Energy Sec. Granholm consulted with China CCP officers before releasing oil from Strategic Petroleum Reserve


In the days leading up to the Biden administration’s historic release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in late 2021, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm held multiple conversations with China National Energy Administration Chairman Zhang Jianhua.

This discovery, found on internal Energy Department calendars acquired by Americans for Public Trust and reported first through Fox News Digital, raises questions regarding the potential influence of Chinese officials on the U.S. energy strategy during the Biden Administration.

Granholm’s discussions with Jianhua, a senior figure within the Chinese Communist Party, were held on Nov. 19 and Nov. 21 of 2021.

Only two days after the second conversation, the Biden administration made its announcement to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, in an effort to counteract rising gas prices. This release, totaling 50 million barrels, marked the largest withdrawal from the reserve in U.S. history.

Last year, a Washington Free Beacon story focused on 1 million barrels of the reserve’s oil that was sold to Unipec America, a subsidiary of Chinese government-owned oil and gas company Sinopec. The organization has connection to the president’s son, Hunter Biden, who was part of BHR, an investment company that had a stake in a Sinopec subsidiary.

In 2020, the New York Times wrote that “Companies associated with Hunter Biden or his business partners have struck several deals involving China over the past decade.” As of 2022, Hunter Biden still had a minority stake in BHR, although Hunter’s lawyer told the New York Times late in 2022 that he no longer had any financial interest in the company, either directly or indirectly.

“No evidence has emerged that former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. traded favors with the Chinese government to help his son Hunter,” the Times wrote in March of 2020, during the election cycle.

Americans for Public Trust is not so sure.

“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.

Sutherland further criticized the Secretary, suggesting that instead of working toward American energy independence, Granholm seems to be echoing Chinese energy rhetoric, remarking that “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.”

The Strategic Petroleum Reserve level has now dropped below 350 million barrels of crude., down 27% from what is was one year ago, due to continual sell-offs of oil by the Biden Administration, and continued cancellations of buy-backs.

Rep. Mary Peltola, the only member of Congress representing Alaska, skipped out on voting to protect the Strategic Petroleum Reserve from being sold off to China earlier this year, and later said it didn’t matter how she voted since the Senate is controlled by Democrats and the bill would die there.


  1. The Commie Chinese control Joe with their knowledge of the Biden bribery scandals. They have the evidence that Joe Biden is a traitorous, money hungry crook; and has compromised the security of the US. Biden will surely acquiesce to the demands of the ChiComs, knowing full well that his presidency is on eggshells. They will gain our national energy secrets, trade secrets, and nuclear codes just because Joe Biden is a treasonous crime boss who hates America.

  2. And the names of the guilty:
    Granholm picked up support from all of the Democratic senators and from 14 Republicans: Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Michael D. Crapo and Jim Risch of Idaho, Todd Young of Indiana, Susan Collins of Maine, Steve Daines of Montana, Rob Portman of Ohio, Mike Rounds of South Dakota, Richard M. Burr of North Carolina, John Hoeven and Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, Mitt Romney of Utah and Ron Johnson of Wisconsin. Dan Sullivan of Alaska did not vote.

    • Just more proof that theese so called republican and so called democrats are the same animal. In fact that is an insult to animals. Except for maybe Dirty Rats!

  3. President Trump wanted to fill the Strategic Petroleum Reserve with $20 a barrel oil that we were producing, however the democrats vetoed the idea. Now biden wants to refill it with $80 a barrel oil…

    • Traitorious hair sniffer will only fill it for a percentage to the chicoms and another to hunter to support his blow – then he has to buy it from overseas because he’s sold our oil in exchange for more debt from the chinese.

  4. Credit the Biden crime family this, when you buy them they stay bought and perform, whether its a spy balloon an oil give away or a wink wink nod nod on a slave labor genocide of the Uyghurs making so called green energy components within China, to closing any rare earth mines in America that would compete with the Chi-Coms, the Bidens are as good as gold.

    But hey, sniffy Joe and the Carnival Barker also known as Trump are in a dead heat in the polls for President, not to worry, we’ve got this, I’m sure that its going to work out well.

    • Biden used American taxpayer money as a bribe to Ukraine in order to get a Ukrainian investigator fired for getting ready to expose a Hunter/Biden pay for play scam. But then Trump was impeached by the Democrats for merely attempting to expose this crime that the Bidens and the Democrats are still trying to cover up. But your derogatory presentation of both Biden and Trump in the same sentence is something that Nancy Pelosi has been told by her plastic surgeon on a routine basis “Now that’s quite a stretch”…

  5. The Constitution of the United States
    Article III
    Section 3
    “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort.”

  6. The Chinese have a saying, it applies to most of those in DC. “Big help, with a little bit of badmouth”. So while they politically publicly cut down china they are making their secret sweet little deals.
    Why does the US government hide anything and everything from the people? The answer is simple, to hide it from the people.

  7. Steve-O, compliments on adhering only to the narrow definition of treason, which would only apply to declared wars.

    Therefore, FDR’s pre-knowledge of Pearl Harbor, and not acting on it, would be treason, but selling atomic secrets to the Soviets by the Rosenbergs would not … since we were not at war? According to Jefferson, free speech ought to be totally open in wartime as well, hence a Nazi rally after war the declaration at MSG would have been OK? (The famous one occurred before we declared war, I know). Churchill knew the Germans were going to pulverize Covington, but by alerting the city, it would have tipped them off that the Brits had broken their code. If he were an American president, would THAT have been treason?

    These are tough questions to ask. But BRIBERY from foreign powers would certainly be impeachable.

  8. Is she ahead of the curve or are we just not going to get the memo?
    I understand that. Last time when Alaskan Russian interests got sold to the several states natives didn’t know for one whole generation that their kids didn’t have to have a Russian name to get to heaven after all.

  9. For those of you who know about Breitbart News; they have an article: “”Breit Bart news-Obama Pulls the Strings in Joe Biden’s White House””

  10. Just so you know, lady: the deal is NEVER done. The mistake is to start dickering too soon. Great to know your side.

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