Left: Ali khamenei, Ayatollah of Iran. By Khamenei.ir, CC BY 4.0, Link. Middle Joe Biden. Right Venezuelan dictator Nicolás Maduro. By Kremlin.ru, CC BY 4.0, Link

Climate Obsessed Biden Administration Seeks Oil Deal with Venezuela and Iran

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

No word yet whether Hunter Biden will join the boards of any Iranian or Venezuelan oil companies.

Biden administration team in Venezuela as U.S. seeks to break country from Russian influence

BY ED O’KEEFE, FIN GÓMEZ

MARCH 6, 2022 / 11:06 AM / CBS NEWS

Washington — Senior American officials are in Venezuela this weekend to meet with the government of Nicolás Maduro, whose authoritarian rule of the oil-producing country has meant no formal diplomatic relations between the two countries since 2019.

The visit is yet another example of a geopolitical shift underway across the globe in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine as the U.S. and European countries seek energy sources other than Russia, one of the world’s largest oil exporters.

Multiple U.S. officials confirmed the trip is happening to CBS News. The White House and State Department declined formal comment.

“Joe Biden using #Russia as an excuse to do the deal they always wanted to do anyway with the #MaduroRegime,” Rubio tweeted Sunday morning. “Rather than produce more American oil he wants to replace the oil we buy from one murderous dictator with oil from another murderous dictator.”

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/venezuela-russia-ukraine-biden-team-nicolas-maduro/

An Iran deal might also be on the table. Although Iranian oil is not specifically mentioned in the following article, what else does Iran have which the USA needs? I think it is a safe assumption that increasing the global supply of oil will be part of any deal which softens Iranian sanctions, given Biden’s desperation to lower gasoline pump prices in the USA.

While America watches the war in Ukraine, Biden finalizes a dangerous Iran deal 

BY ERIC R. MANDEL, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR —  03/05/22 05:00 PM EST 1,394

THE VIEWS EXPRESSED BY CONTRIBUTORS ARE THEIR OWN AND NOT THE VIEW OF THE HILL

While the world’s attention is fixated on Russia’s war in Ukraine, President Biden’s Iran envoy in Vienna, Robert Malley, reportedly is readying to finalize a deal that makes a number of worrying concessions to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his regime.

Gabriel Noronha, a former Senate Armed Services Committee aide to the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and former State Department official, has tweeted specifics of some American concessions to Iran. Noronha says his former State Department, National Security Council, and European Union colleagues were so alarmed about compromises the Biden administration appears to be making with Iran that they allowed him to publish details to alert Congress to how the pending agreement could undermine America’s national security interests. 

The agreement details are known to the governments of Russia, China and Iran, but evidently not to Congress, and certainly not to the American people. It’s possible that an agreement could be signed by early next week.

Read more: https://thehill.com/opinion/national-security/596950-while-america-watches-the-war-in-ukraine-biden-finalizes-a

Both of America’s new partners are notorious violators of human rights, and have BOTH been accused of terrorist connections.

The minister of industry and former vice president of Venezuela, Tareck El Aissami, has been accused by US authorities of money laundering, corruption and drug trafficking (e.g. 800kg Cocaine bust), and has also been accused of high level links to Hezbollah, an Iran backed Middle Eastern terror group, for whom he allegedly provided thousands of Venezuelan travel documents.

As for Iran, I hear they need lots of cash to restart their terrorist nuclear bomb programme peaceful Uranium enrichment programme, after Iran’s Uranium enrichment centrifuges were allegedly wrecked by an Israeli computer hack. Windfall profits from selling high priced oil to the Biden Administration should cover the cost of repairs.

President Biden’s excuse for buying oil from these nightmare regimes, rather than allowing more domestic US production, appears to be that he doesn’t want to encourage US dependency on fossil fuel.

In my opinion, Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine demonstrates that no good can come from making deals with the devil. If you give bad people an opportunity to make lots of money, they use that money to do bad things.

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Pop Piasa
March 7, 2022 6:07 pm

Now we know why he wandered off on Iranians during the SOTUA

Tom Halla
March 7, 2022 6:14 pm

The crew around Biden are determined to make Jimmy Carter seem wise and successful.

LdB
Reply to  Tom Halla
March 7, 2022 6:26 pm

Definitely the weakest and most useless president in modern times.

ihfan
Reply to  LdB
March 7, 2022 8:08 pm

Jimmy Carter wasn’t the most effective president in US history, but at least he cared about the American people.

Brandon could care less. The evacuation from Afghanistan was proof positive – got the troops out first so he could claim that he ended the conflict before the 20th anniversary. Everyone else left behind? Didn’t care.

Redge
Reply to  LdB
March 7, 2022 11:02 pm

Only because BoJo is a PM, not a president

Scissor
Reply to  Tom Halla
March 7, 2022 6:29 pm

Jimmy’s take wasn’t 10% either.

rhs
Reply to  Scissor
March 7, 2022 6:46 pm

Added this comment for anyone who wants to vote twice for this comment.

beng135
Reply to  Scissor
March 8, 2022 8:41 am

As bad as Carter was, I doubt he really had or made any effort for takes, except maybe promoting peanuts and Billy-beer. He wasn’t evil, just rather incompetent.

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LdB
Reply to  beng135
March 8, 2022 9:04 am

Just when you think Joe couldn’t get any stupidier he’s going to ask Congress for $2.6 billion for foreign aid programs that promote gender equality around the world. I am sure that is the most pressing issue on the minds of USA residents at the moment 🙂

Gary Pearse
Reply to  LdB
March 8, 2022 12:21 pm

How many genders is he talking? Probably toxic white mails won’t be part of the budget despite them being the least appreciated of all genders.

