Is President Biden doing anything right? To this observer, his policies range from at best merely incompetent, to at worst malicious hatred of the country and people whose interests he was elected to advance. Somewhere in between those two extremes we have Biden’s energy policy. In this arena, appropriate adjectives would be inconsistent, incoherent, and destructive. Don’t even attempt to make sense of it. To summarize in one word, it is complete madness.
I’m old enough to remember the 1970s, and the two “oil shocks” that occurred during that decade. A brief summary of the history can be found in this 2012 piece from Foreign Policy. By 1970/71, U.S. oil production had peaked and begun to decline. 1973 brought the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East, and OPEC halted oil shipments to the U.S., Western Europe and Japan. By January 1974, crude oil prices on the world markets had “more than quadrupled” (from around $3 to $12 per barrel). Further constraints on supply in the late 70s, most notably a big drop in supply from Iran following the ouster of the Shah, were followed by a further tripling of the price, this time from about $12 to about $36 per barrel. Government efforts at price controls were largely unsuccessful at restraining prices at the pump, but did cause shortages and lines at gas stations that maddened consumers. Without adequate domestic oil supply, the U.S. became a supplicant to the big international exporters, mainly OPEC and Russia. As reported in that Foreign Policy piece, President Carter reacted by “mak[ing] energy independence the central ambition of his presidency.”
Energy independence was a bi-partisan goal of American Presidents and of the Congress, until President Obama came along. Obama had the opposite strategy. He had drunk the climate Kool-Aid, and thought that the right goals were to restrict the production of fossil fuel energy, which would cause prices to rise and thereby restrict consumption. The famous quote from Obama, uttered in 2008 during his first presidential campaign, was “under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity prices would necessarily skyrocket.” Although that statement specifically dealt with electricity prices, the same principle would apply as well to all energy prices. And Obama sought to put his strategy into practice, both by putting proposed “cap-and-trade” legislation before Congress, and by attempting to use his executive powers to restrict domestic fossil fuel development. However, the cap-and-trade legislation failed in Congress, and domestic “frackers” worked around Obama’s federal restrictions to greatly expand U.S. domestic oil and gas production, mostly on private lands.
One could disagree with Obama’s energy policy — I certainly did, vociferously — but at least it wasn’t self-contradictory.
And Trump, of course, reversed Obama’s policies of energy restriction, encouraged development and fracking, and within one term had achieved the energy independence that had been the bi-partisan goal of U.S. Presidents for the three decades before Obama. Energy prices fell dramatically, the U.S. was no longer beholden to the bad actors among the oil exporting countries, and all of those countries — from OPEC, to Russia, to Venezuela — were left with gaping revenue shortfalls to pay their bills.
Now, for the Biden madness. As far as I can tell, here are the key elements of Biden’s energy policy:
- Do everything possible within executive powers to restrict domestic supply of fossil fuels. Executive orders issued in the early days of the administration canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and ended leases for oil and gas development on federal lands. Other orders commanded an “all of government” approach to restricting fossil fuels, so that, for example, financial regulators are now involved in arm twisting banks and other financers to steer clear of the fossil fuel industry. As recently as October 21, the Financial Stability Oversight Council — a consortium of federal financial regulators headed by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen — got into the game with a press release announcing that it would now be “at the forefront of the agenda of its member agencies” to address “the threat of climate change” by restricting access to financing by fossil fuel developers.
- When energy prices inevitably soar, beg Russia and OPEC to increase supply. As early as August, the Biden Administration had begun begging Russia and OPEC to increase supply to keep oil and gas prices from going too high. But wasn’t forcing prices to “skyrocket” the whole idea, the very mechanism by which consumption and “emissions” were to be reduced? And the begging has continued into this month, joined as you might expect by leaders from European countries who also find themselves with energy shortages and soaring prices due to their own suppression of fossil fuel development. As the New York Times reported on November 4, “President Biden and other world leaders have called on countries like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates to increase production because oil prices, which collapsed during last year’s pandemic lockdowns, have now reached their highest levels in seven years.”
- Blame the soaring prices and supply shortages on anything but your own intentional policies. Per that New York Times piece, on November 2 Biden said that the rise in oil and gas prices “is a consequence of, thus far, the refusal of Russia or the OPEC nations to pump more oil.” Apparently in the weeks since then, he or his handlers have had a political epiphany, and have decided that it would be more beneficial to blame the increase in prices on the evil oil companies. On November 17, Biden sent a letter to FTC Chair Lina Khan asking the Commission to investigate “mounting evidence of anti-consumer behavior by oil and gas companies.”
Here’s my question: If soaring oil and gas prices are caused by anti-consumer conduct by greedy oil and gas companies, were those same companies really less greedy when Trump was President and oil and gas prices were falling?
With Obama, at least he appeared to have some understanding that the whole idea of his policies of fossil fuel suppression was to force consumption down through the mechanism of rising prices. But with Biden you’re never sure. Is he just too stupid to understand that his policies were designed to have, and likely would have, the effect of dramatically raising prices and throwing us back into dependency on OPEC and Russia?
