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New Mexico Democrats Struggling with Biden’s Climate Action Fossil Fuel Bans

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

New Mexico supported Biden 54.3% to 43.5% for Trump, despite Biden’s promise to shut down the fossil fuel industry, yet all they seem to do nowadays is complain about their new leader’s efforts to deliver on his promise.

Biden drilling ban forces Democratic-led New Mexico to reckon with oil dependence

By Nichola GroomValerie VolcoviciJennifer Hiller
FEBRUARY 9, 202110:14 PM

(Reuters) – When Stan Rounds heard about U.S. President Joe Biden’s plans to suspend new drilling on federal lands to fight climate change, he worried about the education budget.

Rounds heads a state association of school administrators. He knows that New Mexico – home to the country’s richest oil fields on federal lands – depends heavily on drilling revenues to finance its struggling public schools. And budgets have already taken a hit from falling crude prices as the coronavirus pandemic sapped global fuel demand.

“While you appreciate the green policies for environmental issues, you can’t strangulate the revenue streams in New Mexico,” said Rounds, executive director of the New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders. “So we’re very concerned.”

Democratic politicians in a slew of oil-dependent states are being forced to reckon with a clash of progressive ideals: Their support for Biden’s plan to fight global warming could damage the fossil-fuel economy that has been a huge source of revenue for government programs.

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Meanwhile, back in Washington, Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki has challenged reporters to provide evidence that oil workers are not transitioning to better paid green jobs.

Psaki Dodges Question About Laid-Off Pipeline Workers, Green Jobs

February 9, 2021 Updated: February 9, 2021

On Monday, Fox News’ Peter Doocy asked Psaki at a White House press conference, “When is it that the Biden administration is going to let the thousands of fossil fuel industry workers, whether it’s pipeline workers or construction workers who are either out of work or will soon be out of work because of a Biden [executive order], when it is and where it is that they can go for their green job?”

“I would certainly welcome you to present your data of all the thousands and thousands of people who won’t be getting a green job,” Psaki responded. “Maybe next time you’re here, you can present that.”

“But you said that they would be getting green jobs. So I’m just asking when that happens,” Doocy shot back, before citing AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka who had criticized Biden’s revocation of the Keystone XL permit.

“The Laborers’ International Union of North America said the Keystone decision will ‘cost 1,000 existing union jobs and 10,000 projected construction’ jobs,” the reporter continued, referring to a report published on Jan. 20.

“There are people living paycheck to paycheck. There are now people out of jobs once the Keystone pipeline stopped construction… it’s been 19 days since that [executive order]. So what are these people who need money now—when do they get their green job?”

Psaki responded by saying that Biden will share more details of a plan to create “green” jobs “in the weeks ahead.”

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Psaki will circle back to the question of exactly when the green jobs will be available, when she is good and ready to do so.

What should New Mexico fossil fuel workers do while they are waiting for their new green jobs? If they are looking for something to do, I guess they could try Biden’s suggestion they retrain as software developers.

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Tom Halla
February 10, 2021 6:11 pm

The unions involved with pipeline construction or other conventional energy fields should be reminded of the old parable of the scorpion and the frog.
They have even less excuse than the frog, as Biden is only doing what he said he would do.

John the Econ
February 10, 2021 6:18 pm

The Marie Antoinette Party: Let them learn to code!

Reply to  John the Econ
February 10, 2021 6:42 pm

Brutal, absolutely brutal.
I am stealing this one.

Reply to  John the Econ
February 10, 2021 9:16 pm

It is hard to feel sorry for those who knew what they were doing, knew what Biden promised, and voted for him anyway. Wonder what kind of cake they like in the Land of Enchantment.

old engineer
Reply to  Leonard
February 11, 2021 4:58 pm

It is hard to feel sorry for those who knew what they were doing, knew what Biden promised, and voted for him anyway.”

Actually, if you check the county-by-county election results, you will see that the Southeast corner of New Mexico (where the oil is) went for Trump, not Biden. Albuquerque and Las Cruces(home of the Univ. of New Mexico and New Mexico State Univ., respectively) voted for Biden.

So the academic woke community voted Biden. Considering the education budget is paid for by oil, not sure if they will have enough money to buy tortillas.

Tim Gorman
February 10, 2021 6:28 pm

What should New Mexico Biden fossil fuel workers do while they are waiting for their new green jobs? “

All the New Mexico Democrats should write Biden and thank him for his green efforts. They should get all their letters printed in the local newspaper!

Reply to  Tim Gorman
February 10, 2021 7:29 pm

And a wide open border brings other problems.

very old white guy
Reply to  Tim Gorman
February 11, 2021 3:53 am

Their lack of intelligence must be painful. There is no such thing as a “green” job unless you consider being a greenskeeper at a golf course a “green” job.

Reply to  very old white guy
February 11, 2021 5:04 am

Agreed. Several years ago, an agency of the state of Washington was contracted by the federal government to conduct a survey on “green” jobs. I replied to the survey that there is no so such thing as a “green” job. There are just jobs, some of more or less value than others. Some illegal, some less than worthless. If an electrician or pipe fitter, a skilled tradesman, leaves a refinery or pipeline job to build wind turbines that contribute to higher energy prices, system unreliability, and the destruction of vast lands and ecosystems, how is that “green?” In East Texas, a green pond or lake is an unhealthy lake. If someone has been sickened, we often say he is turning green. It is not a compliment to say someone is green with envy. A verdant green valley in spring is beautiful.

My point? I don’t use the word “green” in an environmentalist way. It is another word that has been stolen by eco-loons in their unrighteousness fervor.

