Biden Promises, Policies and Political Problems

His war on fossil fuels fosters US oil sales to China and US complicity in child and slave labor

Paul Driessen                   

Presidential candidate Joe Biden promised to reunite America following its “season of darkness” under President Trump, and “shut down the virus, not the economy.” That hasn’t worked out as planned.

His promise that there’ll be “no more drilling, no more pipelines, no more fossil fuels” has been far more successful. Within hours of taking office, President Biden ended Keystone XL pipeline construction and began imposing leasing and drilling moratoriums, slow-walking permits, pressuring banks not to fund oil companies, and taking other steps to turn his promises into policies.

Unfortunately, with a little assistance from Putin’s savagery in Ukraine, Mr. Biden’s war on fossil fuels brought a host of political problems.

Gasoline and diesel prices more than doubled since November 2020; they reached $9.50 per gallon in parts of California before falling slightly. Mr. Biden’s approval plummeted, as food prices and inflation soared, and farmers, families, commuters and truckers voiced outrage.

But because allowing more drilling would anger climate cultists obsessed with the catechism of climate cataclysm, Mr. Biden asked Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Iran to increase their oil production, so that he could keep America’s resources locked up.

He also released 125,000,000 barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve’s emergency stockpiles – and on July 26 said he’d release 20,000,000 additional barrels. The administration claims this will “help lower energy costs,” “reduce the pain Americans are feeling at the pump,” and combat the “Putin price hike.” Perhaps minimally.

Worse, Team Biden sent some 5,000,000 barrels of this oil overseas. Still worse, it sold 950,000 barrels to the China Petrochemical Corporation. That’s China as in Chinese Communist Party – not Taiwan. The same Chinese government that is buying up thousands of acres of U.S. land, much of it near sensitive military installations.

The optics are not good. And for an administration (and Democrat Party) focused on “racial justice” and America’s terrible legacy of slavery, public perceptions and outrage will only get worse, as the realities of the “green energy transition” become clear.

First, this energy is not clean, green, renewable or sustainable. The sheer numbers of wind turbines, solar panels, and vehicle and backup batteries defy imagination.

President Biden intends to eradicate coal and natural gas for generating electricity (by 2035), and then gasoline and diesel for powering vehicles, natural gas for smelting and manufacturing, and natural gas for heating, cooking and water heating in homes, hospitals, schools and businesses (by 2050).

This would send America’s annual electricity requirement to almost 7.5 billion megawatt-hours per year by 2050: nearly three times the fossil fuel portion of today’s U.S. electricity generation. It would require tens of thousands of wind turbines, billions of solar panels, and billions of half-ton battery modules (to back up this expensive, unreliable, unpredictable, weather-dependent energy) sprawling across America. Electricity demands would be lower, if the government compels us to lower our living standards.

Oil and natural gas are also feed stocks for paints, plastics, pharmaceuticals, fertilizers and numerous other products. How does Team Biden plan to replace them?

President Biden’s proposal for 30,000 megawatts of offshore wind power alone would require 2,500 enormous 800-foot-tall 12-megawatt turbines. Even if they operated at full capacity 24/7, they wouldn’t meet peak summertime electricity needs for New York State, much less the entire USA.

But the turbines would require millions of tons of raw materials from hundreds of new mines – for steel, aluminum, copper, nickel, rare earth elements, fiberglass, concrete and others, whose extraction, processing and refining are energy- and land-intensive and highly polluting.

Billions of solar panels would require massive amounts of polysilicon and other materials, from hundreds more mines. Billions of battery modules would require prodigious quantities of cobalt, nickel, lithium, rare earths, copper and other metals. More transformers and transmission lines – still more materials, from still more mines.

Second, American environmentalists and climate campaigners steadfastly oppose these activities anywhere in the USA. The supply chains for most of these materials run through China – which controls most of the mining (in Mongolia, Africa, South America and elsewhere), processing (in China and Mongolia) and manufacturing (in China).

China and the Chinese Communist Party achieve this because they have acquired mining properties all over the world; have huge coal-fired power plants to generate cheap electricity; pay little attention to air and water pollution, mined land reclamation or workplace safety standards required in Western countries; and utilize dirt-cheap, slave and child labor, most notably in Africa and Uyghur territories.

Some 40,000 children already labor with their parents in Democratic Republic of Congo cobalt mines, for a few dollars a day, under threats of cave-ins, and with constant exposure to toxic air, mud, dust and water – just to meet today’s cobalt needs for manufacturing batteries. Those needs would skyrocket under a U.S. Green New Deal, and vastly more under an international “energy transition.”