It’s amazing that so many developed nations’ electorates are voting to cut their own throats.
They have just entered the throat cutting stage … it was all eco-dreams, rainbows, and diamond encrusted unicorns up until now … it’s always too damn late once the blood letting starts.
Biden, or at least those giving him his marching orders know what the polices are doing.
I have been criticized for “spamming” about Covid-19, but this has to be said:
Watch this video – look at all these fine young faces, struck down in the prime of their lives by the Covid-19 injections :
As I predicted on wattsup in September 2021:
Watch professional sports in one year – most of the athletes who took the Covid-19 injection will have left the game – because they are no longer competitive. Professional athletes are highly-tuned humans, operating at the peak of fitness – they are the ‘canaries in the coal mine” and the vascular clogging caused by the injections will cause them sufficient harm to make them uncompetitive.
I published the following correct conclusions starting on 21March2020.
The Covid-19 Lockdowns were never justified. All we needed to do was over-protect the very elderly and infirm.
The Covid-19 “vaccines” are toxic, and are causing more deaths than the virus.
SCIENTIFIC COMPETENCE – THE ABILITY TO CORRECTLY PREDICT
by Allan MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., October 20, 2021. Update November 8, 2021
The ability to correctly predict is the best objective measure of scientific and technical competence.
Following are the correct predictions of Allan MacRae and colleagues on Climate and Covid.
Our scientific predictions are infinitely more accurate than the mainstream narratives, which have been false and baselessly alarmist to date.
that is just nonsense. The English Premier League along with most European football leagues is going strong with the overwhelming majority of players vaccinated. Where is the evidence that the footballers are leaving? Name a single professional sport where that is happening.
Seriously Isaac? Read what I wrote – I said “in one year…”
But some athletes are leaving early – having heart attacks and dying, right on the field. I don’t suppose you bothered to watch the video either…
About 1 in 500-1000 have a severe adverse reaction to the Covid-19 “vaccine” within hours to weeks of their first or second injection. Many of these die.
Later, others get very ill from a wide range of illnesses, due to ADE – reduced immunity caused by the toxic “vaccines”. Then over the longer term, clogging of arteries/capillaries occurs and there are more heart attacks and strokes.
I never imagined it would be this difficult to stop people from killing/harming their own kids.
Vaccinated athletes dropping like flies. These are the known cases:
Spam designed to derail a thread about political failures.
Here are my last three papers, of the ~16 I have published since 2002 on Climate-and-Energy, and most recently, also on Covid-19.
Climate and Covid are the two greatest political failures of current governments around the world. Both Climate and Covid are false crises, made far worse by government-induced panic and over-reaction to threats that are non-existent (alleged catastrophic human-made global warming) or manageable (Covid-19).
The first paper covers the science, whereas the latest two deal with the politics. The science arguments have all been made, by me and others, time after time. The average reader does not understand the science, but he does understand the hard truths of the political papers – he understands when he is being lied to, and that is my message.
This stopped being a scientific argument decades ago – the opposition disdains the science and routinely misrepresents it, using Lenin’s propaganda tactics to shout down the truth. We have been fighting the wrong war for years, bringing ping pong paddles to a knife fight. I will continue to call out these climate fraudsters. For them, it was never about the science.
THE CATASTROPHIC ANTHROPOGENIC GLOBAL WARMING (CAGW) AND THE HUMANMADE CLIMATE CHANGE CRISES ARE PROVED FALSE January 10, 2020
CLIMATE CHANGE, COVID-19, AND THE GREAT RESET – A Climate, Energy and Covid Primer for Politicians and Media March 21, 2021, Update 1e May 8, 2021
SCIENTIFIC COMPETENCE – THE ABILITY TO CORRECTLY PREDICT October 20, 2021. Update November 8, 2021
What do you make of this observation and does the type of vaccine matter?
AstraZeneca shield ‘may be protecting UK from Europe Covid crisis’ | Evening Standard
No opinion on this article, as it requires detailed study of AZ.
General observations on Covid-19 mismanagement::
Lockdowns, masking, etc did not work – costly, dangerous and ineffective – see Sweden for the correct path.
Lockdowns also increased the mutation of “successful” variants.
Covid-19 “vaccines did not work – also costly, dangerous and ineffective – killed and seriously injured many more than the virus.
Everything Western governments did has made the Covid-19 situation much worse – and yet they continue to double-down and do the same wrong things again and again. Scoundrels/imbeciles.
Allan, you are thread-jacking topics here. I’ve put you on light moderation.
Thank you Anthony. Not only thread-jacking but spreading misinformation. People and athletes faint all the time. Allan offered no evidence that it is occurring more often since the vaccinations started. I don’t think such evidence exists.
Thomas, you are continuing to thread jack. The numbers are about a 500 plus percent increase. Find it yourself.
I grateful for the energy post because it neatly summarized the dominant political policies affecting energy costs.
You should listen to NPR spin a silly circle of false rationalization to avoid blaming Biden.