Tomin Florida
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2022 4:12 am

Maybe not toxic white mails, maybe just regular post cards.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Tom Halla
March 8, 2022 12:52 pm

This probably Joe’s way of not going back on his cancelation of the Keystone XL.

Rose
Reply to  Gary Pearse
March 9, 2022 2:31 pm

Is Obama who paid 3billion to bribe Irans during his tenure advising Biden to farther enrichen these terrorist and antiAmerican nation? What is Ibama-Biden gaining by selling out the US instead of reopening the XL pipeline or buying from Canada?

Pillage Idiot
March 7, 2022 6:20 pm

Iran obtaining nuclear weapons will (at a minimum) be destabilizing to the Middle East.

The only beneficiaries of such an event would be:

  1. Russia, because turmoil in the ME will certainly raise the global price of crude oil.
  2. Jihadists, because turmoil and war is their stock and trade.

I see why Russia and Iran are pushing a nuclear deal with no oversight or sanctions. Why is the Biden administration supporting it?

Scissor
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
March 7, 2022 6:30 pm

Perhaps there will be a few pallets of missing $100 bills.

It’s just too bad that North Korea doesn’t produce a lot of oil.

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Devils Tower
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
March 7, 2022 6:36 pm

A lot of corrupt entities with Biden ties are being blackmailed…

Simple

ihfan
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
March 7, 2022 8:10 pm

Why is the Biden administration supporting it?

Because it might drop the price of gas by a few cents.

Brandon doesn’t care what happens down the road, he (and his handlers) only care about the optics this minute.

Ron Long
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
March 8, 2022 1:47 am

Iran has stated publicly that they are an existential threat to Israel. Israel has at least 200 nuclear bomb devices some larger devices from France and some more sophisticated (“suitcase”, which really means can be delivered by artillery or drone, or even a suitcase) which came from South Africa. Israel also has as many as 2 or 3 submarines with some of these bombs at sea at all times. “Why is Biden Administration supporting it?” The left hates Israel, as they hate anything professional and successful, and the new woke left is very vocal about this. Israel will not wait for Iran to strike first.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Ron Long
March 8, 2022 5:10 am

“Israel will not wait for Iran to strike first.”

Yes, that’s the bottom line.

A pre-emptive strike on the Mad Mullahs of Iran by Israel is guaranteed if the Biden agreement goes through. The agreement guarantees the Mad Mullahs will get a nuclear weapon and guarantees that Israel will take steps to defend itself from said nuclear weapons, which would amount to a lot of destruction in Iran.

Mark BLR
Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 8, 2022 8:22 am

The agreement guarantees the Mad Mullahs will get a nuclear weapon

In order to deliver a nuclear WEAPON / WARHEAD to Israel Iran would need to :
1) Produce enough 90(+)% enriched uranium for TWO bombs
2) Produce (or buy, e.g. from Pakistan) a bomb design
3) TEST ONE OF THOSE BOMBS
4) Deliver the second bomb to Israel (e.g. in a container on the back of a 40-ton truck …) and detonate it

Mossad agents are very, very, good at their jobs (intelligence gathering + covert overseas operations).

Even if they managed to miss step 1 (unlikely …) they wouldn’t miss either of steps 3 or 4.

As others have noted, Israel already possesses (at least ?) 80 to 200 nukes … along with the means to deliver them.

The Mullahs may be “Mad”, but they are NOT “suicidal” !

Adrian Mann
Reply to  Mark BLR
March 8, 2022 5:00 pm

No, they are actually suicidal. Islam sees death as being the preferred state for a human being, be that a believer or an infidel. Islam is a death cult. That’s why it’s so difficult to defeat, or even reason with – devout, committed, fundamentalist moslems would rather be dead (and therefore, in paradise with their 27 virgins/raisins, depending on your interpretation), so their lives – and yours and mine – hold no value here on Earth.

Mark BLR
Reply to  Adrian Mann
March 9, 2022 3:59 am

No, they are actually suicidal … fundamentalist moslems would rather be dead …

They how come they are still alive, more than 40 years after the revolution ?

If they so ardently “desire” death, why haven’t they “committed suicide” already ?

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Mark BLR
March 9, 2022 4:14 am

As with all tyrants, it is for other people who can be convinced to desire death.

Mark BLR
Reply to  Tom in Florida
March 9, 2022 9:46 am

As with all tyrants, it is for other people

In most cases that is true, but please re-read the comment I was responding to again.

“No, they are actually suicidal … devout, committed, fundamentalist moslems would rather be dead …”

Mark BLR
Reply to  Ron Long
March 8, 2022 8:09 am

Iran has stated publicly that they are an existential threat to Israel.

No they haven’t.

Iran has “stated publicly” that it wishes to see the end of “the Zionist regime in Jerusalem”.

Most (hysterical) claims on this subject turn out to be the result of mistranslations by third-parties trying to provoke military action by either Israel and/or the US.

Auxiliary question : If “Israel” were ever to be (geographically) “wiped off the map” (yet another mistranslation), where are the Palestinians then supposed to live ?

beng135
Reply to  Mark BLR
March 8, 2022 10:19 am

I doubt that the Mullahs have much concern for the Palestinians other than for propaganda purposes.

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Mark BLR
Reply to  beng135
March 9, 2022 4:11 am

I doubt that the Mullahs have much concern for the Palestinians other than for propaganda purposes.

I agree.

