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(FreedomWire.org) – Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana got it right: Over the past two years, President Joe Biden stalled domestic energy production, begged Saudi Arabia to send more oil to America and drained the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — all in his effort to lower gas prices in advance of the 2022 election.

It’s at the point where the national oil reserve created in 1975 to be available in the event of a national emergency is becoming its own emergency.

Under the Biden administration, the midterm election and spiking gasoline prices created a political crisis for Democrats, one that the president solved by draining 42% of what was in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve when he took office.

Biden abused the Strategic Petroleum Reserve, says Rep. Stephanie Brice of Oklahoma. The 638 million barrels of emergency oil in January of 2021 is down to 371 million barrels in January of 2023.

How much is that in real terms? 371 million barrels is not much more than one barrel per American, which will make enough gasoline to power your car for 280 miles, give or take a hill.

Biden said just before the November election that the administration would, after 18 months of draining the reserve, begin to refill it in the first quarter of 2023. The Department of Energy put out contracts to buy three million barrels of oil from producers at a price between $70-$78 a barrel. It was not much, but it was a start of less than 1%.

The bidding period closed in late December and bids were to be reviewed and awarded on Jan. 13, with deliveries expected to be poured back into Big Hill Strategic Petroleum Reserve in Beaumont, Texas, in February.

It would restore less than 1% of what has been removed from the emergency supply by the administration, but it was a start.

Quietly in January, the Department of Energy decided it did not have any acceptable bids, and simply awarded no bids, without an explanation. There will be no three million barrels put back into the SPR this round and the Department of Energy has clammed up about it.

Reasonable people ask why. While DOE won’t say so, producers don’t think $70 is an attractive price, when all signals point to oil being priced on the exchanges in the $80-$95 range for the foreseeable future. Crude oil prices surged to their highest in seven weeks earlier this week.

House Resolution 21, the Strategic Production Response Act, would put side rails on the Department of Energy by prohibiting the release of crude oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve for political purposes. At this point, it appears H.R. 21 is going to get Christmas-treed with as many as 100 amendments and it may lose its momentum or get killed altogether.

The president has vowed to veto the bill in the unlikely event it makes its way to his desk. “He will not allow the American people to suffer because of the backwards agenda that House Republicans are advancing,” said Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm in a White House briefing. H.R. 21, she said, “risks raising these gas prices and making it harder to offer Americans relief in the future.”

Biden wants Americans to believe he has lowered gas prices. Here are the facts: In 2021, gas averaged $3.01 a gallon. Today, gas in America averages $3.50, a nearly 17% increase.

Time is marching on for this president. It’s year three of his first term. He promised he’d put oil back in the SPR, and now he cannot deliver on that promise.

While his policies continue to suppress domestic energy production, and demand around the world is exceeding supply, the president has made the nation a less secure place because he traded our national security for power — his own political power.

(FreedomWire.org) – Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm claimed Monday that “international and climate events” were to blame for price increases at the pump.

“It’s obviously based upon international and climate events, so, for example, Winter Storm Elliot pulled two million barrels off the U.S. market,” Granholm said during a White House press briefing. “That crimp in supply causes prices to go up.”

The average price of a gallon of gas is $3.423, up from $3.096 a month ago, according to AAA. Biden has taken credit for lower gas prices in the past, even though a gallon of gas cost an average of $2.1218 on Nov. 3, 2020.

Biden and the White House have often called increased gas prices the “Putin price hike,” but some experts have said Biden’s hostility to fossil fuel production has fueled higher gas prices. The Biden administration revoked the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline in January 2021 and cancelled an offshore lease sale in May after issuing new regulations for onshore drilling for oil and natural gas.

Biden authorized the sale of up to 180 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) in March, following Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine. The reserve is down to its lowest level since the 1980s, Forbes reported.

“Biden and Secretary Granholm have created an energy crisis by crippling American energy, sending U.S. jobs overseas, and depleting our SPR,” Senate Republicans said in a release.