Here is an article from The Wentworth Report, the Covid vaccines are bad juju….
Excellent report – thank you Pamela! Author David Archibald is generally credible, and his estimate of ~first-year Covid-vaccine-caused deaths is much higher than my initial estimate. David’s estimate is based on total excess deaths, which is a good method when the data is available.
For the 42 million vaccinated in the UK, deaths due to vaccination will be of the order of 700,000.
That is one death per 60 Covid-19 vaccinated people – or 1/10th the odds of playing Russian roulette with a one-loaded six-shot revolver
David wrote further:
The spike protein has a myriad of ways of killing people, but the majority of deaths will be due to heart problems. The effect is noticeable in professional soccer, hence these recent headlines:
German Newspaper Shocked so Many Football Players Collapsed Recently
Mystery: ‘Large Number’ German Soccer Players Collapse With ‘Heart Issues’ Recently
Another Professional Soccer Player Collapses on Field: Emil Pálsson Suffers On-Field Cardiac Arrest, Is Resuscitated on Field
Sudden cardiac and unexplained deaths among FIFA athletes increased by 500% in 2021
The figure of a 500% increase in the death rate in the last headline agrees with the interpretation of Figure 2.
The vaccinated in the 30 to 60 age group are far more likely to become infected with covid than the unvaccinated. Assuming that the 10% of the infected become ‘long covid’, then the deleterious health effects from vaccination extend well beyond the 1.7% death rate in the first year.
If the effect of booster shots is the same as the 2nd dose, then booster shots will come with a 1.7% chance of death in the first year.
Since January 2021 I’ve been urging people to not get these extremely dangerous Covid-19 injections, and have been dismissed and censored.
It’s too late for most people who have been injected, but we should immediately stop the current move to inject teenagers and children – this is madness and it must STOP now.
The Covid-19 booster programs should also be stopped immediately.
Repeating, “I never imagined it would be this difficult to stop people from killing/harming their own kids.” [Insert strong expletive here]
Regards to all, Allan MacRae
It occurs to me that we need another forum for this Covid conversation before Anthony gets ticked off at us for hijacking the discussion. Obviously a lot of us have formed strong opinions about the Covid Narrative and want to thrash it out.
Charles, maybe post the Wentworth article linked to above as a separate article? I am happy to have my comments deleted from this thread and posted to the more appropriate thread.
The Wentworth article doesn’t give the source of the data. I don’t think the UK reports all-cause death rates for vaccinated and un-vaccinated people.
So you are saying that Governments are deliberately trying to kill off healthy taxpayers of working age?
You understand very little about how the world actually works.
So you are saying that Governments are deliberately trying to kill off healthy taxpayers of working age?
No Michael, I’m saying governments are incredibly incompetent, and the best government is the one that does the least. I’d vote for any politician who says
“I’m gonna do a whole lot LESS for you!”
You understand very little about how the world actually works.
Actually, I’ve done major business on six of the world’s seven continents, managed successful multi-billion-dollar projects, turned around the economy of Canada, and saved ~300,000 people from possible/probable death (got an award from SPE for that). Also successfully managed two armed hostage crises in the FSU, where everyone got to go home safely (even the bad guys), and successfully managed a million dollar extortion attempt where my four-year-old daughter was abducted for two months.
But you are probably correct, I’m just a child in the ways of the world. I still tend to trust people, and believe that most people are inherently good and kind.
Allan, that is all very fascinating. And your comments very good.
Yet still thread jacking.
I don’t understand how one would come to that conclusion by reading any of his material.
I would concur with Allan MacRae that rather, the governments have created false crises, which by the way, carry with them no liability, especially on the part of pharmaceutical companies.
Write your own posts and stop thread jacking others.
Yes, spamming. Submit your own article instead of hijacking this one.
It’s amazing how so many people think there’s such things as “elections”.
Most of the UK’s politicians are infected with climate change disease.
Write to your Member of Parliament about your concerns regarding ‘renewables’?
Mine couldn’t even be bothered to answer my letter about my concerns. They don’t think or question anything. Vote for whomsoever you like, it won’t make a scrap of difference.
The media are also behind the climate garbage – any objective contrasting views are disregarded, newspapers don’t print letters from so-called ‘deniers’, and the BBC is a disgrace. These organisations have infected swathes of the population with junk climate change terrors.
My view is that all this won’t end until people in power and the media begin to question it all publicly.
Speaking of cutting one’s own throat.
Takeover of education in the West by socialist id*eologues gave us a couple of generations designer-brained useful fools.
Nixon and Carter were responsible for the shortages by instituting price controls. As Carter was apparently buying the notion of an inelastic supply of oil, he was at least an honest fool.
Obama had drunk the climate change KoolAid, and tried, but failed to raise prices. Biden is afflicted with Obama veterans who are trying to carry out Obama’s policy, which the dreadfully senile Biden might not realize.