The issue I have isn’t so much with “The Mad Mullahs” in Iran (anyone who thinks that the “appropriate” punishment for “being gay” is “to throw them off the top of a tall building” can legitimately be described as “not very nice” …) as the “neocon war-mongers” supposedly on “our” side who push the “anyone we don’t like is pure evil / the literal reincarnation of Hitler / the spawn of Satan” etc.

Something I came across recently — but note that I have not yet had time to check its authenticity ! — is (allegedly) a summary of Arthur Ponsonby’s book “Falsehood in War-Time” :

  1. We do not want war.
  2. The opposite party alone is guilty of war.
  3. The enemy is inherently evil and resembles the devil.
  4. We defend a noble cause, not our own interests.
  5. The enemy commits atrocities on purpose; our mishaps are involuntary.
  6. The enemy uses forbidden weapons.
  7. We suffer small losses, those of the enemy are enormous.
  8. Recognized artists and intellectuals back our cause.
  9. Our cause is sacred.
  10. All who doubt our propaganda are traitors.

Sound familiar ?

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Mark BLR
March 8, 2022 1:02 pm

A distinction without a difference Mark. For goodness sake have a take!

Adrian Mann
Reply to  Mark BLR
March 8, 2022 5:07 pm

The end of the Zionist regime in Jerusalem is an entirely laudable aim. Note – end of Zionist regime – not Israel, not Jews – but Zionism – an ideology founded by Theodor Hertzl.

Where would the Palestinians live? Well, that would be Palestine! Or, if you like, and you really want to wind the clock all the way back to pre-Abrahamic religions, Canaan.

Mark BLR
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
March 8, 2022 8:53 am

… a nuclear deal with no oversight or sanctions

Putting to one side the fact that the promised “sanctions relief” from the original JCPOA was never actually (fully) delivered by the US, the whole point of the current negotiations in Vienna is to effectively restore the JCPOA that Trump unilaterally exited from in 2018.

The JCPOA that the IAEA itself noted implemented the most severe inspection regime on any country in the history of the agency.

The JCPOA that guaranteed that any “excess” enriched (> 3.67%) uranium would be removed from Iran.

My reading (which may well be as biased as anyone else’s !) of the dispatches from Vienna is that the Iranians are much more concerned about “guarantees” that
1) the US will keep their promises about sanctions relief this time around, and
2) will not just exit the new agreement (at least until the end of Joe Biden’s first term)
than they are about the “oversight / inspection” clauses.

Derg
March 7, 2022 6:31 pm

Meanwhile the Administration says look squirrel (Russia)!

Pillage Idiot
Reply to  Derg
March 7, 2022 6:42 pm

Moose and Squirrel are our only defense against Boris and Natasha!

Allan MacRae
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
March 8, 2022 1:47 am

The problem is that the Democrat wokerati have replaced competent military leaders with leaping gaping imbeciles. There is no better way to destroy any organization’s morale and operational capability than to put fools in charge. The vaxx mandates have harmed about half your military personnel and the woke idiots will do the rest. Soon you won’t be able to defend your country against an over-aggressive troop of Girl Scouts on a cookie drive.

Gary Pearse
Reply to  Allan MacRae
March 8, 2022 1:09 pm

They’re apparently moving ahead with bathrooms for each gender, though.

beng135
Reply to  Pillage Idiot
March 8, 2022 10:27 am

Biden is secretly Mr Big.

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John Garrett
March 7, 2022 6:43 pm

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Redge
Reply to  John Garrett
March 7, 2022 11:04 pm

Sorry, John, you may have to spell it out for Bidon and co

Smart Rock
March 7, 2022 6:53 pm

If president Biden still wants to destroy his domestic oil and gas industries but still wants more imported oil, he could buy more from Canada, where human rights violations are relatively benign so far. He could even approve Keystone XL to facilitate that move.

Nah. It’s obviously more statesmanlike to stab your friends and neighbours in the back while making nice to your enemies.

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ihfan
Reply to  Smart Rock
March 7, 2022 8:11 pm

Nah. It’s obviously more statesmanlike to stab your friends and neighbours in the back while making nice to your enemies.

Brandon’s only enemies are Republicans. Anyone else is a tool waiting to be exploited for better poll numbers.

DHR
Reply to  ihfan
March 7, 2022 9:57 pm

And cold hard cash don’t you forget!

Richard Page
Reply to  Smart Rock
March 8, 2022 2:53 pm

The nutty part of it is that Maduro has circumvented the US ban on oil exports by giving it to Russia as ‘payment’ of a ‘debt’ – Russia exports oil to USA and I wouldn’t put it past them to be including the Venezuelan oil as a hilarious inside joke on Biden.
The other part of the problem is that Venezuela is already extracting as much oil as they are able given their equipment, expertise and wells. If they want to extract more they are going to have to let American companies back into Venezuela to do the job – not sure that’s going to happen. So what incentives will Biden have to offer Maduro to switch from Russia to USA?

Linda Goodman
March 7, 2022 6:55 pm

Is there mass amnesia of the fact that we were energy independent under President Trump? Why the silence? I don’t get it!

Thomas
Reply to  Linda Goodman
March 7, 2022 7:30 pm

Linda: We still pretty much are, but going the wrong direction now.

https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=51338

TonyL
Reply to  Linda Goodman
March 7, 2022 7:42 pm

Linda:
You need to get it, by now.
it is “The Silence of the Lambs”. The sheeple have (not) spoken.

Energy independence under President Trump has been memory-holed. Everybody in on “The Narrative” will do what it takes to keep it that way.
I am sure you noticed that after 13 months of skyrocketing gas prices, since March 1st. all of a sudden the whole thing is Russia’s fault.
RUSSIA…..Russia, Russia, Russia…..RUSSIA!!!!!.

