The Best-Mislaid Plans of Mice and Men Often Go Awry: Biden Oil Edition

But Mousie, thou art no thy-lane,

In proving foresight may be vain:

The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men

Gang aft agley,

An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain,

For promis’d joy!

To a Mouse BY ROBERT BURNS, 1785

Guest “My apologies to Robert Burns” by David Middleton

The LNG Export Plan

Remember back in March, when Biden promised to ramp up US LNG exports to Europe?

JUNE 23, 2022
Fire causes shutdown of Freeport liquefied natural gas export terminal

On June 8, 2022, a fire at Freeport LNG‘s natural gas liquefaction plant on the Gulf Coast in South Texas led to the full shutdown of the facility. The shutdown of Freeport LNG will reduce total U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capacity by approximately 2 billion cubic feet per day (Bcf/d), or 17% of total U.S. LNG export capacity.

Freeport LNG is one of seven LNG export facilities operating in the United States. Freeport LNG has three operating liquefaction units (called trains) that have a combined baseload capacity of 1.98 Bcf/d and peak capacity of 2.14 Bcf/d. The facility shipped its first LNG cargo in September 2019, and it was the fifth U.S. LNG export terminal to come online in the Lower 48 states. A fourth liquefaction train (with a capacity of 0.67 Bcf/d) has been fully approved, but its owner has not yet reached a final investment decision.

According to Freeport LNG Development, L.P., the preliminary assessment suggests that the fire was caused by excess pressure in an LNG transfer pipeline that moves LNG from the facility’s storage tank to the terminal’s dock facilities. The fire did not affect Freeport LNG’s main facilities, such as its liquefaction trains, LNG storage tanks, dock facilities, or LNG process areas. The company announced that it does not expect the terminal to return to full service until late 2022, although it aims to have the terminal partially operating in approximately 90 days.


Principal contributors: Victoria Zaretskaya, James Easton, Kirby Lawrence

Tags: natural gas, exports/imports, LNG (liquefied natural gas), outages


Most of the Freeport LNG shipments this year were going to Europe:

Data source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Short-Term Energy Outlook, and U.S. Department of Energy, LNG Monthly reports

The sudden ~2 Bcf/d glut in domestic supply caused US natural gas prices to retreat and European LNG prices to skyrocket again.

The Freeport facility accounts for roughly 20% of U.S. LNG processing capacity, drawing 2 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of natural gas from U.S. shale producers.

A full restart of the facility will not happen until late this year, the company said this week. The outage sent U.S. gas futures down 18% from the price a day before the fire, while European gas prices have surged more than 60%, with an additional boost from less gas on Russian pipelines. read more


In the meantime, Biden’s FERC is slow-walking natural gas infrastructure permits…

API: FERC Policy Changes Would Cause Uncertainty and Hamper LNG Export and Reliability Goals

202.682.8114 |

WASHINGTON, May 25, 2022 – The American Petroleum Institute (API) today filed reply comments to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) addressing the assertions of other commenters and continuing to express concerns that the Commission’s two revised policy statements would chill investment in critical natural gas infrastructure. Increasing regulatory uncertainty and permitting delays, these policy changes directly conflict with FERC’s mandate to ensure a reliable supply of natural gas under the Natural Gas Act (NGA) and run counter to the goals of the United States and European Union joint task force to increase LNG exports to Europe. 

In filed reply comments on FERC’s Draft GHG Emissions Policy Statement, API Senior Vice President of Policy, Economics and Regulatory Affairs Frank Macchiarola highlighted API’s shared goal of reducing GHG emissions through economy-wide and industry-led initiatives to address emissions associated with energy production. However, Macchiarola cautioned that the Commission should not regulate outside its statutory authority. 

“Other regulators have greater levels of expertise, not to mention congressionally-granted authority to regulate in these areas. FERC should not complicate or contradict the broader regulatory framework affecting industry by inserting itself in these areas,” Macchiarola said. Resources like EPA’s Mandatory Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program (GHGRP) are better suited to monitoring GHG reduction and mitigation efforts and FERC’s involvement could unnecessarily complicate the regulatory process. 