The Strategic Production Response Act was introduced in the House earlier this month. It would require the Energy Department to develop a plan to increase the percentage of federal areas leased for gas and oil production before releasing oil from the reserve.

Granholm said President Biden will veto a House bill regulating U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve withdrawals.

Granholm said that such proposals risk raising gas prices and are “simply nonstarters,” according to the official White House transcript.

“So I’ll be very clear: If Congress were to pass H.R. 21 (the Strategic Production Response Act), the president would veto it. He will not allow the American people to suffer because of the backwards agenda that House Republicans are advancing.”

(FreedomWire.org) – US negotiators agreed Sunday to pay “climate” reparations to “developing” countries to punish Americans for their success and reward a handful of extremely rich people who live in those countries.

Pakistan, which spearheaded a group of 134 developing nations pushing for loss and damage payments, provided a fresh reminder of the destructive forces of climate change. Over the summer, Pakistan suffered devastating flooding that scientists say was made worse by global warming, resulting in more than 1,500 deaths, plunging one-third of the country underwater and causing $30 billion in damages, even as Pakistan contributes less than 1 percent of the world’s planet-warming emissions.

What caused the devastating flooding, other than Pakistan being located in a region that has been hit by heavy rains regularly since humans first kept records, is deforestation and social incompetence. It might make them feel better to blame other people for the tragedy, but the logical and foreseeable consequences of Pakistan’s failed state status made the flood inevitable.

The Wall Street Journal gives the best description

John Kerry, the U.S. climate envoy, dismissed the idea earlier this month: “It’s a well-known fact that the United States and many other countries will not establish . . . some sort of legal structure that is tied to compensation or liability. That’s just not happening.” But on Thursday Europe abandoned the U.S. by proposing a deal, and Mr. Kerry rolled over.

Wealthy countries will now set up a fund to cover climate damage for the least developed countries—i.e., not China or middle-income nations. This will be financed from “a broad donor base” and “mosaic of solutions,” such as international development banks and taxes on aviation, shipping and fossil fuels.

Europe hopes this will induce poor countries to reduce emissions to meet the Paris target of limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial levels. The world has already warmed by 1.1 degrees, and a U.N. report last month estimated temperatures would rise 1.8 degrees even if Western countries meet their “net-zero” goals.

But China emits two-thirds more CO2 than Europe and the U.S. combined. Coal accounts for 60% of China’s power generation, and more new coal plants are set for approval through 2025 than the entire existing U.S. fleet. China says it needs more coal power for energy security and, unlike Europe and the U.S., it won’t commit climate suicide.

This is a stupid and unworkable policy agreed to by stupid people who allegedly represent our nation’s interests. The saving grace is that with a new GOP Congressional majority, there is slight chance of the money for this travesty being appropriated. However, it points to a larger problem. We should not be a party to stupid activities like this. If we do decide to be a party to them, we can’t have whatever John Kerry is supposed to be representing our interests when the are only focused on consensus.

Representative Chip Roy (R-TX) introduced a bill that would defund President Joe Biden‘s special presidential envoy for climate — a position currently held by former Secretary of State John Kerry.

The bill is officially titled ‘The No Taxpayer Funding For Climate Zealots Advancing Radical Schemes Act,’’ or the ‘‘No Taxpayer Funding For CZARS Act.” Original co-sponsors include GOP Representatives Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Thomas Massie (KY), Lauren Boebert (CO), Scott Perry (PA), Mary Miller (IL), Louie Gohmert (TX), Andy Biggs (AZ), and Greg Steube (FL).

“Hardworking Americans are struggling every day to afford gas and electricity because of the disastrous energy policies peddled by hysterical fools like John Kerry,” Roy said.

Recently, Kerry told a crowd at the University of Southern California’s Center of Public Diplomacy that despite the high price of gasoline, Americans should not increase oil production, Fox News reported.

“No, we don’t,” he said in reference to those who advocate for more drilling. “We absolutely don’t. And we have to prevent a false narrative from entering into this.”