I know that I am not the only Boomer who frequents WUWT and I vividly remember how in the wake of the Nixon-Watergate debacle all Americans wanted in the White House and Congress were those unschooled in the wily ways of back room politics. Thus along came Jimmy Carter, the well-meaning dolt who bragged openly about his total lack of political savvy. But he was not in the game for fame and fortune and mostly his heart was pure.
Obama was a totally different story, a lackluster student who worshiped at the feet of Communists and rose from obscurity to become the first Black President. We can thank him for the current fondness for CRT and Joe Biden…well, maybe not him precisely, more likely the same puppet masters who pulled him out of community organizing and into international prominence. Those same shadowy characters appear to be running the show today for demented Joe, amazing the similarities between the Obama administration and the one currently in power.
Washington is full of people there only for the money and the scent of money clings to all things Climate Emergency. WE know there is no climate emergency and so, I suspect, do all those greedy pigs enriching themselves at the expense of American greatness. The trick is how to get rid of them without swinging to the opposite extreme a la Nixon to Carter.
A real clown show is funny, but what these politicians are doing is certainly a clown show but not at all funny.
I have never found clowns funny, scary more like. But what is going on in the US and UK, and most of the Western world is certainly NOT funny. I derive no joy from watching these elected officials lead their respective countries into death spirals in order to satisfy the noisy demands of a cadre of ignorant activists who believe their degrees in the social “sciences” qualify them to tell the world that humans can control the weather. It is time to stop calling these non-science fields by their proper name, Magical Thinking, and put an end to them trying to claim scientific credentials that they lack.
Anyone who is watching what China is up to- with its rapidly expanding military- should temper whatever fear they have of the climate. The new Cold War will be like the last one only far more dangerous.
Yes, and lest we forget, in the last 20 months, those governing China have killed more Americans than died in all of WWII, yet nobody is holding them accountable.
The Chicom Olympics should be boycotted. The Games should be moved to another country.
The World needs to slap Xi’s face for his germ warefare. An Olympic boycott would be the way to do it. Send a signal to Mass Murderers.
“in the wake of the Nixon-Watergate debacle”
Funny, but I was driving through DC during the Cover Up Trial and decided to go to the court house that day and witness it. Everyone relevant to that debacle was there including many famous news people other than Nixon.
I was living in D.C. at the time and was delighted to see Nixon taken down. The man was pure pond scum. But, compared to what is currently living in the White House, maybe he wasn’t so bad….
Nixon was a decent guy compared to Lyndon Johnson.
well, maybe, but he did push along civil rights which the nation needed
He also is responsible for the Great Society that created generations of welfare mothers. I always thought that Johnson pushed the Great Society because he was forced to support the Civil Rights Act.
I would have liked to see Goldwater get in. LBJ did everything in secret that Goldwater wanted to do but I suspect Goldwater would have fought that war to win it.
Pol Pot was a decent guy compared to LBJ!
he was a liberal- of the old fashioned kind- set up the EPA- his world view probably due to growing up in poverty- and he hated elite Ivy League types- the Oliver Stone film was very good in my opinion
He and JFK were friends and quite close together politically, but that was a different world and politicians still believed in something besides feathering their own nests as quickly as possible. Agnew was a different story, he was always dirty, taking money from construction firms and those plain brown envelopes kept on showing up even after he became VP.
Interestingly, a young Hillary Rodham was involved in the investigation or inquiry. The lead investigator wanted her taken off his team for tampering with evidence but couldn’t because of her political connections.
Biden recently had a colonoscopy. The real reason for that procedure was to check the positioning of Obama’s arm up Biden’s backside and its connection to Biden’s mouth. Biden is a true puppet that masks Obama’s thirds term.
Doctor told me that the routine colonoscopy isn’t routine at all for people Biden’s age. She suspects there’s something more going on.
Let’s go Brandon!
Obama is still pulling the Biden administration’s strings, that is evident. This is not policy, it is about the hate of western democracy and the USA .
Michelle was never proud of the WHITE oil companies who fueled her chauffeured rides, and cooked her favorite fries.
Trump scared the hell out of these One World ( One Government) yahoo’s. With Trump gone they have mad rushed all their plans to one four year plan. Three more years of Biden and European insanity may well take thirty to recover from, if recovery is possible.
These “ you didn’t build that” ignorant and exceedingly arrogant GEBs, can’t build anything except organization designed to take down and destroy. They can only build mechanisms of destruction. They can only bring chaos and misery. They are very good at this.
Unfortunately, I believe that this is a part of the so-called “great reset” that everyone seems to be enraptured with. In the guise of “green” agenda and sustainable development (which neither accomplishes) the present administration is hell bent to reduce CO2 emissions to zero (good luck with that one) and end fossil fuel supply and usage. In the process, the public will be further milked of their income, let alone disposable income. If they can make it more difficult for the American public, they will.
So, yes, it is complete madness, but it is a premeditated complete madness.
It appears that a switch to emphasis on Methane is underway via the IPCC globalist climate hoaxers, at the Paris Conference and in the Paris Agreement on emissions reduction Carbon Dioxide is emphasised as the target for reduction.