“Natural gas pipeline infrastructure provides access to natural gas electric generation facilities, which can, and often do displace coal-fired electric generation and facilitate the integration of renewable energy resources into the nation’s power mix,” Macchiarola said. “API encourages FERC to view our industry as a vital partner in the efforts to reduce our nation’s GHG emissions, not as an obstacle.” 



The Go Begging to OPEC Plan

Remember when Biden begged OPEC to increase production, while kneecapping domestic production?

Big Oil blasts Biden for turning to OPEC for more crude
By Matt Egan, CNN Business
Fri August 13, 2021

New York CNN Business — 

Big Oil is not pleased with the White House’s push this week for more crude from OPEC and its allies.

The American Petroleum Institute, the powerful lobby group that represents the US oil and gas industry, is arguing President Joe Biden should be working to boost oil production at home before looking overseas.

“You’d think the first place you would go would be American producers, rather than OPEC, which literally held this country hostage for decades because they were our top supplier,” API President Mike Sommers told CNN Business.

In response, a White House official stressed the importance of “reliable and stable energy markets at this critical moment” in the global recovery from the pandemic.

“President Biden has made clear that he wants Americans to have access to affordable energy, including at the pump,” the US official told CNN Business.



Unfortunately, OPEC doesn’t appear have a magical production dial either.

June 28, 2022

Macron tells Biden that UAE, Saudi can barely raise oil output

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany, June 28 (Reuters) – Two top OPEC oil producers, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, can barely increase oil production, French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said he had been told by the UAE’s president.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been perceived as the only two countries in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) with spare capacity to boost global deliveries that could reduce prices.

“I had a call with MbZ,” Macron was heard telling U.S. President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the G7 summit, using shorthand for UAE leader Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan. “He told me two things. I’m at a maximum, maximum (production capacity). This is what he claims.”

“And then he said (the) Saudis can increase by 150 (thousands barrels per day). Maybe a little bit more, but they don’t have huge capacities before six months’ time,” Macron said.



The Shutdown US Offshore Drilling Plan

Remember when Biden promised to halt offshore drilling?

He hasn’t managed to do that yet; however it does still seem to be a top priority.

So far, his maladministration has unlawfully refused hold the remaining offshore lease sales in the 2017-2022 leasing program and this is already affecting production from our second most prolific oil & gas basin. They have also, thus far, refused to issue a new five year leasing program, even though the current one expires on June 30, 2022.

His rabidly Anti-American Interior Secretary promised that a draft of a new five year leasing plan would be made available by the end of this month.

June 27, 2022 Press Release
Issues: Energy
The HEAT Report is a weekly newsletter focusing on how members of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT) promote American energy security, and an all-of-the-above energy economy.


President Biden has done everything he can to shut down American energy production. He blames everybody but himself for skyrocketing gas prices, but the public knows better. Now, he plans to travel over 5,000 miles to Saudi Arabia to beg for more oil production when he could open up the spigots right here at home.

Later this week, all eyes will be on Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, who has promised to deliver a draft of the Biden Administration’s five-year offshore energy leasing plan by the end of June when the current plan expires. Once again, this Administration is waiting until the last minute to do its duty, while hardworking Americans are desperate for relief at the pump.

Instead of focusing on leftist, anti-energy policies that will cost billions of dollars, President Biden should focus on opening up American energy production in places like the Gulf of Mexico and turn to energy-producing states to unleash the full potential of American energy and bring our nation out of this energy crisis.


Rep. Steve Scalise (R, LA01)

According to The New York Times, Biden placed the preparation of the new five year plan (2022-2027) in the immensely incapable hands of Chief of Staff Ron Klain and a handful of Biden’s closest political hacks. One of the options supposedly being considered is to have no Federal lease sales in the new lease sale plan.