Bob Hunter
Reply to  Tim Gorman
February 11, 2021 8:38 am

the oil drillers , pipe fitters etc are just as smart as coal miners, so why don’t they get jobs as coders? /s

Reply to  Tim Gorman
February 11, 2021 12:16 pm

“What should New Mexico Biden fossil fuel workers do while they are waiting for their new green jobs? “

They should prepare to have their taxes increased to cover the lack of revenue that New Mexico will incur.

They should also try to make those that voted for Biden see and feel the self inflicted pain.

They need to make sure that the Coalition of Education Leaders take the hit (less pay and retirement benefits) and not just borrow from the future of the State like California & Oregon do.

Reply to  Tim Gorman
February 11, 2021 12:54 pm

“I would certainly welcome you to present your data of all the thousands and thousands of people who won’t be getting a green job,”

I love this. What a dishonest request: how can you ask someone to present data about something that hasn’t happened yet?

Reply to  observer
February 12, 2021 7:20 pm

Those who don’t learn from history are bound to repeat mistakes. The Obama-Biden Administration promised to create millions of new, green jobs. They even convinced the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to publish new green job numbers. Unfortunately, the BLS could not document very many green jobs (Solyndra!). They were able to document an increase in the number of garbage collectors and bus drivers. The numbers were so embarrassing that the BLS stopped publishing the data. I expect something similar with Biden’s green jobs.

Joel O'Bryan
February 10, 2021 6:38 pm

It is not just the direct impact of lost revenue to State coffers. As the Democrat’s War on Oil and Nat Gas rolls along, the price of both will contiunue to climb. That will do multiple things, besides alienating voters.

The Texas-part of the P-Basin (where the Feds don’t have say on leases) will accelerate. Drawing those NM workers, their paychecks and their taxes with them, across the state line. That furthers an accelerating revenue loss for the state.
The increasing gas and diesel prices will impacts all facets of every State budget including school districts that have to purchase fuel for their school bus fleet. Schools will keep getting crunched with higher costs as the COVID Plandemic finally recedes and kids have to go back to school.

Dementia Joe is just following the Over-reach playbook run by his puppet-master Obama 12 years ago. Obama hopes to avoid another Tea Party-like uprising he experienced in 2009-2010 using media control and the social media cancel culture. I suspect they’ve under-estimated the resourcefulness and ingenuity of middle America to push back in a TeaPaty type revolution. They’ll have lots of support, because everyone has to pay electric bills and put gas in their cars. Those prices are set to skyrocket as Dementia Joe’s handlers put the screws to domestic production. Democrats have always proven themselves too clever by half.

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andy in epsom
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 11, 2021 2:46 am

Are you relying on all of the people who also told eveyone that Q was real and that everyone should just sit back and trust the plan. Eveyone has sat back and now do not have any kind of significant voice to use which is so easily ignored or censored.

Reply to  andy in epsom
February 11, 2021 12:59 pm

Operation Trust 2.0 worked pretty well, didn’t it?

Burgher King
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 11, 2021 7:52 am

Political overreach is a thing of the past. Fear of voter backlash is a thing of the past. Because it doesn’t matter anymore who casts the votes. It only matters who counts the votes.

The Democrats have made blatant in-your-face vote fraud a permanent part of America’s election system. They have no reason to think they won’t be in full control of the federal government from here on out.

That’s why they are moving so fast with their socialist agenda. Packing the Supreme Court is next. Fully socialized medicine after that. Two new states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. $15 an hour minimum wage. Massive increases in all manner of federal regulation.

It’ll all be a done deal before 2022 is out and there is nothing anyone can do about it.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
February 11, 2021 12:59 pm

People don’t realise that energy is a component in the price of virtually EVERYTHING.

When energy goes up in price, so does wheat, copper, steel, glass, bricks, cardboard, timber… you name it.

Brian Johnston
February 10, 2021 6:39 pm

They shoulda voted Trump

Unbelievable they didn’t

Their vote will now bite them on the proverbial

Mark A Luhman
Reply to  Brian Johnston
February 10, 2021 7:46 pm

Derriere, I said it for you. After all as Ron White put it ” you can’t fix stupid!”

Reply to  Brian Johnston
February 11, 2021 2:05 am

Trump would have meant that the nation would have had a very good chance to swiftly rebound. Now I would bet on the exact opposite for the economic recovery. I am glad that I am retired. Although now I have to worry that these fools don’t dilute Social Security to the point where it no longer covers the basics.

very old white guy
Reply to  Brian Johnston
February 11, 2021 3:54 am

They probably did vote for Trump but you know, fraud etc.

Reply to  Brian Johnston
February 11, 2021 5:03 am

Would have made NO difference, Brian. This was going to happen anyway. It’s part of a cycle that has to complete itself before it’s gone. It may take less time than I had thought it would, but the effect will last a long time.

Tsk Tsk
Reply to  Brian Johnston
February 11, 2021 4:21 pm

Good and hard.

February 10, 2021 6:40 pm

Well, well, well. (That is a deep subject)
Some lifelong democrats finally learn that you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
But only *after* that reality hits them really hard right in the wallet.

Pity, actually. I am sure you all can feel my pain.

Dennis G Sandberg
February 10, 2021 6:56 pm

But, but Trump was a bully and hurt peoples feelings. You don’t have to be dumb to be a Democrat, but you most likely are(IMHO)

Reply to  Dennis G Sandberg
February 10, 2021 7:15 pm

Not necessarily dumb, just incredibly biased and narrow minded.