And I am sure you noticed that in the face of this hopelessly blunt and inept propaganda, there has been no push back, at all, from anywhere. {Perhaps this last little bit here is the truly scary part.}

Adrian Mann
Reply to  TonyL
March 8, 2022 5:41 pm

Perhaps you haven’t noticed, so I’ll let you into the secret. There’s this guy called Putin. He’s an ex-KGB colonel – you know, the KGB, Soviet Union… what Reagan (Republican) called “The Evil Empire”? OK – got it?
So, this guy Putin – the ex-KGB Colonel – is now running Russia. He regards the downfall of the Soviet Union as a shameful episode and wants to right that wrong. Unfortunately, he has a world-destroying amount of nuclear weapons at his disposal, and he’s of the opinion that “What’s the point of a world that doesn’t have Russia in it?”.
So you get the picture – psychopathic, deluded, unstable totalitarian dictator, with and enormous nuclear arsenal at his disposal, imagines the neighbouring country Ukraine (which used to be part of the Soviet Union) now poses and existential threat to Russia and must immediately and totally be neutralised! Because the place is run by Nazis and NATO!
So yes, actually, it is RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA! Well done for spotting that. Energy policy, gas prices, Trump etc., all totally irrelevant.
Look out for the trigger points: NATO no-fly zone. Polish MiG-29’s to Ukraine. Baltic States. Iran Nuclear deal. If it all goes tits up, you might have bigger problems to deal with than gas prices.

Ron Long
Reply to  Linda Goodman
March 8, 2022 1:50 am

Linda, it is on the wire services that net oil imports to USA have increased 40% under the Biden Administration. Not only that, but the price has tripled.

Adrian Mann
Reply to  Linda Goodman
March 8, 2022 5:25 pm

And who was One-Term-Trumps bestest friend in the whole wide world? Who got him elected in the first place? Where did he get a whole shedload of money from? Who does he regard as a ‘Genius’, ‘Really smart’, and ‘very talented statesman’? Go on – have a guess! Name begins with P, ends in N, and includes the letters U, T, and I. That should be doable, even for a Trumpist. Good grief, whoever you are, you only got Trump into the Whitehouse BECAUSE of Putin! Good grief – that amount of monstrous hypocrisy could only come from a right-wing American!

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Adrian Mann
March 9, 2022 4:19 am

TDS lasts longer than a liberal mask mandate.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Tom in Florida
March 9, 2022 12:26 pm

Yeah, Trump tells the truth and some people just can’t handle the truth..

TDS in people shows just how sucessful radical, leftwing propaganda can be, especially when promoted by the leftwing Media.

The TDS-afflicted have a view that is completely divorced from reality when it comes to Trump, as Adrian demonstrates.

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DMacKenzie
March 7, 2022 6:56 pm

Maybe resurrect the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada that he cancelled on his first day in office. 850,000 BPD. And lots of the companies planning on using it were American owned. But Dems preferred the railroad companies that promised to transport the same oil….of course at the cost of the Canadian producers, with lots of railroad revenue income tax going to Fed treasury….always a good angle…
And everyone knows pipelines are an environmental disaster while trains transport oil very safely.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lac-Mégantic_rail_disaster

Thomas
Reply to  DMacKenzie
March 7, 2022 7:32 pm

And drill offshore of California. We have so much offshore that it bubbles up out of the ground and pollutes our beaches.

TonyL
Reply to  Thomas
March 7, 2022 7:51 pm

Sorry, that was banned decades ago.
Environmentalist plan #1.
Blame the natural oil seeps and fouled beaches on “oil spills” from the production activities.

Environmentalist plan #2
Claim that the oil seeps supported very rare communities of “chemotrophs” which could only survive within the confined of the oil seeps. Claim that oil production was causing the oil seeps to go dry and condemning these rare endangered species to go extinct.

With BS like this as the standard stock in trade of policy debate, no wonder the oil companies went elsewhere.

Ron Long
Reply to  TonyL
March 8, 2022 2:38 am

How about throwing a few California politicians into the La Brea tar pits?

Richard Page
Reply to  Ron Long
March 8, 2022 2:56 pm

Not sure that just ‘a few’ would cut it. How about all of them?

Adrian Mann
Reply to  Richard Page
March 8, 2022 5:46 pm

Good idea! All Republicans, every last red neck, trailer park, bible bashing, knuckle dragging, gun toting, mouth breathing 2nd amendment Republican, thrown en masse into a huge pit full of hungry bears! Honestly, just take my money! This I gotta see!

Adrian Mann
Reply to  Ron Long
March 8, 2022 5:43 pm

How about throwing a few Republican *ahem* ‘Leaders’ into a pit full of hungry bears? I’d pay to see that!

ihfan
Reply to  DMacKenzie
March 7, 2022 8:25 pm

But Dems preferred the railroad companies that promised to transport the same oil….of course at the cost of the Canadian producers, with lots of railroad revenue income tax going to Fed treasury….always a good angle…

Follow the money trail (train?):

Union Tank Car Line, a major supplier of railcars that transport crude oil, owned by Berkshire Hathaway. “Union Tank Car Company is still owned by Marmon, which in turn is now a 100% owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Union_Tank_Car_Company)

Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad, is a major carrier of crude oil, and is owned by Berkshire Hathaway. “On November 3, 2009, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway announced it would acquire the remaining 77.4 percent of BNSF it did not already own for $100 per share in cash and stock—a deal valued at $44 billion.” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BNSF_Railway)

Berkshire Hathaway is owned by Warren Buffet.