Oddly written paragraph. Recent lease sale records of decision have included a “no action alternative;” however that option has never been chosen before because it is s stupid-@$$ option and it doesn’t even mean what the intrepid NYT journalists seem to think it means. The “no action alternative” doesn’t apply to the five year program. It would apply to individual lease sales.

The decision to hold Lease Sale 257 recognizes the role that GOM oil and gas resources play in addressing the Nation’s demand for domestic energy sources and fosters economic benefits, including employment, labor income, and tax revenues, which are highest in Gulf Coast States and also distributed widely across the United States. Revenues from offshore oil and gas lease sales support national conservation programs and coastal resiliency for applicable coastal states and political subdivisions under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006.

After considering the benefits and potential impacts evaluated in the 2018 GOM Supplemental EIS, all comments received, and determining that no new information or circumstances substantially affect the conclusions of that analysis, I have concluded that OCSLA permits me to hold GOM Lease Sale 257 in the manner described herein. In making my decision, I considered the alternatives, information, analyses, and any objections submitted by State, Tribal, and local governments, and public commenters for consideration by the lead and cooperating agencies in developing the 2018 GOM Supplemental EIS.


GOM Lease Sale 257 would not be held under Alternative E, which is the No Action Alternative analyzed in the 2018 GOM Supplemental EIS. Alternative E was not selected because if it were, revenue would not be collected by the Federal Government nor subsequently disbursed to the States. If the proposed GOM region-wide lease sale were not held, the overall near-term level of OCS oil and gas-related activity in the region would be reduced. However, not holding a single lease sale would not significantly change the overall activity levels in the GOM (i.e., on blocks leased in previous lease sales) and the associated environmental impacts in the near term.

BOEM identified Alternative E, defined as the No Action Alternative, as environmentally preferable in the 2018 GOM Supplemental EIS. The No Action Alternative is considered environmentally preferable because not holding the lease sale would preclude OCS oil- and gas related activities related to new leases from occurring, along with the resulting environmental effects in the Gulf of Mexico. However, significant OCS oil- and gas-related activity would be expected to continue under existing leases and, with only forty-eight percent of leases with approved exploration plans or development plans, the majority of currently leased blocks are still in the early exploration phase. Therefore, a no action alternative will not have immediate environmental benefits. It is also possible that in the short term, assuming OCS oil- and gas related activities remain confined to acreage currently leased, OCS operators would likely reevaluate their exploration, delineation, and development strategies across their existing portfolio and reallocate resources accordingly. This could also lead to small increases in the intensity of the activities in already leased areas and attendant small increases in impacts in those areas.

Record of Decision for Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Lease Sale 257, 31 August 2021

There has been at least one Gulf of Mexico Federal lease sale every year since at least 1954. “Not offering any new lease sales” has not happened in the past. There have been lease sales every year since the passage of the Submerged Lands Act (SLA) of 1953. 2022 will likely be the first year without a lease sale, the second if you count 2021. BOEM held Sale 257 in November 2021; however a corrupt Obama judge voided it… Because climate change.

Decisions, decisions! Which plan will Biden choose?

  1. Continue to hold lease sales in at least the Central and Western Gulf of Mexico and alienate his Enviromarxist terrorist allies, until being replaced by Ron DeSantis in 2025?
  2. Hold no offshore lease sales to appease his Enviromarxist terrorist allies, until being replaced by Ron DeSantis in 2025?

Biden’s track record leads me to think it’ll be plan #2, a continuation of the Fiasco-American plan!

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June 28, 2022 10:17 pm

Climate change is Biden’s and Obama’s “fundamental change.”

Interested Observer
Reply to  marlene
June 28, 2022 11:28 pm

At this point, Biden’s “fundamental change” is his diaper change.

Reply to  Interested Observer
June 29, 2022 5:00 am

There’s an asshole in that diaper, maybe more than one.

Reply to  Scissor
June 29, 2022 11:00 pm

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha… I can’t stoppppp ha ha ha ha

Reply to  marlene
June 29, 2022 5:39 am

Assuming any farmers survive the 2022 “incredible transition”, Spring 2023 is looking pretty grim unless just about every energy policy Brandon has is reversed.

