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US Won’t Accept Venezuelan Crude Oil Imports, Energy Chief Says

May 19, 2022, 5:31 PM

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm assured lawmakers Thursday that the US doesn’t have any plans to accept oil imports from Venezuela even as the Biden administration seeks to ease sanctions to bring more crude from the South American nation to Europe.

Granholm was responding to a question from Senator Rick Scott, a Florida Republican, who expressed concern about getting more oil from a “dedicated enemy of this country.”

“The United States won’t be importing any oil from Iran or Venezuela,” Granholm said, testifying during a Senate hearing. “This administration is calling for increased production in the United States.”

The US ...