Warren Buffet campaigns for Democrats (https://www.businessinsider.com/warren-buffett-mark-cuban-and-michael-bloomberg-campaign-for-hillary-clinton-2016-8).

So, Warren Buffet buys one of the biggest railroads in North America in 2009. Then, in 2013 he buys the parent company of one of the biggest tank car fleets in North America. In 2016 he campaigns for Hillary Clinton, who publicly opposed the pipeline (https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/sep/22/hillary-clinton-opposes-keystone-xl-pipeline).

Democrats make Buffet a lot of money, and he gives them his support in return.

If environmentalists would cool down and think with a clear mind they would realize that Keystone XL is safer for the environment and produces fewer emissions. Sure, they don’t like the fact that the oil would be headed for refineries and to automobiles and trucks afterwards, but to support (or ignore) crude oil transport by rail rather than pipeline because of the “environment” is a moronic argument.

Follow the money.

Adrian Mann
Reply to  ihfan
March 8, 2022 5:52 pm

Oh, how utterly tedious and predictable. All the ills of the world can be laid at the feet of the Democrats, re-state the already known and utterly obvious, as if it’s something new and remarkable. Of course, no Republican, ever, in the entire history of the USA has ever manipulated anyone or anything for financial gain. They’re all as pure and pristine as the driven snow, and only exist to serve the people. Exactly how naive do you think we are, ihfan? Is that the best you got?

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Adrian Mann
March 9, 2022 4:23 am

Because others have done is not a reason to excuse it now. Your ignorance is naive.

LdB
March 7, 2022 6:58 pm

I see Bojo has already stated that the UK will have to produce more oil and gas and possibly more Nuclear Power.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2022/mar/07/priti-patel-ukraine-refugees-russia-boris-johnson-uk-politics-latest-updates

What is amusing is that most on here who aren’t experts saw the energy security problem coming and yet the energy experts got caught with their pants down. Surely you would sack the whole lot of them as they failed their most basic task.

Wonder if Griff will admit the garbage he was pushing had huge problems or if he still wants to build more HVDC inter-connectors 🙂

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Joe Gordon
March 7, 2022 7:04 pm

Biden is to foreign relations what Carter was to domestic policies. As we watch our life savings dwindle down to worthless in the next few years, guaranteeing government dependence for everyone, will we be thanking the next president, or Xi, for whatever pittance we receive?

And he doesn’t even get to herald some personal grudge against Netanyahu, like his mentor, for sacrificing Israel’s future existence.

I think I’m too old to learn Mandarin.

When Xi finally builds Keystone XL, will he rename it “The Biden Pipeline” in honor the man who made it possible?

Adrian Mann
Reply to  Joe Gordon
March 8, 2022 5:58 pm

Mandarin is much easier than Russian! It’s very logical, and once you learn a few phrases and grasp the idea of ‘tones’, it’s not that bad. Don’t try the written language though. That’s orders of magnitude more difficult.
Russian? First you need to learn a new alphabet.
Side note: Why are you sitting and watching your savings ‘dwindle to worthlessness’? Why don’t you do something about it? I mean, this is America. right? You surely have control over your own finances, freedom and destiny?

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Adrian Mann
March 9, 2022 4:25 am

“Russian? First you need to learn a new alphabet.”
But not Mandarin? Really?

TonyL
March 7, 2022 7:10 pm

given Biden’s desperation to lower gasoline pump prices in the USA.

Let me give you clue #1. They do not care. They do not care *at all*.
Domestically, parents rose up in alarm when they got a load of public school curricular. What set the parents off was CRT which was teaching white kids that they are irredeemably Bad People. Yes, that is a lesson which belongs in the public schools. Next up was the “Rainbow” curriculum. Teaching gay sex practices to 3rd graders.
Wait a minute. Let me stop Right Here. They are teaching *explicit* gay sex practices to 3rd. graders. Stop. 8 yr. olds. Let that sink in.

And then, the schools fetish for normalizing pedophilia. (Transsexual Story Hour, I will say no more.)
So What did the Biden Administration do when the parents rose up. Attorney General Merrick Garland declared the parents to be “Domestic Terrorists“. Then they opened FBI “Investigations” on any parent who spoke out at a school board meeting. Did they care? No. They do not care *at all*.

desperation to lower gas prices“.
Like maybe rescind the illegal cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline. 800,000 barrels/day on offer. Not that desperate. They do not care *at all*.
Like maybe restore the all the drilling and production permits which were illegally revoked on his first day in office. Not that desperate. They do not care *at all*.

Would Venezuela crude do us any good. Probably not. This crude is said to be very heavy and very sour. Is this a problem? Not for the US, Our refiners have the ability to handle the stuff. But, you have to customize your refining process to the crude feedstock. In this case that entails ripping up and replumbing a goodly chunk of the refinery. If you are going to go through all the trouble and expense of doing that, you need a few things lined up first. Straight up, you need a vendor who has the oil fields and drilling capacity deliver on contract month-on-month and year-on-year. Second your vendor needs to be in an environment of political stability such that they can deliver year-on-year without pulling the rug out from under you both while making a grab for the imagined “petrodollars”. Venezuela does *not* have what is needed for a viable oil contract.
Does the Biden administration care? No. They do not care. They do not care *at all*.

TonyL
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 7, 2022 8:32 pm

Eric Worrall #1:
given Biden’s desperation to lower gasoline pump prices in the USA.
Eric Worrall #2:
The are trying hard to be seen as caring about gasoline pump prices

desperation to lower gasoline pump prices —>>>”trying hard to be seen as caring about gasoline pump prices

“desperation to lower”—>>>”trying hard to be seen”
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!

