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(FreedomWire.org) – FOX News White House correspondent Peter Doocy challenged National Security Council spokesman John Kirby on Monday at the White House press briefing and asked why the president would prefer U.S. oil companies drill in Venezuela for oil rather than in the United States. Doocy asked if President Biden believes there is “some benefit to the climate” to drill for oil in Venezuela and not in the United States.

Doocy asked, “Why is it that President Biden would rather let U.S. companies drill for oil in Venezuela than here in the U.S.?”

John Kirby responded, “That’s not an accurate take on the President’s view.”

Doocy gave an example, “Earlier this month, he said, “No more drilling. There is no more drilling.”

Kirby tried to argue what Biden had said, “The President has issued 9,000 permits for drilling on U.S. federal lands, Peter; 9,000 of them are being unused. There are plenty of opportunities for oil and gas companies to drill here in the United States.” He continued with, “I’ll let Chevron speak for this particular issue of sanctions relief, but our expectation is it won’t be a lot of oil coming out of there. It will have to be shipped to the United States.”

Doocy continued to try to get an answer on why we would need oil from Venezuela, “Does the President think there’s some benefit to the climate to drill oil in Venezuela and not here?”

Kirby answered, “It has nothing to do with a benefit to the climate, Peter. Again, there are 9,000 unused permits here in the United States on federal land that oil and gas companies can and should take advantage of. Nine thousand. And we’re talking about one there in Venezuela. Now, look, it remains to be seen how much will get drilled down there. It’ll be up to Chevron to decide that, Peter. But — but as a function of the sanction itself, that oil, whatever product is drilled, has to come to the United States.”

Now the White House is facing criticism over Kirby suggested there are plenty of available oil drilling permits that energy companies are choosing not to utilize. 

ClimateDepot.com publisher Marc Morano joined “Fox & Friends First” Tuesday to discuss the issues surrounding the permit process and the broader impact of Biden’s policies on the energy market. 

“They had defunded the oil and gas industry from day one through executive orders, through the Treasury Department, through pushing environment, social governance, ESG,” Mauro told co-host Carley Shimkus. “And they’ve also allowed these environmental groups in sometimes in collusion with the feds to sue.”

“So they give a permit, but then they get tied up for years and years and years, and the funding is questionable, and of course, the future permits are questionable, so that is just a red herring argument,” he continued. 

“It’s not like the Biden administration is opposed to energy extraction and drilling, no, they’re just opposed to it domestically for cheap political accounting tricks that claim that they’re fighting global warming while offshoring,” Mauro said. “This is something that Americans have to recognize.”

Former Keystone XL Pipeline worker Neil Crabtree, who lost his job when Biden shut down the pipeline, joined “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday to discuss how red tape has hampered the ability to secure drilling permits. 

“I think it’s a bit of a smoke and mirrors,” Crabtree told Steve Doocy. “There’s a huge difference between the government making leases available and actually issuing the permits. There may be 1,000 spots that we could drill, but the same administration that’s making the leases available also control the permits. And right now, the permitting process in this country is ridiculous.”

“There’s probably a dozen different agencies that have their hands in it, and any one of them can shut you down at any time,” he continued. “I would really like to see something done where one agency controlled the permitting for all energy projects in this country, but that’s probably something that another president will have to tackle.”

Crabtree also mentioned his disappointment in the Biden administration’s willingness to invest in another nation’s energy industry, namely Venezuela’s, while refusing to do the same for American companies. 

“I guess when you support socialist ideas, you support socialist countries,” he said.