Reply to  marlene
June 29, 2022 9:56 am

Extracted from their fundamental orifices.

paul courtney
Reply to  marlene
June 30, 2022 9:39 am

marlene: I disagree, for Barry and brandon fundamental change is an actual thing. Climate change, to them, is not.

John V. Wright
June 28, 2022 10:47 pm

As has often been remarked in these columns, there is no cure for stupid.

Rich Morton
Reply to  John V. Wright
June 29, 2022 10:44 am

I’d add it’s a shame that stupidity isn’t painful.

June 28, 2022 10:56 pm

Why, of why, are we selling LNG to China. Aren’t they getting gas from Russia?

Peta of Newark
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
June 29, 2022 4:24 am

It’s a way of paying for solar panels, Lithium batteries and Neodymium
(and for slaves to assemble iPhones)

Fair Exchange is no robbery. or should be ‘slavery’?
ha ha ha

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
June 29, 2022 6:42 am

The Biden Crime family had piggy banks in Ukraine, Russia, & China. Hunter, the drug & porn
addicted son, was The Big Guy’s bag man who collected the loot from family “business”. FJB sent
him cash while he was in Russia to pay for “escorts”. Over what else, besides this, can Vlad blackmail FJB ?

The Big Guy also knew about Hunter’s China dealings, at least going back to Dec 2018, despite all
his denials. Hunter Biden’s business partner, whom he called “the chief spy of China”, assigned him
a Chinese-American secretary who was feeding him opposition research to help The Big Guy in his
2020 election bid after the business failed in 2018. What did Xi get to keep this secret?

With all this corruption, these $#!$#!^$ still have the gall to push their failed & lethal Green BeeEss
while overlooking China’s emissions!

Breitbart- Report: Hunter Biden’s Connected to ‘Chief Spy of China’ Through His Chinese-American Secretary

paul courtney
Reply to  Retired_Engineer_Jim
June 30, 2022 9:45 am

Jim: Didn’t you know, Hunter Biden is an energy genius. Sounds like one of the more lucrative deals for the Big Brandon, if the junior genius was in on it..

Ben Vorlich
June 28, 2022 10:59 pm


Still thou are blest, compared wi’ me!
The present only toucheth thee:
But Och! I backward cast my e’e,
On prospects drear!
An’ forward, tho’ I cannot see,
I guess an’ fear!

Equally relevant last verse

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  David Middleton
June 29, 2022 6:34 am

Scottish is easy, e.g.:

oil – beef – hooked

Richard Page
Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 29, 2022 4:25 pm

That’s oirish – scottish is mangled differently.

Ben Vorlich
Reply to  David Middleton
June 29, 2022 10:02 am

You’ve missed some wonderful poetry with egalatarian and humanist content, with observations of human life thrown in

June 29, 2022 12:18 am

This makes me wonder what sort of a mess USA would be in if there was a conflict with a power like China.

How many things could actually be built from scratch in the USA today?

USA already owes the rest of the world one year’s economic output. I guess that can be inflated away but life will get a lot harder in the USA. And you have to think other nations will eventually not want to hold US debt.

Reply to  RickWill
June 29, 2022 3:44 am

Which country does not have too much debt? Switzerland?

Carlo, Monte
Reply to  Anti-griff
June 29, 2022 6:49 am

Likely Russia, not too long ago they assigned a value for the Ruble based on gold (forget the number).

Reply to  RickWill
June 29, 2022 5:41 am

Almost every pharmaceutical product would be toast. China controls a lot of the active ingredient manufacturing, but more importantly, they control a ton of initial synthesis materials and basic materials used as buffers or fillers.

Dave Andrews
Reply to  Spetzer86
June 29, 2022 7:12 am

China also dominates rare earth element production supplying around 95% of both Light Rare Earth Elements (LREEs) and Heavy Rare Earth Elements (REEs). These materials are essential for unreliables as well as EVs

Reply to  Dave Andrews
June 29, 2022 9:08 pm

So we don’t really need them?

william Johnston
Reply to  RickWill
June 29, 2022 6:13 am

Unless we drastically alter the welfare state as we know it, Very little will be built from scratch.