#1) They do not care.
#2) They do not care *at all*.
#3) This is not about oil. They do not care about oil.

So if all this noise about oil deals is not about oil, what *might* it be about????
Interesting Question, for sure.

One might suggest that this is an opening move to restore the Obama Administration policy of shipping billions and billions of US dollars to the enemies of the US.
A grand faux oil deal would provide cover and a “fig leaf” of plausible deniability as sanctions are dropped, trade is opened and huge cash payments are made.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 8, 2022 11:05 am

Luckily in this case, the President in office will own this tar baby. [Pun intended.]

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  TonyL
March 7, 2022 8:19 pm

…and they are so worried about the Handmaid’s Tale while at the same time endorsing Mayor Pete’s baby as the new normal.

TonyL
Reply to  Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
March 7, 2022 9:24 pm

I am so confused.
Kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus…….
Class— Mammalia.
People are mammals. Mammals explicitly come in two sexes, known as male and female. There is no third sex, and not intermediate forms, barring the rare birth defects.It is the female, exclusively, which bears the young of the species. And this is not just people, this is true throughout the class. There are no exceptions.
Now let us not be churlish here. We congratulate Mayor Pete on the birth of his baby child, and wish all the best for him and his husband.

Nevertheless, questions remain.
Now I have known a few radical feminists in my day. And yes, they were radical, (self described “Rad Fems”, look out).
So the first question is:
Is a male having a baby Pro-feminist or Anti-feminist??????
The next question is just as puzzling.
Given the constraints of Class-Mammalia, given above:
Does anybody here at WUWT have any insight as to how Mayor Pete pulled off this seemingly miraculous feat???

Adrian Mann
Reply to  TonyL
March 8, 2022 6:01 pm

TonyL, I afraid you might have accidentally travelled to a parallel universe where a) this is important and b) somebody cares. Meanwhile, back in Mk. 1 Reality, nobody gives a flying f•ck.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Adrian Mann
March 9, 2022 4:28 am

Perhaps the father of the girl who was molested in a school bathroom by a “transgender” gives a flying f…

John Hultquist
March 7, 2022 7:36 pm

Read the list at the site below, and tell me the USA would be better off without Uncle Joe?
Order of Presidential Succession (presidentsusa.net)

This list might be true if a bomb took out a bunch at one time.
However, I think if just the president meets his maker, then Kamala
is installed and makes the choice for the Vice President to replace her.
That might not be anyone on the list.
Good grief.

John Hultquist
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 7, 2022 8:05 pm

That ruins my day!

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 7, 2022 8:22 pm

*shudder*…

H.R.
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 7, 2022 9:37 pm

Eric, my guess is the minute Cankles is sworn in as VP, Kamalalala will commit su!c!de in the Oval Office by hanging herself.

These things just seem to happen, don’t they?

Graemethecat
Reply to  H.R.
March 8, 2022 12:42 am

Nah, she’ll merely shoot herself in the back of the head. Several times to be sure.

H.R.
Reply to  Graemethecat
March 8, 2022 5:58 am

And then hang herself?

Max P
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 8, 2022 11:20 am

Followed, the very next day, by the untimely demise of Kamala in a slip and fall accident making Hillary the President.

Adrian Mann
Reply to  Eric Worrall
March 8, 2022 6:03 pm

Could be worse. Could be Trump.

Ye Gods…. imagine… Trumps as President in this situation! Code Brown!

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Adrian Mann
March 9, 2022 4:31 am

This situation did not exist when Trump was President. But that is no matter, we are where we are, same place as in the late 50’s and early 60’s just with different characters. So what has it all been for? Evil will always win when good men do nothing. Isn’t that right Neville?

Scissor
Reply to  John Hultquist
March 7, 2022 8:04 pm

That’s some list.

It’s easy for some people to believe in fantasy, so much so that they think solar panels and wind mills can provide dispatchable power. However, one person stands out, especially sideways. That gal considers what color lipstick to wear in a nuclear conflagration.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Scissor
March 7, 2022 8:25 pm

No interest in taking medical advice from a biological man who believes that wearing a dress makes him a women. However, I’m glad to see Dr. Okun has made a full recovery from his previous near-fatal encounter with the alien in Area 51.

DonM
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
March 8, 2022 11:05 am

not quite a full recovery;

his sedentary recovery period left him 70 lbs heavier, and aged him terribly.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Scissor
March 8, 2022 11:09 am

The ceremony attendees wore masks to hide their grins at the sheer idiocy displayed by an out-of-touch Administration.

Krudd Gillard of the Commondebt of Australia
Reply to  John Hultquist
March 7, 2022 8:21 pm

Is the non-binary guy who likes puppy play and is in charge of nuclear waste on that list?

ihfan
March 7, 2022 8:06 pm

Biden and his handlers only care about poll numbers and seats with (D) next to the name. They don’t care about citizens of the United States, Ukraine, Afghanistan, Mexico, or really any other country in the world.

They’ll sell out and stab in the back any country that makes them look bad, and likewise will make deals with any country (regardless of their human rights record) that makes them look good or helps the poll numbers.

Brandon Doesn’t Care.

Chris Hanley
March 7, 2022 9:54 pm

Kamala has exciting news:

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Chris Hanley
March 8, 2022 5:23 am

That’s one of Kamala’s dumber speeches.

