Biden’s oil and gas policy makes about as much sense as his Afghan policy

From the South China Morning Post

Biden has done everything to obstruct US oil and gas producers in the name of fighting climate change – while imploring Saudi Arabia, Russia and others to increase oil production to keep pump prices down

Tilak K. Doshi

Tilak K. Doshi

Published: 9:15pm, 29 Aug, 2021

Few would disagree with former US vice-president Mike Pence’s view that President Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan “is a foreign-policy humiliation unlike anything our country has endured since the Iran hostage crisis”.

In his memoir, Robert Gates, who served as defence secretary for the Obama administration, famously wrote that Biden “has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades”.

It would seem that the disaster in Afghanistan is only the latest blunder in a foreign policy record filled with them.

Over the past few days, the world has watched news clips of chaos at Kabul airport with civilians clinging to US military aircraft in a desperate attempt to escape retribution by the victorious Taliban.

US diplomats, stunned by the speed of the Afghan military’s capitulation to Taliban fighters, were reduced to imploring the militant leadership with financial aid and other incentives not to storm the US embassy in Kabul – the embassy which had flown the rainbow LGBT flag to mark Pride Month in June and showcase American commitment to “inclusivity”.

The full extent of the US debacle was revealed when the State Department admitted that the Biden administration “cannot ensure safe passage” for thousands of trapped Americans to travel to Kabul airport.

Former British prime minister Tony Blair criticises US withdrawal from Afghanistan

But the Biden administration suffered yet another humiliation earlier this month when Opec, the oil-producers’ cartel, summarily rejected its request to release more oil to world markets.

Reuters quoted Opec sources as saying there was “no need to release extra oil more quickly”, and that there was “no concern that the planned schedule of increases would leave any demand unmet”.

US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan had criticised big oil producers in Opec+, including Saudi Arabia and Russia, for what he said were “insufficient crude [oil] production levels”. “At a critical moment in the global recovery, this is simply not enough,” he said.

While this request was cast as a means of tempering oil prices to help global economic recovery, it is no secret that the Biden administration is deeply concerned with that distinctly American political barometer of presidential popularity – the price of fuel.

Senate approval of the US$3.5 trillion budget plan that would expand Medicare, tax credits and climate initiatives suggests that the US inflation outlook may not be “transitory”.

Bob McNally, one of Washington’s more acute observers of energy affairs, said: “The Biden administration is under enormous political pressure due to inflation, with galloping gasoline the most publicly visible and vexing.”

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US fuel prices hit their highest levels since 2014 this summer. It is a “jarring contradiction”, according to a Bloomberg report, that Sullivan issued his request to Opec+ just two days after the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published its sixth assessment report, warning of a point of no return in its climate crusade to quickly ban the use of fossil fuels worldwide.

The United States, along with the European Union, have been in lockstep with UN Secretary General António Guterres who said the IPCC report was nothing less than “a code red for humanity. The alarm bells are deafening, and the evidence is irrefutable.

Global warming dangerously close to being out of control: US climate report

But the contradiction goes deeper: the Biden administration implores Saudi Arabia, Russia and other producers to increase oil production while doing its best to obstruct its home-grown oil and gas industry to meet the demands of the Democratic Party’s Green New Deal base.

The US remains the world’s largest oil and gas producer but Biden has done everything possible to obstruct domestic producers in the name of fighting climate change. On attaining office, he immediately unleashed a series of executive orders to reverse his predecessor’s strategy of “energy independence”.

At a stroke of his pen, he revoked permits for the Keystone XL pipeline to transport oil from Canada to Gulf coast refiners, suspended oil leasing in Alaska, halted oil and gas leases on federal land, and cynically invoked the Endangered Species Act to block energy resource development on private lands in the West.

Two weeks ago, the Biden administration challenged a federal judge’s decision in June to block the Interior Department’s pause on oil and gas leasing on public lands and waters. Oil and gas industry representatives question whether there is any intent by the government to fall in line with the court ruling since lease sales have not been scheduled despite the court order.

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Benjamin Zycher, another keen analyst of the US energy scene, observed succinctly that “the Biden administration is fine with fossil-fuel production, as long as it happens overseas”.