Old Man Winter
June 29, 2022 12:33 am

First, Granholm warned that “the nation would continue to feel the sting of price shocks
if it did not break its dependence on fossil fuels”. Then Biden ignores/is confused by
Macron’s revelation. The IEA says Europe will have to cut its natty gas by one-third.
They’re pushing their deadly agenda down our throats regardless of how many people
die. They’re sadistic lunatics!

Climate Depot- IEA: Europe Will Have To Cut Gas Usage By Nearly One-Third-
Germany warns ‘gas is a scarce asset’

Reply to  Old Man Winter
June 29, 2022 11:08 pm

That’s the incredible thing I see – leftists not even pretending to care about the poor. They are obviously being shafted by higher prices of everything, since energy is used in everything and the poor mostly have fixed incomes or close enough. And I have a broad definition of poor since socialist governments have definitely broadened the ranks of the poor over the past decades! Basically anyone or most people who are going to be serious stressed about their livelihood.

Philip Mulholland
June 29, 2022 2:04 am

Gang aft agley,

“Go often a glance”
As in a glancing blow that misses its mark.

Dictionaries of the Scots Language : Gley

June 29, 2022 2:50 am

Thanks for the post, David. I don’t blame I-guarantee-you-we’re-going-to-end-fossil-fuels Biden for any of this; I blame the maroons who voted for him.

Also, the ForgettiOs meme at the end made me laugh, thanks.


Ron Long
Reply to  Bob Tisdale
June 29, 2022 6:33 am

Bob, ForgettiOs is a good one. Here’s another one to look up: a take off on boxing announcer Michael Buffer, where Biden announces “Let’s get ready to Mumble”.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Ron Long
June 29, 2022 9:07 am

James Boren wrote a book years ago titled the “The Bureaucratic Zoo” where he laid out a bureaucrat’s three rules:

  1. When in charge ponder
  2. When in trouble delegate
  3. When in doubt mumble

Biden was a star pupil.

June 29, 2022 3:03 am

Please blame this on Biden’s handlers since he barely knows what state he is in at times. I’m not sure who they are except they are leftists and perhaps many worked for Obama too. Never forget that leftists want fossil fuels to be much more expensive to make their beloved windmills and solar panels seem more reasonable. Also never forget that leftists ruin everything they touch. The electric grid will not be an exception.

I woke up at 6am for no particular reason with a “climate rap” in my head. I wrote it on my climate science and energy blog and will cut and paste it here. I’d like to wake up with a hit song in my head, or a stock that will skyrocket, but I get climate change visions instead.:

The root cause of the “climate change religion” is hatred of burning fossil fuels. There is justification — they do cause pollution. The worst may be using soft coal to heat homes of poor people (with no pollution controls). Burning wood and animal dung pollute too. A symptom is air pollution, and such pollution is serious over many large Asian cities. Especially in China and India. The answer is modern pollution controls. And nuclear power plants rather than older polluting coal power plants. But so-called environmentalists don’t seem to care. Few of them mention real air pollution.

Instead. they attack fossil fuels in a different way. They falsely claim CO2 is pollution. Which means modern pollution controls don’t matter to them. And even though they object to rising CO2 emissions, they want even more CO2 emissions, from the largest expansion of mining and manufacturing in history, for their beloved Nut Zero project. If you hate CO2 emissions (I love them along with my plants), the scientific response would be nuclear power plants replacing coal plants. But very few so called environmentalists support nuclear power.
Environmentalists have bad science and bad engineering. What do they really want? Since they are mainly leftists, they want what all leftists want: The power to tell everyone else how to live. That starts with the typical leftist attitude that everything is wrong, and they must fix it. So now they want to ruin the reliability of electric grids with weather dependent energy. And in time they’ll also want to be in charge of the “Fix the Electric Grid Project”, after Nut Zero ruins it.