Under the listing in the dictionary of “clueless”, a picture of Kamala Harris should be displayed.

stinkerp
March 7, 2022 11:21 pm

We have descended into farce. Did National Lampoon write this sitcom? Watch “Buffoons in the White House” on all major networks. You’ll laugh until you cry.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  stinkerp
March 8, 2022 5:24 am

Idiocracy.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 8, 2022 11:12 am

The movie is a template for the current Administration. Let’s Go Brandon!

Brad-DXT
March 8, 2022 12:24 am

Eric, I agree that if you give bad people an opportunity to make lots of money, they use that money to do bad things.
I believe the fix is in for the Biden clan to make lots of money. They are going to get a major payoff to screw the U.S. citizenry by dealing with the scum of the earth.
I believe the Clintons are going to get a piece since they started up their foundation again.

The leftists are very comfortable with rioters that loot and burn during protests but are scared of truckers that provide a valuable service to everybody. They might honk their horns occasionally but I haven’t heard of a report of them killing or maiming a cop.
We are living in Bizzaro World.

Peta of Newark
March 8, 2022 1:30 am

The significant headache (belly ache in reality) is in this:
Quote:”than Russia, one of the world’s largest oil exporters.

First, maybe Russia is an ‘oil exporter’ but ‘one of the largest’???
Second and the important bit, Russia is very effectively a truly massive food exporter.

Not because of any great truckloads of wheat, corn rice, beef or sushi – because of the gas it uses to make the nitrogen fertilisers it makes/exports – also the natural gas exports that go to make fertiliser elsewhere

THAT is going to be The Big Clanker in all of this.
You can burn corn or wheat in a furnace/fireplace or car’s engine, but, you cannot eat oil, coal or natural gas
And when the world’s 70-something days of food reserves start running out, we will discover that.

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Peta of Newark
March 8, 2022 2:56 am

a return to natural fertilisers and older crops that dont need the superhigh stuff might be good really.cattle were meant to eat GRASS not corn anyway

toorightmate
March 8, 2022 2:26 am

Buck Fiden – leader of Imbeciles Internatioal.

Rah
March 8, 2022 2:36 am

Biden Loves Despots and hates his own country’s citizens.

Peta of Newark
March 8, 2022 2:37 am

Bang on schedule and as a PS to my earlier comment, good ol’ Auntie B comes galloping with support.

Even I didn’t think that Russia/Ukraine amounted to 25% of World Wheat – Holy Cow!

BBC Headline:”Crisis is unleashing ‘hell on earth’ for food prices
here

Got any good ‘coal recipes’ anyone – hoping they don’t give me ‘gas’
But there again………….

ozspeaksup
Reply to  Peta of Newark
March 8, 2022 2:57 am

theyre omitting the massive buckwheat that russia produces and feeds eu and asia with as well

Tom in Florida
Reply to  ozspeaksup
March 9, 2022 4:33 am

Then let them eat rice.

Chakra
March 8, 2022 2:39 am

Taking Crude from Iran will also lead to taking Iran away from Russian influence.

ozspeaksup
March 8, 2022 2:41 am

rated a 4 cos of the view Russia started it
because USSA meddling into the mord2 deal and pushing your frakked gas is behind the sh*tfight
and this deal on the quiet elsewhere highlights bidets hypocrisy further

Dave Fair
Reply to  ozspeaksup
March 8, 2022 11:15 am

Oz, you need to adjust your meds.

guidoLaMoto
March 8, 2022 2:54 am

Consider our energy policy, our imigrtation policy, our economic policies, the people nominated recntly for important positios, our diplomatic efforts–Our executve branch is being ru by subversive, anti-American DeepState people.

“Each point, Watson, by itself is suggestive. Taken together, they represent certainty.” –Sherlock Holmes

Humility
March 8, 2022 3:02 am

And how does changing who gets rich from pumping oil help our environment?

Dean
March 8, 2022 3:40 am

“No word yet whether Hunter Biden will join the boards of any Iranian or Venezuelan oil companies.”

He was getting his CV and associated documents prepared but lost his laptop.

Tom in Florida
Reply to  Dean
March 9, 2022 4:34 am

He don’t need no stinkin’ CV

joe
March 8, 2022 4:06 am

i think it is time to computer model the decline if the USA.
because models are always right. right leftists?

Richard Page
Reply to  joe
March 9, 2022 5:36 am

No. It’ll just look like a hockey stick. Again.

Tom Abbott
March 8, 2022 5:03 am

From the article:

“Climate Obsessed Biden Administration”

I think that says it all.

Biden is obsessed with CO2. To the point that he will do anything to prevent fossil fuel development in the United States.

There’s no evidence CO2 is anything other than a benign gas, Joe. Leave it alone. Snap out of it!

George Daddis
Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 8, 2022 7:38 am

Joe, Kamala, Kerry act as if they believed that climate disaster in the US is just around the corner but it can be prevented in this country if we halted domestic CO2 emissions and fossil fuel production.

They seem to ignore emissions in countries like China or India and assume that oil from other countries imported at high cost has no impact.

They are willing to accept short term solutions to what they consider a short term problem (gasoline price) instead of a “permanent solution” that would exacerbate the dreaded “Climate Extinction” problem for the US.

ferdberple(@ferdberple)
March 8, 2022 5:13 am

A Tesla Powerwall to power a 1500 watt room heater for 24 hours costs $36,000 installed. A 1500 watt gas generator costs $300.

For the $35,700 difference in price you can buy 9000 gallons of gasoline. Enough to power the heater for 3000 days or 8 years. More than the lifetime of the lipo battery in the power wall.

ferdberple(@ferdberple)
March 8, 2022 5:24 am

You could buy a lot of Iranian oil in return for some nukes.

