The Democrats’ Energy Disaster

From NOT A LOT OF PEOPLE KNOW THAT

By Paul Homewood

The New York Sun exposes the inherent contradictions in Biden’s green agenda:

Biden demands energy companies invest tens of billions more in new drilling infrastructure, when everyone knows that tomorrow, when prices recede, Democrats are going to go right back to passing laws and regulations that undercut their business.


Democrats have spent decades warning that the United States must stop using the most efficient and affordable energy sources or it will be consumed by heat waves, fireballs and cataclysmic weather events.
Every flood, every hurricane — every natural event, really — is now blamed on climate change. We have burdened our children with an irrational dread over their future. Then again, many in The Cult of Malthus won’t even have children.
So, why, if we’re on the precipice of this apocalypse, if saving the planet trumps every other concern, is President Biden begging everyone to drill?
On the days Democrats aren’t blaming Vladimir Putin for rising gas prices (a cost the president not long ago argued was worth paying for “freedom”), they’re blaming oil companies for profiteering.
Wednesday, as the national average hit $5.014 (nearly $2 higher than last year), Mr. Biden sent letters to refining companies threatening to once again abuse his executive powers if they do not immediately alleviate high prices — a political appeal to the imaginary “greedflation.”
Mr. Biden, who promised a 100 percent “clean-energy economy” with “net-zero emissions” in a couple of decades, now demands energy companies, already at utilization rates above 90 percent, invest tens of billions more in new drilling infrastructure, when everyone knows that tomorrow, when prices recede, Democrats are going to go right back to passing laws and regulations that undercut their business.
Today, Democrats demand CEOs spend more; tomorrow, they will promise to “hold oil executives accountable” and drag them in front of congressional committees where they will be scolded by economically illiterate windbags.
That future is baked into today’s price. Because Democrats’ energy policy is a schizophrenic mess, oscillating from puerile to pernicious. You can’t spend decades working to undercut production and campaign on the promise of destroying an industry and then demand it turn on a dime when it’s politically convenient.
Democrats will argue that this is a unique emergency as prices have spiked to historic highs. Guess what? Energy prices will always be at historic highs when you create shortages, which is exactly what progressives have been advocating we do for years.
Virtually every left-wing energy proposal in the past two decades, if not longer, has been designed to create false scarcity, either through fabricated marketplaces and stringent regulations or by putting caps on production. This is what they wanted.
“No more drilling on federal lands,” Mr. Biden promised during the 2020 presidential campaign. “No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period, ends, number one.” Not number two. Number one. “No more — no new fracking,” the president also said. Blue states across the country have either banned fracking or are in the process of banning fracking projects.
And, on the first day of his presidency, Mr. Biden rejoined the Paris Agreement — an accord he is now working hard to break — revoking permits for Keystone XL, a 1,700-mile pipeline that was going to carry approximately 800,000 barrels of oil a day into the United States (also baked into the price).
Mr. Biden signed a slew of executive orders prioritizing climate change over energy production, halting oil and natural gas leases on all public lands. When a court blocked him, the Biden administration appealed the decision, even as indications of an energy spike were clear.
Rather than threatening price controls, the president should just rescind all his executive orders.
Of course, until some new technology is devised, implementing any policy that resembles the Green New Deal — the plan Biden says is the “framework” for his own efforts on “environmental justice” — would hold approximately the same economic consequences as having coronavirus economic shutdowns for 30 years straight.
That’s merely if we followed the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change recommendations on carbon emissions. Last year, with inflation already looming, Mr. Biden preached that it was a “moral imperative” to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent from 2005 levels by 2030 and 100 percent by 2050. That’s a policy that will have us fondly reminiscing about $5.00 a gallon.
Energy policy can’t be capriciously implemented and then abandoned every time the Democrats’ poll numbers flail. This is just a little taste of the Green New Deal. There is no sentient being that could accept the notion that Democrats are the party that is in favor of abundant fossil fuels. Hopefully, the price — even in small measure — for their green policies is so politically severe that they will moderate. Because we all have unattainable dreams.

https://www.nysun.com/article/the-democrats-energy-disaster?mc_cid=ba014b4410&mc_eid=4961da7cb1

Many of us can see no way out of the Net Zero madness.

I am less pessimistic. I believe it will founder on the refusal of the USA finally to follow suit.

Unlike the UK, the policy is not slavishly embraced by all parties. The GOP, despite the likes of Mitt Romney being a bit wet, are strongly against abandoning fossil fuels,regardless of any expansion of renewable energy. Furthermore, the checks and balances in the Constitution make it very difficult for the Democrats alone to force through their plans.

And after their inevitable shellacking at the mid-terms in November, climate policies will be at a dead end for years to come. The current energy crisis has served to act as a warning to the American public of what Biden’s Green New Deal has in store for them.

If the US refuses to commit carbon hari-kari, it is unlikely the rest of the world will. It only remains to be seen how much longer the UK and EU will stay the course.

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David Elstrom
June 19, 2022 6:17 am

Democrats are leftists. As such, they believe the end justifies the means—a criminal mentality. It is futile to look for consistency from any “ends justify the means” believer.

Scissor
Reply to  David Elstrom
June 19, 2022 6:30 am

WWIII might even be in their plans. They’re idiots.

b13martin
Reply to  Scissor
June 19, 2022 7:53 am

WW3 would be a godsend to the political classes who have completely painted themselves into a corner with their insane “climate policies”. There is no other way out for them

Dave Fair
Reply to  b13martin
June 19, 2022 8:28 am

Martin, I don’t think you understand what WWI did to the political classes. Whole empires were obliterated and Communism was enabled.

While I have no idea how a WWIII would develop, with modern weapons only the people able to live a marginal existence could be expected to survive. And that sure the hell doesn’t include the current political leaches.