Kerry has held his position as Biden’s climate czar since the beginning of his presidency. In August 2021, Fox News reported that Kerry’s “family jet has already emitted 30 times the amount of carbon emitted by a typical passenger vehicle per year.”  The report cited flight data reviewed by the outlet and found “the jet emitted an estimated 138 metric tons of carbon on trips dating from Jan. 10 to Aug. 6.” That means Kerry’s jet “emitted 30 times the amount of carbon emitted by a typical passenger vehicle per year,” Fox added.

Roy’s bill officially reads, “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds may be used for the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, including for salary, administrative, and travel expenses of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and for any other activity of the Special Presidential Envoy for Climate.”

(FreedomWire.org) – The White House is still trying to walk back remarks Joe Biden made last week about shutting down coal plants, suggesting Monday that the comments were too hard to hear to be understood, and have been twisted.

While speaking in Southern California at the corporate headquarters of Viasat in to promote the CHIPS and Science Act, Biden on Friday very clearly said “we’re going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar.” The CHIPS and Science Act was signed into law in August to provide $50 billion in incentives to the domestic manufacturing of semiconductors.

Biden seemed to suggest that the United States’ would be transitioning to so-called “clean energy” partly because of the high cost of coal.

“No one is building new coal plants, because they can’t rely on it, even if they have all the coal guaranteed for the rest of their existence of the plant, so it’s going to become a wind generation,” Biden said. “And all they’re doing is they’re going to save them a hell of a lot of money using the same transition line that transmits coal fire electric,” he claimed, before stating that the U.S. would be “shutting these plants down all across America.”

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Saturday ripped Biden for making what he called “offensive and disgusting” comments that ignored the “severe economic pain” Americans are feeling because of rising energy costs.

“Being cavalier about the loss of coal jobs for men and women in West Virginia and across the country who literally put their lives on the line to help build and power this country is offensive and disgusting,” Manchin said.

The Democrat demanded that Biden apologize to coal workers.

“Comments like these are the reason the American people are losing trust in President Biden and instead believes he does not understand the need to have an all in energy policy that would keep our nation totally energy independent and secure,” he said.

Later on Saturday, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre put out a statement accusing critics of twisting his comments: “The president’s remarks yesterday have been twisted to suggest a meaning that was not intended; he regrets it if anyone hearing these remarks took offense,” she said.

Jean-Pierre was still in damage control mode on Monday, as she struggled from the White House podium to explain Biden’s remarks. This time she seemed to suggest that it was too hard to hear Biden’s message due to loud noises in the room.

“So we just wanted to be very clear, uh, on that, which is why we, uh, put out a statement. Seems like there was uh, some confusion, uh, on that. And so, uh, but you know, uh, I want to say this. It was—some of you were there. It was loud and hard to hear, I think, or maybe not exactly what [heavy sigh] what, uh, was being said, but I currently don’t want to get into punditry from here and why we did it, or unintelligible did it on T.V.

But I spoke to this over the weekend. The president’s words, we believe, were twisted, um, and we were very clear about that, and anybody who knows Joe Biden, knows that he comes from coal, uh, coal country, from Scranton, Pennsylvania. His great grandfather was a mining engineer as you all know.”

Reading from her notes, Jean Pierre continued a bit more smoothly: “President Biden knows that the men and women of coal country built this nation, and he has spent his presidency fighting for coal communities so that they too  can benefit from the energy transition we’re in right now.”

However, Biden’s hostility toward the energy sector is well documented, even if it’s not a narrative Democrats need ahead of the midterm elections as Americans struggle to make ends meet.

During a campaign event in New Hampshire in December of 2019, Biden said coal miners should “learn how to program,” and fossil fuel executives should go to jail. “Anybody who can go down 300 to 3,000 feet in a mine can sure as hell learn to program as well…Give me a break! Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for god’s sake!” Biden said.