Rory Forbes
Reply to  goldminor
February 10, 2021 9:16 pm

Doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results is the definition of insanity. That is democrats.

Reply to  goldminor
February 12, 2021 4:20 pm

Think the word you’re looking for is ‘bigotted’

Reply to  Dennis G Sandberg
February 11, 2021 8:17 am

Are they dumb because they are a Democrats or are they a Democrats because they are dumb?
(Not that Rs are much better).

Reply to  Dennis G Sandberg
February 11, 2021 1:10 pm

There are plenty of “smart” people who vote Democrat. But the vast majority of them – in my experience – have a very poor grasp of reality. Ask them about the costs of the GND and they might start muttering about taxing the rich more, or MMT, or how cheap government borrowing is at the moment, or how it’s “only” money.

Leftists’ biggest blind spot is that they don’t really grasp that resources are limited, and that painful choices sometimes have to be made as a consequence; that .gov isn’t a deity that can magic-up goodies out of thin air.

You want no fossil fuels powering your grid or car or furnace? Then you’d better be rich if you don’t want to be cold in winter, and have to start picking and choosing what food you can afford to eat.

They claim to deeply care about the poor, yet continue to vote for politicians who promise to implement policies that will most hurt the poor – minimum wage, more expensive energy.

They seem utterly unable to see secondary or tertiary effects of government intervention in (what should be) market processes. They’re like children.

February 10, 2021 7:03 pm

Learning to code is going to be tough for those that have no interest in it. If it’s just another job for them I can’t see how they are going to be good coders. Having no desire to code other than earning a living is going to make some very poor coders IMO. BTW, I wonder just how much SW Biden and Co. thinks these out of work oil workers are going to develop anyway? Perhaps Biden or Kaaamala can learn to code and teach these people.

Mark A Luhman
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 10, 2021 7:49 pm

I can do code without formal training but like most coders I suck at it, there is so much bad software out there, unfortunately I had my company buy some of it. Biden has no clue what code is and what it takes to make it usable. Neither a lot of companies that write code, I once worked for such a company!

Reply to  Mark A Luhman
February 11, 2021 12:26 pm

good code, good hardware ============> Good deal

bad code, good hardware ==============> Bad situation

good code, with incompatible/old hardware => Bad situation

bad code, old/bad hardware ============> Biden

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very old white guy
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 11, 2021 3:57 am

Logic is required and none of them seem to possess it.

Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 11, 2021 10:16 am

It seems like many, possibly most, people get most of their information from Hollywood on a wide range of subjects. That’s why so many are so badly misinformed.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Eric Worrall
February 11, 2021 11:09 am

It takes about 2 years for an experienced software engineer to wrap their head around C++, and learning large class libraries in any OOP can take months.

Russ R.
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
February 12, 2021 8:31 pm

And it takes another 5 years to be able to apply your knowledge of the “syntax” of programming, to a large scale software project.
Writing code is the easy part. Software is never written from scratch, anymore. You have to leverage large modules of existing software, and modify it to work with new features, or new capabilities. Engineers fresh out of college are only useful for rudimentary work, while they learn the system that they are expected to work on.

Vincent Causey
Reply to  Kevin
February 11, 2021 12:07 am

There are only so many coding jobs. I worked in IT in the 80s, 90s and noughties, both in the US and UK and by the end of the nineties jobs were being offshored to India. I worked on mainframe’s, so I can’t speak for modern platforms, but I would suggest these “coding jobs” don’t exist and are only being suggested because those pushing them know full well that hardly any blue collar workers will take up the challenge. You can imagine the furore if thousands get their certificates in Microsoft or C++ and suddenly find they’ve been conned.

Reply to  Vincent Causey
February 11, 2021 4:54 am

I don’t work in coding, but know a lot of people who do. From what they say, it appears to be an extremely competitive field in which the vast majority of people struggle to make any money. As is often the case, there are far too many folks chasing too few jobs.

Reply to  Graemethecat
February 11, 2021 10:19 am

It partly depends on your location, but there are more jobs than people in many places. Programmers have (well, prior to covid at least) a negative unemployment rate in the Raleigh area.

I’ve worked in the field in SoCal and Raleigh, and I can’t say I’ve seen anything close to what you’re reporting. I would be curious where this is happening.

Reply to  Graemethecat
February 12, 2021 4:35 am

Not sure what market you’re in, but in the Midwest there is a huge demand for software developers and the salaries are generally good.

Of course I’m talking about people with degrees or at least certifications and experience…it would take a while to transition from the oil industry to coding and not everyone is suited for it.

Reply to  Kevin
February 11, 2021 5:02 am

that’s assuming those jobs will be in the US, more than likely china and india

Reply to  RonK
February 11, 2021 5:54 am

Bingo first to say it +100

Reply to  RonK
February 11, 2021 3:36 pm

I’ve worked with the H1B’s, it was truly disheartening. Some were OK, most were abysmal. They did try, but the lack of education and experience was a hindrance.

Reply to  yirgach
February 12, 2021 2:47 pm

The thing that drives me crazy when working with many Indians, is a lack of initiative.
I’ve been working on getting access to a couple of servers for two gentlemen.
I found the security forms for them and showed them how to fill them out and who to send them to.
A couple of days later I asked them how things were going. Turns out there were problems with how they filled out the forms and they were returned. Instead of contacting me, or anyone else, they just sat there waiting for someone to come and help.
A few days later I contacted them to see how things were going. The access had been granted and they were given their usernames and passwords. I asked if they had been able to connect to the servers. Well no, nobody had told them which program they were to use to connect to the servers.
I told them what programs and where to go to download them.
A few days later I stopped by to ask how things were going. They had installed the programs, but when they tried to connect to the servers they were getting error messages. I got them in touch with the admin for those servers and they were finally able to log into the servers.
A process that normally takes 3 or 4 days, dragged on for almost three weeks because every time they ran into a problem, they stopped and sat there until somebody noticed that they weren’t moving.