Leftist behavior is described by my favorite philosopher Groucho Marx:

“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedies.” 

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Reply to  David Middleton
June 29, 2022 5:44 am

Those of us in Michigan who were temporarily happy to get rid of Granholm now apologize to the other states for inflicting her on the entire nation. We also got rid of Madonna too, but we are still stuck with Michael “the climate blimp” Moore.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Richard Greene
June 29, 2022 6:42 am

At least Michael Moore got the ‘renewables’ issue right in his “Planet of the Humans” documentary. Conversely, Biden’s brain trust / handlers are consistently wrong on everything.

Juan Slayton
Reply to  David Middleton
June 29, 2022 6:11 am

But not humanely.

Reply to  Juan Slayton
July 3, 2022 11:33 pm

In assembling this team of extraordinary advisers, Democrats spared no expense.

John Garrett
June 29, 2022 3:32 am

Murphy’s Law, Chapter 3, Paragraph 2, Line 6:

The reduction in domestic natural gas prices that ostensibly occurred as a direct consequence of the Freeport LNG shutdown will provide evidence that Senator Warren (a/k/a “Pocahontas”) et al may use in any future attempt to restrict natural gas exports.

Reply to  John Garrett
June 29, 2022 3:44 am

How does this cheater get re-elected?

Never mind, she is a democrat.

Reply to  Derg
July 3, 2022 11:34 pm

There was a serious deficiency in mathematics education in her tribe, when she was growing up.

Reply to  David Middleton
June 29, 2022 11:13 pm

Yup, Demand encourages Supply. Sometimes even over-supply and we get discount prices like back in the days of yore when King Orange ruled in wisdom and justice.

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Ron Long
June 29, 2022 3:39 am

Good report, David. The key phrase in it, for me, was “Increasing regulatory uncertainty…”. How Socialist Dreamers can expect companies, owned by stockholders, to recklessly extend themselves into a certain, but unquantifiable, investment risk environment is beyond me. “damn the torpedos, full speed ahead” has never been a recommended strategy. This is going to get worse before it gets better.

Reply to  Ron Long
July 3, 2022 11:35 pm

Objective reality has been suspended until 2024.

June 29, 2022 3:41 am

I wonder if Word Salad Bob will tell us tales of Trump grabbing the limo wheel during Jan 6 😄

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  Derg
June 29, 2022 7:16 am

What? You don’t find it highly likely that DJT could easily drive around DC in a USSS-spec’d Chevy Suburban from the rear passenger area? What’s the matter with you? (/sarc)

Reply to  Frank from NoVA
June 29, 2022 10:37 am

With his hands stuck through the bomb-proof glass that he just shattered. OF COURSE!

June 29, 2022 3:48 am

Democrats can’t do anything productive or helpful, but they can sure screw things up! And to think I used to be one.

Reply to  David Middleton
June 29, 2022 5:46 am

Trump was a center-right Democrat until he ran for office. In that year, it was easier to take on the entire Republican party than to attempt to run a primary battle against HRC. I think that’s why a portion of the Republican party could not accept Trump, regardless of his actions.

Reply to  Spetzer86
June 29, 2022 8:58 am

Who exactly might be a RINO?

Reply to  Spetzer86
June 29, 2022 11:19 pm

Pres JFK was a Democrat and he cut taxes. His brother RFK was more pro-life than the Pope but he also was a Democrat. To be fair to their history one has to acknowledge that the Democratic party is dead and replaced with a pod grown socialist imposter.

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  David Middleton
June 29, 2022 6:50 am

They were Democrats when the likes of Nelson Rockefeller, Lowell Weicker and John Lindsay were Republicans. The problem with both parties is that, more often than not, they only serve as flags of convenience for those seek power over us.

John Garrett
Reply to  Andy May
June 29, 2022 5:27 am

Andy May,
We’re very glad you wised up.

It’s largely true:

“If you’re not a liberal when you’re eighteen, you don’t have a heart.
If you’re not a conservative when you’re thirty, you don’t have a brain.”

