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For many years the U.S., Canada and Mexico pumped all the oil the countries needed

Ron Hatfield asked (Letters to the Editor, March 23) why do we ... import oil from Russia and some Persian Gulf countries and not our friends?

First, I must point out that Russia is much less our friend than most gulf countries.

Ron, you are correct, Putin is not the reason we import oil. You are wrong to place the blame for imported oil on a lack of pipelines or the lack of drilling on some federal lands.

For many years, long before 2020, the United States, Canada and Mexico pumped all the oil our North and South American countries could use.

The answer to why we import oil is simple. The oil companies refine the oil here and export gasoline and diesel, etc., for additional profits.

Bear in mind, the price of oil in the United States has nothing to do with our ability to supply our needs. Rather the price is set by a self-serving cartel of the Persian Gulf countries that are not our friends.

Donovan Stair

Gervais


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