Rep. Smith : 'Florida's People are Losing

Rep. Smith : 'Florida's People are Losing" With Biden's Russian Oil Buys

Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres
March 1, 2022

TALLAHASSEE—During debate on Rep. Anna Eskamani’s “Florida’s People Lose Act” (FPL), Rep. Carlos Guillermo Smith (D) took the floor to rail against Florida energy giant Florida Power & Light's (FPL) alleged power grab around the state, but at the same took a big swipe at President Joe Biden’s energy initiative.

According to Rep. Smith, President Biden’s energy policy is a “losing” issue for Floridians.

“If we increase our dependency on Russian fossil fuels, that means Florida’s people are losing,” said Rep. Smith.

Rep. Smith’s remark is an apparent dig at the Biden administration’s continued efforts to buy foreign oil, particularly the crude oil from Russia.

Congressional Republicans have ripped into President Biden for all but shutting down domestic oil production while at the same time, indirectly funding Russian President Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine by continuing to buy Russian oil.

The Biden administration had levied significant sanctions against Russia but has refused to sanction that nation’s energy sector, which makes up most of Russia’s gross revenues.

The White House says that they reserve the right to shut down oil purchases from Russia, but are waiting to see if the situation in Ukraine gets worse.

In 2021, Biden brought in 199,000b/d (barrels per day ) of Russian crude oil in 2021.

During former President Donald Trump’s last year in office, the U.S. cut down Russian oil intake to only 76,000 barrels per day.

President Trump supported energy companies like FPL, Chevron, and Exxon, to further explore U.S. energy production while pushing for the country to be less reliant on foreign energy.

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Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres

Javier Manjarres is a nationally renowned award-winning political journalist and Publisher of,,, and He enjoys traveling, playing soccer, mixed martial arts, weight-lifting, swimming, and biking. Javier is also a political consultant and has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Follow on Twitter: @JavManjarres Email him at

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