Sen. Lisa Murkowski issues statement condemning Saudi oil attack
Alaska's senior senator has released a statement denouncing the drone attack on a Saudi oil facility over the weekend.
“I condemn these attacks – I think all of us do – and those who perpetrated them. I have read the classified briefing available to all members," Sen. Lisa Murkowski said. "I spoke last night with the Deputy Secretary of Energy. And while the details and impacts are still publicly emerging, it is clear our intelligence and national security teams have a lot of work to do, in concert with our partners in the region."
U.S. stocks fell following the attack, an economic impact that Murkowski says will be felt nationwide.
"Yesterday WTI closed at less than $62 a barrel. I think we will likely see higher gasoline prices in the days and weeks ahead, which is never a good thing," Murkowski said.
The senator, who chairs the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, also emphasized the need for energy supplies produced in the U.S., particularly Alaska.
"Our production creates jobs, generates revenues, helps keep energy affordable, and strengthens our national security," she said.
On Monday, U.S. officials identified the origin of the Saudi attacks and found the 20 drones and cruise missiles were launched from southern Iran.
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