Philip
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 19, 2022 8:54 am

In feudal times, do you think that the aristocrats lived a marginal life? No, they used their armies to prey on those marginal worker classes. The current scum would do likewise. After letting 70% or so of the peasant classes die of starvation, of course. It only takes around 10 peasants to keep an aristocrat in comfort. More than that and they get ideas above their station.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Philip
June 19, 2022 9:19 am

Phillip, you appear to be assuming the current crop of political leaches have the leadership qualities of feudal lords. Such skills are developed over centuries of domination in specific, stable agricultural societies.

Editor
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 19, 2022 2:21 pm

Sorry Dave Fair, but I have to disagree (a bit) with your “Such skills are developed over centuries”. In today’s advanced societies, it takes years of education and training to perform any useful role such as doctor, nurse, engineer, accountant, etc, with one notable exception: dictator. A dictator can take over the running of an entire country, and sometimes takes over neighbouring countries too, and they can do it with absolutely no training whatsoever. They simply have built into them the understanding of how to bend others to their will and to eliminate those who don’t, including those who might not. ie, they simply know how to take power and to retain it.

Yes, feudal lords might hold their power for a long time, but they ride on the coattails of the dictators who set them up, and can be replaced instantly by others if a new dictator takes over (eg, replacement of saxon feudal lords by norman feudal lords in England after William took over in 1066). The current CCP are riding on the coattails of Mao, who knew how to take and retain power while imposing extreme poverty on the Chinese people. Tanzania for example is only slowly ridding itself of the similar regime set up by Nyerere nearly 40 years ago – a regime that similarly brought extreme poverty to Tanzanians. And over time around the world there’s a long list of similarly disastrous dictators, none of whom needed training, they just knew from the start how to achieve their aims.

Drake
Reply to  Mike Jonas
June 19, 2022 5:26 pm

Very well said. Thank you.

I read Dave’s comment a while ago and just came back to comment because at the time I could not think of a way to refute his assertion.

You took care of that.

curly
Reply to  Mike Jonas
June 19, 2022 8:39 pm

Mike J,

While I agree with the sentiment that skilled professionals like doctors, nurses, engineers, accountants, etc., to take a long time to develop and continue, they are more and more employees of MBAs, marketeers and others in the professional “management class”. It’s paraphrasing others, but “those who can’t do, manage.”. Maybe just me, but there seems to be a need to control others in the managerial class.

For one example, doctors, the trend in the US (almost complete) is away from independent private practice, and toward doctors being just employees of large corporate hospitals, where they toe the admins’ party line or get disciplined to the point of losing their medical license. No doubt you’ve seen the growth curves comparing productive members of the medical business (doctor, nurse, etc.) to the administrative staff. An eye opener for me was my personal primary care doc (anecdotal I know), sold his private practice to one of the two local mega hospital systems. In a visit prior to selling out and becoming an employee, his advice to me on the covid jabs was that “he would not be the first or the last to get jabbed. He might consider getting jabbed after Fauci provably did”. Slightly more than a year later, as a hospital employee, he avoided the conversation. He’s been my doc for 20+ years, and we’ve grown to know each other. I made the mistake of mentioning his advice to one of the young, new pharmacist hostpital employees who reacted with essentially “you must get vaccinated, Dr. xxx must be vaccinated by now, it’s company policy”.

And the US Army Corps of Engineers are still responsible for flood control, particularly the Missouri and Mississippi river basins. The priority used to be avoiding flooding, Ten or maybe even twenty years ago, a much larger priority became “natural rivers”, and resulting flooding of historical river flood plains.

Should be no need to mention the accounting fraud from some of the former “Big 5” firms.

So, while I agree that the professions you mention (notice you didn’t mention attorneys) take time and effort to learn, too many have become apparatchiks, and in some cases part of the new American and global nomenklatura.

“Lose your job if you don’t…”, or “Lose your license if you don’t …” or “‘earn’ this huge bonus if you do this… (Fauci, Collins, Birx you there?)”

It’s tempting to hope that the oil majors and supporting business, just “Go Gault”, and let the US and the world see what an all renewable/unreliable world looks like. Even Germany seems to be reversing course, at least temporarily. As reported on WUWT and elsewhere, India are reemphasizing coal and Russia holds a lot of natural resource cards, as some of the Euros are learning the hard way. BoJo the clown seems to have reversed England’s fossil fuel supply plans. Time will tell. No need to document the Obiden admin’s plans toward fossil fuels, both obama and biden compaigned on driving up costs or driving them out of biz. And Biden followed through starting on day one, also documented on WUWT and elsewhere. And the plans are “working”.

Curious what becomes of Biden’s knee pads and bib trip to the Middle East to encourage the Saudis to produce more.

Going to be an interesting winter.

Still watching US crops in the new world of expensive, unaffordable, and reduced availability of fertilizers from petro-chemical feedstocks.

Over the last couple years, oil&gas funds and ETFs and other natural resource funds and ETFs have done quite nicely. A little less for general commoditity funds and ETFs.

Should be a fun year. Especially when the peasants get cold and hungry.

Much longer than I planned, apologies.

Gene
Reply to  Philip
June 20, 2022 10:51 am

reply to Philip

And just where would the current “aristocrats” go to survive a nuclear winter in today’s world?

.KcTaz
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 19, 2022 9:37 pm

Many of the wealthy political leaches and the billionaires have built underground bunkers to run to in the event of a nuclear war or other disasters. New Zealand is one popular place for these.
They think they will survive, though, I don’t know what good their money will do them in the event of a nuclear war or calamity that would destroy most of earth. I presume they have some plan, though, it may not work out as they think it will.

George Daddis
Reply to  David Elstrom
June 19, 2022 7:26 am

Even if the “ends” are not achievable.
Aye, there’s the rub!

Reply to  David Elstrom
June 19, 2022 7:42 am

Historically, it’s been the Marxist left that believes the ends justifies the means which for their otherwise unjustifiable agenda of equal outcomes requires oppressing top achievers to keep them from getting better outcomes then the ruling elite and their proletariat minions. The Marxists takeover of the Democratic party happened slowly over decades until the Obama administration, when it accelerated as the swamp was populated with radicals and the Democratic party succumbed to the unrealizable fantasy of a Marxist utopia.

