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(FreedomWire.org) – Biden recently signed into law a requirement that all vehicles produced after 2026 to be fitted with a remote kill switch. Electric vehicles are already equipped with this capability via internet-connected “superchargers.” These corporations can sell you a product for tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars, then prevent you from using them.

Worse yet, if the law is not challenged or repealed, these kill switches will have a “back door” that allows government agencies to shut your vehicle off remotely as well.

This should be very concerning to all Americans. Internal combustion vehicles, so far, are free of theses sorts of controls that are standard on electric vehicles, so preserving our access to gasoline and diesel fuel is an absolute necessity.

Right to repair is also an important issue. Right to repair ensures that we are able to hire independent professionals to repair our vehicles and other products rather than being forced to pay astronomical prices to manufacturers.

Now that the environmental superiority of electric vehicles is being called into question, the real agenda behind climate hysteria is clear. Climate change fear mongers want us poorer and unable to travel and commute as we see fit. As the Biden administration’s intentional policy of high gas prices hits the average American in the pocket book, it’s important to note that the cost of EV batteries is also rising.

(FreedomWire.org) – This is not good.

Biden’s administration’s relationship with India is taking strain as the latter tries to convince New Delhi to join its campaign to isolate Russian President Vladimir Putin.

In weeks since Russia invaded Ukraine, India has abstained from voting against Russia on three occasions.

The three U.N. resolutions include the 15-member Security Council, the 193-member general assembly, and the latest being the United Nations Human Rights Council. The UNHRC vote to establish an independent international commission of inquiry was adopted despite 13 abstentions by countries including China, Venezuela, and Pakistan.

Last week, administration officials revealed they had been in a “pitched battle” with India, the world’s largest democracy, in an effort to convince them to join the U.S., European Union, and other democratic nations in their bid to beat back Russia’s authoritarian goals.

In the last two decades, the U.S. and India have deepened their relationships, but India has been relying on Moscow’s military assistance for generations, causing the country to view Russia as a critical ally in India’s efforts to prevent China’s endeavors to dominate the territory.

India’s closeness with Russia may change following Moscow’s atrocities with Ukraine that led to the death of an Indian student in the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv.

Last week, the assistant secretary of State for South Asian affairs, Donald Lu told lawmakers that the administration was “working every day to make sure that we are trying to close the gap between where we are and where our Indian partners are.”

Adding that if Russia wasn’t brought to book, China could become bolder in its attempts to dominate the region, saying that “part of the answer here is that India understands, what’s happening in Ukraine will affect China’s behavior.”

While trying to persuade India to join its efforts, the U.S. has changed tactics a few times. Last month, President Joe Biden discussed his frustrations with India, saying to reporters that the U.S. and India had not “resolved” their alignment on Russia.

However, it seems as though the administration has abandoned a strong-arm approach, with State Department reportedly recalling a strongly worded cable to U.S. diplomats that would have seen the diplomats admonish Indian officials, branding them a part of Russia’s camp.

The statements referred to India repeatedly choosing to maintain a neutral stance in the U.N. and calling for dialogue in the Russia-Ukraine conflict rather than reprimanding its ally.

According to Tanvi Madan, a senior fellow in the foreign policy program at the Brookings Institution, this change of stance points to the U.S. acknowledging that being heavy-handed with India would be “counterproductive and unhelpful.”

He added that the U.S. realized the approach would “complicate U.S.-India ties in certain ways,” possibly leading to Russia’s conflict in Ukraine serving as a “veto” on U.S.-India relations.

(FreedomWire.org) – Energy sector leaders lashed out Tuesday at the White House’s attempt to blame them for skyrocketing gas prices.

During her daily briefing on Monday — a day when the price of a gallon of gas soared to an all-time high — White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked, “What is the president’s message to Americans who are going to the gas station today and seeing prices so high?”

She responded by saying, “The president’s message is that he’s going to do everything we can, everything he can to reduce the impact on the American people, including the price of gas at the tank.”

Psaki said Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “created instability in the markets” but added, “Clearly, we will continue to have conversations with large oil producers and suppliers around the world about how to mitigate the impact and consider domestic options as well.”

She was then asked about increasing domestic production to reduce the pain at the pump. Her answer was that “federal policies are not limiting the supplies of oil and gas.”

However, Fox News’ Peter Doocy noted that President Joe Biden “signed an executive order his first week that halted new oil and gas leases on public lands.”

“Let me give you the facts here — and I know that can be inconvenient, but I think they’re important in this moment,” Psaki responded. “To the contrary, we have — we have been clear that in the short term, supply must keep up with the demand — we’re — we are — here and around the world, while we make the shift to secure a clear — clean energy future.

“We are one of the largest producers with a strong domestic oil and gas industry. We have actually produced more oil; it is at record numbers. And we will continue to produce more oil. There are 9,000 approved drilling permits that are not being used.

“So the suggestion that we are not let allowing companies to drill is inaccurate. The suggestion that that is what is hindering or preventing gas prices to come down is inaccurate.”

The press secretary went on to say, “So I would suggest you ask the oil companies why they’re not using those if there’s a desire to drill more.”

Industry representatives attending a CERAWeek energy conference rejected Psaki’s comments.

“That accusation is a complete red herring,” American Exploration & Production Council CEO Anne Bradbury said, according to Fox Business.

“It’s really a distraction from the fact that this administration has paused leasing on federal lands, something that we’re concerned about and something that we think needs to continue right away,” she said.

The Biden administration is “required under the law” to sell oil and gas leases on public land, Bradbury said.

“The fact is that industry is producing at a higher level on existing leases on federal lands than in the last 20 years and these leases take many years to explore, to develop and produce on,” she said.

Psaki’s jab at energy companies reflects an apparent unwillingness to understand energy development, some leaders said.

“This represents a fundamental misunderstanding as to how this process works,” American Petroleum Institute President and CEO Mike Sommers said.

“Once you lease land there is a whole process that you have to go through. First, you have to actually discover whether actually there is oil and gas in that land. Second of all, you have to get a permit to actually develop that land,” he told Fox Business.

“Right now we actually are developing more leases than we have in two decades so the White House certainly doesn’t have their facts straight on this,” he said.

Energy Workforce and Technology Council CEO Leslie Beyer said the Biden administration’s “moratorium on leasing certainly adds an additional … block to American energy production, so that is the opposite of what we need to be doing right now.”

“We need to stop the rhetoric that’s anti-fossil fuel and we need some clarity just in the regulatory sense that this administration is behind domestic energy production,” she said.

Beyer said the chill from the White House toward oil and gas development scares away investors who supply the capital needed for the long-range development of oil and gas projects.

“There’s a lack of investment,” she said. “We need capital to be able to develop these assets. And certainly while that is the choice of the investors, the rhetoric coming from the administration and everything that is anti-fossil fuel informs those choices.