Biden is having a rough week. First he had to start it off by offering a weak apology and defense of the absolute dumpster fire that is the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, an issue which he refused to take any blame for and turned into a finger-pointing session. Then, to worsen his mood further, a request last week that he made of OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, was denied. OPEC and it’s allies, notably as they said “including Russia,” said that they disagree that the global economic recovery would benefit from an increase in oil output, and so denied Biden’s hat-in-hand effort to check oil prices and supply.
— Reuters (@Reuters) August 16, 2021
Biden has already embarrassed the entire nation by making us appear weak on the global stage, but now he’s hurting everyday Americans back home with surging gas prices paired with skyrocketing inflation. While it’s doubtless that he’ll find someone else to blame, nobody is more responsible than Biden for creating what may quickly devolve into another oil crisis.
On day one of Biden’s presidency, he axed the Keystone XL Pipeline, killing American jobs and ending an energy project that would have allowed the U.S. to purchase oil from our ally Canada, rather than our unstable suppliers in the Middle East. Undoing and undermining U.S. energy independence — a feat seen for the first time under former President Donald Trump — Biden canceled all leases for the drilling of gas and oil on federally controlled land, leaving us at the mercy of foreign oil nations.
Biden has nobody to turn to realistically for blame regarding the mismanagement of our energy dependence. He could express anger at OPEC, but the U.S. is not a member of OPEC, even though it became an exporter of natural gas and oil briefly under the Trump administration.
— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas) August 11, 2021
The White House fretted last week about economic recovery should gasoline prices continue to rise, and now they’re trapped. It’s notable that OPEC specifically called out Russia as a supplier that weighed in on the decision, since Biden lifted sanctions against their Nordstream 2 Pipeline with his left hand while blocking the Keystone XL Pipeline with his right.
The White House has yet to explain it’s willingness to promote Russian energy projects while simultaneously blocking similar projects in the U.S. But Biden certainly has a lot of explaining to do once prices rise to record levels without the life raft that he was expecting from OPEC.
Peter Doocy battles Jen Psaki over the Biden administration refusing to sanction Russians over Nord Stream 2 and having done nothing to stop the pipeline's completion (even though he killed Keystone XL).
As Doocy pointed out, it doesn't exactly show "climate leadership." pic.twitter.com/0eBk4uJ2rA
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) May 20, 2021
Author: Eric Grant