While policy incoherence in Washington is nothing new, Zycher continues, “it’s still quite something to see the Biden administration simultaneously pursue new constraints on US production of fossil fuels as a central component of its ‘climate’ policies, while at the same time attempting to avoid the adverse price effects of that production stance”.

The Biden administration’s dysfunctional posture of imploring foreign producers to ramp up oil exports while doing its best to stymie America’s oil and gas industry is par for the course. The administration, it would seem, has been hoisted by its own petard.

Tilak K. Doshi is an energy consultant, and author of “Singapore in a Post-Kyoto World: Energy, Environment and the Economy”

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Paul Johnson
August 30, 2021 10:07 pm

If Biden considers oil a dirty fuel, why does he seek to:

  •     Shut down strictly regulated U.S. oil and gas production
  •     Encourage production from countries with lax regulation
  •     Consume even more fuel shipping it from overseas
  •     Ship it in tankers burning even dirtier bunker fuel

We may disagree on the impact of CO2 emissions, but I think we can agree that increasing them for no apparent purpose is a bad idea.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Paul Johnson
August 30, 2021 10:20 pm

The power is out in and around New Orleans and looks like it will be some time before it is fully restored. Isn’t the performance of that Tesla something to behold?

Reply to  Paul Johnson
August 30, 2021 10:27 pm

You nailed it all in a single post. Even the most brainwashed green has to admit locally sourced and regulated oil is better than foreign.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  PCman999
August 30, 2021 11:06 pm

No, they won’t

Bill Toland
Reply to  Pat from kerbob
August 30, 2021 11:24 pm

The cognitive dissonance of climate alarmists is now so severe that they won’t admit anything that contradicts their belief system.

Ken Irwin
Reply to  Bill Toland
August 31, 2021 12:04 am

“Having faith is believing in something you just know ain’t true.”
― Mark Twain

Reply to  PCman999
August 31, 2021 4:33 am

and gas stations pump in the US when the power is out?

Don Perry
Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 5:02 am

My full tank of gas will get me through the power outage. Your battery won’t.

Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 5:42 am

They can, with the help of a small generator.
BTW, that same generator would take days to recharge even a single, small EV.

Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 6:00 am

griff: and gas stations pump in the US when the power is out?”

Actually, some do, griff. Certainly not all, but some fueling locations have backup generators.

You missed it by |—| that much. The big problem is that most retailers still standing can’t process bank card sales, so it’s cash only.

In areas prone to hurricanes, the experienced people take out a good bit of cash before a storm hits. Those who didn’t or couldn’t get cash are in a bind for everything, not just fuel.

Also, the experienced and prepared fill up spare gas containers for their generators, chainsaws, and cars.

On the plus side, which you didn’t think of, griff, the Tesla owners who charged their car have a large backup battery to run a lot of electric doodads around their house. You could keep the lights on and the refrigerator running for quite some time off a fully charged Tesla battery.

Ya coulda been a contendah, griff, had you thought through a better argument.

But no… [♯♪♫ sad trombone]

Reply to  H.R.
August 31, 2021 9:18 am

Actually, many retailers resort to the old-style paper credit card processing slips when the power goes out. Happened to me just a few months ago – not in a power outage but when the internet went down.

Reply to  Meab
August 31, 2021 11:29 am

I’ve seen that just a couple times too, Meab. But I wouldn’t count on it being common.

I suppose it depends on the retailer’s ability to hold those slips of paper for a week or two or three as opposed to a few hours of power outage.

Reply to  H.R.
August 31, 2021 12:37 pm

The only places where I’ve seen a problem with the old charge card tech are millennials who refuse to believe there is anything before the internet.

All experienced retailers know how to run cards, write up receipts and jeep journals so when the lights come back on, they can enter their revenue/expenses.

Reply to  ATheoK
August 31, 2021 2:59 pm

Meab: All experienced retailers know how to run cards, write up receipts and jeep journals […]”

Yup, but not all retailers can handle the week(s) of delay in their cash flow. I’m talking hurricane disruption here, not some yahoo hitting a power pole.

It depends on the retailer. Some can and will run and hold the slips. Others cannot do that.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  H.R.
August 31, 2021 6:59 pm

The Tesla battery pack operates at 400v. How do you get 400V DC to run your refrigerator? Most inverters that I’m aware of run off 12V DC. I don’t advise trying to plug your laptop into your Tesla battery pack.