Could it be the resistance by developed nation governments to net zero emissions adversely impacting on agriculture and that important sector of economies?
It’s all about politics and money, climate hoax and warming creation.
Preventing “dangerous” methane emissions is just another method of artificially raising the cost of oil and gas production. Not much different from the excessive regulation of nuclear power that changed it from the lowest cost source of electricity to one of the more expensive.
well that is what the white anglosaxon world has become
we will fall and the non anglo world will take control
What makes this particularly worrying is that Biden never had many marbles to begin with.
There’s a book coming out tomorrow, an exposé of Biden’s involvement in influence-peddling by his son and brother, called “The Laptop from Hell.” Excerpts are on the NY Post site now.
No doubt Twitter and FaceBook will ban any post that mentions this book.
I was wondering where the news people were getting the quotes they are airing since the book isn’t supposed to come out until tomorrow. I should have known the NY Post would be running excerpts.
I’ll be reading the book myself tomorrow. I hear the Chinese paid Hunter something like 30 million dollars. I wonder it the Big Guy got his ten percent?
There’s supposed to be a film coming out at some point as well; “My son Hunter” starring Lawrence Fox, who is not exactly on the side of the woke crowd.
supported by the first B M president
Where the hell does Biden get the authority to just do this shit?
What happened to Congress and the courts?
Because, uh, the deep state is real? We have less freedoms than Soviet Russia.
You choice of product consumption is not freedom. That’s all America has, freedom to buy some things.
Sorry Ruleo, a bit too cynical, that’s what the ad-sellers and media would have us believe but real people feel and act otherwise in the USA as well. People get embittered, misunderstand life and society, the intent of it, but the requirement on all of us is to learn, observe, understand, and make a better world for others, anyway.
The real question is, why does it have to be like this? It doesn’t, incrementally you can change to a much better situation.
The ‘learn’ part of that is always the most painful. If everyone did this, life will always get better, for all, everywhere. That is what the USA did for so long. The problem is a lot of people, newer generation got lost, derailed, and didn’t, degenerative decadence set in.
That’s the core which needs fixing, a lack of individual comprehension that the system actually works if we understand to make it better for all others, then 330 million people are making it better for you too. If a population decides to do that and sideline forces not doing that, it can’t help but succeed.
And that’s not being optimistic, unanimity works, and a divided house falls.
I absolutely think that the ideal of service to others is essential to human happiness. ( These are not shallow thoughts, but the results of years of observing individuals and society and practice in my own life).
That said, that ideal is achieved only when one first takes care of oneself.
And it must exist as freedom. All tyrannies are established on the ideal of altruism, which justifies FORCE OVER OTHERS. I decide what YOU must give, and how, and when, and how much.
Power over others is the essence of evil, the essence of all crimes.
The president is a powerful person. That’s why we should be careful about who we put in that office. It’s not just a figurehead. The president’s actions have real consequences.
At present, we have a perfect storm in Congress with the Democrats barely having a majority over the Republicans in both Houses of Congress.
When this kind of situation occurs, the real power can reside in just a few individuals, such as Joe Manchin, under these complicated circumstances.
“To summarize in one word, it is complete madness“
Sorry, that is two words…
When something is too complex for you to understand, you think of it as magic – it just happens. This is how the biden administration thinks about the economy and the entire production, distribution, generation and consumption of power. It’s just magic.
This allows them to propose and regulate in nonsensical ways. They want fossil fuel consumption to stop immediately – they just can’t understand why that isn’t possible. Solar panels and wind turbines produce electricity after all – what else is needed?
There is no deep understanding of the electrical grid, of power distribution, or the additional loads you will be putting on it. There is no understanding of intermittent power, or the limitation of battery farms, or the costs of anything – just print more money!
Until the idiots running the current administration are under control, bad policies will continue to be forced upon us. The only way to check the current administrations power is by taking both the House and the Senate in 2022.
Yet he and his Energy Sec. insist (Obama-style) … that they have no “magic wand” to reduce fuel prices. Or reduce inflation. Or … anything else.
Didn’t Trump already humiliate these “magic wand” defects?
I can also remember Obama ridiculing anyone who believed we could drill our way out of the oil crisis.
“The only way to check the current administrations power is by taking both the House and the Senate in 2022.”
I wish it was that simple and easy. If the Republicans gain control, they must
1) impeach Biden — he’s guilty, do the right thing and send him packing,
2) remove his cabinet, kick the incompetent/corrupt to the curb,
3) undo all his Executive Orders –Congress must take back its constitutional powers,
4) craft new laws that limit the Executive Branch in every Department,
5) weed out the bureaucracy by cutting budgets and undertaking formal investigations,
6) halt all handouts, grants, contracts, and other funding of private and public institutions, IOW remove the pork.
That’s just for starters. They also should affirm individual rights, close the borders, re-establish law and order, encourage oil and nat gas development, and restore the military for likely global conflicts. We can’t wait until 2024 for a new President. Our situation is desperate and immediate actions are necessary.
