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(FreedomWire.org) – Joe Biden may claim that he cares about trying to lower gas prices in America, but his actions are telling a different story. He has come out and revealed that his administration would cancel a vast gas and oil lease located in Alaska. The lease has been pending approval, but it will not go through now that Biden is involved.

The cancellation of the gas lease is a significant blow to American oil. Biden plans to inflate prices so high that no one can afford to drive their gas-powered cars. The Democrat has also canceled several other oil leases that allowed for drilling out in the Gulf of Mexico.

Biden has blamed a lot of different sources for the record-high gas prices. He tried to blame the war with Vladimir Putin for the higher prices. Gas prices had already risen to record heights long before the war started. The president’s plan was to try and find a way to increase domestic supply and production.

But his commitment to such an endeavor was short-lived since he is secretly canceling contracts. The decision to kill all the deals was because there was no interest by anyone in drilling the area. The Gulf of Mexico cancellations was said to be connected to lawsuits and court rulings.

The Washington Post stated, “The Biden administration is poised to let the nationwide offshore drilling program expire next month without a new plan. Barring unexpected action, the current five-year offshore drilling program will lapse at June. Interior cannot hold any new oil and gas lease sales until it has completed a replacement plan.”

Biden plans to drag out the issue until all the leases expire. Americans can then expect high prices well into the next year because of the time it takes for drilling companies to gain access and start bringing up new oil.

Frank Macchiarola is the Senior Vice President of the American Petroleum Institute. He stated that Biden’s decision to cancel the Alaska contract was “another example of the administration’s lack of commitment to oil and gas development in the U.S. The President has spoken about the need for additional supplies in the market, but his administration has failed to take action to match that rhetoric.”

Ever since Biden took office, he tells people what they want to hear and fails to act on his statements. People are urging the president to extend the contracts and approve new ones for another five years.

The oil and gas industry is waiting for any sign that Biden will approve the new leases. The current signal is that he is dragging his feet and refuses to act because he does not have a plan to move forward. He claims to have a plan but refuses to reveal what that plan is all about.

The entire industry will grind to a stop soon if Biden fails to approve new drilling leases. The president is supposed to be a person who looks out for America’s interests. But Biden seems determined to look out for the interests of everyone else in the world. His determination to change the face of energy production and consumption will doom America for years to come.

The Democratic Party is playing a game with the future of America. Their goal to date has been to turn America into another failed socialist country where another evil dictator rules. Joe Biden needs high prices because it puts people on a dependent track to the federal government.

(FreedomWire.org) – Some GOP leaders introduced a resolution to get the Biden administration to focus on the real crises facing Americans. 

The resolution, introduced in the Senate on Monday, is aimed at “urging” the development of a strategy to counter the rise in violent crime across the United States” and “points out that the murder rate in America rose by 30 percent from 2019-2020, the largest single-year increase in more than a century” while highlighting “a 59 percent increase in the number of police officers murdered last year” and noting at “at least 16 American cities set record for the number of murders in 2021.” 

The resolution also points out that President Biden and his party continue to ignore the border crisis that rages unaddressed and mostly unacknowledged. “More than 2.5 million illegal immigrants have been caught trying to cross the U.S. southern border since January 2021, and overdose deaths have reached an all-time high as the flow of illegal drugs across the southern border is putting communities at risk across America,” the resolution also notes. 

Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) was on Fox News Tuesday morning being interview about the resolution and said,  “you can lead a man to the presidency, but you can’t make him think.”

“What our resolution is intended to do is to try to get the Biden administration to focus on those issues that moms and dads are worried about when they lie down to sleep at night and can’t,” Senator Kennedy said. “Things like crime, things like the border, inflation, the baby food shortage,” Kennedy continued.

“I think most Americans understand that in its first 14 months, the Biden administration has not exactly rocked it,” Senator Kennedy further explained on Fox News on Tuesday. “The president, I think, has delegated an enormous amount of his responsibilities to his appointees,” Kennedy noted. 

Biden appointees, Kennedy explained, are “an interesting mixture of two groups,” described by the Louisiana Senator as “a bunch of uber-Washington insider elite types who mentally- haven’t been out of Washington mentally- for more than ten minutes in their lives,” he said. “They think Washington is America, and America is Washington,” Kennedy added of the insider elites running the Biden administration. 

“The second group that he has running the show, and there is some overlap,” Kennedy noted, “I would describe as the crunchy granola types who like to attend gender reveal parties. I mean they’re very, very woke and they’re just not focused on the issues that are worrying ordinary Americans right now,” he said. 