Reply to  Clyde Spencer
September 1, 2021 7:22 am

Nah, the Tesla fan bois have been working on that, Clyde. It might have been true early on, but the Tesla geeks have not been idle.

Here’s one link to some info on that.

Using a transfer switch to turn your EV car into a small backup generator | Tesla Motors Club

There are other accounts of Tesla owners figuring out how to Git ‘er done.

Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 9:12 am

Actually, griffter, BY many STATE LAWS, gas stations in areas prone to hurricanes must have backup generators. It only requires a household-sized generator to keep the pumps and lights on. You thought you were being insightful but, once again, you proved yourself to be a complete idiot.

Reply to  Meab
August 31, 2021 9:32 am

Florida and Louisana are the two states that require generators in gas stations along evacuation routes. .

Reply to  Meab
August 31, 2021 11:35 am

I knew they had them, Meab. I didn’t know it was required. But then Florida and Louisiana have a bit of experience with hurricanes.

I learn something new here each day. It looks like FL an LA learned their lesson a long time ago.

Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 12:28 pm

Older pumps were hand cranked. Slightly more modern pumps have the ability to be hand cranked.

Newer gas stations will have backup generators.
Older stations likely have hand cranked pumps they can set up.
Old gas stations still have them supplying gas.

Older cars can be used via PTO attachments to power tools and generators.
Most tractors already have PTO attachments.

Tell us all about how you charge your tesla using a bicycle with a generator…

Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 1:50 pm

Many of them have UPS and generators to keep going.

AGW is Not Science
Reply to  griff
September 1, 2021 1:15 pm

Gas stations with fossil fuel powered generators will.

Reply to  Paul Johnson
August 31, 2021 5:40 am

Plants very much disagree that increasing CO2 emissions is a bad idea.

Bill Everett
Reply to  MarkW
August 31, 2021 8:52 am

There is evidence from satellite mapping that plants do more than just desire more CO2. They appear to produce more CO2.

Rich Lentz
Reply to  Paul Johnson
August 31, 2021 12:36 pm

Why can we build a pipeline across the plains states to transfer “Liquid CO2” but not one for oil? Do the exspurts approving this realize the pressure involved to maintain CO2 in the liquid state and the hazards there of?

August 30, 2021 10:40 pm

We just got our propane tank topped off, and the bill was $6.00/gal! We are under contract with a leased 1,000gal tank. Supplier refused to even talk about it, other local suppliers are charging $2.20/gal. We are canceling the contract, buying our own tank.

Pat from kerbob
Reply to  Brad
August 30, 2021 11:06 pm

Free market
Get it while you can

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Brad
August 31, 2021 12:45 am

Careful they don’t follow the UK lead.
In the UK, the tank belongs to the supplier and none of them will go anywhere near anyone else’s tank.
(For ‘Safety Reasons’. Of course. Methinks they’re giving away more than they know while saying that)
You are held hostage and thus perfectly screwed
same old same old – this country is now A Mountain Of Dung and crawling with rats.

It was very similar with LPG when it promoted as a petrol replacement not long ago
To the gullible and unwary, LPG motor fuel, at the price-per-litre it was sold at, seemed to be ‘bargain of the year’

Until you delved deeper and looked at LPG’s lower physical and energy densities – compared with petrol
Thus and despite it being 30% cheaper, on a pence-per-mile basis and to the nearest half-penny, you gained Absolutely Nothing. It was a scam
While being down by at least £1,000 to get your engine converted and witness the disappearance of all the boot/trunk space in your so as to make space for a liquefied/compressed gas bomb (##)
Expensive to boot (UK haha joke)

The now near complete disappearance of LPG cars & filling stations suggests that UK folks are not quite as stoopid as our elders/better/leaders are and think everybody else is.

## Wonders how long it will take for folks to realise that that is what EVs actually are – and thus send them the same way as LPG vehicles went

Edit to <haha>
The words ‘Flash In The Pan‘ spring to mind but should/if/when just a single one of the electrified crates can smoulder & burn for days-on-end – that’s hardly a ‘flash‘ is it

Reply to  Peta of Newark
August 31, 2021 1:12 am

Still have a V8 LPG jeep. A lot cheaper to run, with UK fuel tax policy.

Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
August 31, 2021 1:13 am

At 50% of the price per litre of petrol.

Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Peta of Newark
August 31, 2021 2:07 am

Lots of LPG taxis here in Oz. It’s obviously cheaper here, even with our petrol and diesel being about half the UK cost.

Reply to  Zig Zag Wanderer
August 31, 2021 7:50 am

Not in South Australia they’re not and they’re almost universally hybrid Toyota Camrys nowadays. Cost of LPG conversions for complex engines designed to meet more stringent emissions simply got too hard and carmakers wouldn’t design engines strictly for LPG. Why would they with gas demand and prices rising in order to replace coal power generation?

robin townsend
Reply to  Peta of Newark
August 31, 2021 3:07 am

sadly, it seems as if none of the above is true used an lrg car in china for four years – very pleased with it. loads of lpg stations around; 66p a litre;
i dont have a horse in the lpg race. but i do with wuwt, so for a regular poster to spout such nonsense worries me. tbh, i would be happy to be proved wrong.

Reply to  robin townsend
August 31, 2021 6:46 am

Robin, you didn’t say if the car you used was purchased as a gasoline powered car and you paid to convert as mentioned by Peta. Did you lose trunk space when converted?

Lorne White
Reply to  Peta of Newark
August 31, 2021 3:57 am

Did UK use LPG?

Ontario allowed/promoted CNG [Compressed Natural Gas] which worked quite well. I converted a new 1990 Chrysler minivan to dual fuel petrol/CNG and saved $~1,000/yr fir 20years. Most of that was likely lack of provincial road tax.

This will be another Big issue with EVs – how to pay for roads (made of oil) when road tax revenue from fossil fuels disappears.

Reply to  Lorne White
August 31, 2021 11:06 am

Raising new taxes is never an issue for goobermints of any size/jurisdiction/type. That’s what they do.

Steve Z
Reply to  Lorne White
August 31, 2021 12:18 pm

The major problem with Compressed Natural Gas is handling it under pressure. Some cities have their entire municipal bus fleet running on CNG, but this requires specialized equipment and personnel to refuel the buses, normally during low-demand hours such as midnight to 5 AM.

While CNG might work for buses, trying to generalize it to the average Joe or Jane in a car could cause safety issues. Gasoline is a liquid at atmospheric pressure, so that gasoline tanks don’t have to withstand high pressures, and there is not much leakage when gasoline is pumped into a low-pressure tank.

Natural gas needs to be compressed to very high pressures (hundreds of psi) to achieve a comparable energy density, meaning that the fuel tanks have to be designed to withstand such pressures (thick-walled tanks, which are heavier than gasoline tanks of comparable volume), and there must be an airtight seal when refueling. People who are used to self-service gasoline pumps may not have the training required to safely fill a CNG tank without potentially dangerous leaks, which could lead to explosions.

Reply to  Peta of Newark
August 31, 2021 8:27 am


LPG engines in vehicles last far longer than those burning regular gas. As mentioned in this string re taxis, one large taxi company in Las Vegas uses LPG, and their cabs run hundreds of thousands of miles, even though they often sit idling in the summer to keep the ac working. The LPG tank holds much more “energy” per space than compressed natural gas.


Tim Gorman
Reply to  Drake
August 31, 2021 8:36 am

I suspect that is because the slower burning LPG generates less horsepower and therefore stresses the engine far less per unit time. That works well in a cab where horsepower is not a major factor in use like it is in highway cruising.

Reply to  Brad
August 31, 2021 4:34 am

I recommend that hardy perennial, the T34.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 9:59 am

Griff made a funny! But of course it is Russian made.

Reply to  Tom in Florida
August 31, 2021 11:10 am

Yup, griffy made a funny.

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Zig Zag Wanderer
Reply to  Tom in Florida
September 1, 2021 1:37 pm

Griff made a funny!

Griff has made quite a few attempts at jokes recently. I’m beginning to believe the theory that griff is multiple people sharing an account. Either that or meds have been stopped or changed.