Start by doing everything that is achievable, helps the economy, and will win over independents so that we can win power legitimately under the Constitution.
You need 67 votes in the Senate to convict on an impeachment, which has never happened for a President. It would require flipping at least 17, maybe as many as 21 Senate seats considering the RINOs, to impeach and remove any of the executive branch officials. Flocks of pigs will fly before that could happen.
Unfortunately, removing the Brandon Administration simply can’t happen constitutionally and pretty much everything else on your list is a generational project that depends on incremental progress over multiple administrations.
It requires changing the mindset of about 20% of the country (66 million people) to go from where we are to where you (and I) would like to be. Repeating 2016 will only lead to repeating 2020. The country took about 110 years to degrade the Constitution to current state and we may need that long to reverse it. For the Constitution to be effective, we must have a virtuous population.
The main problem in the US is that mail-in voting has allowed for the complete corruption of local and national elections. Some terrible event, like 911 or a handy virus is used to spoon feed the naive public into believing an alternate reality genned up by corporate media interests. Lobbyists then fill congressional troughs to push thru mandates in order to perpetuate the crime.
Fun Fact: The current Omicron variant is an anagram for Moronic.
With all due respect, I have to disagree with you. The main problem is that approaching 50% of the population are net takers who have a rational economic interest in maintaining and extending the current system. So long as it is legal to vote yourself loot taken from a minority of the public, real change is unlikely and eventual collapse is probable.
I agree with you. We are talking about the same thing from different viewpoints.
And we mustn’t forget that college “education” has become predominantly Marxist propaganda. So many intelligent but naive young people are conned out of common sense.
Rich, I mostly agree with your rationale pessimism on Mikes excellent post, except for one TERRIBLE chance. The vaccines may come to be recognized for the death shots they are. And that may give the 17 flipped votes needed.
Cleaning out Mordor on the Potomac may be more challenging. That requires new leadership in all three letter agencies, eliminating several, kicking ALL lobbyists out of DC, making private meetings with Congress and Senators illegal. Yep! All business is public business. All policy is public policy. You, as a business want to pass legislation, then submit your request to a public forum. And all elected officials must severely limit their exposure to the stock markets. What? Yep, you want to be a public servant, you sell your holdings of policy influence. ( Or severely limit them and reduce that number, say 100 k, by 25 percent if you run for re-election. )
Oh, and all laws Congress passes, apply to Congress and the senate.
I’m 78 years old and believe it may be too late to save the republic without a military coup. Obama took care of any possibility of that by replacing large numbers of military leadership. Witness the behavior of General Milley. I don’t think we can even make it to the midterm “elections” before so much damage is done in the next year that there is no coming back. I won’t be here to see the US devolve into another Venezuela, but I will go to my grave with tears and heartache for what my grandchildren are about to experience.
Don’t give up without a fight.
Be careful what you wish for. If you get rid of Joe, you get Camala.
And we sure don’t want cacklin’ Kamalamadingdong
From some reports lately, it seems some Democrats are trying to get rid of Kamala, themselves. They see her as a very weak candidate. And they are correct. So some Democrats want both Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to be out of the picture come the next presidential election.
Perhaps the Republicans can help them out by impeaching and removing Joe Biden from office for dereliction of duty, when the Republicans regain control of Congress in the next election, which is less than a year away now.
You think you’ve got troubles. I talked to a UK Minister for Energy and Climate Change who didn’t know that you have to use generated electricity at once or find some way to store it, it doesn’t just hang around somewhere. He was all for more solar.
UK energy policy is currently run by the Prime Minister’s wife who has a degree in the History of Theatre.
His master’s voice. (In Mandarin).
“The Biden Administration” doesn’t exist. Neither did the “Obama Administration”. We use those descriptions because they put us in a time frame. The only difference I believe is Obama knew what he was doing. Both Biden and Obama think they’re in control when neither is.
I posted this before. You are already ahead of the others here, about who controls what.
Nice LOTR metaphor with Barad Dur and Mount Doom looming behind Washington, DC. Extending the metaphor, neutering the Federal Reserve’s ability to shazam money into existence would very much be the equivalent of throwing Sauron’s ring into Mount Doom.
I have a feeling that nobody knows what the hell is going on – they’re just throwing things at the USA in the hope that something might work. It’s the modern political version of an infinite number on monkeys with an infinite number of word processors (ok so I updated it a bit).
Jennifer Granholm, our energy secretary, presided over the worst economy in the U.S. as Governor of Michigan. She is responsible for Biden’s energy policy. I i
And she insisted she has no “magic wand” to make things better. They’ve all forgotten already how PDJT shoved their magic wands up their rectums?
But with Biden you’re never sure. Is he just too stupid to understand that his policies were designed to have, and likely would have, the effect of dramatically raising prices and throwing us back into dependency on OPEC and Russia?
Joe Biden isn’t running the show. To anyone who pays any attention at all, he’s an installed figurehead, a puppet. Who is actually making policy decisions is a mystery, but it sure isn’t Joe Biden.