Reply to  Kevin
February 11, 2021 2:39 pm

I “learned to code” by osmosis, no formal training. Used to teach undergraduate CompSci at a state U for a few years. Always told the students not to do it for the money. Left to go with a small startup in the early 80’s. Very small with only 5 of us, but the others were CompSci/Math Phds or real hard hackers. Taught me a lot and it was painful.

I learned the difference between a programmer and a software developer.

Some do not understand that distinction, but it mostly involves a lack of fear balanced by a healthy respect and understanding the law of least surprise. Nowadays I’ve noticed a tendency for many to suffer from “clickitis”, which is like diarrhea of the mind.

February 10, 2021 7:03 pm

Here’s a tip–sue the state for inadequate support for schools and inequitable funding. Hit em where it hurts and keep on hitting.

February 10, 2021 7:05 pm

Finish loading up the trucks and wagons for the move to Texas and have pity on the stateless Venezuelan nomads.

February 10, 2021 7:13 pm

At this rate there will only be federal workers in NM and trinket salespeople in Santa Fe.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 10, 2021 7:32 pm

Don’t forget the whores in Albuquerque.

Gregory Woods
Reply to  Scissor
February 11, 2021 2:57 am

I thought that they were all in DC…

Tsk Tsk
Reply to  Gregory Woods
February 11, 2021 4:25 pm

Retirement pastures.

Mark A Luhman
Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 10, 2021 7:52 pm

Don’t forget the government workers of Santa Fa and those government workers that live in Albuquerque since they cannot afford to live in Santa Fa.

Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 11, 2021 10:20 am

As long as they keep selling Hatch chile

February 10, 2021 7:25 pm

What happens when you act (vote) on your virtue rather than your brain?
sh1t happens.

Reply to  Mr.
February 10, 2021 10:10 pm

Well, there is someone really happy now.

February 10, 2021 7:26 pm

Coding is so easy and simple to grasp and deploy

#include <iostream>
#include <cmath>
using namespace std;

int main() {

    float a, b, c, x1, x2, discriminant, realPart, imaginaryPart;
    cout << "Enter coefficients a, b and c: ";
    cin >> a >> b >> c;
    discriminant = b*b - 4*a*c;
    if (discriminant > 0) {
        x1 = (-b + sqrt(discriminant)) / (2*a);
        x2 = (-b - sqrt(discriminant)) / (2*a);
        cout << "Roots are real and different." << endl;
        cout << "x1 = " << x1 << endl;
        cout << "x2 = " << x2 << endl;
    else if (discriminant == 0) {
        cout << "Roots are real and same." << endl;
        x1 = -b/(2*a);
        cout << "x1 = x2 =" << x1 << endl;

    else {
        realPart = -b/(2*a);
        imaginaryPart =sqrt(-discriminant)/(2*a);
        cout << "Roots are complex and different."  << endl;
        cout << "x1 = " << realPart << "+" << imaginaryPart << "i" << endl;
        cout << "x2 = " << realPart << "-" << imaginaryPart << "i" << endl;

    return 0;
Reply to  rickk
February 10, 2021 7:42 pm

C++ code using the quadratic equation to dissect complex numbers.
Trivial, even I could do that.
And even not a comment in sight and it still reads like a children’s book.
Easy, Breezy.

Mark A Luhman
Reply to  rickk
February 10, 2021 7:55 pm

What language is that I want to run it and see what you wrote! Sorry I am from the Basic, Cobol, and Fortean era.

Reply to  Mark A Luhman
February 11, 2021 10:21 am

Looks like C

Reply to  TonyG
February 11, 2021 1:13 pm

It’s C++

Reply to  TonyG
February 12, 2021 2:49 pm

“using”, “cin” and “cout” aren’t part of ‘C’.

Reply to  MarkW
February 13, 2021 8:51 am

Did C and C++ last back in school so my knowledge of it is 35 years rusted. I thought ‘cout’ was C, guess I misremembered.

Paul Milenkovic
Reply to  Mark A Luhman
February 11, 2021 1:55 pm

Learn Python for run it and see what you wrote.

Reply to  rickk
February 10, 2021 9:05 pm

I’m not fond of you’re indentation. As we all know, the compiler doesn’t care. It doesn’t matter. But to maintain code, it most surely does. And no code comments? I’m bewildered.

I like this. But it’s both pertinent and puerile. I’ve seen better.

Reply to  Dragineez
February 11, 2021 7:31 am

I’ve always felt that having your opening and closing brackets on the same column makes reading the code much easier. Especially when indentation gets past 3 or 4 layers.

Reply to  MarkW
February 11, 2021 1:15 pm

Yeah, I don’t like traditional C bracket formatting either. It has a certain elegance aesthetically but, as you say, it’s difficult to keep track of when deeply nested.

Tsk Tsk
Reply to  observer
February 11, 2021 4:30 pm

I find the opposite. Wasting additional vertical space just to have an opening bracket sit below the statement that’s using it makes the code less legible to me. I want to be able to match up the closing bracket with the statement.