Rod Evans
August 30, 2021 11:11 pm

The political position of the Democrat Party in the USA is no longer in doubt.
The objective they have been progressing since Obama took office, is to destroy American energy resources and to destroy capitalism as a foundation on which all wealth is built.
The Democrat’s ongoing refusal to allow access to domestic energy resources, along with their block on energy resources from being maintained, has reached a critical point for American security. Plus, as the USA is the guarantor of Western Independence, that loss of domestic independence, affects the whole of the Western World.
Biden is in office but not in power. That is increasingly clear as each press briefing shows and as each federal diktat endorses the destructive energy agenda.
We now live in very troubling times. If you are a remote nation particularly in the Pacific region, do not ignore what the Democrat Party is doing to your security.
What is going on in Western government circles, is too coordinated to be an accident.

Reply to  Rod Evans
August 31, 2021 4:35 am

The objective they have been progressing since Obama took office, is to destroy American energy resources and to destroy capitalism as a foundation on which all wealth is built.

complete nonsense.

why would the Democrats want to do that?

Rod Evans
Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 4:39 am

“Why would the Democrats want to do that”
Well griff, for once, you have asked a relevant question. Unfortunately you are asking the wrong person. You are confusing me with a Democrat Party policy maker.
Try Biden, but he may decide he is not answering questions about the destruction of capitalism today.

Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 5:46 am

Wealthy peons are harder to control.
It’s much better for those who view themselves as elite, to impoverish the masses and make them dependent upon government largesse for their daily bread.

Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 6:48 am

Griff, in general the Democratic Party are socialists who hate America. So that’s why they do what they do.

Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 8:30 am

The demrat party is remarkably similar to the CCP….claim to be for the “People” but are actually for the party elite….believe might makes right and the end justifies the means.

Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 11:18 am

That’s exactly what those that have been indoctrinated to hate the American deplorables (the avg Joes/Janes) want to do to them, and that’s plainly evident in what’s happening. What would you think they’d want to do?

Reply to  Rod Evans
August 31, 2021 8:40 am

As always, I request you stop using the communist and Democrat pejorative “capitalism” unless used in conjunction with the deep state’s favorite economic system, crony capitalism. The US became the greatest economic power through Free Enterprise, not capitalism, and the collapse of the US economy is being driven by Crony Capitalism.

The first English colony to survive and thrive, the Virginia colony, was a Business Venture. Not entirely FREE since they were given a Royal Charter, however once in the new world, they were free to survive of perish, and survive and thrive they did.

I spent most of my adolescence in Hampton Virginia, the oldest “continuously English Speaking” community in the new world.

Reply to  Drake
August 31, 2021 11:26 am

Exactly — the word “capitalists” was invented/promoted by the marxist/corporate media & academia long ago as a pejorative. Free Market/Enterprise is the correct description. So crony-capitalists are actually NOT free marketeers, they’re Fascistic.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  Drake
August 31, 2021 1:46 pm

Virginia “thrived” on the back of slaves and dispossessed Native Americans. Nothing to do with free enterprise. Stealing the land, massacring the original inhabitants, forcing others into slavery all to produce highly addictive and cancerous products is not exactly something to be proud about.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Izaak Walton
August 31, 2021 4:50 pm

So a few white men enslaved the new world, eh? Must have been god’s eh? Or at least demi-gods.

Reply to  Izaak Walton
August 31, 2021 5:20 pm

Pretty much every nation in the world permitted slavery at the time.

It’s been a long, long time since slavery was ended. Are you going to claim that all the advancement since then was the result of slavery?

Is there any nation in the world that wasn’t established by conquering the natives? It really is amazing how only the US gets blamed for this. It’s almost like socialists are incapable of reading and understanding actual history as opposed to the fantasies that they make up to convince themselves about how righteous they are.

Izaak Walton
Reply to  MarkW
August 31, 2021 5:54 pm

There is a big difference between getting rich due to your own efforts and a free market and getting rich because of slavery and theft. There are plenty of examples of both in US history but it is important not to confuse the two.

Peter Fraser
Reply to  Rod Evans
August 31, 2021 3:22 pm

New Zealand in the South Pacific is experiencing the same under our hard left Prime Minister. On coming to power she immediately banned all oil exploration. Our only oil refinery is being allowed to go down the gurgler and will become an import depot only for refined products. Gas supplies are in decline with lack of maintenance on existing wells. Our largest thermal plant is being fed with imported coal from Indonesia despite NZ having huge coal reserves. Coldest night this winter half the North Island without electricity. NZ is on a slippery slide.