Biden wasn’t particularly bright or articulate, even when he was compos mentis. He has always been a cheat and a pathological liar. It’s likely he was installed because of his lack of character and dishonesty. Being in mid stage dementia is just icing on the cake for whoever is in control. Zhou Bie-Den simply has no idea what’s happening and too venial to care.
If this is a global problem as Biden believes, why does it matter if OPEC, Russia or the USA drills?
Propaganda doesn’t really need to make any sense as long as it clutters up your mind so rational ideas can’t be heard. If you’re pounded with it long and loud enough, eventually you’ll have difficulty processing rational ideas.
I’ve lost track of the number of times Biden has stated in a news conference that he is not allowed to answer a question, or that he will get into trouble if he answers a question.
The thing that gets me is how he says it … like a naughty child relating his bad behavior, in a conspiratorial manner to a co-conspirator, with everyone watching. He does a similar thing when he whispers into the mike, some secret only he knows.
I find his whispering into the microphone deeply creepy and disturbing.
Yes, it makes my skin crawl as well.
That’s Biden’s way of wagging his finger in front of our noses.
Ask anyone who has agonized through a loved one with progressive dementia. The behavior is common and pitiable.
Yes, I have some experience with that. The difference is they were treated better and weren’t exposed to ridicule. This is criminal elder abuse. If he wasn’t such a reprehensible prick, I’d feel badly for him.
“Who is actually making policy decisions is a mystery” only to those that haven’t been paying attention.
This site is notoriously behind understanding politics & reality of the last 100 years, and absolutely naive. If I say that the Global elites, Catholic Church & UN do in fact -ex traffic children (protected by the FBI et al), everyone’s delicate sensibilities take over and revert to the CIA programming inculcated within them: “Conspiracy Theorist!” and the ‘tin hat’ comments come.
Has no one read the Wikileaks emails? Podesta email?
Enjoy Table 3
Sorry mate, I looked at both links. The first is a personal narrative based on interpretation of a system that no one can understand and draw conclusions about. The article itself says the politicians don’t understand it. That link, in the end, is just and only a massive conspiracy-theory. There maybe seeds of accuracy in it, but how would you ever know?
RE table 3, terrible stats, for sure, but I did not see its relevance to Wikileaks and Podesta. Looks more like the poor parenting and loveless homes that a lot of young people grow up in. As soon as they can, they leave the abuse and don’t care to re-contact or return ever again. I don;t think anyone can reasonable conclude this is part of a grand plot to traffic children protected by Federal powers.
I can’t imagine anyone coming to that conclusion and spending time contriving a massive narrative about it.
It’s important to be skeptical, especially about what you believe and presume as the basis for a world or national view.
But this is OT re Biden admin policy, the facts that we actually know about that are bad enough without the known being undermined by assertions of the personally interpretive, untestable and intangible.
What’s happening all across the west, on energy policy, is tangible.
Good comments, except the fourth branch of unelected government, AKA, the deep state, is real and very deep, very unelected, and very statist OWG, deeply tied to Wall Street. Some things require many many hours of reading and fact checking to verify.
Joseph Robinette Biden, the hapless marionette under the control of God only knows who, has not made an independent decision in at least 2 years, probably not even what flavor ice cream he just ordered. His behind the scenes handlers (Obama may be one of them) possibly understand about as much about it as Obama understood, but since JRB is a vacuous sock puppet, if he opens his mouth to answer any question with regards to energy, it’s instantly apparent he comprehends not what he was asked, let alone comprehends a rational answer. I believe we have government-by-committee, which is why, even when JRB does not open his mouth, the White House has to frequently “clarify” and “circle back” and yadee yadee yadee…
No need to limit yourself to just one aspect of the Biden mal-administration.
It’s not as if the President is isolated in his thinking; the entire world has gone mad over climate change alarmism. It just has to play itself out. There is nothing else to be done about it.
I think that’s the bottom line. What shifts the mindset of 60-100 million people (in the US, far more if we’re talking the developed world), is not going to be some marginal issue of policy argued over by politicians. It will have to be a catastrophic failure with substantial loss of life and widespread suffering to break this spell of magic thinking.
Unfortunately experience keeps a dear school but fools will learn in no other.
Assuming that Biden is even slightly logical, a big if, and that he’s really running the show, or even playing a bit role (another big if), then about the only explanation I can think of is he wants to take some credit for “lowering” the United States’ reported CO2 emissions by way of reducing domestic production of petroleum and relying on OPEC to just send us more, while hoping that the evil energy companies will just eat the inevitable cost increases and keep gas prices as low as possible, and by extension helping his polling numbers.
Or, more likely, this is the continuation of the process of fundamentally transforming us, meaning that we’re being deliberately sabotaged…
I believe it is agonizingly simple. It is Joe’s desire for a legacy.
Joe wants to surpass FDR as the US’s greatest Progressive President.
You get there by enacting EVERY item on the Progressive wish list (damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!).,
If that means reversing opinions you’ve held for 50 years on gender, immigration, race, energy independence, you name it – so what?