Tom Abbott
March 8, 2022 5:28 am

There is increasing pressure on the Biden administration to increase domestic production of fossil fuels. A lot of pressure is going to be applied because just about everyone sees the sense in doing so. Putin’s attack on Ukraine has opened a lot of eyes.

Let’s see if Biden gives in to the pressure. This will tell us how obsessed he is with Climate Change.

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H.R.
Reply to  Tom Abbott
March 8, 2022 6:42 am

Tom, Biden isn’t doing anything. Brandon is just a javelin catcher to take the flack for the GEBs**. He reads what he’s told to read and signs what he’s told to sign. In return he gets pudding or ice cream. The Brandon family is raking in the bucks in exchange for Brandon’s performance and their efforts to keep him going.

Any criticism or argument against the policies and agenda of this administration should read along the lines of “Biden’s GEB puppet masters are causing… XXX…”

In light of that, your wait-and-see would read more accurately as Let’s see if Biden’s puppet masters give in to the pressure.”

In my opinion, the GEBs want fuel prices to become unaffordable to the poor and middle class. It would be a fast train to creating powerless serfs of the broadest sector of Americans. So, increased domestic production isn’t in the cards.



**GEB: Globalist or Greedy or Government (bureaucrats and appointees) Evil Bastard. The ‘G’ depends on context, but it is sometimes all three at once.

There’s a bright side. Each of the billionaire GEBs believe they should be the one running the show. There will be an epic knife fight among them with many fatalities as each one tries to make sure they are the one who winds up at the top.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  H.R.
March 9, 2022 2:19 am

Whoever is running the U.S. government is running the country into the ground.

John Garrett
March 8, 2022 5:34 am

PREDICTION:

The sophists and propagandists of the Green Blob and the Brandon MalAdministration will now proceed to claim that skyrocketing worldwide hydrocarbon prices call for massive government-subsidized investment in more pinwheels and sunshine (i.e., unreliable, intermittent, expensive, subsidized wind and solar electricity generation).

Last edited 2 months ago by John Garrett
Tom Abbott
Reply to  John Garrett
March 8, 2022 4:11 pm

Biden said today that Green Energy (windmills and solar) and Electric cars would get us out of this problem with high gasoline prices.

David Elstrom
March 8, 2022 6:10 am

Prez Dimwit and his handlers sucking up to Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Venezuela for oil—one questionable regime and two odious ones. It was beneath Democrat Marxists to approach Mexico and Canada, and especially to loosen their stranglehold on US energy. Jobs for everywhere EXCEPT America is evidence that Democrats have no desire or intention to run a government representative of or beneficial to the people. Better to finance fellow Marxists and jihadi terrorists—and the “rubes,” the “bitter clingers,” and the “Deplorables” can go screw themselves.

DaveinCalgary
March 8, 2022 8:05 am

As one of your nice Canadian neighbors to the north, who has worked in oil and gas and benefitted from our fair labor laws and strict environmental laws, It hard not to take this personally when America would rather get its energy from lawless tyrannies than your friends to the north.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  DaveinCalgary
March 8, 2022 11:39 am

I thought that was by agreement with “the kid”.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  DaveinCalgary
March 8, 2022 4:13 pm

It’s not America, it’s Joe Biden. There’s a difference.

ResourceGuy
March 8, 2022 11:27 am

Too late, Putin has blocked all the policy roads including some recent attacks on Libyan oil fields. Sleepy is a day late and trillion dollars short.

ResourceGuy
March 8, 2022 11:29 am

Putin is banking on coordinated chaos in other arenas with NK, Iran, and China stepping up their chaos plays in Asia and the Middle East simultaneously. Sleepy will retreat to Delaware.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  ResourceGuy
March 9, 2022 2:22 am

Sleepy has already retreated to Deleware. Appeasers retreat at the first opportunity. Joe Biden is an appeaser of dictators.

Gunga Din
March 8, 2022 2:40 pm

So … burning US fossil fuels is evil because of the nonexistent-ial threat of CAGW.
But burning foreign fossil fuels is NOT evil because … (Psicki? I need some help here.)

Olen
March 8, 2022 3:57 pm

While the country is being regulated down the tubes it is astonishing, in a bad way, 30% still like this guy. Even more that the states having the power to correct the problem, don’t.

H.R.
Reply to  Olen
March 8, 2022 6:10 pm

Olen: “[..] it is astonishing, in a bad way, 30% still like this guy.


a) Polls are used to shape opinion, not reflect opinion. Polls lie to support the desired narrative.

2) In light of ‘a’, there exists a certain percentage of brainwashed useful idiot sheeple who will support the dude or party that promises inclusion and safety.

I’ve heard that #2 is around 25%, so a boost to 30% by the bought-and-paid-for pollsters is a reasonable boost. The poor pollsters can’t stretch that any further.

Tom Abbott
Reply to  H.R.
March 9, 2022 2:24 am

Good point. Joe’s bad poll numbers are probably worse than reported.

John Boland
March 8, 2022 4:53 pm

I don’t care if Satan himself starts drilling, I’ll take it. But that would never happen, because more oil means less human suffering and that is not on his agenda.

Jim
March 10, 2022 7:37 am

Biden and his entire administration is beholding to the deep (DARK) state.

gowest
March 10, 2022 2:36 pm

We all knew Anti-Frackers were paranoid obsessives, now the Anti-Fracker Biden white house has shown the true peril of their paranoia. Mind you they have no problem with polluting our water supplies with Genetically modified spike proteins manufactured by big Pharma.

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