The Chinese state-operated media unleashed an angry rebuke of Sens. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Rick Scott (R-FL) on Thursday. The Chinese Global Times was furious that the Florida pair introduced the Senate bill titled the China Oil Export Prohibition Act.
The legislation is designed to stop U.S. exports of crude oil and refined products to China as Americans are facing skyrocketing gas and diesel prices.
In a statement last Wednesday introducing the bill, Rubio said that it is unacceptable for the Biden administration to allow a half-million barrels of American oil to be shipped daily to China. He added that America needs to increase production and “give priority to domestic consumers.”
Rubio said that the U.S. should not be sending oil needed to boost supply at home to “a genocidal regime half a world away.”
Scott said that the U.S. sent almost 52 million barrels of oil and petroleum to China in the first quarter of this year alone. He added, “Americans must come before sales to Communist China,” Scott said.
Breitbart News reported on the outrage expressed by the Global Times toward Rubio and Scott. The communist outlet called them “xenophobic” and said they were only playing up “anti-China sentiments” during an election year.
The Global Times also accused Rubio and Scott of attempting to divert American “grievances” about surging inflation against not only China but the Democratic Party in America as well.
Even though 91% of Americans have said that inflation is a major concern currently, the Chinese are attempting to push a narrative that protecting U.S. oil supplies from being exported to China will somehow be unpopular.
The Global Times claims that prohibiting oil exports to China will cause American inflation to run even higher. Apparently, the claim is that U.S. companies will increase domestic prices if they are not allowed to ship oil to China.
A report on Friday from the Institute for Energy Research (IER) indicates that China is moving past the U.S. as the world’s largest refiner of crude oil. American refineries are closing down facilities in the face of rapidly increasing climate regulations and the hostile attitude of the Biden administration toward fossil fuel production.
China is meanwhile adding to its refining capacity while the IER also warned that there is a “very real possibility” that the U.S. will soon face fuel shortages and rationing.