August 30, 2021 11:28 pm

They see no disconnect at all between cancelling Keystone and huffing and puffing about CO2 one moment and then demanding increases from OPEC the next. It is really quite bizzare.

Reply to  yarpos
August 31, 2021 1:10 am

The cognitive dissonance of the left, writ large.

Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
August 31, 2021 5:46 am

I prefer the Newspeak: doublethink it is at least Ingsoc

Lorne White
Reply to  yarpos
August 31, 2021 4:11 am

But at least, by cancelling KeystoneXL and clobbering the oil economy of its neighbour, America no longer suffers from Canada, the “national security threat” to America. This is the same threat that fought WWI & WWII while America sold arms, then came in to save the day, declared war on Japan before America, called down artillery fire in our own positions to stop Chinese troops from destroying American troops in Korea, took care of Yanks in Gander NL during 9/11 and fought in Afghanistan with other NATO allies.

Biden’s the same as Trump.

Canada should join the EU and trade more with Reliable trading partners who don’t beggar their neighbours.

Reply to  Lorne White
August 31, 2021 5:50 am

If you think that the EU doesn’t try to beggar their neighbors, you are either not paying attention, or so drunk on the socialist kool-aid that you no longer having any functioning brain cells.

Reply to  Lorne White
August 31, 2021 8:26 am

PS: If I scoured the history books, I’m sure I could find a long list of bad things that Canada has done. If you think there is a perfect country out there, you haven’t bothered to learn anything.

Reply to  Lorne White
August 31, 2021 8:53 am

You ARE funny.

I always thought the US should just buy Canada. Make all Canadians millionaires. The only requirement would be that NO current Canadian citizen or their descendant of could ever vote in any US national election including house, Senate or President. Yes, even any descendent who are the progeny of a Canadian and US citizen, or THEIR progeny, ad infinitum.

Canada could fix their problems by throwing off the province of Quebec, the national government would then be free of Trudope. Something I am sure you would be against.

Also, if only the UK could un-unite from Scotland, the remaining UK could get a true conservative PM, and possible clean their deep state of activists.

AS to “Biden’s the same as Trump” You idiot, TRUMP! approved the Keystone pipeline. The clown of your political leaning, OBiden shut it down, so to obfuscate you equate??

What a leftist a$$hat.

Reply to  yarpos
August 31, 2021 5:47 am

On one hand they do everything in their power to reduce American production.
On the other hand they are harshly critical of the Saudi’s for not increasing production when they demand it.

Are they deliberately trying to offend every Ally the US has ever had?

Phil Rae
August 31, 2021 12:25 am

Great article, as always, Tilak! Keep up the good work!

Vincent Causey
August 31, 2021 12:57 am

If there is a plan to destroy America, I can’t imagine it would be very different to what “Biden” is doing now.

Leo Smith
Reply to  Vincent Causey
August 31, 2021 1:40 am

What makes you think there isn’t?

Manchurian candidate…

Malcolm Chapman
Reply to  Vincent Causey
August 31, 2021 2:23 am

Do you remember the video that began ‘If I wanted America to fail…’? It said it all, and very succinctly.

Reply to  Malcolm Chapman
August 31, 2021 11:35 am

I think Lowell Thomas (the radio commentator) did a ‘If I wanted America to fail…’ list many decades ago (long before videos) and it was spot on to what’s happening today.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Vincent Causey
August 31, 2021 6:44 am

Biden isn’t doing anything, it is his handlers who are making these foolhardy decisions on policy and I don’t think we have to look very far to know who the chief handler is….

Reply to  Pamela Matlack-Klein
August 31, 2021 11:36 am

The Obamanator and his team of sychophants.

Mike McMillan
August 31, 2021 1:34 am

About the entirety of this Administration, I am at a loss for (printable) words.

Reply to  Mike McMillan
August 31, 2021 4:35 am

yes, right… the previous one was so great… <sarc>

Bill Toland
Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 5:45 am

Griff, you have made a number of comments on this thread but you have ignored the subject of this thread, namely Joe Biden’s oil policy. Do even you have no defence of his policy?

Reply to  griff
August 31, 2021 5:51 am

The previous one did everything in it’s power to improve the lot of ordinary citizens, and succeeded splendidly.
And for that, he was hated by the socialists.

