Joe Biden canceled the Keystone Pipeline on his first day in office. Since then, he’s put a moratorium on numerous American oil and gas projects.
The result, naturally, has been less production of inexpensive American oil and gas, more importation of expensive foreign oil and gas, and less abundance of both. This has produced ever-increasing prices at the pump and in your utility bills.
The oddity is that all this political posturing is premised on the absurdity that burning American oil and gas produces greenhouse gas emissions, but burning foreign oil and gas does not.
I shouldn’t say this is an oddity. It’s the way the leftist mind works. They operate on feelings, not thoughts.
Banning American oil and gas production gives them a triple dose of feel-good. There’s one dose for attacking an industry they loathe, a second dose for attacking the employees of that industry whom they also loathe, and a third dose for attacking the oil-producing parts of the country – Red States – that they loathe. Lotta loathing going on with these people.
Be aware that the rocketing price of oil and gas is not due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. These price increases began the very month that Biden was inaugurated, and have continued nearly every month since.
But the Russian invasion certainly compounded and accelerated the problem. The loss and threatened loss of Russian oil has sent gasoline prices toward $6/gallon in America and $9/gallon in Europe.
The Democrats cheered the high prices, until political polls showed that Americans don’t like paying high prices for gas and the calendar showed that this is the year many of them have to get re-elected to their lucrative, favor-receiving, status-filled, Chardonnay-sipping gigs, or else get a real job. So now they pretend to want lower gas prices.
Biden’s Transportation Secretary informs us that we should simply buy electric vehicles. Thanks.
A better way to achieve lower gas prices would be to re-ramp American production of oil and gas. But that option is not available because it would give the greens a dose of feel-bad.
Biden is instead begging the Middle East oil sheiks to increase production of their oil – you know, the kind that’s more expensive than American oil but, the greens like to pretend, emits no greenhouse gases. To that end, Biden phoned up the Saudi Arabians.
The Saudis refused to take the call. Same with the United Arab Emirates.
Think about that. The leaders of both countries – which are considered American allies highly dependent on American goodwill – refused an urgent call from the President of the United States in a time of world crisis in which they knew he would beg to be an even bigger customer of them. In the case of the Saudis, they are apparently still miffed that Biden went out of his way to insult them in the first days of his presidency.
Miffing the Saudis undoubtedly made lefties from low level assistants in the State Department right up to and including the Oval Office occupant experience lots of feel-good.
But maybe the Saudis couldn’t take Biden’s call because they were on the phone with Putin. Reports are that they are quite cozy now with The Butcher of Kyiv.
In any event, the Saudis and UAE evidently think their relationship with Putin and Russia is more important than their relationship with Biden and America. In just a year, Biden has driven the Saudis and UAE away from America and into the arms of Vladimir Putin.
But wait, Biden can top that. He has managed to alienate even Israel.
The big issue with Israel is of course the existential threat – geez, I hate that pseudointellectual phrase (a favorite of Barack Obama) but here it’s accurate – that is posed by Iran’s nuclear program. Biden is reportedly on the verge of re-signing the notorious Iran nuke deal that enables Iran to make The Bomb.
Except that this Iran deal will be even worse than the deal that Obama signed and delivered to Iran wrapped in pallets of Benjamins. (Maybe Biden’s will be wrapped in pallets of Clevelands?) Under the new deal, Iran will be able to make The Bomb in a matter of weeks from the time the bearded ones give them the go-ahead.
Israel would like this totalitarian theocratic regime that has sworn to destroy it not to have The Bomb to do so. Go figure.
In fairness to Biden, he has problems too. If he doesn’t give Iran the means to destroy Israel, he’ll get a scolding from The Squad. Who terrify him even more than a faulty teleprompter.
And so, perhaps tellingly, this week while Putin rained bombs (with a small “b” but lots of them) down on Kyiv schools, nursing homes, hospitals and nuclear power plants, all while rattling his compensatory nuclear sword big Bomb at all the world, the Israeli Prime Minister was in Moscow meeting with him. Hmm.
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