Hawaii oil refinery to stop using crude oil from Russia

A worker at the Ukrainian gas plant Volovets in western Ukraine on Oct. 7, 2015. European governments are scrambling to reduce their energy dependency on Russia and bracing for potential disruption to critical natural gas and crude oil supplies as the war in Ukraine sends prices to record highs. (AP Photo/Pavlo Palamarchuk, File)

Hawaii’s top energy official on Thursday said he supports a decision by the owner of Hawaii’s only operational oil refinery to cease purchasing crude oil from Russia because of its war against Ukraine.