The cobalt ore is processed in China, under equally abominable safety and pollution conditions. Air and water pollution and an enormous toxic waste dump for effluents from processing rare earths in Inner Mongolia have created serious health issues for plant workers and local residents.

China also uses Uyghur slave labor to manufacture solar panels it sells to the United States. And Mr. Biden wants to suspend tariffs on Chinese solar panels, to make importing them even easier and cheaper. 

Over the past decade, the United States significantly reduced its (plant-fertilizing) carbon dioxide emissions, largely by replacing coal-fired electricity generation with natural gas.

Meanwhile, in 2020 alone, China put 38,000 megawatts of new coal-fired power plants into operation. It relies on coal for 60% of its electricity and expects to mine 300 million more tons of coal in 2022 than in 2021. Beijing is also building, planning or financing more than 300 coal plants in Turkey, Vietnam, Indonesia, African countries and elsewhere, to raise their people out of poverty. India too burns millions of tons of coal annually. They do not plan to end fossil fuel use for decades to come.

The United States could go fossil-fuel-free, and it wouldn’t affect global greenhouse gas levels one iota.

But America could easily go from being a net oil and gas exporter two years ago, to being almost totally dependent on often unfriendly foreign sources for the materials required for its “renewable” energy, economy, manufacturing, living standards, communication, transportation – and national defense. Energy, food and consumer prices would climb even higher, hammering minority and other poor families.

Moreover, every increase in “green” energy makes the United States more reliant on China which, like Russia, increasingly wields its energy, mineral and economic power as a weapon, to keep its client countries in line, dependent and subservient. Every increase makes us more complicit in slavery, eco-colonialism, environmental degradation and climate injustice.

This Land of the Free must change course. As America reflects on its past, seeks “a more perfect Union,” reassesses the Separation of Powers, and endeavors to be a world leader in environmental protection and human rights, it must chart a future based on reality and true justice for all people.

Paul Driessen is senior policy advisor for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of books, reports and articles on energy, environmental, climate and human rights issues.

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Independent
August 3, 2022 10:45 pm

Biden and the Democrat Party hate the United States as it is and want to (in Barack Obama’s words) “fundamentally transform” it. That’s why they actively attack our history, traditions, patriotism, constitutional government, etc. Our economy is no different – they want to destroy it and replace it with something that advances their political power while enriching them and their friends. If you’re an American and you believe in individual rights/liberty and free markets, you must strongly oppose these people.

Steve Case
Reply to  Independent
August 3, 2022 11:55 pm

Our economy is no different – they want to destroy it and replace it with something that advances their political power while enriching them and their friends.
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Yes, that’s what the “Duck Test” says. The Maurice Strong quote about bringing about the the collapse of industrialized civilizations continues to be relevant.

Pflashgordon
Reply to  Steve Case
August 4, 2022 10:50 am

The words attributed to Maurice Strong do not appear to recognize that industrialized civilizations will not collapse, merely move. So presuming he was no idiot, his plan all along must have been to promote China and Russia and world socialism / communism.

People such as he and now George Soros have the freedom in the present nations of the West to say and do what they want as they intentionally bring about our downfall.

I am not advocating murder and assassination, but rather than kill penny ante Al Qaida terrorists with precision-guided missiles, the world would be much more improved if we were to train those missiles on Soros and select members of the WEF, the true terrorists who openly and intentionally shower pain and misery on us.

paul
Reply to  Pflashgordon
August 4, 2022 5:38 pm

wasn’t it Strong who ran away to China when he encountered some kind of legal heat ?

Old Man Winter
Reply to  Independent
August 4, 2022 12:14 am

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Old Man Winter
Reply to  Independent
August 4, 2022 1:47 am

On a generic Congressional candidate poll, Dems only trail by 1%, as voters
can separate Dem candidates from FJB’s low approval. Was San Fran Nan’s
trip to Taiwan a way to make Congressional Democrats look very tough on
foreign policy (with China being our toughest enemy), as even the WH was saying “Don’t go!” (think glittering diamonds on black velvet- it works)? So we can’t take anything for granted!

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/democrats-see-one-chance-to-outperform-bidens-dismal-polling-in-november

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Gunga Din
Reply to  Old Man Winter
August 4, 2022 12:53 pm

On a generic Congressional candidate poll, Dems only trail by 1%, as voters
can separate Dem candidates from FJB’s low approval”

Dems trying to separate from Brandon but the Dems backed him every misstep of the way.
They’ll right back to backing him (or Kamal) after the Midterm elections are over.

Kemaris
Reply to  Independent
August 4, 2022 1:22 pm

Fortunately for America, the Democrats will soon (my money is 2025) start the Second Democrat War which will give us the opportunity to clean house and get away from this nonsense.