Reply to  Tsk Tsk
February 12, 2021 2:50 pm

Vertical space is cheap. Being able to visually scan down and match braces saves time.

Rainer Bensch
Reply to  rickk
February 11, 2021 3:19 am

Simpleton. The first test I would run is entering 0 for a.

Reply to  Rainer Bensch
February 11, 2021 5:59 am

That is the trouble with those who think its easy they write trash
Rickk never quite got the divid by zero memo.

Tsk Tsk
Reply to  LdB
February 11, 2021 4:33 pm

And of course you’d test to make sure they’re numbers to begin with. Oh, and that they fit in your variable size.

Reply to  Rainer Bensch
February 11, 2021 12:36 pm

what is the imaginary part for?

Russ R.
Reply to  rickk
February 12, 2021 8:50 pm

Understanding the syntax of programming will not get you hired. This is a trivial example and no employer can make money off your ability to understand or write software that has no value in the software market.
It is the equivalent of you understanding how to read and write, and asking for a job writing books. You have one of the tools required, but that does not make you an author.
The syntax of programming is the easy part, and you should know several different languages to get anything more than an intern job.
The complexity lies in wading through thousands of files, and understanding the threads of execution. Many systems now have multiple processors, running independently and passing messages, that determine the sequence of execution, and access large databases, or linked lists of data structures. The complexity is daunting to those who do not do this everyday for years.
They may as well decide to become heart surgeons. The complexity level is similar, and the competition for jobs is lower for doctors because of restrictions on medical school acceptance.

February 10, 2021 7:54 pm

“retrain as software developers.”


There is already enough woeful software out there.

…. and LOTS of unemployed “coders”

Eugene Conlin
Reply to  fred250
February 11, 2021 5:23 am

… you’re missing the point … they could claim that, now they are newly trained, there are no unemployed oil/gas/blue collar workers … why bother to mention they will be unemployed coders?

Reply to  Eugene Conlin
February 11, 2021 1:00 pm

There are only so many coffee shops in the world that need baristas..

And all those spots are taken by limp-wristed Arts graduates

Paul Johnson
February 10, 2021 9:18 pm

It’s only been three weeks, but haven’t we already had enough of Jen Psnarki?

Matthew Sykes
February 10, 2021 11:36 pm

As if software engineering is something you just pick up!

What a joke, Biden wouldnt last half a day in my job, talk about complicated! He has no idea!

George Tetley
Reply to  Matthew Sykes
February 11, 2021 12:39 am

AMERICA what’s happened to you?
The warning was there long ago!!!!!
*Quote* your leader,, “my son HUNTER is the most Intelligent person I know ”
Recount the votes you cannot all be idiots.

Reply to  George Tetley
February 11, 2021 1:57 am

The state senate in Arizona voted to have a full audit which would include inspecting ballots for fake ballots. Others within the state are fighting the state senate tooth and nail to keep them from inspecting the ballots. First of all they are claiming that the several partial audits already done have proven that everything was on the up and up. Secondly they are claiming that the ballots are protected by the election regulations process. Therefore the state senators can not override the regulations which hide the ballots.

It is being fought over right now. Hopefully the senators will win out on this argument. One would think that if there was no fraud to worry about then there would be no problem inspecting the ballots. I hope the senators prevail.

Reply to  George Tetley
February 11, 2021 1:14 pm

Thanks for the reminder George.

“Ms Psaki, A while back President Biden said that Hunter is the most intelligent person he knows. Has he expanded his circle of acquaintances since then? Does he still consider his son to have a greater intellect than everyone on his staff and in his cabinet?

February 11, 2021 12:24 am

It’s estimated that 400,000 fossil fuel jobs will eventually be lost if Leftists continue their insane and irrational war on oil, which doesn’t even factor in the ancillary job loses from all economic sectors from: skyrocketing energy prices, falling living standards, massive increase in transportation costs, loss of competitiveness, increased prices for verything, decreased disposable income, higher taxes, more regulations, etc.

Oil prices have increased by $20/bbl just since November, and since the US consumes 20 million barrels of oil/day, that’s a loss of $400 million/day just in higher oil prices and if you add all the losses from other sectors, this war on oil will eventually cost the US economy many $billions/day for absolutely no reason whatsoever..

Yes, New Mexico’s economy will be devastated by Biden’s crazy war in oil, but New Mexico voted for the bumbling idiot, so as the old adage goes, “You get the government you deserve, and get it hard”, certainly applies…

Build Back Better? Nah, Vote Better….

andy in epsom
Reply to  SAMURAI
February 11, 2021 3:39 am

I have been looking at the results of companies that i hold shares in and it is quite stunning that even they are using that exact phrase. It is in “black and white” in Vodafones results and Phillip Jansen said it twice during his presentation of BT results.

Build Back Better is just the mantra that everyone has to follow!

Reply to  SAMURAI
February 11, 2021 1:26 pm

Fuel prices for US consumers are a slightly different deal than they are for everyone else.

Obviously, the more the average US citizen has to pay for fuel, the poorer they are directly.

However, much of the fuel they buy is from countries (like Saudi Arabia) that turn around and use those US dollars to buy US government debt, which pushes down the amount US taxpayers are obliged to pay on interest, which lowers their taxes. This is called “petrodollar recycling” and is one of the reasons the US is so rich – most oil is priced in dollars, so pretty much everyone on the planet is obliged to buy USD before they can buy oil, and then much of the USD earned by oil exporters gets dumped into USTs.