Reply to  co2isnotevil
June 19, 2022 9:15 am

They still treat us as their slaves. The Civil War will be replaced by an endless repetition of Juneteenth. Lincoln will never be mentioned.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  Curious George
June 19, 2022 10:28 am

The demoncrats now treat all of us as slaves so there is some equalization going on.

MarkW
Reply to  Brad-DXT
June 19, 2022 11:53 am

When somebody uses force, or the threat of force, to appropriate the results of your labor, you are a slave.

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Brad-DXT
Reply to  MarkW
June 19, 2022 9:33 pm

Since the demoncrats treat us all like slaves, regardless of color, they think they have created equality. Isn’t that great?

Reply to  MarkW
June 20, 2022 8:19 am

Or when a law is past saying you have a right to something that some else must provide.

Drake
Reply to  co2isnotevil
June 19, 2022 11:16 am

The start of the swamp being populated intentionally by radicals started in the Clinton administration when Hillary was put in charge of staffing the DOJ.

The results of Bush’s failure to clean house was apparent when the Russia hoax was perpetuated by lifer DOJ officials either brought on by Hillary OR brought on by those brought in be Hillary.

The DOJ/FBI must be eliminated, recreated and re-staffed by patriots, not leftists.

The first division, an equal rights division, that sues the NBA, NFL, etc. for employing much too few whites, Asians and Hispanics. That will serve them right for their leftist behavior over the last 5 years (NFL) and their sucking up to China (NBA).
Also, have you seen MOST of the current TV adds, far more ‘people of color” than as a percentage of the US population. Sue all the leftist advertising companies and the corporations who hire them for their blatant discrimination. And don’t forget the Hamilton producers, their add for employment specifically mentioned only those “of color” need apply.

6CA7
Reply to  Drake
June 19, 2022 12:45 pm

“The DOJ/FBI must be eliminated, recreated and re-staffed by patriots, not leftists.”

It’s axiomatic that government employees and employees of government contractors will lean left because of who signs their checks. This is why Obama greatly expanded the bureaucracies and raised their wages. Dependance on government has long been central to leftist strategy. It’s a wicked problem.

It used to be that the populations of NoVA and Maryland had turn over with political turn over. But the government class is now institutional.

Gunga Din
Reply to  6CA7
June 19, 2022 2:58 pm

It’s also who hired them and what “off-the books” screening process was in place.
Of course, now with “Diversity and Inclusion” the screening process doesn’t have to be so “off-the books” anymore. Or what it takes to fire someone if they are not PC.

Drake
Reply to  6CA7
June 19, 2022 5:55 pm

The DC problem needs to be fixed. Remove any and all residential properties from DC and return all residential parcels to VA and MD thus eliminating the juries that convicted Scooter Libby and found Sussman “innocent” among other travesties of justice.

It might be appropriate to make a NEW DC in some heavily conservative region and keep all agency offices distributed around the country, each in a conservative area so that there would not be juries selected from a 96% Democrat populous. Somewhere in Kansas cow country, where the stench would fit the “work” done there. With “remote” working, no need for anyone to be there except the actual elected officials which, under Republican control, will have to show up to vote, unlike the House now under Pelosi.

Finally specify a 90% plus republican locality for the adjudication of any and all government related crimes, past or future. Include a clause in the law stating that any judge who obstructs such law would be guilty of a felony with a minimum sentence of 20 years, such trial to be in the specified locality.

John Adams
Reply to  Drake
June 19, 2022 1:03 pm

Don’t forget POS (People of Size) now over represented.

Streetcred
Reply to  Drake
June 19, 2022 10:53 pm

“Also, have you seen MOST of the current TV adds, far more ‘people of color” than as a percentage of the US population.”

Funny that, I just commented to my wife the other night how all ads on TV in Australia have mostly ‘people of colour’, and also feature a lot more inter-racial partners / families. Strange that because we have such a small population of ‘people of colour’ in the country, probably less than 10%.

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Slowroll
Reply to  David Elstrom
June 19, 2022 8:54 am

Well, the democrat party IS a criminal organization masquerading as a political party

Tom Abbott
Reply to  Slowroll
June 19, 2022 6:27 pm

Yes, they are, along with their co-conspirators the Leftwing Media, who are masquerading as news organizations.

Carlo, Monte
June 19, 2022 6:23 am

This is another indication that the Dumbo-crats are in panic mode.

fretslider
June 19, 2022 6:27 am

If anything – to myself at least – epitomises the direction of economic travel in the US, it is the image of President Biden on his bicycle braking to stop by the gathered throng of reporters and then promptly falling over.

You simply cannot make this stuff up.

Scissor
Reply to  fretslider
June 19, 2022 6:41 am

He spied a little girl and this contributed to his fall.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  Scissor
June 19, 2022 10:29 am

Did she stroke the hair on his legs?

Rich Davis
Reply to  Scissor
June 19, 2022 10:33 am

It’s so delicious.

Dementia Zhou doesn’t hop on a bike and “happen upon” some supporters.

Obviously it was staged and supposed to be a photo op designed to show that he’s vigorous and healthy. What could possibly be a more frustrating and futile job than trying to make Brandon look good?

His foot “got stuck”, uh huh. And when he fell down three times going up the steps to Air Force One, what got stuck there?

Scissor
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 19, 2022 10:54 am

Joe’s days are numbered but probably still too many.

Drake
Reply to  Scissor
June 19, 2022 11:33 am

If the Republicans take back the House and Senate, Joe WILL RESIGN before the new year so that the Cackle can appoint a VP that will be confirmed by the Democrat Senate. The Dems will somehow get the Cackle to be the 51st vote to confirm her replacement if one or more of the retiring RINO republicans don’t assist them, but I don’t know how they will swing it.