These groups that Biden has delegated his authority to, Kennedy explained, “believe in government by experts, and they think they’re the experts, and they’re smarter than ordinary Americans, and they’re more virtuous — and that everybody ought to shut up and listen to them — and if we’re nice, they’ll let us eat meat occasionally.”

(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) – On Wednesday, Joe Biden’s Department of Interior (DOI) announced that it would be canceling three significant oil and gas lease sales that would have greatly boosted American energy output.

Axios reports that the move all but confirms that the federal government will not be selling any new oil and gas leases for the remainder of 2022, a sharp reversal from the energy dominant policies of the Trump Administration that saw the United States become energy independent for the first time ever, as well as a major exporter of energy.

The DOI released a statement claiming that the cancelation of the sales was due to “lack of industry interest in leasing in the area,” declaring that it “will not move forward with the proposed Cook Inlet OCS oil and gas lease sale 258,” which would have been off the coast of Alaska. The department also confirmed that “it will not move forward with lease sales 259 and 261 in the Gulf of Mexico region, as a result of delays due to factors including conflicting court rulings that impacted work on these proposed lease sales.”

The alarming move from the DOI comes even as gas prices continue to soar to record highs, primarily as a result of Biden’s “green energy” push to cancel numerous other oil and gas leases across the country. Immediately upon coming to power, one of Biden’s first moves was to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada that would have created tens of thousands of jobs, as well as build a stronger energy-based partnership with Canada.

Gas prices have risen even higher following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, although Biden has tried unsuccessfully to blame the entirety of the energy crisis on the war. Biden has also previously voiced his support for lending more oil and gas to European countries so that they are less dependent on Russian energy, although the DOI’s latest decision further reduces the United States’ ability to even produce energy for itself, let alone export energy to other countries.

Far-left environmental activists celebrated the Biden Administration’s decision, with Earthjustice spokesman Drew Caputo claiming, without evidence, that the lease cancelation was “good for the climate, which can’t handle new oil and gas development.” Conversely, Frank Macchiarola of the American Petroleum Institute pointed out that “unfortunately, this is becoming a pattern. The administration talks about the need for more supply and acts to restrict it.”

(FreedomWire.org) – In a particularly brutal portion of Buttigieg’s Thursday testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee, the transportation secretary didn’t respond to West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin’s questions about why the Biden administration wanted to give EV purchasers huge tax breaks to buy what they’d already be buying.

Tax breaks for EV buyers had been a major part of Biden’s abortive Build Back Better Act, with tax incentives of up to $12,500, according to CNBC. While that massive omnibus package failed — thanks mostly to Manchin, who refused to support it — there had been hope of revisiting it.

A senior adviser for Oregon Democrat Sen. Ron Wyden, the Senate Finance Committee chair who helped lead the charge to pass Build Back Better, said last month that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was “spurring additional desire” to pass the energy provisions in the original bill, according to E&E News.

“We’re still extremely optimistic about the path forward for passing this package, and in preserving the bulk of what we had in December,” Bobby Andres said at a March forum. “The opportune time to take action is likely in the next month or two.”

That, of course, relies on Manchin’s vote. I don’t know if Andres would describe himself as “extremely optimistic” after Thursday’s hearing, where Manchin derided the idea of providing subsidies for EV buyers.

“There’s a waiting list for EVs right now with the fuel price at $4,” Manchin told Buttigieg. “But they still want us to throw $5,000, or $7,000, or $12,000 credit to buy an electric vehicle.”

“It makes no sense to me whatsoever when supply and demand — we can’t produce the product for the people who want it and we’re still going to pay them to take it? It’s absolutely ludicrous in my mind,” he continued.

“But I’m thinking we are getting ourselves tangled in a situation that we’re not going to be able to supply — electrodes and anodes and cathodes — everything that’s going to be needed for this product,” he added, referring to concerns that much of the supply for critical EV materials runs through China.

He then asked Buttigieg if he shared his concerns. Buttigieg’s answer: He shared about half of them, and the other half (namely, the credits) he wasn’t going to be talking about.

“We are following this closely and I think it’s a great example of one of the areas of manufacturing capacity that we’ve got to do more of right here on American soil,” Buttigieg said.

“If you look at the timelines that the physicists have laid out on climate, some of them can — in terms of our action and our need to rise to the challenge — could arguably be measured in months rather than years at this point.

“So, we feel a sense of enormous urgency to accelerate not just the uptake of electric vehicles, but, as you note, their production and our productive capacity for them,” he added.