If he hears a whispered Progressive idea – it’s a done deal.
He shares the Left’s inability to understand consequences.
He is demented enough to assume that if he succeeds in each of those policy area he is actually doing good, despite the “lack of understanding of his “subjects” – ergo the condescending tone of many of his responses.
bidden is senile
he is stupid
but what’s really worse is he is a puppet
“He had drunk the climate Kool-Aid, and thought that the right goals were to restrict the production of fossil fuel energy”
Bruh, his only intention was to destroy America. Same with Biden.
Malicious, intentional, destruction. Don’t be naive.
These people know exactly what they are doing.
Bush II > Obama > Biden.
Obama might have known. Biden on the other hand!!!!!
This is just conspiracy theory.
It isn’t long since commenters here were busy telling me the climate skeptics don’t do conspiracy theories.
‘Biden is a puppet but nobody knows who is pulling the strings’
I mean, come on…
The standard response of the left whenever their activities get uncovered.
Declare everything to be a conspiracy theory.
Quit stereotyping skeptics, Griff.
Stereotyping and marginalizing contrary ideas is all the Griffs of the world can do.
Understandable though. Most presidents, certainly in recent times, have been helped into power by powerful, rich donors who want something in return. It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to imagine those donors taking the process a stage further, with a far more malleable candidate.
We could well say that BoJo is a puppet and Carrie is pulling the string, err strings, or some such. Where is the line drawn between being a power behind the throne and directly pulling the strings?
Quote:”policies range from at best merely incompetent, to at worst malicious hatred of the country and people whose interests he was elected to advance.”
Was it a good party – drunk at the time were you? Still hung over after all this time?
What you describe there has been going on for nigh on 30 years, certainly in Europe and the UK
It exactly describes Tony Blair’s tripling of the UK Statute Book if nothing else.
Western Governments almost everywhere are doing the exact oppsosite to what they’re supposed to – deliberately setting out to make people fearful and frightened.
UK Gov even has an agency set up and dedicated to do exactly that – and are pleased & brag about what it does – the so-called Behavioural Insights Team
That they feel the need to use the word ‘insight’ totally screams out that they haven’t got any
The Behavioural Insights Team, or ‘Nudge Unit’ has since become an independent contractor.
The reason I voted for Johnson instead of Clinton was because she would’ve been the greatest gift to Russia and OPEC ever imagined. Well, before Biden anyway.
If we were properly focused on energy security, greenhouse gas emissions would be a moot point.
The climate of North America was much more extreme in previous centuries. The past 150 years have been unusually kind. We are not prepared for reversion to the mean.
The Democrat Marxist puppeteers working Biden’s strings do nothing out of ignorance or incompetence. Everything is intentional and carefully orchestrated to enhance their power and looting ability. Purely malevolent toward normal Americans.
Exactly. One piece of evidence among several that Biden and Harris are avatars for the puppeteers pulling their strings from behind the scenes is that none of these insane policy decisions is being reversed in spite of the huge drop in Biden’s polling numbers.
The Democrats are confident they can steal the 2022 and the 2024 election cycles, regardless of how low the polling numbers go.
And the Democrats have good reason to be confident. The courts will not intervene to deal with a stolen election, and the Republicans still aren’t doing enough of the right work in enough of the right places to fight stolen elections.
At least Norway has a leader with a straightforward answer.
Norway’s Oil Boom Is Only Just Beginning (yahoo.com)
I can’t drive 55.
The Green New Deal (GND) has no plan to replace crude oil products. The GND is all-in for breezes and sunshine to replace coal and natural gas for electricity, but has absolutely no plans to replace the derivatives and transportation fuels manufactured from crude oil that support lifestyles and the world economyCrude oil has contributed to the world populating proficiently to 8 billion. Just because two of the products manufactured from crude oil are gasoline and diesel for short-range light-weight vehicles of cars and trucks, the consequences of abandoning the derivatives and transportation fuels manufactured from crude oil that support lifestyles and the world economy and all the progress after the introduction of crude oil into society, could be the greatest threat to civilization, not climate change.
The short of it is the American people were cut out of the election with illegal changes in the election laws, counting ballots without observers, chain of custody not observed and many other offenses. And all to install the perfect fall guy. Do we have to wonder why the results are not favorable.
What Joe Biden ran on, was letting Bernie Sanders control his Administration’s agenda in exchange for Bernie Sanders exiting the election race.. He offered Bernie the job of puppet master, so that he could become the puppet. That preserved his family crime syndicate from having their influence peddling empire exposed, as the lefties are now duty bound to soft-peddle the wrong doing, and squelch most of the media stories, just as they did with the Clinton influence peddling empire.
The sad thing is that Bubbling Joe is so far gone he doesn’t know it.
He does what he’s told.
(He does have an issue reading what he’s told say on his teleprompter.)
People are starting to notice that the Biden Energy Programs are bogus. Here is an article that goes thru the math of Biden goals and REALITY.
The author is obviously a Biden supporter, but has serious doubts about how Biden is meeting those goals.