If the US ever loses this privilege – a holdover from the 1944 Bretton Woods agreement, and, later, Kissinger making a deal with the petrostates guaranteeing them protection in exchange for them demanding USD for oil – the US will see a calamitous rush of its currency back to within its borders, with all the concomitant inflation that implies.

andy in epsom
Reply to  observer
February 11, 2021 1:51 pm

The US is not rich at all. It is the biggest scrounger on the planet with the highest debts. It just pays for everything by creating more dollars and are destroying their own currency.

Tsk Tsk
Reply to  observer
February 11, 2021 4:36 pm

The Fed dwarfs any of that. Everyone wants dollars now because it is liquid, sound, and abundant. The latter is becoming so much so that the two former could be in jeopardy. Except there’s no alternative in sight.

andy in epsom
Reply to  Tsk Tsk
February 12, 2021 1:15 am

The latest figures for global trade completely contradict this showing a huge move away from the dollar as the centralised currency.It would have been completed by now if the US didn’t murder and destroy any country that wanted to move away from the Dollar. Iraq wanted to sell oil in Euros so destroyed, Libya was moving africa to a gold standard So Destroyed.Now there is a far higher percentage of trades especially between India, China and Russia that is no longer using the dollar, the two most populous countries in the world! THe speed of this has been increasing and will continue exponentially. China has accepted the US dollars and have used them to take over most of Africa, Latin America and growing in Europe. THe Untied States does not have anything to fight this with anymore including the latest aircraft that are just enourmously expensive white elephants and no money either. Asia and Russia have been hoovering up the precious metals while the US banks fraudulently force the price down makling the US even poorer and please don’t try and say that Fort Knox will save the country as that gold has been sold five times over.

Reply to  andy in epsom
February 12, 2021 2:54 pm

Wow, so much paranoia?
Really, the only reason why we attacked Iraq was they wanted stop selling oil in dollars?
Saudi Arabia stopped selling oil in dollars decades ago.
The communists really have been effective in their propaganda, and the weak minded slurp it up.

andy in epsom
Reply to  MarkW
February 13, 2021 1:11 am

I could argue the alternative line of the extreme brainwashing of the Untied States stops people looking at history. Until the moment Saddam Hussein decided to change his policy on oil pricing Iraq was the biggest ally in the middle east even going so far as to starting a war with Iran for the Untied States government.

andy in epsom
Reply to  andy in epsom
February 13, 2021 12:06 pm

So listing as set of absolute facts to defend my point is erased. Censorship is alive and well everywhere.

Reply to  observer
February 11, 2021 9:34 pm


A lot has changed since US fracking and new oil drilling rapidly increased.

The US now produces 96% of its oil/gas needs, with net imports accounting for just 6% US’ oil/gas requirements, which is amazing.

Most of the tiny amount of oil we still import comes from Canada and a very tiny fraction comes from ME, Mexico and Russia,in terms of US’ total daily consumption of 20 million barrels of oil per day.

Saudi Arabia only holds a very tiny fraction of US’ $30 TRILLION total debt; (about $130 billion or about 0.4%), while Japan, China, UK are the largest holders, and they’ll never actually be paid back in full..

With Biden’s/the Left’s war on oil, the above will change, oil prices and energy prices will skyrocket, and our economy will be ruined if we continue with this silly and insane CAGW hoax.

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andy in epsom
Reply to  SAMURAI
February 11, 2021 11:42 pm

THe current US rig count shows that the number of oil rigs functioning has fallen from a high of 1062 on the 1st June 2018 down to 244 on the 14th August 2020. now the oil price has gone back up the count has increased to 392 still down more than 60% from the high. The Untied States is importing millions of gallons of oil and not the tiny amount that you are imagining. The short term for oil under Biden is actually positive as more wells will reopen with the higher prices that are forced through for oil making it marginally profitable but for the US to be back in a situation of minimal oil imports would need an oil price of 85-88$

February 11, 2021 2:40 am

No pity for the majority of New Mexicos demofraud voters,delivered as ordered!

andy in epsom
February 11, 2021 2:41 am

According to Statista 63% of people in New Mexico actually voted in the presidential election. So by my maths that means that only 27% voted to protect their industry so why are the moaning now? That is a ratio of nearly 1 to 3 for the fossil fuels industry and the massive majority of it against or just doesn’t care.

Reply to  andy in epsom
February 11, 2021 7:35 am

Is that 63% of the population, or 63% of eligible voters?

Reply to  MarkW
February 11, 2021 1:19 pm

What percentage were actually alive?

Reply to  Bruce
February 12, 2021 2:57 pm

63% of registered voters is an astounding number.
63% of those eligible to vote would be a modern record.
Given the number of children, non-citizens and those not eligible to vote, reaching 63% of the population is just not believable.

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Reply to  andy in epsom
February 11, 2021 1:26 pm

Maybe it’s those 27% who are moaning

February 11, 2021 3:04 am

Solution: New Mexico can rename itself New Venezuela and therefore lower the expectations of its citizens.

David Kamakaris
Reply to  leitmotif
February 11, 2021 4:15 am

At this rate, New Venezuela will be the new name for the entire country.

very old white guy
February 11, 2021 3:51 am

So they voted against their own interests and now wonder what happened. Does the word stupid resonate with any of them.

February 11, 2021 4:15 am

…admitting to a political bias rightfully due any classical liberal, I really can’t stand the social and economic destructive policies of this Obama mirroring/Biden-Harris administration.
It is a major step backwards to 2009 and the failed agenda of a past administration. This step backwards being 180° removed from Trump’s economic success isn’t exactly rational. It costs us eleven years and IMHO only creates an air of political spitefulness. US advantage 0.

