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After Middle East Flop, Biden Administration Out of Answers on Energy Crisis

AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

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President Joe Biden talks on the phone with King Salman of Saudi Arabia.

As the calendar turns over to August, oil prices have continued to hover near $100 per barrel, yet more confirmation that President Joe Biden’s desperate trip to the Middle East to beg Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) to increase oil production was a strategic as well as a public relations failure. As gas remains well above $4 per gallon, Biden has stubbornly refused either to acknowledge the failures of his administration’s energy policies or take real action to facilitate increased domestic energy production.

After the United States achieved energy independence under former President Donald Trump, Biden quickly reversed that progress upon taking office, canceling the Keystone XL pipeline and halting oil and gas leases on federal lands on his first day in office. As a result, the country once again became reliant on foreign energy suppliers – including Saudi Arabia, which Joe Biden had promised to treat as a “pariah” during the 2020 campaign.

That hostile rhetoric came back to haunt him last month, as the President was forced to travel to the Middle East on bended knee and ask the Saudi regime to increase oil production in the hopes of driving down prices. Biden, who greeted the Crown Prince with a fist bump, was widely mocked for his awkward attempt at diplomacy.

As for the actual meeting, both the U.S. and Saudi Arabia are offering deeply conflicting reports. While the Biden administration claims the conversation was positive regarding increasing oil production, the Saudis were notably more ambiguous about any commitments to boosting output. Though MBS offered vague promises to support America, Saudi officials emphasized that any decision on oil production would need to be made within the framework of OPEC, the group of petroleum-producing nations that has a major impact on world oil prices. That’s likely bad news for Biden and American consumers, as few nations in OPEC aside from Saudi Arabia have particularly positive relations with the United States.

In addition to Saudi Arabia, Biden has attempted to secure greater oil output from Venezuela – a country that has long been hostile toward U.S. interests, especially under the reign of illegitimate ruler Nicolás Maduro. Much like other American adversaries in OPEC – including Iran – Venezuela suddenly has leverage over the United States thanks to Biden’s energy policies.

Even as they fret over foreign oil production, however, the Biden administration and congressional Democrats have refused to support increased domestic production – and have even sent oil from the U.S. strategic reserve overseas. According to reporting from Reuters last month, more than 5 million barrels of strategic reserve oil were sent to foreign countries, including to Communist China. The Biden administration has still failed to provide any comprehensive explanation for why oil from the reserve – which sits at its lowest level in decades – is being sent abroad while Biden himself pleads with foreign powers to increase their production. At the same time, Biden has refused to lift his ban on new oil and gas leases on federal lands, and his administration has continued to impose a litany of burdensome regulations on oil and gas companies.

In Congress, Democrats have taken a similar path. Last October, members of a House committee harangued oil executives for investing in more drilling operations – just months before Biden officials asserted that it was the “responsibility” of oil manufacturers to increase supply to meet demand. While Democrats’ latest reconciliation framework is being touted as making “investments” in domestic energy production, closer examination reveals that the bill only contains vague calls for “comprehensive Permitting reform legislation” – in other words, no concrete strategies for boosting production.

There is a path by which America could become a global leader in energy production while also addressing environmental concerns. U.S. production of oil and natural gas is cleaner than any other country in the world. By cutting regulations and expanding leases on federal lands, Biden could bring prices down and reduce harm to the environment. Doing so would also isolate U.S. adversaries and support U.S. allies, addressing the national security concerns brought on by overreliance on foreign suppliers.

For the Biden administration, however, such a reversal seems unlikely at best. After promising to advance the “green revolution” throughout his 2020 campaign, Biden still appears beholden to the far-left environmental agenda – even going so far as to say that high gas prices aren’t really a bad thing at all, but are just part of an “incredible transition.” For Americans desperate for cheaper gas and lower costs for basic goods, a different kind of transition may be necessary: a change in leadership.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.    


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Tim Darnell
1 month ago

Biden cut off both legs of energy independence and is still trying to run a quick race to “green up” the U.S. The economy will never work well this way, so strap-in and elect common-sense people to get us back to our energy independence.

