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The United States continues to buy Russian oil despite its embargo

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Despite being one of the first countries to ban energy imports from Russia, the US continues to import large amounts of oil Despite the popular protests. Why does the United States continue to import banned oil? From March 19 to 25, according to a report byEnergy Information Management (EIA) The United States and Washington increased their oil imports from Russia by 43%. Energy Information Administration data shows that every day the United States buys up to 100,000 barrels of crude oil from Russia. In the week of February 19-25, oil imports from Russia were suspended. However, in early March, the volume of US crude oil imports from Russia rose to its highest level in 2022, at 148 thousand barrels per day.

The United States increased its imports of crude oil from Moscow despite the president’s ban Joe Biden of imports and investments in the Russian energy sector. In 2021, Russian oil supplies to the United States more than doubled compared to 2020, to 72.6 million barrels, or 3.3% of Washington’s total imports. Russia also supplies the United States with 20% of all petroleum products. The US import ban provides a 45-day exclusion period for existing contracts. Importers take advantage of this period to stockpile crude oil from Russia. According to data from Greenpeace in the UK, since the import ban was announced from March 8 to 27, about 10 Russian oil tankers have arrived in the United States.

Residents’ reaction

In the days following the US embargo on Russian oil and gas imports, Audrey Ullman He and his team at Greenpeace UK have created a tool to track the movements of oil tankers from Russia globally. “Politicians say the right things, but don’t act‘, announced Georgia WhitakerGreenpeace UK oil activist. “Every tanker that arrives is an additional war fundThe ship’s location information is automatically updated by Twitter, based on publicly available data from the service API (API) from marine traffic. This data comes from computers and trackers on board, including information about its identity, location and destination.

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According to Uhlmann, the UK’s Greenpeace data science team has begun compiling a list of Russian oil and gas terminals. Using the Maritime Traffic API services, the team automatically identifies which ships leave Russian stations every 15 minutes and reports their location every two hours on their Twitter account. Although it initially only monitored very large tankers, it expanded last week to update data for tankers of at least 10,000 tons. Greenpeace activists protested the arrival of a Russian oil tanker in New York. In a similar effort, a group of Nordic activists rowed in small boats and even swam to seize two huge Russian oil tankers and called on Europe to refuse importing fossil fuels earlier this month.