Why did so few Democrats want Joe Biden to show up on the campaign trail with them? Because they were afraid he’d do something like this.
Just two days before the midterm elections, where the political fortunes of several states with energy economies hanging in the balance, Joe Biden shot himself — and his party — in the foot.
BREAKING: Two days before the midterm elections, Joe Biden clearly states he is for "no more [oil] drilling." pic.twitter.com/2F9hZNOwMt
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) November 7, 2022
It’s hardly a one-off, either. He bragged about his plan to wipe out coal, too. Manchin just about lost his mind over it.
“I was in Massachusetts about a month ago on the site of the largest old coal plant in America. Guess what? It cost them too much money,” Biden said during an event in Carlsbad, Calif., on Friday. “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 the existence of the plant. So it’s going to become a wind generation.”
“And all they’re doing is, it’s going to save them a hell of a lot of money, and using the same transmission line that they transmitted the coal-fired electric on, we’re going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar power,” Biden pledged.
In response, Sen. Joe Manchin, a moderate Democrat from the coal-reliant red state of West Virginia, said that view is “outrageous” and “divorced from reality.”
“President Biden’s comments are not only outrageous and divorced from reality, they ignore the severe economic pain the American people are feeling because of rising energy costs,” Manchin noted in a statement. “Comments like these are the reason the American people are losing trust in President Biden and instead believe he does not understand the need to have an all in energy policy that would keep our nation totally energy independent and secure. — ConservativeBrief
Back in 2020, Joe (or his advisors, anyway) had sense enough to lie to the public about his energy policy. When Trump quoted Joe Biden’s own words to him about shutting down the energy industry, Joe called him a liar.
As soon as he took office, Biden did exactly what he said he would not do. He put the screws to America’s energy independence, and we’ve been paying a price for it ever since.
Biden blames the skyrocketing costs of various fuel types on ‘global pricing’ issues, a war in Ukraine, or the greed of OPEC countries.
In reality, had Americans simply stayed the course from the Trump administration’s vision of energy policy, we would be producing enough oil to offset all three of those supply-side inflationary pressures.
This ritual act of economic Seppuku is having downstream effects on more than just simple inflation. Food production will be way down because energy prices have jacked up the costs of fertilizer manufacturing. Diesel prices are soaring as supply dips dangerously low, which is bad news for farmers in their tractors, truckers bringing goods to market, trains shipping freight, and ships at sea.
Northern States are becoming keenly aware of the impact fuel shortages of various kinds will have on heating homes this winter or the ability of homeowners and businesses to pay for it where it is available.
Until recently, Joe Biden pointed the finger at oil companies saying that there are all kinds of leases that energy companies just aren’t using. He failed to mention the miles of red tape he put in the path of anyone who would dare to try drilling a new well. As recently as last June, Biden rejected Republican claims that Joe Biden was throwing roadblocks in front of the oil industry.
Now he’s bragging about it as official policy.
Shellenberger brings the receipts:
Biden has long insisted he's no obstacle to expanded oil drilling. "This idea they don’t have oil to drill & to bring up," he said on June 21, "is simply not true”
But just now, Biden told a crowd, "No more drilling. There is no more drilling! I haven't formed any new drilling" pic.twitter.com/3kLbXrXGco
— Michael Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) November 7, 2022
Is he lying now, or was he lying then?
And does he even know the difference anymore?
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