If he were to die as President after the new congress is installed, the Republicans would NOT confirm any VP selection since the Speaker of the House, a Republican, would be next in line to the Presidency. Holding up the confirmation worked to keep the extreme leftist (as shown by his actions as US AG) Garland out of the SCOTUS.

You heard it here first.

DonK31
Reply to  Drake
June 19, 2022 4:35 pm

Disagree. If Biden resigns before Jan 21, then ,la becomes President. Because she will have served more than half of Biden’s term, she would be allowed to run for only 1 term for herself. [22nd Amendment]

While it is a delusion that she could get enough people to vote for her, she has shown herself to be delusional and probably believes that she could win 2 terms herself. Becoming President before Jan 21 kills that possibility.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Drake
June 19, 2022 5:10 pm

Never gonna happen. You really think that Mittens, Murky, Collins, or Sasse would be on board with that ploy?

Plus it would not play well politically with independents and RINOs (not to mention Dems) if Republicans “refused to follow the Constitution” which would be the obvious propaganda talking point. So probably a lot more would be wary.

And for what benefit? There’s no prospect of impeaching and removing Cackles. So how long before the fair and balanced MSM would be accusing Republicans of plotting an assassination?

DonK31 is also correct that Dementia Zhou will not be told to resign to spend more time with his family until after the point where Cackles could still run in 2028.

I reckon around the end of January before the juicy investigations have time to ramp up. They will want to either have her get traction or be done with her for 2024.

Drake
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 19, 2022 6:06 pm

IF the “Red Wave” develops and Republicans pick up 5 Senate seats, and Brandon does not resign before the new congress is seated, if something then happens to Brandon, the nominee would never reach committee, much less the floor for the mentioned RINOs to approve. Mitch showed he had the Balls when he kept the “Garland” seat open on the very slim chance that Hilbillery would lose to TRUMP! I think he could do what Harry Reid did, tell the Cackle to come to him and they can discuss who might be acceptable for her to nominate. Play HARD BALL all the way.

Besides, the Cackle is a throw away and no one in the Democrat party would care that it could not serve a second term and probably would be very sorry she served at all after the 2024 election.

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DonK31
Reply to  Drake
June 19, 2022 6:05 pm

Furthermore: The second that ,la takes the office of President the Democrats lose their majority in the Senate. ,la is no longer there to break the tie. Assuming that all Senators are present and voting, the vote for who is going to break all ties will end up 50-50, not a majority.

Of course this all changes on Jan 3 so for Drake’s scenario to work the whole process must be completed before then. After then it will be virtually impossible to get a majority vote for ,la’s choice in the House.

Rich Davis
Reply to  DonK31
June 20, 2022 5:44 pm

I very much doubt that either the House or Senate would refuse to confirm a Vice President nominated by Harris under the 25th Amendment, except under very extraordinary conditions. Most of the public would consider it an illegitimate hyper-partisan and macabre ploy. (Anticipating her death).

Now I wouldn’t rule out blocking a hyper-divisive and manifestly unqualified nominee like AOC, but if she picked someone who has been a candidate in the past, or a big state governor, most of them would be difficult to reject without backlash.

As I already said, what would be the payoff in the best case scenario compared to likely negative consequences in 2024?

You can’t impeach her even if you have cause, because we won’t be picking up 18 Senate seats.

If she dies somehow, it’s hard to imagine how that wouldn’t rile the Dems base. You’d hold the Presidency for a few months, probably having every cabinet secretary filibustered and it would be so much chaos that every soccer mom would vote Dem again.

Realistically she would nominate someone who makes her 2024 ticket more attractive, so it’s unlikely that the nominee would credibly be called unqualified.

Drake
Reply to  Rich Davis
June 20, 2022 9:05 pm

No more filibuster for nominees at any level now. Harry Reid saw to administrative and judicial nominees less the SCOTUS, and Mitch completed it with the SCOTUS. Any party that has both the Senate and presidency gets their nominees.

If A Republican president is seated in 2024 with a republican Senate, I would hope they would propose a complete slate of all nominees at the inauguration and demand they all be approved together in one vote, no hearings, no BS, no for lifers to corrupt the new presidency as happened to TRUMP!

Why? Because only a very few really corrupt and extreme Brandon nominees have been rejected by the Dem Senate. MANY really extreme appointments, including the SCOTUS (would not define a woman?) pick have been approved.

Dave Fair
Reply to  fretslider
June 19, 2022 8:33 am

Enduring symbolism is not planned by political handlers. This one will endure as does Brandon’s airplane steps stumble. Fair or not (athlete President Ford’s stumbles) symbolism endures.

Drake
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 19, 2022 11:35 am

I love the pictures of very tall Ford bumping his head on AF 1 door, with the leftist media, YES THEY WERE< EVEN THEN, not mentioning how tall he was.

Derg
Reply to  fretslider
June 19, 2022 9:24 am

I have a hard time believing he can ride a bicycle anymore since he can barely figure out how to get off a stage.

Was that really Biden?

Dave Fair
Reply to  Derg
June 19, 2022 12:20 pm

No, it was the ghost he was shaking hands with.

Old Man Winter
Reply to  fretslider
June 19, 2022 9:34 am

E-Z as …

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Ed Zuiderwijk
Reply to  fretslider
June 19, 2022 11:14 am

You got this all wrong. He stood up and said ‘see how welcoming this country is. Even the ground rises up to greet me’.

otsar
Reply to  fretslider
June 19, 2022 11:29 am

He forgot to twist his foot to disconnect his shoe form the pedal.

Dave Fair
Reply to  otsar
June 19, 2022 12:24 pm

If that’s the case, old farts shouldn’t do photo ops on racing bikes. No way in hell does he add power by lifting one foot while pushing down on the other.

Greeboz6
Reply to  otsar
June 20, 2022 11:32 am

It had chewing gum stuck on it from when his foot was in his mouth.