Chris
1 month ago

It’s all about the step by step process to make us all dependent on the government. They already accomplished dividing us racially. Once this is complete, Then comes socialism

Michael Lewis
1 month ago

Climate change is first a political question and only a far distant science question. When will the political class finally figure this out? A short time ago, under President Trump, America was energy independent and exporting energy to the rest of the world. Only idiots in the Democrat party cannot figure out a solution to high prices at the pump!

We are being led by a fool and his continuing failed leadership is a Clear and Present Danger to the Security of these United States!

Gil
1 month ago

Why don’t we use our own oil? What a moron.

Moses
1 month ago

Undo all of your Executive Orders, tell your doctor you need to resign, have your wife get the car and take you to the basement of your home. Do not answer the phone.

BACKWOODS
1 month ago

UNDO THE FIRST FEW EXECUTIVE ORDERS.

David Millikan
1 month ago

It’s simple DICTATOR Beijing biden.
DRILL in UNITED STATES of AMERICA and QUIT your LIE on Global Warming.
We ALL know that Global Warming is a LIE and your Electric Vehicles is a LIE.

Janet B
1 month ago
Reply to  David Millikan

Global Warming is the money making fantasy of Al Gore and he has made millions spreading that falsehood. Put that together with the Green New Deal fantasy of Squad and this what we get. I fail to understand how people voted for this old fool and his idiot VP, but I sure hope a lot of them wake up and vote against him should he decide that he is going to run again!

Centurion
1 month ago
Reply to  Janet B

Most people did not vote for this “old fool and his idiot VP.” They won because of rampant voter fraud.

Phyl
1 month ago

Biden doesn’t have to look past his nose to find who’s to blame. All he needs to do is open the pipelines.

Jin
1 month ago

Believe me it was not a flop. Remember who is touting this…. The Mainstream Media and it seems the conservative media repeats it. When was the last time Mainstream Media wasn’t FAKE? They tell us what they want us to hear. They don’t want you to know the truth. They aren’t fair and they aren’t balanced. In fact they are UN-BALANCED. Biden didn’t go to beg for oil or lower prices. Just before the trip he gave away our reserves so why would anyone buy the reason for going?! DUH!!!

Michael Lewis
1 month ago
Reply to  Jin

The media corporations are just as corrupt and biased as their party masters!

Senator Ted Cruz offered a solution in 2014 that shoud be revived:

Ted Cruz Free Speech Act 2014
youtube.com/watch?v=JTCPcqPQu9g
Start the video at the 6 minute mark! 

Democrats were behind passage of the Federal Election Campaign Act and the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act. Democrats tell us there is too much money in politics, the corporate voice has too much influence in elections and wealth has too much sway in politics. 

After Watergate “We the People”, non-profits, political parties and PACs were regulated but the corporate media were exempted, because government could not infringe corporation’s 1st Amendment rights.

What happened to equal protection and rights under law? how does exempting the corporate voice and regulating citizen’s voice lessen corporate influence?

johnh
1 month ago

Biden must stop his war on fossil fuels & admit he is a major reason gas prices are high.

Tom
1 month ago

If you send the 82 Airborne to the Cayman Islands and bring back our money Biden will stop asking Harris and ObombA what to do making Hunter to get a job at “ Greasey Mack’s”. I prefer oiling up the prison door hinges and introducing Hunter to Claud- fete his new roomy.If I didn’t laugh I would cry.

Rik
1 month ago

The ONLY person Jacka** Joe has TRULY made happy is Dimwit Jimmy Carter who IS NO LONGER THE WORST PRESIDENT IN HISTORY! America, Land of the Free and Home of the Brave IS NO MORE! Here’s hoping that doubled+ gas prices wake up the People but the Commies have learned how to cheat to win and I have no confidence that the Republicans “learned” how to stop them!

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Rik

I kind of get a sense that the Republicans don’t realize that the DemocRats are their true enemy! I wonder sometimes if some Republicans silently sit and watch for the DemocRats to do some politicl chicanery to get personal gains , and then ponder copying them using that as a political justification … at times.

James Thompson
1 month ago

This administration has no answer for anything other than lining their pockets!

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  James Thompson

Truer words were ever posted!!!

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

What energy have None, Biden blocks all save Machins pipeline deal??

Hal
1 month ago

Manchin —- not Mountain Mama … but is Mountain Obama in his political performance!

