A decade ago, the EPA determined the Keystone Pipeline would produce “no adverse environmental” effects. But Joe “Follow-the-Science” Biden (does anyone seriously think Biden knows anything about science or bothers to follow it?) killed the pipeline hours after being sworn in last January.
Since then, Biden has waged war on the American oil and gas industry. Scolding Americans that “we’ve already waited too long to deal with the climate crisis,” he has halted new oil and gas leases on federal lands and ordered a re-examination of existing leases.
OK, burning oil and gas has probably warmed the earth a degree or two. Or not. The science is not settled. The science is certainly not settled as to whether a degree or two would be a good thing or a bad thing. Bear in mind that for nearly all of earth’s history the temperature was much higher than it is now. That includes the last half billion years when sophisticated life evolved and the last few million years when that life evolved into humans.
It would not be unreasonable to conclude that a warmer earth is friendlier to life, including human life. Compare life in Antarctica with life in the Southeast Asia.
But we don’t really know one way or the other. And so, if people want to make the judgment that a warmer earth is a worse earth, OK, they can make that judgment.
They can even make the judgment that the way to avoid a warmer earth is to burn less oil and gas. As I mentioned, that’s not settled science, and it’s certainly not settled science as to how much reduction in temperatures we get for a given reduction in oil and gas. But again, people can make guesses if they want, and act on them accordingly. Their guesses might be right or they might be wrong, but they’re not illogical.
But here’s what is indeed illogical. Biden wants to end oil and gas production in America, but is fine with oil and gas production in Russia and in the OPEC countries. Regarding Russia, Biden has reversed longstanding U.S. opposition to a Russian gas pipeline to Germany, and is tamping down geopolitical objections in Ukraine. Regarding OPEC, the illogic is even worse. While decrying American oil and gas production, Biden’s people are jawboning OPEC to increase their production.
What gives? How can American oil and gas production contribute to global warming, but Russian and OPEC production not? I remember when unleaded gas came out. Has OPEC somehow perfected unwarming gas?
Maybe Biden’s real objection to American oil and gas production is the fact that it happens in red states. But I doubt he’s more than dimly aware of that fact.
More likely, he has no real policy at all. He just says what his many contradictory handlers tell him to say. The enviros handlers say “oil bad” while the political handlers say “high gas prices bad.”
Things will get interesting when the Republicans re-take the House next year and launch investigations into Biden’s mental state. My guess is that the Democrats hope that Biden will still be around then about as fervently as they hope Justice Stephen Breyer will be.
Which is to say, not at all.