August 31, 2021 2:16 am

Well, there is no question, the U.S. had to withdraw from Afghanistan. What were they doing down there???
The question is: HOW. How they did it, is a total disaster.
And yes, the fossil fuel policy of Biden is rather strange.

Reply to  Alex
August 31, 2021 9:00 am

TRUMP! “tried” to withdraw but the megalith of the military, “intelligence”, and the rest of the deep state talked him out of it. Big mistake by TRUMP!

He would have removed most of our military equipment and all of our citizens while the military was still in control. He would NOT have brought 120,000 people out without vetting like OBiden has, and that number is so large so this administration can claim they did SOOOOO much!

B. j.
August 31, 2021 2:43 am

Isn’t his policy for America to buy from Burisma ?

August 31, 2021 3:44 am

Faux Joe and Democrat Party leaders said they would punish Americans for voting in Trump and that is precisely what is being done.

Reply to  2hotel9
August 31, 2021 5:01 am

It’s terrible for all and most recently, the plan seems to have been all along to abandon many in Afghanistan.

Reply to  Scissor
August 31, 2021 5:53 am

Just a few days Joe made a promise that US troops would not leave Afghanistan while any Americans remained behind.
Yesterday the last US troop left, leaving several hundred to a thousand US citizens behind.

Tim Gorman
August 31, 2021 4:22 am

With the impacts of Hurricane Ida the impacts on domestic oil production are going to be profound – making us even more dependent on foreign oil for more than a year, if not longer.

Do the Democrats care about the poor made even poorer by this? NO. The poor for them is just a means to power as long as they can keep the poor indoctrinated that it is the GOP that is causing it!

Reply to  Tim Gorman
August 31, 2021 4:55 am

The people of Louisiana are resilient, hard working, and innovative. They have a can do spirit that gets things done and surprisingly quickly. The extent of damage is still being assessed but live coverage from a Baton Rouge TV station makes me hopeful. Besides LSU is playing at UCLA this weekend. I expect life to get back to “normal” sooner.

Pamela Matlack-Klein
Reply to  Scissor
August 31, 2021 6:50 am

The people of Louisiana also have a long history of dealing with hurricane damage. This is something one either gets used to or moves away to a place no affected by such storms. The ones who stay behind know how to cope with the storm and the aftermath.

Reply to  Scissor
August 31, 2021 11:40 am

Nephew and his girlfriend in Slidell already have power back on after a day being out.

Reply to  Tim Gorman
August 31, 2021 5:54 am

Democrats care very much about the poor.
That’s why they work so hard to make sure there are so many of them.

August 31, 2021 5:04 am

Oh, gee whiz, now you guys all know that i try to find the “brighter side” of things, right?

Well, if we aren’t using our OWN petroleum resources now, because some dimwitted clanker in WDC says we aren’t allowed to, but we’re buying it from other people, isn’t that just sort of saving our OWN stuff for later use when we can’t get theirs????

I mean, really, if you look at it from all sides now, we’re in the Twilight Zone anyway, so who gives a crap where gas comes from as long as you can pump it???

Yeah, the price is exorbitant, but while I might wax nostalgic for them there Good Olde Days when it was $1.19/gallon and someone pumped your gas for you and cleaned the windshield, too, when you actually do the arithmetic, an 8 gallon tank costs about the same as a 15 gallon tank back then, or back even further to a 22-gallon tank, when gas was $0.45/gallon. Yeah, those WERE the days, but it was a simpler time…. No, really, it was. Butter didn’t cost nearly what it costs now, either. On the other hand, I couldn’t get strawberries in the winter, either.

When – and I DO mean “WHEN” as opposed to “IF”, the ecohippies and greenbeaners and GNDers finally admit that they are a religious movement trying to force their religion on the entire world, we might see a real dustup. Now, that would be epic!!!

I mean, really, if Martlin Luther can post his 95 theses on the door of Castle Church at Wittenberg, I have no doubt that the Greenbeaners will come up with something similar. Gaia worship does have a huge “how DARE you” following, y’know. Those People simply haven’t had to go hungry and cold through a prolonged winter just yet, but don’t think it won’t happen. I’m waiting for them to knock on my door because their power went out and they can’t charge their phones/tablets, and can’t run the microwave, but my stove works (gas, can light with a kitchen match) and I have light (oil lamps, thanks to great grandma).