PaulE
1 month ago

Another article stating the obvious. The Democrats created the current energy crisis through a series of intentional actions designed to damage and hopefully crush the American domestic oil and natural gas production, transportation and refining industry. These new, so-called called “green policies” have worked EXACTLY as they were intended to do. They worked the same way in western Europe over the last 20 years to successfully depress economic growth and raise of the cost of everything by several multiples. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that if we choose to copy the same economically destructive policies here, we would end up achieving the same results.

We are just getting started in our “new normal” under the global green agenda that masks the underlying socialist agenda. We now have much higher energy prices, that have rippled through the entire economy to force prices upward on almost everything. All of this was of course completely preventable, but there is no sense in dwelling on past bad choices by the American people when it comes to elections. Bad choices usually yield bad results and we are now saddled with the consequences of those choices.

We are stuck with these policies for at least another 2.5 years. Until perhaps a Republican, one with the actual will to stand up to the left in this country, resides in the Oval Office and reverses every single one of the Democrats’ policies. Until then, the American people just have to learn to live with the these bad policies. More will soon be coming our way when the skinny BBB Bill is passed and signed into law. I expect Senator Sinema will cave shortly under intense pressure and give the Democrats the votes they need to ram that spending extravaganza through.

ops
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

How does America defend itself without liguid gold called fossil oil in the event of war? Do we put solar panels on our tanks/aircraft or run them with batteries? This is not about the green agenda/climate change it is a distraction from the real agenda to undermine our national security. There is always a hidden agenda with this admin!!

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  ops

Biden must stop pulling oil out of Strategic Oil Reserve now, before it is too late. He has offered no plan at all on how to replace this oil. Where is Congress that is letting this happen? THE GREATEST GENERATION would cry if they could see this movement which is wiping out all of the improvements made to America following WWII

Morbious
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

In 2.5 yrs, IF a gutsy R is elected and the oil leases reinstated and a course set to once again attain energy independence, the question becomes whether the oil companies will be willing to make heavy investments that will take yrs to pan out. Given the divide in this country, the chances seem good that any R taking office in 2025 would be gone in four yrs…or less. I believe the dems are doing all they can to poison the well as thoroughly as possible in order to keep energy expensive even if they momentarily lose office.

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  Morbious

Keep hitting those Commie DemocRats with your posted Ids!!!!!!

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  Morbious

I agree with what you are generally saying. Here is a very brief explanation of how the oil and natural gas industry looks at whether to move forward or hold back on expenditure of capital:

Most of the smaller drillers in the oil and natural gas space plan their capital budgets with an eye on the typical project having at least a 7 to 10 year time horizon. That’s 7 to 10 years of predictable and stable political and economic climate. You don’t just drill a well overnight, build pipelines to transport the product to a refinery to be processed into one of 40 different blends of gasoline mandated and used in this country and then distribute the finished product to its endpoint with a snap of the fingers. HAVING ONE POLITICAL PARTY CHANGING THE RULES OVERNIGHT AND TELLING BANKS TO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THEM ANYMORE MAKES PLANNING FOR ANY NEW INVESTMENT IN THE SECTOR IMPOSSIBLE. Businesses need at least a guarantee of a stable 15 to 20 year period for large scale investment.

Most of the larger forms work on capital budgets of a 15 to 20 year time line. One of the things they all look at is the probability that the demand side of the equation would be either consistent or rising over that time frame to justify the expeniture of several hundreds of millions of dollars or many billions of dollars in capital to not only drill for the oil or natural gas, but also bring it to market at a price that would be profitable for the company. NO MAJOR AMERICAN ENERGY COMPANY IS GOING TO TAKE OUT MASSIVE LOANS AND SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLLARS IF THE PROSPECT FOR A STABLE AND FAVORABLE ENVIRONMENT IS ONLY ENSURED FOR SAY 4 YEARS. THAT WOULD BE FINANCIAL SUICIDE FOR THEM AND THEIR EMPLOYEES.

Morbious
1 month ago
Reply to  PaulE

And thats the idea-drive petro companies out of business then bleat that no one wants to drill. I call this mind _uck. Dem robots will lap it up.

PaulE
1 month ago
Reply to  Morbious

Yes, the Dem voters definitely will lap it up. They understand nothing of business or economics nor do they care to learn anything.

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