity. This idea that they don’t have oil to drill and to bring up is simply not true. This piece of the Republicans talking about, ‘Biden shut down fields’ — wrong. There are 9,000 of them, okay?” Biden said, as per a transcript published by the White House.

“We ought to be able to work something out whereby they’re able to increase refining capacity and still not give up on transitioning to renewable energy. They’re both within the realm of possibility,” Biden elaborated.

However, his comments on the badly needed boost of America’s domestic oil and gas production were immediately questioned by Michael Shellenberger, who ran for Governor of California as a Democrat in 2018 and again in 2022 as a No Party candidate.

Shellenberger told Fox News that, plain and simple, Biden is lying about agreeing to boost US oil production.

“The lies [Biden] keeps making are so easy to debunk… Last week he said that the oil companies were holding back with the oil they were refining. Today he then said that they needed more refinery capacity, so he literally contradicted himself in a few days,” the Shellenberger said.

He emphasized that on May 14, Biden “killed” an oil refinery expansion for “hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil” in the US Virgin Islands. On May 12, he also killed an oil and gas lease for 1 million acres in Alaska while wrongly claiming that companies have no interest in drilling there.