I do try to look at the positive side of it.

August 31, 2021 5:43 am

Biden has done everything 

Has he? He seems as much a puppet to me as Greta Thunberg.

My gut feeling was they’d give it a year or so – you can’t rush these things – before Harris had to take over.

I’m thinking of putting money on it.

Nick Schroeder
August 31, 2021 5:48 am

WTF is Congress doing?
NOT their jobs!!!
Who overrides this royal highness Biden?

Reply to  Nick Schroeder
August 31, 2021 8:35 am

That would be the congress that is currently controlled by the same people who control Biden?

Reply to  Nick Schroeder
August 31, 2021 12:03 pm

Nobody. They would risk being “cancelled”.

August 31, 2021 6:38 am

Quoting Mike Pence seem a little out of place since it is Pence who made the decision to accept Joe Biden as the winner of the election. Biden himself said we have the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in history of American politics. If there are complaints about Biden’s performance ask Pence in that context.

Some calling themselves fact checkers have attempted to say he misspoke but he is on video not misspeaking. Now how extensive is becoming apparent.

There is an old saying when your in trouble keep your mouth shut.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Olen
August 31, 2021 10:20 am

“…since it is Pence who made the decision to accept Joe Biden as the winner of the election.”

I don’t think it was his decision to make and I certainly wouldn’t want to see a precedent set where progressives could arbitrarily throw out any election result they didn’t like. If you really want to hold someone accountable for Biden’s accession to office, you can start with a feckless SCOTUS that dodged Texas’ suit against the states that unconstitutionally changed their election laws to permit large-scale vote fraud, and/or the Republican squishes in those states that allowed these laws to be changed in the first place.

Rick W Kargaard
August 31, 2021 8:15 am

From the post “Global warming dangerously close to being out of control: US climate report”
When was it ever in control?

It would be nice if we could make Northern Alberta warmer in winter and southern Arizona cooler in summer instead of waiting for the rest of the world climate to change.

I thought climate control only applied to indoor spaces or vehicle cabins.

Shucks Mable, There are a bunch of idiots out there, hide your jewelry.

August 31, 2021 9:05 am

I liked the good old days when Clinton made a fool of Presidents and the WH science office with his evidence of extraterrestrial life on a meteorite. The biased press can still cover up for those mistakes but we don’t need to drag the world economy along in the process.

Steve Z
August 31, 2021 12:25 pm

Resident Biden’s energy policies make no sense whatsoever, regardless of one’s opinion on global warming. A gallon of gasoline when burned will release the same amount of CO2, whether it came from crude oil drilled and refined in Texas or in Saudi Arabia or anywhere else. But shipping the crude across the ocean emits more CO2 than pumping it through a pipeline from one US state to another.

Rich Lentz
August 31, 2021 12:35 pm

Why can we build a pipeline across the plains states to transfer “Liquid CO2” but not one for oil?

Tombstone Gabby
August 31, 2021 4:15 pm

Tilak K. Doshi is an energy consultant, and author of “Singapore in a Post-Kyoto World: Energy, Environment and the Economy”

From Singapore. Interesting. I happened to check the Singapore Straits Times last night. One of their photos was of fifteen new electric taxi cabs being placed in service. Painted green of course.

Julian Flood
September 1, 2021 1:18 am

The US thinks it has problems? The UK has enough natural gas to keep the lights on for decades, but instead we are intent on importing the stuff from the Middle East.

COP26 Project Fear is in full cry with our MSM demanding we work harder at destroying our industry and encouraging hypothermia. A blocking high pressure system is currently sitting over Europe with low cloud making the East Coast cold and grey: in winter this weather pattern sometimes persists for weeks. A few years ago we got down to two weeks of natural gas and selective power cuts were on the cards before two LNG tankers from Qatar saved us.

We can’t go on like this. Eventually the solids will hit the wind turbine and our STEM-illiterate politicians will discover that they can’t fool physics.


Bill Powers
September 1, 2021 8:53 am

The level of disinformation in our media and educational class has passed the border on Stupidity to the extent that its acceptance can only be explained by multi-generational brainwashing..

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