Biden said guidelines were needed to hold fossil fuel executives “liable” for alleged pollution “particularly in those cases where your underserved neighborhoods and you know the deal,” and threatened: “when they don’t unintelligible we’ll put them in jail—I’m not joking!”

The media did not “twist” Biden’s words. He has repeated time and time again, that he wants to eliminate fossil fuels.

(FreedomWire.org) – President Joe Biden traveled to Westchester County, New York Sunday evening to deliver remarks at a Democrat campaign event.

With just two days to go until a high-stakes midterm election, Joe Biden confirmed he is for “no more drilling.”

“No more drilling. There is no more drilling. I haven’t formed any new drilling,” Biden said to the climate change protester.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) clapped and supported Biden’s war on domestic oil.

A few days ago Joe Biden said he was going to shut down all coal plants across the US.

The White House attempted damage control and tried to ‘clarify’ Biden’s statement after major backlash.

Will the White House walk back this statement too?

While Biden chatted with hecklers he nearly fell on stage.

‘Oops, stepping on a – hmm – it’s black. Anyway,’ Biden said after he nearly fell.

Biden was interrupted by several protesters. They were swiftly escorted out of the venue.

‘Let ’em holler. Let ’em holler,’ the president dismissed. ‘That’s more like my generation, alright. I’m with ya.’

The president was forced to stop mid-story when audience members brought his attention to someone requiring medical attention.

‘Okay, I got it, I got it,’ Biden said when the audience got frantic over the fainting spell. ‘Let’s get a little bit of help here. Someone fainted. I’ve got it, I’ve got it. We’ll get some help over here.’

It was one disaster after another. No wonder more democratic candidates didn’t want Biden to come campaign with them.

(FreedomWire.org) – Daniel Dale is a senior reporter for CNN who fact-checks presidents. He was not kind to President Joe Biden’s midterm message.

Daniel Dale said:

“Gas prices weren’t over $5 when Biden took office. The Social Security hike isn’t a Biden achievement. The Trump tax cut didn’t “only” go to the top 1%. Biden didn’t cut the debt in half. Biden didn’t get Congress to pass a law to forgive student debt.”

“The unemployment rate. Biden said at the Florida rally on Tuesday: “Unemployment is down from 6.5 to 3.5%, the lowest in 50 years.” He said at the New Mexico rally on Thursday: “Unemployment rate is 3.5% – the lowest it’s been in 50 years.”

“But Biden didn’t acknowledge that September’s 3.5% unemployment rate was actually a tie for the lowest in 50 years – a tie, specifically, with three months of Trump’s administration, in late 2019 and early 2020.

“Since Biden uses these campaign speeches to favorably compare his own record to Trump’s record, that omission is significant.

“The unemployment rate rose to 3.7% in October; that number was revealed on Friday, after these Biden comments. The rate was 6.4% in January 2021, the month Biden took office.

“Biden’s student debt policy

“During an on-camera discussion conducted by progressive organization NowThis News and published online in late October, Biden told young activists that they “probably are aware, I just signed a law” on student debt forgiveness that is being challenged by Republicans.

“He added: “It’s passed. I got it passed by a vote or two, and it’s in effect.”

“Biden’s claims are false.

“He created his student debt forgiveness initiative through executive action, not through legislation, so he didn’t sign a law and didn’t get it passed by any margin.

“Since Republicans opposed to the initiative, including those challenging the initiative in court, have called it unlawful precisely because it wasn’t passed by Congress, the distinction between a law and an executive action is a highly pertinent fact here.

“A White House official told CNN that Biden was referring to the Inflation Reduction Act, the law narrowly passed by the Senate in August; the official said the Inflation Reduction Act created “room for other crucial programs” by bringing down the deficit. But Biden certainly did not make it clear that he was talking about anything other than the student debt initiative.

“Gas prices

“Biden correctly noted on various occasions in October that gas prices have declined substantially since their June 2022 peak – though, as always, it’s important to note that presidents have a limited impact on gas prices.

“But in an economic speech in New York last week, Biden said, “Today, the most common price of gas in America is $3.39 – down from over $5 when I took office.”