Yes, but in terms of the ability to produce EVs for consumers who want them, the timeline that automakers have laid out on delivery is inarguably measured in years rather than months at this point.

“Electric car buyers are facing longer than normal waiting times for a couple of key reasons – demand and supply. In some cases there is a perfect storm of increased demand with restricted supply, which is causing year-long waiting lists for comparatively humble models like the Volkswagen ID.3,” EV-centric publication Electrifying reported in March.

While some of this is attributable to the usual supply-chain constraints, much of it is demand: “Kia, for example, says it is not experiencing delays in production and is actually delivering the cars it was supposed to, but huge demand for models like the EV6 means the queue to get one is now up to 10 months long,” they reported.

That’s not just because of gas prices — although expect those to stay high for as long as Joe Biden is in the White House, since his administration only seems to give a rip about them now because inflation is going to be one of the primary reasons Democrats will likely be destroyed in this November’s midterms.

EVs are suddenly, well, cool. They’re not just considered cool because of the left’s nauseating drum-beat on alternative energy; the technology has evolved to the point where they can outperform traditional internal combustion automobiles for certain people. Tesla’s cars, in particular, have a certain je ne sais quois about them: an ineffable combination of an Alfa Romeo, a cool new tech gadget and a spaceship, all rolled into one. (The company’s CEO definitely doesn’t hurt the cool factor, either.)

However, when you have so much demand that there are waiting lists that stretch over a year, in some cases, why throw money at people to buy EVs when they’re already buying them faster than they’re being produced?

Secretary Buttigieg didn’t answer that question, and I doubt too many in the Biden administration are going to jump in to help him, either. One suspects that’s because it’s the default answer the Biden administration has for almost any problem: If you throw money at it, it’ll get fixed. Somehow.

Judging by Manchin’s questioning on Thursday, however — in which he called the tax credits “ludicrous” — my guess is that particular “fix” is off the table for now.

(FreedomWire.org) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi got testy with her media “friends” when pressed during her weekly briefing Thursday about ongoing inflation and spiked gas prices.

Fox News reporter Chad Pergram asked Pelosi about this lunacy, asking if she really believes voters won’t blame all of this on Democrats in the fall.

Pergram asked “do you think the public is blaming Democrats or will continue to blame Democrats…”

Pelosi responded “I don’t think the public is blaming Democrats. I think they’re blaming the oil companies…”

Pergram pressed: “But they won’t take that out on your side during the midterms even if you pass this bill and prices don’t get back to…”

Pelosi continued: “Why would we say that? I don’t think what you say is making very much sense… If the Republicans stand in the way of us freeing the consumer of the stranglehold of Big Oil, you think they’re going to blame that on the Democrats?”

Pelosi then points her finger at Pergram and says “You believe that. You believe that.”

The speaker’s remarks demonstrated a stunning disconnect from reality, as multiple polls have shown that the public primarily blames President Joe Biden, and the Democrats for inflation.

“When asked about who they blame for an increase in gas prices, a plurality (39%) blame the Biden Administration, 21% blame the sanctions on Russia, and 18% blame gas and oil companies,” according to an Emerson College survey published in March.

“The latest … national telephone and online survey finds that 64% of Likely U.S. Voters believe the policies of Biden’s administration have increased inflation, while only eight percent (8%) think Biden’s policies have reduced inflation. Another 25% say the Biden administration’s policies have not made much difference in inflation,” according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released around the same time.

A more recent poll conducted this month by Public Opinion Strategies on behalf of Americans for Prosperity found that 61 percent of Americans blame the president for inflation.

The speaker’s remarks also appeared to demonstrate a lack of a coherent message, because during the same briefing Thursday, she blamed inflation on Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We call it the Putin price hike,” she said.

She’s been touting the same message on social media.

In the briefing, Pelosi accused the oil and gas companies of price gouging for profit and not increasing production to keep the prices high, while not mentioning anything about Biden and how his administration has throttled the oil and gas industry with their green new deal agenda.

(FreedomWire.org) -Democrat special interest group have a lawsuit filed against Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and that an Obama-nominated judge (and sister to leftist “journalist” Nina Totenberg) has allowed to proceed.  

The lawsuit against Greene claims that what happened on January 6 was an “insurrection” that triggers the “Disqualification Clause” in the 14th Amendment, a clause that Congress nullified via the 1878 Amnesty Act.  

Considering that the left constantly characterizes Greene as a nutcase, a reasonable person might ask why Democrats need a lawsuit.  The answer lies in a Twitter thread Greene posted last week.