Reply to  John Garrett
June 29, 2022 11:43 am

I must not have a heart, then.

June 29, 2022 4:12 am

Does Joseph Biden have scriptwriters from Netflix, Paramount and/or Disney?

The key is in indoctrinating youth. I noticed the other day just how alike and yet how different US/UK systems are

“Is Your Kindergartener Learning CRT? Rhode Island School Tells Mom It’ll Cost $74,000 To Find Out.”

School Tells Mom Pay $74,000 To Find Out If They’re Teaching CRT (

Well, that’s one way of doing it

The school is refusing to show parents some of the teaching materials it is using, however, claiming they are “commercially sensitive” and thus not subject to the Freedom of Information (FOI/FOIA) Act.

UK School Refuses to Show Details of ‘Secret’ Woke Lessons to Parents (

And that’s another.

Reply to  fretslider
June 29, 2022 5:48 am

The indoctrination has been going on for a long time. We’re only seeing it now because the converted have taken over in so many places. Don’t think they’ve reached an end game either.

Carlo, Monte
June 29, 2022 6:46 am

“President Biden has made clear that he wants Americans to have access to affordable energy, including at the pump,”

Are there any statements recorded from the Brandon FUs that are not lies?

Shirley there has to be one, but I haven’t seen it.

Lee Feldman
Reply to  Carlo, Monte
June 29, 2022 4:38 pm

No there aren’t. And quit calling me Shirley

June 29, 2022 8:29 am

Good oil policy is not rocket science.

Biden’s policy is Luddite.

Biden & the Democratic Party Leadership rule like foreigners..

The World Economic Forum… Davos… anybody?

Why do Globalists want Luddite policies?

June 29, 2022 8:43 am

And not a peep out of the Republican leadership. Not a word from the election fraud they could have stopped in it’s tracks and nothing about the shutting down of American energy production.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
June 29, 2022 8:58 am

Stay tuned for a SCOTUS decision possibly today on the W. Virginia v. EPA case, where insiders say the court is set to gut the precedent from Chevron v. NRDC (1984) which requires federal courts to give deference to the interpretation of federal regulatory agencies in cases where the statutory law is unclear or ambiguous. This is the precedent which allowed the EPA to claim authority to regulate greenhouse gases even though there was nothing in the original Clean Air statutes mentioning them (indeed, when the Act was passed, the fear was Global Cooling).

The Chevron doctrine has allowed an enormous amount of regulatory overreach (rampage, actually) since it was handed down. All of the sitting justices (yes, all of them) have written articles on why the Chevron standard is bad and needs to be removed or substantially cut back, especially Gorsuch and Kavenaugh.

Coming on the heels of New York State Rifle & Pistol v. Bruen, and Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, a decision in favor of West Virginia based on paring back the Chevron doctrine in this case would make this court session the most significant one in decades. The effects of gutting the Chevron precedent are probably more far-reaching than the other two decisions which have garnered so much progressive melt-down.

It’s hard to imagine the outrage over an adverse W. Virginia v. EPA decision can compete in today’s ADD news cycle with blue-haired women (?) twerking in Dallas to protest the Dobbs decision; there’s only so much outrage that can be sustained before exhaustion sets in. But it will be entertaining to watch.

Beta Blocker
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
June 29, 2022 9:52 am

If West Virginia et al wins, then look for the EPA and the Biden administration to start thinking seriously about abandoning their current ‘stealth mode’ approach to carbon regulation, as embodied in the Clean Power Plan, and going with direct across-the-board regulation of carbon by classifying GHG’s as criteria pollutants under the Clean Air Act.

Reply to  Beta Blocker
June 29, 2022 10:52 am

Except that they cannot do that under the Clean Air Act, or any other statute. (CAA specifically lists the pollutants that are subject to regulation. Carbon dioxide is NOT one of them.)

Reply to  David Middleton
July 3, 2022 11:40 pm

David wins both ears and the tail.

Clyde Spencer
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
June 29, 2022 9:52 am

Twerking in Dallas — one of those things you can’t unsee after you’ve seen it!