Frank from NoVA
June 19, 2022 6:40 am

‘Virtually every left-wing energy proposal in the past two decades, if not longer, has been designed to create false scarcity, either through fabricated marketplaces and stringent regulations or by putting caps on production. This is what they wanted.’

It’s not just energy, and the struggle between the ‘State’, which produces no resources, and the ‘People’, which produces all resources, for control of those resources, has been going on forever.

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Jamaica
June 19, 2022 6:42 am

Mitt? Mitt is a nobody. The Turtle and Lunz’s roo mate are all in. The GOPe works the carnival crowd.

Bruce
Reply to  Jamaica
June 19, 2022 7:15 am

Mitt is or was heavily involved with Bains Capital. Bains C at one point had a 51% stake in BRP, the company that makes ski-doos and sea-doos. You know, those recreational vehicles that run on pixie dust and unicorn farts.

H.R.
Reply to  Jamaica
June 19, 2022 7:35 am

It’s the Uniparty; two wings on the same bird. We’ve had the illusion of choice for many years. But once you’ve seen the strings on the D.C. puppets, you can’t unsee them.

D.C. is completely corrupt, full stop. Our representatives represent only themselves. That’s the truth of the matter. Given that, there are not many options for solving that problem.

Dave Fair
Reply to  H.R.
June 19, 2022 8:35 am

Yep, you can’t force-educate a populace.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Jamaica
June 19, 2022 8:34 am

Obtuse blathering to the limit.

Doonman
Reply to  Jamaica
June 19, 2022 8:45 am

MItt is a Mormon. That makes him a somebody in Utah as long as he wears his sacred underwear and donates his 10%.

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Doonman
June 19, 2022 10:18 am

It is how he was able to carpet-bag as a “Republican” from New England.

Reply to  Jamaica
June 19, 2022 2:12 pm

Mitten couldn’t even make an adequate showing in the state in which he was supposedly the gubna! He and the other lifers take their orders from the Fed Reserve, China, the Pentagon, and the corporate lobby – likely in that order.

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AWG
June 19, 2022 6:43 am

Today, Democrats demand CEOs spend more; tomorrow, they will promise to “hold oil executives accountable” and drag them in front of congressional committees where they will be scolded by economically illiterate windbags.

Further evidence that Democrats are fully incompatible with a Constitutional Republic and Free Markets. Note the presupposition here: That CEOs can operate as totalitarians within their organization yet subject to the demands of Democrats. In other words, Democrats can order CEOs to do things that can destroy a company, and CEOs have the power within the organization to do exactly as they are ordered by The Party.

That is straight up Communism as an ideology that they assume is the Normal Way of Things. In reality, the CEO often operates under the pleasure of the Board of Directors and the stockholders. If a CEO engages in some rogue action that demonstrably and knowingly destroys market value of the company, the C Suite can be sued by the shareholders.

In the meantime, if the CEO declares, and the investment class believes, that the CEO desires and is able to take the company into a direction that is destructive of share value, then short sellers in the Market will have a field day. And by short-sellers I’m talking about the politically connected hedge funds who told their bought and paid for Congresscritters to demand the CEO destroy the company – or else.

The Sociopath Branch of The Party has no problems watching the world burn. They burn down their own country and now demand and expect multi-national corporations to do likewise – all for evil and corrupt reasons.

I’m pretty sure that this whole theater of the absurd is yet another grift to leverage FUD into more campaign donations.

MarkW
Reply to  AWG
June 19, 2022 7:07 am

Hollywood actor tells people to STFU about high prices if they believe in capitalism.

https://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/breaking-bad-actor-americans-should-stfu-gas-prices-love-capitalism

Shortages caused by government action are apparently part of “capitalism”.
Once again, the left declares that anything short of pure communism, is some form of capitalism.

Streetcred
Reply to  MarkW
June 19, 2022 11:07 pm

Being a Hollyweed dumbocrat, Dean would recognize capitalism if it got up and slapped him in the face. Maybe if the interventionista socialist government had not interfered in the market there would not be this problem today and it would not have been exported to the rest of the world (excluding the EU, they’re very adept at creating their own problems from nothing).

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Tom Halla
Reply to  AWG
June 19, 2022 7:07 am

Oh, it is socialism, but not Marxism. The current Democratic policies are closer to Italian Fascism or the NSDAP, of having purportedly private businesses “regulated” so heavily they are effectively branches of the State.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Tom Halla
June 19, 2022 8:36 am

Fascism is just the first rung on the ladder of Marxism. It’s implementation facilitates the movement to Socialism where government actually nationalizes all business and capital – state ownership of everything, including your life.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  Tim Gorman
June 19, 2022 10:36 am

Just wait for the birth certificates that have an expiration date.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Brad-DXT
June 19, 2022 12:27 pm

Old sci-fi predicting the future.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 19, 2022 9:37 pm

I just happen to be an old Sci-Fi reader, in more ways than one.

HotScot
June 19, 2022 6:49 am

If the US refuses to commit carbon hari-kari, it is unlikely the rest of the world will. It only remains to be seen how much longer the UK and EU will stay the course.

I think the UK and EU populations are waking up to the futility of NetZero, and there is considerable push back from within the Conservative party in the UK as well.

Biden has blown the whole thing with his determination to leave the world a lasting legacy. He will, but it won’t be the one he imagines it will be. He knew from day one his term in office was limited, at best to four years, so fooled himself into believing all of America would fall into line because he claimed he would save the planet.

Boris is much the same only he had the time and the political majority to ram through his objectives. But its not been the easy ride he expected because of internal resistance and Biden’s hob nailed boots turning the worlds energy markets on their heads.

It seems that in 5 months time Biden will be stopped in his tracks by the mid terms when, election fraud allowing, Republicans dominate American politics. At which point Biden will be Hog Tied. The best thing Republicans can do then is let the old fool continue to trash the country until 2024 when Republicans will surely dominate politics for the next 50 years. No one will forget this particular Presidency and the damage it’s caused before then.

fretslider
Reply to  HotScot
June 19, 2022 6:54 am

“considerable push back from within the Conservative party”

I don’t see that, at least Steve Baker and one or two others is no different from other recent failed Conservative push backs.

