Biden on the energy crisis: pleading with others to save him from himself

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President Joe Biden is drowning in a sea of ​​crises of his own creation, and Americans are the ones paying the price.

There is an ongoing humanitarian and national security calamity on the southern border.

Thirteen US servicemen have died and an unknown number of our citizens remain stranded in Afghanistan after Biden’s disastrous withdrawal.

COVID-19 is still rife, despite Biden’s promises to defeat the virus, as his vaccine tenure has divided the country.

Americans are not taking the millions of available jobs and the economy is at a standstill as many have chosen the option of being paid by the government to stay at home instead of working.

The Biden administration failed to identify the growing disruption in the supply chain, which did not happen overnight and threatens to further strangle the economy. Labor shortages are a contributing factor, including the lack of truck drivers to help unload ships and transport goods (see point above on workers not accepting available jobs) .

And energy prices continue to rise, helping to boost inflation and hurt Americans – especially those on moderate and low incomes – at a time when the economy is expected to reach cruising speed out of the economy. pandemic blockages.

It is on energy costs that Biden’s failures are most clearly visible.

On his first day in office, Biden scrapped the Keystone XL pipeline, killing 11,000 jobs in the process and keeping his campaign promise to be hostile to the fossil fuel industry.

Continuing his assault on natural resource development, Biden suspended oil and natural gas leases in Alaska.

Former President Donald Trump propelled America towards energy independence, but Biden willfully squandered it. Its policies are designed to reduce domestic oil production, which means that we have necessarily become more dependent on foreign sources.

Biden’s approach has been an economic disaster.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the price of crude oil jumped 64% to a seven-year high. The cost of natural gas has doubled in just six months. Fuel oil is 68% more expensive, just in time for winter. And gasoline costs more than $ 3 a gallon on the national average, up nearly a dollar over the past year.

Energy costs are one of the drivers of inflation, which is already worrying and could get worse.

The situation he created led Biden into embarrassing situations where he was forced to advocate for the rescue.

Over the summer, his administration pleaded with OPEC to increase oil production to fight rising gasoline prices. He refused.

This month, Reuters reported that Biden’s White House had approached domestic oil and gas producers, asking them for help. These are the same companies Biden demonized and now he wants them to save him from himself.

Anne Bradbury, chief executive of the American Exploration and Production Council, explained who is the culprit.

“By pursuing policies that restrict supply and make it harder to produce oil and natural gas here in America, Americans will have to pay more for their energy,” she said.

But fear not, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the higher prices just mean Biden’s policies are going as planned.

“Certainly we all want to keep gasoline prices low, but the threat of the crisis – the climate crisis – certainly can’t wait any longer,” she said on October 6.

A week later, Psaki seemed to sweeten the message somewhat, acknowledging how much higher energy bills affect people, but tried to mislead the magnitude of the problem.

“[T]he American people are, of course, affected by rising gas prices in some parts of the country, not all, ”she said.

This, of course, is not true. Gas prices are higher in all 50 states.

White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain then underscored the Biden administration’s indifference to the concerns of ordinary Americans by endorsing a tweet from the Harvard economist. Jason furman, who called the “economic problems we face” such as “inflation, supply chains, etc.” “From” high class problems “.

Klain quote-tweeted Furman and enthusiastically agreed, posting “This,” with two-handed emojis pointing to Furman’s original post.

For Americans still struggling, it must be shocking that the White House chief of staff thinks that rising grocery bills – driven by fuel prices and inflation – are a “high class problem”.

Such a ruthless rejection of real-world issues, the endorsement of an elitist Ivy League view that workers only imagine things, simply fuels the prevailing belief that Biden is just plain bad at his job. .

But rather than confront reporters or describe to Americans what he is doing to tackle these serious economic problems – and all the other crises he has inflicted on the country – Biden has avoided answering questions almost entirely.

On the rare occasions when he comes in front of the cameras to give a speech, more often than not he finishes speaking, suddenly turns around and goes back to the recesses of the White House.

It is an appropriate image presented by an administration which is generally very concerned with visuals and symbolism.

Biden leaves the lasting impression that, as he does to members of the press, he is simply turning his back on the American people.

This piece originally appeared in The Daily Signal

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