Right-Handed Shark
February 11, 2021 4:51 am

There will be plenty of green jobs. Someone has to keep all those solar panels clean.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Right-Handed Shark
February 11, 2021 8:31 am

Yes, there’s the rub. It’s the same as taking away bulldozers, tractor shovels, graders and backhoes, and issuing SPOONS to construction workers. Lot’s of additional “jobs,” but the productivity goes into the toilet, hence those “jobs” won’t earn you a living.

Multiplying the number of people it takes to generate electricity, PLUS decreasing its reliability, is going to be an economic catastrophe. Costs are driven up, reliability is driven down, industry and business leaves to countries not stupid enough to enact such inane “policies.”

February 11, 2021 4:59 am

Psaki responded by saying that Biden will share more details of a plan to create “green” jobs “in the weeks ahead.” – quote

Yes, and I”m breathlessly waiting to find out how many times she chases her own tail to avoid speaking the truth – there will BE NO “GREEN” JOBS! Seriously, do these people really think they’re fooling anyone at all?

Reply to  Sara
February 11, 2021 6:00 am

Clearly they fooled plenty of people in New Mexico 🙂

Reply to  LdB
February 11, 2021 7:38 am

It’s easy to fool those who want to be fooled.

Reply to  Sara
February 11, 2021 7:38 am

6 months after passing funding for what Obama swore was millions of shovel ready jobs, he joked that apparently there weren’t as many shovel ready jobs as he thought.
He thought it was amusing that the country spent 100’s of billions, and nobody except his backers benefited.

I’m wondering if green jobs is nothing more than shovel ready 2.0.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  Sara
February 11, 2021 8:33 am

They need to check with countries who already made these stupid mistakes – see Portugal, where it was ultimately seen that every “green job” which was “created” resulted in the loss of THREE REAL JOBS.

Reply to  Sara
February 11, 2021 2:17 pm

You know, you guys really do give me hope, however minute it may seem.

The rush to conquer the conservative side of the political coin is mostly a parade of shoes with no soles.

Bruce Cobb
February 11, 2021 5:08 am

I challenge Jen Psaki to prove that she is not a space alien.

Rod Evans
February 11, 2021 5:19 am

I wonder what all the unemployed in New Mexico are going to do?? Hmm? Wasn’t Breaking Bad based in New Mexico? Just a thought, maybe a new series, Breaking Biden?

Bruce Cobb
February 11, 2021 6:27 am

I don’t see what they are so upset and worried about. For jobs, (and Biden is playing it a bit close to the chest and being coy, but) he plans to roll out a trillion-dollar program, called the Civilian Climate Corps, or CCC. Pay will start at $15/hour, and will involve “green” things like picking up roadside litter, trash collection, shoveling stuff (“shovel-ready”), insulating attics, and so on. Many of the jobs of course will be administrative. They will get paid, regardless of how much (or how little) work they do. It will be wonderful.

February 11, 2021 6:42 am

“I would certainly welcome you to present your data of all the thousands and thousands of people who won’t be getting a green job,” Psaki responded. “Maybe next time you’re here, you can present that.”

What a bizarre statement. Since Psaki, Biden and crew are stating that green jobs are plentiful, it is up to them to present the evidence to prove their case. It’s is not up to someone else to prove/disprove a negative.

Reply to  PaulH
February 11, 2021 7:41 am

Reversing the Null Hypothesis is always the first goal of those who know they can’t prove what they claim.

Reply to  PaulH
February 11, 2021 12:49 pm

“Well, Mz Psaki, maybe when the fences are down and the national guard has gone home, you could invite them here to discuss it with them personally.”

Jonathan Lesser
February 11, 2021 6:50 am

Here in NM, our dem senators, reps, and governor are all in favor of the drilling ban. even though it will accomplish nothing in terms of climate change. They assume – perhaps correctly – that Biden will give them all the replacement money they need.

Russ R.
Reply to  Jonathan Lesser
February 12, 2021 9:04 pm

It is easier to keep poor people under the boot, than educated people that can earn a living in a free prosperous society.
The question is how many people will trade freedom for security and figure out that they are receiving neither?
When more voters figure that out, new people must be imported to dilute their vote.

Bruce Cobb
February 11, 2021 7:43 am

Meanwhile, MA Undersecretary for Climate Change (heh, what a name) was called out for publicly stating what they all think (but aren’t supposed to say), “We need to break your will”. He has since resigned.

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
February 11, 2021 1:04 pm

David Ismay … D Ismay (his parents saw it comming a long time ago)

“Ismay? Any relation to Bruce Ismay, Chairman of the White Star Line, who took a seat on the Titanic’s lifeboat to save his life? If so, that explains it.”

Leave him in power for a while longer and he may live up to his ancestors’ scumbaggy example of selfishness.

February 11, 2021 7:47 am

Let them eat code!!!!!

February 11, 2021 8:26 am

This is part of what is wrong with our country today, uneducated voters. What did they think Biden would do? Didn’t they look at ANYTHING he has said in the last 10 years? I have no sympathy for them.

February 11, 2021 8:43 am

Here’s the plan: block permits and drilling, then send stimulus to NM state govt, then watch energy price inflation soar, and send another stimulus payment to the NM poor before the next elections.

Don Perry
February 11, 2021 9:33 am

Elections have consequences. They should have thought about that before they voted the way they did. I hope they get precisely what they voted for.

Gordon A. Dressler
February 11, 2021 9:34 am

That is a BOHIC smile if I every saw one!