Candidates can always be de-selected if they are problematic in any way…

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George Daddis
Reply to  HotScot
June 19, 2022 7:32 am

Some one (Dr. Jill?) convinced Slo Joe he could surpass FDR as the Progressive icon if he passed everything on activists’ wish lists.
His cognitive dissonance prevents him from understanding the actual impacts of his decisions.

Derg
Reply to  George Daddis
June 19, 2022 8:11 am

He is a figurehead.

Dave Fair
Reply to  George Daddis
June 19, 2022 8:44 am

Very true, George. Nothing lasting is ever achieved by arbitrary, politically motivated Executive action. True damage, however, is achieved by introducing uncertainty in normal business decisionmaking. Feckless (and lawless) governmental decisionmaking ruins free markets.

Rich Davis
Reply to  George Daddis
June 19, 2022 2:40 pm

Dissonance?
I think you mean disorder.

Streetcred
Reply to  George Daddis
June 19, 2022 11:11 pm

I wouldn’t term it “cognitive dissonance”, George, more like cognitive impairment.

Wade
Reply to  HotScot
June 19, 2022 7:35 am

“The best thing Republicans can do then is let the old fool continue to trash the country until 2024 when Republicans will surely dominate politics for the next 50 years.”

That won’t happen.
(1) The republicans are just as crooked and corrupt as the democrats. People called them the uniparty for a reason. While the republicans will change some things, since they are also crooked and corrupt, they will quickly make people angry, which will cause people to vote democrat.

(1a) Republicans are politicians. And as a politician, they certainly don’t care about us. But you can be absolutely certain they care about themselves. What this means is that politicians only care about winning the election. Important things that don’t win elections will never be addressed.

(2) The media literally worships the democrats. Therefore, they will slander and defame the republicans 48 hours a day, 8 days a week. That is right, they will find time to make their gods look better while making their enemies look bad. Relentless propaganda will work against some. (I am dead serious when I say worship. The party is their god. Communism bans religion because it will suffer no rival for devotion.)

(3) Criminals usually don’t stop when they get by with a crime; in fact, usually they escalate. Democrat followers got by with a crime in 2020. They will try again in 2022 and 2024. And since the media worships the democrats, there will be no large scale media operation to call out the crime.

(4) People have short memories. They will quickly forget about all the damage purposefully done.

(5) Young people who were brainwashed by their leftist teachers will reach voting age. These people would vote for a leftist democrat even as the same person is repeatedly kicking them hard in the groin. To go along with this, many people also worship the democrats — just like many people worship Donald Trump and Barak Obama. In 2020, I asked people to name 3 things their favorite politician did to make their life better. Not one person could even name a single thing. But I guarantee they still voted for the very person who they admitted has done nothing for them. No matter how bad they are treated, no matter how bad their party makes things, some people will still gladly vote for the same people who made their life worse.

Scissor
Reply to  Wade
June 19, 2022 8:02 am

The lesser of two evils is still the lesser of two evils.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Scissor
June 19, 2022 8:47 am

Evil is in the eye of the beholder.

Doonman
Reply to  Wade
June 19, 2022 8:49 am

Remember, those who want to lower your standard of living are not your friends.

Scissor
Reply to  HotScot
June 19, 2022 7:48 am

In the meantime, he’s begun poking the bear from Lithuania too. WTF?

otsar
Reply to  Scissor
June 19, 2022 11:31 am

Poking the bear will eventually make it wake up in a bad mood.

Dave Fair
Reply to  Scissor
June 19, 2022 12:48 pm

I guess I’m too slow to get the Lithuania reference. Of course, my family laughed at me until I picked up on what “bling” meant. LOL was one of those early hurdles for somebody growing up in the age of literacy. No way in hell do I understand all the new acronyms used in modern discourse. God will have the last laugh when today’s hipsters can’t understand what their children are saying. Plus ça change.

Rich Davis
Reply to  Scissor
June 19, 2022 2:42 pm

Free Königsberg!

Doug B
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 19, 2022 2:54 pm

So far the Gateway Pundit is the only sire I have seen raising alarms about Lithuania. Seems they intend to stop the transit of materials, equipment etc to Kaliningrad which is the headquarters for the Russian Navy’s Baltic Sea force. Since Lithuania is a NATO member it could be a precarious thing to do.

Doug B
Reply to  Doug B
June 19, 2022 2:55 pm

Site, not sire.

Dave Fair
Reply to  HotScot
June 19, 2022 8:40 am

Nobody 50 years from now will give a shit about today’s transitory politics. We are not as important as we think we are given a realistic historical perspective.

AWG
June 19, 2022 6:50 am

I am less pessimistic. I believe it will founder on the refusal of the USA finally to follow suit. Unlike the UK, the policy is not slavishly embraced by all parties.

Its going to require a Constitutional Amendment.

For as long as Dominion and the Democratic Party have the ability to place their Malthusian sociopaths in power, there will be high prices as someone has to assume the risks of totalitarian abuse.

June 19, 2022 7:15 am

Why is Biden begging everyone to drill?

I’m wondering if it’s a last ditch effort to save their Green New Deal. Misdirect the public attention, temporarily, from the high gas prices until the US fossil fuel industry is completely dismantled. By then they hope everyone will be forced to use “green” energy.

Scissor
Reply to  apsteffe
June 19, 2022 7:53 am

I’m hoping that we get to a point where psychological operations no longer have an effect, but I suppose P.T. Barnum was right.

Doonman
Reply to  apsteffe
June 19, 2022 8:54 am

Joe Biden is blaming oil companies for high prices. He can’t blame his own policies.

Remember, Joe Biden stood in front of the cameras and campaigned on getting rid of fossil fuels. Since day one in office that’s exactly what he has done.

