Larsen Supports Ban on Russian Oil and Gas to Further Isolate Russian Economy, Outlines Actions to Relieve Pressure of Putin’s Price Hike on Consumers
Washington, D.C., March 9, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-02) voiced his support for the U.S. ban on imports of Russian oil, gas and other energy products. In 2021, Russian oil accounted for 8.2% of U.S. imports and 3.5% of U.S. consumption.
“I support a ban on imports of Russian oil and gas to continue to increase economic pressure on Russia’s autocratic regime,” said Larsen. “At the same time, my House colleagues and I are working on legislation to further isolate Russia from the global economy. The United States will continue to use all the tools at its disposal to respond to Putin’s unprovoked and unjustified attack on Ukraine.”
Larsen also outlined steps the U.S. is taking to alleviate the burden of rising gas prices on Northwest Washington consumers. Since the start of Putin’s war on Ukraine, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline rose by 53 cents in the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett and Anacortes-Mount Vernon metro areas and by 50 cents in the Bellingham metro area.
“I understand my constituents are feeling Putin’s price hike at the pump. I will continue to support meaningful actions to relieve the financial burden on consumers and, in the long term, push to reduce U.S. reliance on international and domestic oil production and invest in affordable clean energy alternatives.”
Larsen outlined several steps the U.S. is taking to ease the financial burden on consumers, as well as efforts he supports to boost domestic investments in clean energy:
Larsen is a strong supporter of U.S. actions and the efforts of allies and partners to impose financial sanctions to hold Putin accountable for his war on Ukraine. Last week, Larsen released a statement in support of continued efforts to hold Putin accountable, including the Biden administration’s announcement to block Russian aircraft from U.S. airspace. He recently stood in solidarity with members of Washington’s Ukrainian community and hundreds of supporters at Seattle Center.