“Biden’s claim that the most common gas price when he took office was more than $5 is not even close to accurate.

“The most common price for a gallon of regular gas on the day he was inaugurated, January 20, 2021, was $2.39, according to data provided to CNN by Patrick De Haan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy.

“In other words, Biden made it sound like gas prices had fallen significantly during his presidency when they had actually increased significantly.

“In other recent remarks, Biden has discussed the state of gas prices in relation to the summer peak of more than $5 per gallon, not in relation to when he took office.

“Regardless, the comment last week was the second this fall in which Biden inaccurately described the price of gas – both times in a way that made it sound more impressive.”

(FreedomWire.org) – Joe Biden on Thursday traveled to Syracuse, New York to deliver remarks on Micron’s plan to invest in CHIPS manufacturing.

Biden falsely claimed gas was over $5 per gallon when he took office in January 2021.

“The most common price of gas in America is $3.39, down from over $5 when I took office,” Biden said.

Biden also falsely claimed “the price of inflation is down, real incomes are up, and the price of gas is down.”

It is unclear exactly what numbers Biden was referring to. Inflation is still up 8.2 percent from last year and real wages have fallen 17 months in a row.

When Biden was asked, “Given record inflation, why should voters choose Democrats?”

Biden’s response was, “Because it’s not record inflation anymore. I’m bringing it down. Look at what we inherited.”

Biden seems to be unaware that inflation was actually 1.4% when he took office and now we are at 8.2%.

Voters in Pennsylvania know that Biden is lying about inflation and gas prices. They know exactly who is to blame for our current situation.

Biden keeps insisting he was making things better for Americans, but he isn’t fooling anyone.

(FreedomWire.org) – Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) slammed President Joe Biden’s policies, saying they have “screwed up” the United States.

Appearing on Fox News’s Jesse Watters Primetime Wednesday, Kennedy blasted Biden’s infrastructure bill as being “emblematic of a larger problem.”

The $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was touted by the Biden administration as a major bipartisan achievement that will create jobs and provide much-needed funding for roads, bridges, water projects, and broadband access, passed Congress in August 2021.

“The American people have learned over the past 20 months that if you want something screwed up, President Biden is your man,” Kennedy said. “It has been 20 months of misery and vexation and Homer Simpson goes to Washington. I mean, pick your issue. The infrastructure bill, COVID, crime, the border, Congress, the economy, inflation, gas prices, Afghanistan, baby formula, for God’s sakes.”

“That’s why, based on the polling, you can see it,” Kennedy continued. “A majority of Americans believe that if you put the Biden Administration in charge of the Sahara Desert, it would quickly run out of sand.”

Kennedy, who is running for reelection in the Senate and is heavily favored to win, also said the “wokers” with whom Biden surrounds himself have turned him into a laughable caricature.

“The journalism professors with their comment-worthy man purses, experts like James Taylor and Vice President Harris — these people have way more zeal than wisdom,” Kennedy said. “They have turned our president into a caricature of this nice elderly gentleman — maybe on a day pass from a nursing home — happily eating ice cream and wandering around the country saying, ‘Well, the economy is slowing and prices are rising, and your 401Ks are crashing because the economy is so good and my policies are so good.’ And nobody is believing it. Because it’s not true.”

A new battleground election tracker released earlier this week showed many voters are not satisfied with the direction of the country and blame Biden. More than 70% of voters said the Biden administration’s policies are responsible for the current state of the economy, with 45% saying it is to blame “a great deal.”

(FreedomWire.org) – Just when Californians thought they were getting a break on high gas prices, they shot up again, hitting $7 in some areas. 

Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif) called for an emergency session of the state legislature to propose a tax that will rip off what he calls the “greed of oil companies.” 

“I’m calling for a Special Session to address the greed of oil companies. Gas prices are too high,” Newsom tweeted, adding “time to enact a windfall profits tax directly on oil companies that are ripping you off at the pump.” 

