While the energy policies promoted by the Biden administration follow the green agenda of decreasing hydrocarbon production, this week, it has asked Middle Eastern countries to increase their production, arguing that the low levels do not allow economic recovery after the pandemic caused by the CCP virus.
While the administration pleads with foreign adversaries to increase oil production with jobs and economic development for the benefit of foreign citizens, Americans are being hurt by Democratic energy policies aimed at replacing fossil fuel extraction on domestic lands.
In an official statement released Wednesday, August 11 by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, the Biden administration called on member producers of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to increase their oil production even as they have locally promoted a series of policies aimed at sharply limiting exploitation.
While the U.S. suffers from historic inflation due largely to runaway government spending, coupled with rising fuel prices due in part to limits imposed on local oil drilling, Sullivan deflects attention by seeking to find an external culprit for local problems.
In the statement, Sullivan writes that “higher gasoline costs, if left unchecked, risk damaging the ongoing global recovery,” and noted that while OPEC recently announced its intention to increase production, these increases would not be enough to accompany the global economic recovery.
For his part, President Biden endorsed Sullivan’s comments and followed up on his message by saying, “We also made clear to OPEC… that the production cuts made during the pandemic should be reversed as…the global economy recovers, in order to lower the prices for consumers.”
While the Biden administration focuses inflationary concerns on the oil shortage, millions of people in the U.S. are affected by policies imposed to reduce domestic production.
Biden has been withdrawing oil permits and requiring new environmental assessments in several affected areas, such as in the state of Alaska, in a major effort to cancel projects altogether and discourage the activity.
Last week, the Interior Department scrapped the analysis completed under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), long held as the gold standard for assessing environmental impacts, and ordered a new supplemental review for leases in the Arctic refuge two months after the permit suspension.
“Everything we want to do, they want to stop,” Alaska’s Republican governor, Mike Dunleavy, resignedly told The Federalist about the new administration. “We went from having a president who sought to create opportunities to an administration that just tried to cancel them.”
One of the actions that most affected the oil industry was the cancellation of the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which, during the Trump administration, had agreed to hire 52,000 jobs. The measure was taken on Joe Biden’s first day as president, as part of the measures implemented in defense of the controversial Paris Climate Agreement.