Chaswarnertoo
August 3, 2022 11:33 pm

Biden, putting the Dem in dementia.

Steve Case
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
August 3, 2022 11:45 pm

First chuckle of my day (-:

another ian
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
August 4, 2022 12:01 am
Steve Case
Reply to  another ian
August 4, 2022 1:17 am

And this will stop mosquitoes:

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Gene
Reply to  Chaswarnertoo
August 4, 2022 3:03 pm

Oh That’s Good!

Steve Case
August 3, 2022 11:43 pm

“… climate cultists obsessed with the catechism of climate cataclysm, …”
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The link to the Town Hall link, Cross-Examining the Climate Change Cultists,
at 1500 words Is certainly worth the read. “Looking at you, Liz Cheney, you malignant creep.” paints a pretty good picture of what’s going on. Most of what Kurt Schlichter writes is pretty straight forward.

That aside, Paul Driessen also writes a straight forward and reasonably polite 1200 word essay about what’s wrong with the current direction United States environmental policy is headed.

 

Old Man Winter
August 4, 2022 12:13 am

Brandon’s now claiming the current $4.20 national US average is a “low gas price” compared to the $5 high gas price of several months ago (The price
when he got elected was $2.19). This comes after the WH is trying to redefine a recession as something different than the accepted definition of two consecutive quarters of negative growth. WHAT A SCUMBAG!

He may not be getting away with all those broken promises as even young
people are noticing them, too. His support for those < 30 fell from 60% who
voted for him to 37%- 1% < his average support from all groups.

https://bongino.com/biden-admin-now-redefining-meaning-of-low-gas-prices

https://dailycaller.com/2022/07/31/young-voters-abandoning-biden-heres-why/

What we all know, but will NEVER see:

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StephenP
August 4, 2022 1:46 am

I still can’t get my head round the amount of fossil fuel energy that would be needed to produce all the renewables, and how long would the payback period be.
Also in 25 years time when these renewables have reached the end of their working life, where do we get the energy and raw materials needed to manufacture their replacements?

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LdB
Reply to  StephenP
August 4, 2022 2:09 am

Unicorns build them you just need enough unicorn dust.

Tim Gorman
Reply to  StephenP
August 4, 2022 6:23 am

Where do you place the replacements? Do you have to take the old ones down first so you can reuse the site? What does that do to capacity?

Yooper
Reply to  StephenP
August 4, 2022 6:38 am

Even more pressing is the question of what do we do with them at their EOLs? I guess we could make the Grand Canyon into one huge landfill for them since we can’t recycle them…..

Frank from NoVA
Reply to  StephenP
August 4, 2022 9:14 am

‘…and how long would the payback period be.’

The rewards to the Deep State and its supplicants will be immediate, the punishment of everyone else will be perpetual.

Gunga Din
Reply to  StephenP
August 4, 2022 1:05 pm

Where will they get the energy to replace the green things in 25 years?
Simple.
Everyone will be required to plug their EVs into a charger and reverse the polarity!

Michael in Dublin
August 4, 2022 4:05 am

The kind of report that will not be heard in the US media:

“The price hikes we have seen in power prices and the cold hard fact that Labor will never deliver on their phony promise to deliver cheaper power that is the stuff politicians can control and have done to us, changing the climate: that is make belief Chris Kenny, Sky News Australia 4 Aug 2022 (my emphasis)

Gregory Woods
August 4, 2022 5:13 am

Putin’s savagery in Ukraine

Huh? Give it a break. We ain’t got no dog in that fight…

MarkW
Reply to  Gregory Woods
August 4, 2022 9:56 am

Said the whole world when Germany invaded Czechoslovakia.

Carlo, Monte
August 4, 2022 6:28 am

F J B

Cherith
August 4, 2022 6:47 am

‘Putin’s savagery in Ukraine…’????

Reply to  Cherith
August 4, 2022 7:32 am

Yes,murder…raping….looting….arson….Putey Putin s a Stalin wannabe.

MarkW
Reply to  Antigriff
August 4, 2022 9:57 am

How many Ukrainians will be killed this time?

August 4, 2022 9:36 am

When you drive a car, you get the best mileage with a steady foot on the gas pedal.

Green enery is variable because the sun and wind are not steady. Like a foot stomping on the gas pedal, then off, then on again this cuts efficiency.

This loss of efficiency is why utility costs have actually increased wherever green energy has been tried.

Contrary to the promise of reduced costs, those promises assumed a steady foot on the gas pedal like other power sources.

What has not been factored in is the loss of efficiency that results because wind and solar vary with weather, season and time of day.

Gunga Din
Reply to  ferdberple
August 4, 2022 1:17 pm

Go “Green” and your green will go.

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