Scissor
Reply to  Doonman
June 19, 2022 9:55 am

He’s like the BLM rioters that loot and burn their neighborhood stores and a couple of days later, as the ashes smolder, there’s nowhere to buy groceries. A possible difference is that with the BLM’ers, reality sinks in.

Happy Juneteenth (and Father’s Day), BTW!

Dave Fair
Reply to  Scissor
June 19, 2022 12:54 pm

This morning I told my youngest daughter she is the one that should be celebrating Father’s Day.

MarkW
Reply to  Scissor
June 19, 2022 4:58 pm

The same people that trash and burn stores in their own neighborhoods, will in a few months be declaring that racism is the reason why capitalists are not building new stores in their neighborhoods.

DMackenzie
June 19, 2022 7:22 am

…”why, if we’re on the precipice of this apocalypse, if saving the planet trumps every other concern, is President Biden begging everyone to drill?….”

Somewhere a “think tank” came to the realization that high gasoline cost might turn the public away from the green agenda and voting “Democrat” so time to do some more evil oil company talk. It all makes sense if you realize that pre-spin and post-spin “doctors” working in strategy rooms run government “stay-in-power” strategy.

George Daddis
June 19, 2022 7:25 am

To justify Biden’s policies you have to believe two things:

  1. There IS an existential (or even serious) Climate Crisis. I don’t, but I’ll accept the point is debatable.
  2. The atmosphere above the US is completely separate from the air above China and India. Of course it isn’t and the point is not debatable.

#2 renders the US Green policies insane. Basic arithmetic and even John Kerry confirms the fact that we could go to zero CO2 emissions tomorrow and the earth’s total will still significantly increase due to India and China’s emissions.

They ignore the fact that if he achieved his “Climate” goals he would substantially lower the US standard of living (and he is a good way there already) and hand China and other so called “undeveloped” nations our hard earned industrial and technical superiority.

H.R.
Reply to  George Daddis
June 19, 2022 3:57 pm

So you’re saying things are going right along according to plan?

Dave Fair
June 19, 2022 8:21 am

It doesn’t matter what the U.S., UK and EU (most of the West) do, the rest of the world will continue for as long as possible using FFs for the development their peoples demand. Curse Leftist politicians, bureaucrats, NGOs and insane billionaires.

Editor
Reply to  Dave Fair
June 19, 2022 2:38 pm

Unfortunately, the billionaires you refer to, Dave Fair, are not insane. Just evil. And prepared to do anything and destroy anyone (including all of the general population) to increase their billions.

PS. Sorry to sort of disagree with you again. Perhaps it’s more refinement than disagreement.

June 19, 2022 8:25 am

Crude oil is useless unless it can be manufactured into something usable.
Refinery closures over the next five years are projected to be 20 percent of the almost 700 refineries worldwide. The ESP strategy is working but will result in shortages and inflation as the new norm as society’s demands for the products from crude oil are exceeding the supply from the diminishing number of manufacturers.

Scissor
Reply to  Ronald Stein
June 19, 2022 10:00 am

ESP?

Brad-DXT
Reply to  Scissor
June 19, 2022 10:47 am

I believe he meant ESG.
One doesn’t need ESP to realize that ESG is going to fail when it results in pain, misery and gloom for the vast majority.

Gunga Din
Reply to  Scissor
June 19, 2022 3:19 pm

That’s a special program used in climate models.
It’s root programing is based on the Horrorscope.

Doonman
June 19, 2022 8:40 am

Joe Biden’s policies have stolen my retirement plans. I can no longer afford to travel and my 401K is losing value daily, both with inflation and price.

Tell me again why democrats should be a party I identify and associate with?

Scissor
Reply to  Doonman
June 19, 2022 10:16 am

In theory, commodities ought to at least keep pace with inflation. Inverse funds have been a winner over the past 6 months. In practice, there are no guarantees.

Brad-DXT
Reply to  Doonman
June 19, 2022 10:48 am

That depends, are you a masochist?

Dave Fair
Reply to  Brad-DXT
June 19, 2022 12:55 pm

Do you know what a sadist does to a masochist? Nothing.

ResourceGuy
Reply to  Doonman
June 19, 2022 12:42 pm

The 401k train wreck is even larger than the energy policy train wreck. It’s too bad they are running on a double track system.

Andy Espersen
June 19, 2022 9:10 am

It’s all crazy. He is an obvious fool. Politics is said to be the “art of the possible”. Biden is making it an art of the impossible. The party will surely be out in the next election. Watch the mid-term elections.

Editor
June 19, 2022 9:16 am

Great post, thanks!

Peta of Newark
June 19, 2022 9:26 am

Think of the children why don’t you…

(I thought this must have something to do with Ukraine – how wrong is it possible to be?)

BBC Headline:What are we supposed to feed our babies?’
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-61752799

What. A. Train. Wreck.

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Dave Fair
Reply to  Peta of Newark
June 19, 2022 1:02 pm

Have you ever asked yourself why if regulatory agencies suspend rules during shortages, why are those rules operative in the first place? If the products are safe now, how were they not safe before? Goddam bureaucrats. I’ve known many.

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paul
Reply to  Peta of Newark
June 19, 2022 4:49 pm

the babies wern’t killed by abortion sooo, kill them by starvation ? just sayin’

ResourceGuy
June 19, 2022 10:01 am

It’s not about drilling or producing–it’s about media props and looking busy for the voters in addition to fabrication of blame with staff and consultants working overtime on wordsmith drafts and testing them with media managers.

Olen
June 19, 2022 10:24 am

Want a secure future for he country, eliminate voter fraud. Fraud is their golden goose.

Louis Hunt
June 19, 2022 12:46 pm

Being a Democrat politician these days must be tough. You have to convince voters that you are doing all you can to bring down inflation and the price of gas while not really doing so. That’s because you also have to convince your far-left loony supporters that you are doing all you can to save the planet by eliminating the use of evil fossil fuels. You can’t do both. So you have to lie to one side or the other. Biden has chosen to stay true to his far left policies and lie to the rest of us. The far left is unhappy that he isn’t acting fast enough. And the right sees through his lies and now realizes he never was the “moderate” he claimed to be and is devoid of any degree of common sense.

