John Kerry: We Don't Need to Drill More for Oil and Gas

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Posted: Jun 14, 2022 6:20 PM
John Kerry: We Don't Need to Drill More for Oil and Gas

Source: Democratic National Convention via AP

John Kerry, who is the U.S. special presidential envoy for climate, stated at a recent event at the University of Southern California that the country does not need to put more effort into drilling for oil and gas as energy costs continue to rise.

The most obvious sign of the increase in energy costs has been at gas stations, where the national average now stands at $5.01 per gallon, but utility bills are also expected to increase this summer. Republicans in Congress have called for more domestic production to increase the supply of oil in order to reduce the cost.

"And energy security worry is driving a lot of the thoughts now about, 'Oh, we need more drilling, we need more drilling of this, we need to go back to coal.' No, we don’t. We absolutely don’t. And we have to prevent a false narrative from entering into this or, again, pun intended, we are cooked," Kerry said.

In an attempt to lower gas prices, President Joe Biden has authorized 45 million more barrels of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. This is on top of the millions of barrels of oil that has already been released by the Biden administration.