The national average for fuel is about $3.89, while California is seeing prices almost 64 percent higher than the rest of the country. 

However, Newsom’s claim that the high gas prices were simply the result of greed, gave an opening to be mocked for his lack of awareness. 

“Gas prices in Florida are half the price in California. Why is it only California with $7 gas right now!” Gov. Ron DeSantis’ (R-Fla) press secretary asked. 

A gallon of fuel only sets Floridians back by about $3.22 due to a DeSantis’ gas tax holiday that drove prices far down. 

“Only an economically illiterate Democrat would think enacting yet another state tax on petroleum companies will bring about a decrease in gas prices LOL. You couldn’t make up this level of stupid if you tried,” another Twitter user wrote. 

“Really strange how oil companies only get really greedy when they cross the California border,” someone else said. 

Meanwhile, California Assembly GOP leader James Gallagher and Vince Fong, the Assembly Budget Committee vice chair argued for Newsom to not call for the special session. 

The oil industry has pointed to California’s environmental laws and regulations to explain why the state routinely has higher gas prices than the rest of the country. Kevin Slagle, vice president of the Western States Petroleum Association, said Newsom and state lawmakers should “take a hard look at decades of California energy policy” instead of proposing a new tax.

“If this was anything other than a political stunt, the Governor wouldn’t wait two months and would call the special session now, before the election,” Slagle said. “This industry is ready right now to work on real solutions to energy costs and reliability — if that is what the Governor is truly interested in.”

Several states chose to suspend their gas taxes this summer, including Maryland, New York and Georgia. Newsom and his fellow Democrats that control the state Legislature refused to do that, opting instead to send $9.5 billion in rebates to taxpayers — which began showing up in bank accounts this week.

It’s unclear how the tax Newsom is proposing would work. Newsom said he is still working out the details with legislative leaders, but on Friday said he wants the money to be “returned to taxpayers,” possibly by using money from the tax to pay for more rebates.

(FreedomWire.org) – Gas prices are starting to creep up again. Despite Joe Biden going hat in hand to Saudi Arabia to beg for more oil production, OPEC gave him the finger and announced that they would be cutting production by two million barrels a day. Joe’s response? He’s going to continue to empty the Strategic Petroleum Reserve by 10 million barrels when it’s already at dangerously low levels and pretend like that’s doing something besides robbing our security for the future. He’s also canceling sanctions on the dictatorial state of Venezuela so that they can pump more and give some to us.

So Biden is willing to go to other countries — no matter how horrible he claims those countries are — to beg for oil but he won’t drop the restrictions on oil production in this country, so we can be energy independent again. He won’t acknowledge how he’s attacked energy production from day one in office, doing things like canceling the Keystone Pipeline. It was half-built. Had that not been canceled, it was scheduled to be finished this year and to begin operations in early 2023. The obvious answer would be to ensure our production, but he won’t do that. President Donald Trump made us a net energy exporter, but Biden has made us a beggar and endangered our national security in the process.

Meanwhile, rather than hold Biden to account, you have some in the liberal media, like MSNBC, pushing conspiracy theories about OPEC’s move rather than pushing Biden with questions about why he doesn’t just unleash our production.

Former Obama adviser Larry Summers appeared on Wall Street Week on Friday and he just demolished Joe Biden and the Democrats’ attack on energy.

“We made a mistake by canceling the Keystone pipeline,” Summers exclaimed. “We made a mistake by slowing down all kinds of permitting activity. We made a mistake by being hostile as a country to natural gas.”

What an evisceration that is. The only thing I would disagree with was it wasn’t a mistake, Biden and the Democrats did it intentionally, to push us precipitously to an anti-energy, green posture. I give Summers credit for being honest and being willing to call out Biden and the Democrats on issues like this — so few Democrats are. But Biden should be the one admitting this, not Summers. Biden was the “mistake” that many people made. We had someone who understood the economy and the importance of energy independence. Now, we now have someone whose elevator doesn’t go all the way to the top and who seems bent on doing what will hurt America.