February 11, 2021 9:34 am

I have a hard time feeling any sympathy for people who lost their jobs but supported Biden. They got exactly what they asked for. Those of us who were paying attention knew this would happen.

Reply to  TonyG
February 11, 2021 1:27 pm

In 2009 when we did layoffs, we went to the parking lot and picked the cars with Obama/Biden stickers. Problem this time, their weren’t any REAL, EMPLOYED Biden voters.

February 11, 2021 12:26 pm

Be careful leaving NM. The roads are really bad there.

Gordon A. Dressler
Reply to  ResourceGuy
February 11, 2021 12:45 pm

Are they better or worse than the roads entering NM?

Reply to  Gordon A. Dressler
February 12, 2021 3:03 pm

Pretty soon, the lanes going outbound are going to be getting a lot more wear.

February 11, 2021 1:03 pm

Vote stupid, live with the consequences.

Steve Z
February 11, 2021 1:42 pm

Report: Cancelling Keystone Will Boost Carbon Emissions Equal to Nearly 500K More Cars on Road | CNSNews

According to the linked article, cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline will result in the emission of 1.5 million tons of CO2 per year, from diesel locomotives used to pull trains carrying the 400,000 BPD of oil which would otherwise be carried by the pipeline, and then pull the empty cars back to Canada to be re-loaded.

If we assume that the pipeline would be 1,000 miles long, and 3 ft in diameter, the frictional pressure drop for 400,000 BPD (about 26 ft3/s) would be about 0.058 psi/100 ft, or about 3,080 psi over 1,000 miles (there would probably be booster pumps along the length of the pipeline). This would require a brake horsepower for the pumps of about 21,000 HP, or about 15.6 MW. Assuming the pumps are 60% efficient, and their motors 80% efficient, this would require about 32.6 MW of electric power.

If the electric power was generated by a simple-cycle natural gas plant at 35% thermal efficiency, it would consume about 93.1 MW of natural-gas heating value. The heat of combustion of methane is about 50 MJ/kg, requiring the burning of 1.86 kg/s of methane to produce the power needed to drive the Keystone XL pipeline pumps, or about 58,720 metric tonnes per year. .

Since burning 16 kg of methane produces 44 kg of CO2, this would result in the emission of about 161,480 metric tonnes per year of CO2 (about 178,000 short tons per year).

Building the Keystone XL pipeline, as compared to the current rail transport of the same amount of oil, would actually REDUCE CO2 emissions by a net 1,500,000 – 178,000 = 1,322,000 tons per year.

Did anyone bother to tell Joe Biden that by cancelling the Keystone XL pipeline, he was actually increasing CO2 emissions and contributing to “global warming”? Or did anyone bother to do the calculation? Math is hard, which is why the.Biden team needed Chinese help to win the election.

Larry in Texas
February 11, 2021 3:21 pm

To New Mexico (and other) Democrats: you reap what you sow. Elections have consequences, as your beloved leader Barack Obama once said. My schadenfreude at your misery could not be greater. And I hope New Mexico voters make you feel even greater misery in 2022.

Tombstone Gabby
February 11, 2021 6:08 pm

It was during the “Spotted Owl” crisis in the mid-90’s. My wife and I were volunteer Camp Ground Hosts for the US Forest Service at Diamond Lake, Oregon. I talked to one young family. He admitted that he was in the mountains to poach a deer – put some meat on the family table.

Roseburg (OR) had seven sawmills – six were shut down because of the owl. Out of work mill hands were offered a training course in ‘coding’. This young chap hadn’t completed high school. “No way.”

I did mentioned this conversation to our supervisor — a couple of weeks later.

February 11, 2021 7:12 pm

This isn’t a “conservative” issue. It’s a commonsense issue. Energy is key to prosperity. Every nation in the world knows this whether they admit it or not. Germany promotes “green” because they are fossil fuel poor. China is oil poor, as well, but they accidentally release a virus that upends the world economy without retribution. Really? How is nobody blaming China for letting this virus escape the lab? Why does anybody even care about an existential threat of global warming when we live in the here and now?
Why is the USA being held hostage to masking when Covid is being vaccinated away? What is wrong with being energy independent and no longer having to care about another nation providing it for us? A nation that provides all their own energy no longer has to fight for it in the Middle East.
I’m perplexed that people spend time bashing Trump and worrying about being woke when we need to solve issues that matter.

February 11, 2021 10:03 pm

the minority who actually DID vote for *OTUS Zhou Bai-Din deserve to get what they voted for, and they deserve to get it good and hard.

unfortunately, the majority of America who voted for the true POTUS, Donald J Trump, are being taken along on their little ride to #Failville.

sucks to be us.

February 12, 2021 10:31 am

I guess we’re going to need to form a union of residential consumer CO2 emitters since unions is all they understand in that Party.

We will also need a group to operate a climate religion doomsday clock with a few minutes left before advocacy success defeats science.

February 12, 2021 1:52 pm

You’ve gotta go to Santa Fe, to see how the effete elites live there. Only then, I suspect, can you understand how NM could have voted this way.

Enlightened Archivist
February 13, 2021 10:59 am

Biden’s actions were well telegraphed. Thus NM voters are getting what they ostensibly wanted and voted for. Just wish Biden voters could get charged a voter surcharge at the gas station.

February 13, 2021 1:28 pm

It’s time to start looking into affiliate membership in a NM tribal nation. They have the casinos and they can’t be pushed around by the Santa Fe over reach squad.

February 13, 2021 2:45 pm

No worries, our gov has committed us to 100% solar & wind in a few years;-/

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