(FreedomWire.org) – White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has a new excuse for inflation almost weekly, but her newest claim might be the craziest one yet.

Democrats first blamed the inflation spike on transitory factors. Then they said it was due to supply chain issues.

Then President Joe Biden and White House press secretary Jen Psaki sought to pin inflation on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine.

They have even blamed oil companies for taking too much profit.

Now, the Democrats’ argument apparently is, “Sure, inflation’s bad, but it’s outside of our control, and Republicans would do no better.”

Last week, the party tweeted, “Republicans still have no plan to fight inflation.”

This latest tactic is built on a talking point Psaki floated in November.

“The president is using every weapon in his arsenal to fight inflation,” she told reporters at the time.

“What are the Republicans putting forward?” Psaki asked. “They’re screaming from a bullhorn. They’re tweeting about it. They have absolutely no plan.”

“What the American people should know and understand is that the president has had a plan to fight the pandemic, to address price increases, to keep the supply chain moving,” the press secretary said.

Republicans warned back in the spring of 2021 that passing the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan would be inflationary. The legislation garnered no GOP support because so little of it had to do with directly responding to the pandemic.

According to USA Facts, the bill included over $413.6 billion for stimulus checks, $350 billion for state and local governments, $242.4 billion for enhanced unemployment benefits, $170.5 billion for schools, $88.5 billion for enhanced child tax credits, $87.7 billion for transportation and $21.6 billion for rental and utility assistance payments.

Much of this money was “printed” by the Federal Reserve buying the debt, flowing even more money into the nation’s economy. The amount of the national debt held by the Fed increased from $3.5 trillion prior to the pandemic to $6.1 trillion by the end of last year.

Last fall, Republicans universally opposed Biden’s $1.9 trillion Build Back Better proposal, both because the nation couldn’t afford it and because it would be inflationary.

Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia agreed and, along with Sen. Krysten Sinema of Arizona, blocked the legislation.

Another aspect of the Republican plan was keeping Trump’s pro-energy development policies in place. Under his leadership, the U.S. became the top oil producer in the world in 2018 — for the first time since 1973.

Market watchers have blamed inflation in part on Biden’s energy policies.

In the early days of Biden’s presidency, he signed executive orders under the auspices of addressing climate change that included suspending oil and gas exploration leasing on federal lands and reinstating an Obama-era carbon dioxide emission federal fee on oil-drilling operations, which had been lowered significantly under Trump.

Additionally, the Biden administration shut down oil exploration in the Arctic Wildlife Preserve, limited oil exploration in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska and canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline from Canada.

Now, the U.S. is producing over 1 million fewer barrels a day than at its pre-pandemic peak under Trump.

Nonetheless, Biden continued to blame Putin in a Wednesday tweet.

Last month, Republicans introduced the American Energy Independence from Russia Act. Among other provisions, it would immediately approve the Keystone XL Pipeline and restart oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters.

Psaki and the Democrats  may say Republicans have no plan to address inflation. However, the GOP’s plan is to do pretty much the exact opposite of what the Democrats have done.

(FreedomWire.org) – The NBC, CBS and ABC morning news shows largely ignored a new inflation report that showed inflation raging at 8.5 percent. That was the highest increase since 1981 — the same year Raiders of the Lost Ark hit the box office.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported at 8:30 a.m. ET April 12 that inflation increased by a terrifying 8.5 percent over the past year. This was the “largest 12-month increase” since December 1981.

Energy inflation fared the worst at a shocking 32 percent rise over last year, with gasoline alone rising 48 percent. Food inflation also took a steep hike at 8.8 percent. Housing and shelter inflation rose 5 percent over the past year in the biggest increase in over 30 years.

This was critical news for Americans who have already been suffering from painfully high prices at the gas pump and the grocery store, but where were the morning networks? ABC’s Good Morning America, CBS Mornings, and NBC’s Today and 3rd Hour of Today shows gave the BLS report announcement almost no coverage on their April 12 broadcasts.

All three broadcasts previewed the possible results earlier in the morning, but none of them interrupted their non-news fluff in the 8:30 a.m. ET half hour to provide live coverage of the release of the actual statistics.

Instead, viewers were treated with an impromptu fashion show, an interview with a star of Queer Eye fame and a performance from a pop singer, among other stories.

CBS Mornings gave the inflation announcement absolutely zero coverage on its April 12 morning show. Instead, co-hosts Tony Dokoupil and Vladimir Duthiers gushed over fellow CBS correspondent Gayle King’s pink dress. “You look stunning,” Duthiers said. King even did a twirl to the ooh and aahs of her co-hosts.

