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Moreover, this is not uncharted territory; the United States was energy independent just a few years ago.

Of course, much of the pro-energy policies that were put in place by the Trump administration have been abandoned by Biden. But, this could easily be reversed.

Unleashing American Domestic Energy Production Must Be Priority No. 1

Chris Talgo
Chris Talgo
March 11, 2022 Updated: March 11, 2022

Commentary

On March 10, the average price of a gallon of gasoline in the United States hit an all-time high of $4.32, surpassing the previous record of $4.12 in July 2008.

Also, on March 8, President Joe Biden announced he will sign an executive order “to ban the import of Russian oil, liquefied natural gas, and coal to the United States—a significant action with widespread bipartisan support that will further deprive President Vladimir Putin of the economic resources he uses to continue his needless war of choice.”

While I commend Biden’s tough stance on Putin, I am also concerned the administration’s latest move is more about virtue signaling than tackling the most pressing problem in America right now: sky-high gas prices.

According to the White House, Biden “will keep working to mitigate the pain American families feel at the pump” by “releasing more than 90 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve this fiscal year” while engaging “in conversations with a range of energy producers.”

Unfortunately, this plan will do next to nothing to mitigate the pain American families feel at the pump and will likely enrich and embolden despots just as bad as, if not worse than, Putin.

First, the United States consumes, on average, about 19 million barrels of oil per day. So, Biden’s release of 90 million barrels from the Strategic Reserve will last less than a week. It will have little impact on the price of gasoline, but will leave a big hole in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

What’s more, this is the second time Biden has tapped the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. In late 2021, Biden released 50 million barrels from the SPR “as part of ongoing efforts to lower prices and address lack of supply around the world.”

Since taking office, Biden has greenlit the release of 140 million barrels of oil from the SPR. In other words, Biden has squandered more than 25 percent of the U.S. SPR just over one year into his presidency.

Second, Biden’s plan to replace Russian oil with increased purchases from Iran, Saudi Arabia, and Venezuela makes a mockery out of the notion that banning Russian oil imports is a humanitarian issue.

Last time I checked, the Islamic Republic of Iran and Maduro’s socialist Venezuela were not exactly havens for human rights. For that matter, neither is Saudi Arabia.

On the other hand, there is one simple action Biden could immediately take that would mitigate the pain Americans feel at the pump: unleashing domestic oil and natural gas production.

Not only would this reduce prices at the pump in America; it would also create thousands of good-paying jobs, lessen the influence of hostile regimes, and ensure that American energy is widely available for our allies across the globe, especially those in Western Europe who are hooked on Russian oil and natural gas.

Moreover, this is not uncharted territory; the United States was energy independent just a few years ago.

Of course, much of the pro-energy policies that were put in place by the Trump administration have been abandoned by Biden. But, this could easily be reversed.

For instance, Biden could instantly open leases on federal lands for oil and gas exploration and extraction. He could also green light the Keystone XL pipeline with the stroke of a pen. If he were really serious about increasing domestic oil and natural gas production, he could also relax regulations on the oil and gas industry.

However, based on his March 8 statement, Biden is unlikely to take these measures. Instead, the Biden administration is asking the American people to hunker down and wait for green energy to save the day.

Per his statement, “In the long run, the way to avoid high gas prices is to speed up—not slow down—our transition to a clean energy future. We cannot drill our way out of dependence on a global commodity controlled in part by foreign nations and their leaders, including Putin. The only way to eliminate Putin’s and every other producing country’s ability to use oil as an economic weapon, is to reduce our dependency on oil.”

Perhaps Biden should quit listening to radical environmentalists and green energy grifters. According to a recent Rasmussen poll, 70 percent of Americans “favor increased U.S. oil and gas production.”

Biden ought to listen to the American people, who are paying the price (literally) for his weakness abroad, incompetence at home, and reluctance to reverse course regarding ramping up domestic energy production.

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Comment by Thinklike A. Mountain on March 13, 2022 at 11:10pm

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Comment by Lynn Oleum on March 12, 2022 at 2:25pm

f it really is necessary to eliminate net carbon emissions from energy productions -- and that's becoming less obvious daily -- there is a way without using batteries.

Extract CO2 from the environment. The concentration in seawater is 140 times greater than in the atmosphere. PARC developed a method called Bipolar Membrane Electrodialysis (BPMED).

Separate hydrogen from water. The most energy-efficient way is the copper-chlorine process, in which one step requires heat at exactly the core temperature of a nuclear reactor.

Combine CO2 and hydrogen using the Fischer-Tropsch process. This was invented in 1925. Germany used it in WW II to make fuel from CO + H2, so called "city gas" obtained by passing steam over coal.

This would be net negative for CO2 to the atmosphere. Some would certainly be trapped in plants and soils. The rest would make its way back to the oceans.

The US Navy is working on this combination of processes to make jet fuel at sea.

 

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(excerpts) From Part 1 – On Maine’s Wind Law “Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine if the law’s goals were met." . – Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, August 2010 https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-power-bandwagon-hits-bumps-in-the-road-3/From Part 2 – On Wind and Oil Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. And switching our dependence from foreign oil to Maine-produced electricity isn’t likely to happen very soon, says Bartlett. “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading?" https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/wind-swept-task-force-set-the-rules/From Part 3 – On Wind-Required New Transmission Lines Finally, the building of enormous, high-voltage transmission lines that the regional electricity system operator says are required to move substantial amounts of wind power to markets south of Maine was never even discussed by the task force – an omission that Mills said will come to haunt the state.“If you try to put 2,500 or 3,000 megawatts in northern or eastern Maine – oh, my god, try to build the transmission!” said Mills. “It’s not just the towers, it’s the lines – that’s when I begin to think that the goal is a little farfetched.” https://www.pinetreewatchdog.org/flaws-in-bill-like-skating-with-dull-skates/

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"Once the committee passed the wind energy bill on to the full House and Senate, lawmakers there didn’t even debate it. They passed it unanimously and with no discussion. House Majority Leader Hannah Pingree, a Democrat from North Haven, says legislators probably didn’t know how many turbines would be constructed in Maine."

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