According to a Fox News Digital report, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm secretly consulted with a Chinese Communist Party energy official days before the Biden administration decided to tap into the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in 2021.
Americans for Public Trust (APT) reportedly obtained the previously-undisclosed conversations from internal Energy Department calendars and shared the information with Fox News Digital.
The discovery shows the Biden administration discussed its plans to release American oil with the CCP before revealing it to the American people.
UNBELIEVABLE: Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm secretly consulted a CCP official TWO DAYS before the U.S. decided to tap into the petroleum reserves in 2021. pic.twitter.com/hlwIuNqLEW
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) August 4, 2023
Fox News reports:
According to the calendars, Granholm spoke in one-on-one conversations with Jianhua, who is a longstanding senior member of the Chinese Communist Party, on Nov. 19, 2021, and two days later on Nov. 21, 2021. Then, on Nov. 23, 2021, the White House announced a release of 50 million barrels of oil from the SPR, the largest release of its kind in U.S. history at the time.
“Secretary Granholm’s multiple closed-door meetings with a CCP-connected energy official raise serious questions about the level of Chinese influence on the Biden administration’s energy agenda,” APT Executive Director Caitlin Sutherland told Fox News Digital.Advertisement
“Instead of focusing on creating real energy independence for America, Granholm has been too busy parroting Chinese energy propaganda and insisting ‘we can all learn from what China is doing,’” Sutherland continued. “The public deserves to know the extent to which Chinese officials are attempting to infiltrate U.S. energy policy and security.”
In a statement, the DOE said the meeting was broadly part of the agency’s effort to combat climate change, but didn’t share what was discussed at the meeting.
“Solving the climate crisis means engaging with competitors and allies in clear and substantive discussions — especially among the nations emitting the most carbon pollution into the atmosphere,” a DOE spokesperson told Fox News Digital. “We must all address the transnational challenge of climate change to our planet.”
Climate change is the Biden administration’s excuse to sell out the American people.
Instead of helping Americans at the pump, the Biden regime sells U.S. oil reserves to China and other nations.
— TexasLindsay™ (@TexasLindsay_) August 4, 2023
The Biden administration drained the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to its lowest levels since 1985, but a significant portion of the releases went to the Chinese Communist Party.
Vision Times noted in 2022:
A July 5 article by Reuters stated that based on “data and sources,” some of which was from U.S. Customs, that SPR product was shipped to Italy, India, the Netherlands, and the Chinese Communist Party to the tune of close to 5 million barrels in all.
According to the Department of Energy, the SPR can hold 714 million barrels at peak capacity and was filled at an average price of $29.70 per barrel.
However, on March 1, the Department of Energy announced, following an emergency meeting of the International Energy Association (IEA), that 30 million barrels would be deployed from the SPR in order to “address significant market and supply disruptions related to President Putin’s war on Ukraine.”
The disbursement would match 30 million barrels released from other IEA countries in an effort to increase supply to bring down global oil prices, which reached a peak of nearly $130 a barrel after the war started.
On April 21, the DOE announced which companies would receive the oil based on a “price-competitive sale” among 16 outlets who submitted 126 bids.
Most prominent among the winners was Unipec America at 950,000 barrels.
However, despite the name, the company describes itself on LinkedIn as “a wholly owned subsidiary of China International United Petroleum and Chemical Co. Ltd.” and “the trading arm of SINOPEC.”
“House Committee on Oversight and Reform Ranking Member James Comer (R-Ky.) and Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Ranking Member Nancy Mace (R-S.C.) are continuing oversight of the Biden Administration’s sale of U.S. oil reserves to Unipec America, a company operated by the Chinese Communist Party, and raising concerns that U.S. oil could be used by China to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine,” the House Oversight Committee wrote in a press release on September 1, 2022.
“To ensure the Biden Administration is properly managing the sale of critical assets, the lawmakers are once again calling on Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Jennifer Granholm to provide an immediate briefing and all documents and communications related to the SPR sale.”
From the House Oversight Committee:
“We are continuing oversight of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) depletion of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). According to DOE, the Biden Administration recently sold almost a million barrels of SPR oil to Unipec America, a subsidiary of Sinopec, a company owned by the Chinese Communist Party. In addition to concerns with Hunter Biden, the President’s son, receiving money from the deal, the decision to sell to Unipec is troubling because Chinese firms are supporting Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. In order to ensure the American people that the Biden Administration is properly managing the sale of critical assets from the SPR and not supporting Russia by providing oil to China, we request a briefing and documents related to this matter,” wrote the Republican lawmakers.Advertisement
Committee Republicans previously wrote to Secretary Granholm on May 26, 2022 and July 20, 2022 requesting a briefing on the DOE’s plan to replenish the SPR and raising concerns about the sale of oil to a Chinese energy company that Hunter Biden’s private equity firm has a financial stake in. DOE’s failure to provide a briefing or any information related to the SPR sale jeopardizes the United States’ ability to respond to national emergencies and meet Americans’ energy demands.
“Research shows Chinese firms recently trading with Russia’s defense sector, including with companies supporting Russia’s ongoing war with Ukraine. This is troubling because the DOE sale of almost $100 million worth of oil went to Unipec, a subsidiary of a Chinese oil company. In light of China’s friendship with Russia having ‘no limits,’ there are serious questions about whether SPR oil is benefiting Russia or companies assisting Russia in the invasion of Ukraine. It would be unacceptable for China to support Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with oil from the United States. We reiterate our prior requests and ask that you provide information on this topic at a briefing so we can better understand how China intends to use the oil it received from the United States,” concluded the Republican lawmakers.