ABC’s Good Morning America barely outdid CBS with minimal coverage of the inflation news. ABC acknowledged the inflation report with a single mention in the tiny news crawl on the bottom of the screen. “Wall Street reacts to new consumer inflation figures out this morning as food and energy prices spike,” it read.

Aside from a news crawl item about the inflation report, what else did ABC cover on its April 12 morning show? Lara Spencer interviewed gay reality TV star Jonathan Van Ness on his book Love That Story: Observations from a Gorgeously Queer Life. Van Ness came into prominence through his appearances on the show Queer Eye.

NBC’s Today show opted to interview pop singer Camila Cabello. Cabello performed a few songs from her new album, Familia.

Surprisingly, NBC’s 3rd Hour of Today actually did cover the inflation announcement, but only partially. NBC reporter Tom Costello accurately summarized inflationary pains, “[T]he big picture here, we’re all paying more for food, we’re all paying more for just about everything — for rent, for mortgages.” But he also claimed that the economy was “incredible” coming out of the pandemic and “running hot.”

(FreedomWire.org) – A key consumer price metric used by the government to measure inflation soared 8.5% over the last 12 months — the fastest pace of inflation since December 1981 — the Department of Labor (DOL) announced Tuesday.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased 1.2% between February and March, the fastest month-over-month figure since 2005, according to the Labor Department report released Tuesday morning. Economists surveyed by the Dow Jones projected that CPI would increase 1.1% last month and 8.4% over the 12-month period ending in March, CNBC reported.

“We’re seeing strong inflation momentum across the board, both for goods and services,” Blerina Uruci, a U.S. economist at T. Rowe Price Group, told The Wall Street Journal.

The White House warned Monday that the CPI figures would be “extraordinarily elevated” ahead of the report, but blamed Russian President Vladimir Putin. Gasoline prices hit record highs in March after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine which disrupted global energy markets dominated by Russian supplies.

“Because of the actions we’ve taken to address Putin — the Putin price hike, we are in a better place than we were last month,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters at a press briefing. “But we expect March CPI headline inflation to be extraordinarily elevated due to Putin’s price hike.”

“We expect a large difference between core and headline inflation, reflecting the global disruptions in energy and food markets,” she added. 

But core CPI, which measures prices of all goods excluding the historically-volatile energy and food categories, still rose 6.5% between April 2021 and March, the DOL said. While lower than the headline figure, the core inflation number reported Tuesday still represented its largest jump since August 1982.

Inflation has surged over the past several months: CPI surpassed the Federal Reserve’s 2% benchmark in May 2021 and has since precipitously climbed higher, according to federal data. Inflation increased a whopping 7.5% and 7.9% in January and February respectively, before Putin ever ordered troops to assault Ukraine.

Prices for new and used vehicles, rent, medical care, commodities and transportation costs like airline fares have all skyrocketed over the past year, the Tuesday report showed.

“As expected, inflation soared in March,” Joel Naroff, the chief economist of the Pennsylvania-based economic consulting firm Naroff Economics, told the Daily Caller News Foundation. “But it wasn’t just energy, which continued to spike as a consequence of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Food, clothing, medical care and transportation were all up sharply as well.”

While recent jobs reports have shown strong growth, Americans are more concerned about inflation when it comes to the economy, according to a CBS News poll released Monday. Just 31% of those surveyed said they approved of President Joe Biden’s handling of inflation.

Small business owners listed inflation as the biggest issue facing them, a survey released Tuesday by the National Federation of Independent Business showed.

Critics, meanwhile, have accused the Federal Reserve of failing to properly act as prices have shot up across sectors over the last 12 months. Fed officials have turned their focus too much toward social justice issues instead of monetary policy, a recent Independent Institute report concluded.

“This is a direct result of Biden’s Federal Reserve being too preoccupied with ‘diversity,’ ‘equity,’ and ‘climate change’ while ignoring all the warning signs on inflation for more than a year,” E.J. Antoni, a research fellow at The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Data Analysis, told the DCNF. “The Fed is laughably behind the curve and people are demonstrably poorer because of it.”

Prior to the report Tuesday, Antoni predicted the 12-month figure to reach 8.3% and the month-over-month number to surpass 1.0%. He added that, under his projections, real wages would be down over 4.0% since Biden took office in January 2021.

Republicans on the Senate Banking Committee have repeatedly slammed the Federal Reserve for its persistent push to address climate change in recent months. The lawmakers said the Fed is increasingly focusing on areas outside of its congressional mandate.