When Biden brags about giving out oil leases, It doesn’t take much research to discover that he is withholding drilling permits. A Lease without a permit to drill is useless. His Administration is also using the courts to take back some drilling permits that had already been issued by Trump. He demands that other countries increase oil exports while doing all he can to decrease the production of oil in the U.S. He is constantly virtue signaling while refusing to take any action that would make a difference. Only true useful idiots continue to believe his lies and contradictions, and even some of them are beginning to waver. Biden can’t understand it. He’s spent his whole political career lying to voters and getting away with it. Why don’t they just accept everything he says like they used to do? Why can’t he continue to get away with just telling us that he is doing everything he can while doing nothing at all except getting in the way?

June 19, 2022 12:56 pm

Over in Germany, reality finally trumps green idealism: They’re burning more coal to make up for lost Russian gas. That Energiewende went as well as coud be expected.

‘Bitter but necessary’: Germany switches Russian gas for ‘dirty’ coal (msn.com)

Dave Fair
Reply to  Phil Salmon
June 19, 2022 1:12 pm

No nukes next year and no coal-fired electricity by 2030. Good luck, Germany; the U.S. needs crash test dummies. Your consumer electric rates are already about 3 times those of the U.S.’s.

Philip
June 19, 2022 1:08 pm

Biden gone begging for more oil is to give us all time to accept what is the inevitability of the energy crisis his Party created as the new way. Demanding an oil rich country whose entire way of life is predicated on oil, adopt wind and solar, knowing full well that the so-called “green” energy can never manage that society’s current energy needs now or into the future… but leftist idealism and the optics of furthering the climate hysteria matters more. The next guy can deal with reality. If a realist ever shows up again.

6CA7
June 19, 2022 1:20 pm

Biden is bald faced lying to the American people. He says he cares about them and is doing all in his power to lower fuel costs. This is a lie. He still won’t budge on his own policies which caused this mess, and is a major factor in the inflation problem as well. It is well within his power to reverse course on these matters. But like most liars after awhile he believes his own BS.

Quek
June 19, 2022 1:51 pm

China is going down the drain. the real estate bust is bankrupting them and they won’t be able to afford oil, gas or coal unless the US economy tanks. China Joe is doing that for them. So it isn’t about any kind of drop in oil or gas, it is about crashing our economy to help China.

littlepeaks
June 19, 2022 4:28 pm

I didn’t know that Biden was begging everyone to drill. When did this happen?

peter schell
Reply to  littlepeaks
June 19, 2022 5:37 pm

I don’t think he’s begging them to drill, but to pump more oil out of already drilled fields.

I’m not sure the people driving the bus have a real understanding of what it takes to produce fuel.

Jim Gorman
Reply to  peter schell
June 19, 2022 6:32 pm

Does he think you can turn a dial and make the pump go faster so more oil is pumped?. LOL

Louis Hunt
Reply to  littlepeaks
June 19, 2022 5:43 pm

Biden has no intention of increasing drilling. He just wants voters to think he is begging for more oil production before the midterms. But it’s all a calculated lie. He knows that even if energy companies were to take steps now to produce more oil, it would have no affect on prices in time for the election. He just hopes voters will ignore prices at the pump and vote Democrat, trusting that he is going to do the right thing and that he will not pull a Lucy with the football after the elections are over. But high fuel prices are part of his planned “incredible transition” to green energy. So he will pull the football away from energy companies if they think they now have a green light to increase oil production. He gave the game away last month when he said this:

“[When] it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over,” Biden said.

Doonman
Reply to  littlepeaks
June 20, 2022 12:39 am

Oil is useless without refineries. No new refineries have been built in America for years. Refineries are currently running at 95% capacity.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  Doonman
June 20, 2022 4:40 pm

I would dearly love to ask Joe to show us the pen he carries or uses to sign legislation.

Bet you it has plastic parts. If he kills off oil what is he going to use to sign legislation? Quill pens?

observa
Reply to  littlepeaks
June 20, 2022 3:09 am

I want more cheap gas from you all now even though I want to get rid of your product and businesses altogether-
Biden Full Letter to Oil Companies For Help on Gas Prices: (mediaite.com)
Take your pick between ultimate hypocrite or in Oz we’d say he’s gone completely troppo.

Andy Pattullo
June 19, 2022 5:51 pm

Two faces aren’t enough. Biden and his cronies need every possible alternate personality to contain their endlessly varying version of reality. If intelligence was measured in height Biden and the progressives could limbo under a slug.

Speed
June 20, 2022 3:24 am

The failure of the U.S. nuclear power program ranks as the largest managerial disaster in business history, a disaster on a monumental scale … only the blind, or the biased, can now think that the money has been well spent. It is a defeat for the U.S. consumer and for the competitiveness of U.S. industry, for the utilities that undertook the program and for the private enterprise system that made it possible.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cancelled_nuclear_reactors_in_the_United_States

The Reactor Watchdog Project is dedicated to the prompt and permanent halt to current commercial reactor operations and new atomic power development. The project is rooted in the principle that nuclear power is dangerous to all living creatures and the natural environment. Nuclear power, by its nature, is designed to centralize energy, resources and profits into the hands of a powerful few. Its devastating potential unharnessed by accident or act of sabotage not only threatens life but also security and civil liberty.

https://bit.ly/3tMdVye
NIRS — Nuclear Information and Resource Service

And in France, 71.67% or their power is nuclear. Safe. Clean. Reliable.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_power_in_France

Neo
June 20, 2022 11:53 am

Biden Bashes Oil Companies for Going Along With His Plan to ‘End Fossil Fuel’

Biden calls on US oil refiners to raise gas and diesel production to tackle prices

OPEC+ agrees to pump more oil ahead of possible Biden Middle East trip

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