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The most recent data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration shows that the U.S. increased its oil imports from Russia by about 28% in the first 11 months of 2021.
The U.S. did double the amount of crude oil imported from Russia last year. But Russia accounts for only about 3% of overall U.S. crude oil imports in 2021.
During an appearance on "Jesse Watters Primetime," Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo explained how brewing conflict between the U.S. and Russia could affect American consumers.
Bartiromo said that U.S. dependency on Russian oil imports would cause gasoline prices to continue rising.
The United States is "reliant on Russian oil. We have doubled our imports from Russia in the last year," Bartiromo said on Feb. 22. "No question why President Biden is begging OPEC and others to pump more oil."
Bartiromo said the U.S. doubled its oil imports "from Russia in the last year."
The latest data from the EIA doesn’t back her up. The U.S. increased its Russian oil imports by about 28% last year. That’s a notable increase, but it’s not double.
Bartiromo has more of a point when looking at only crude oil imported from Russia in 2021, which has more than doubled. But Russia accounted for about 3% of overall U.S. crude oil imports in 2021 — a 2 percentage point increase from 2020.
We rate this claim Mostly False.
U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Imports from Russia of Crude Oil, assessed Feb. 24, 2022
U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Imports from Russia of Total Petroleum Products, assessed Feb. 24, 2022
U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. Imports from Russia of Crude Oil and Petroleum Products, assessed Feb. 24, 2022
Email Interview with Caley Cronin, Fox Business Network spokeswoman, Feb. 23, 2022
Email interview with Mark Finley, fellow in energy and global oil at Rice University's Baker Institute, Feb. 24, 2022
Email interview with Dean Baker, senior economist for the Center for Economic and Policy Research
PolitiFact, U.S. is importing large amount of Russian oil, but Facebook post misstates Keystone XL role, Aug. 23, 2021
Bloomberg, "U.S. Thirst for Russian Oil Hits High Despite Tough Talk," March 24, 2021
Bloomberg, "Russia Captures No. 2 Rank Among Foreign Oil Suppliers to U.S.," Aug. 24, 2021
Reuters, Oil tops $105/bbl after Russia attacks Ukraine, Feb. 24, 2022
AAA, National Average Gas Prices, assessed Feb. 28, 2022
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