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Clyde Spencer
June 29, 2022 11:17 am

I know. I apologize but I couldn’t resist.

Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
June 29, 2022 10:27 am

I just read that Breyer has announced his retirement to start tomorrow (6/30) at noon. This is because the last SCOTUS opinions will be coming out at 10am. We will find out then.

Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
Reply to  Alan Watt, Climate Denialist Level 7
June 29, 2022 7:43 pm

Decision in W. Virginia v. EPA will be released tomorrow (Thursday) at 10AM. At noon justice Stephen Breyer will officially step down. Shortly thereafter justice Ketanji Brown Jackson will be sworn in.

There is little doubt Chevron doctrine will be severely reigned in at a minimum, but there is more fundamental legal issue that could be raised. I’m quoting here from an Erick Erickson newsletter:

Tomorrow, the Supreme Court will issue its opinion in West Virginia v EPA. It will actually be one of the biggest cases in modern history — far more significant than Dobbs. The Court will decide if Congress can delegate its powers to the Executive Branch. If Congress cannot delegate, then federal agencies cannot make regulations that expand on laws passed by Congress. For the past 100 years, Congress has allowed an administrative state to grow by writing broad and vague laws, relying on agencies to do the legislating with specificity. This has allowed the government to be run by technocrats who often even run afoul of a President’s own goals. The Supreme Court could end this tomorrow and, if so, the administrative state of the federal government will come crashing down, as it should.

We can hope the Court will rule that Congress cannot delegate, but it would be a daring court indeed that would go that far. Of course I never really believed the court would go as far as it did in the Bruen and Dobbs cases.

As I said, it will be interesting to see if the liberal media can crank up the outrage meltdown all the way to 11, or whether they are already too obsessed with January 6th and Dobbs to have any attention span left for another squirrel.

John Hultquist
June 29, 2022 9:33 am

Brandon & Company think the petroleum industry has dials like in the movie:
Up to eleven – Wikipedia

June 29, 2022 12:07 pm

zerohedge: there is a non-trivial chance that oil will hit a record price around
$200 – precisely the price the White House is bracing for – a few days
before the midterms. Which translates into $10+ gasoline.

Joe Biden is so .. that drilling won’t help him

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Carlo, Monte
June 29, 2022 12:09 pm

Lurch speaks:

This should help the supply chain crisis and impending food shortages.

Joe Biden’s Climate Czar John Kerry said the US needs to transition to “green shipping.”

Kerry made the remarks on Tuesday at the UN Ocean Conference in Lisbon, Portugal.

“The environment and climate don’t suddenly stop because of an invasion. Lives are at stake, and our ocean touches every single aspect of our lives, from the air we breathe to the food we eat,” Kerry said referencing Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Robert of Ottawa
June 29, 2022 12:25 pm

Now if only Canada had energy resources; unfortunately it doesn’t – due to green ideologues.

Kurt Linton
June 29, 2022 12:30 pm

I’m sorry Dave, but you and Tony are getting rich off this nonsense, while people like me still live in poverty. “Global Warming” is simply people lying to get rich-there is NOTHING more to it. Tony has rejected me for telling the truth. I have to live on 12k a year and have managed to do so for over ten years. I’d take a competitive intelligence test against either of you-hell, I’d let you work together-and I’d beat you, if it were fair. Ever clone anything? Ever even spliced a gene? Do you even know how to do a PCR (I’ve done plenty)?!

Richard Page
Reply to  Kurt Linton
June 29, 2022 4:34 pm

I want to know where the money is in this? If people are getting rich from discussing fraud and misinformation then the rest of us are missing a trick here.

Reply to  Richard Page
July 3, 2022 11:45 pm

Someone owes me a lot of money…

Mike Maguire
June 29, 2022 5:43 pm

Say goodbye to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve!

Screenshot 2022-06-29 at 19-40-55 EIA liquid energies-draining the SPR!! - MarketForum.png
Mike Maguire
June 29, 2022 5:49 pm
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