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Democrats Wreck Trump’s Energy Independence Achievement

Biden has been busy in energy. That's not good for America.

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Within the space of less than a year the Biden administration has taken a signature Trump triumph, American energy independence, and thrown it away. Not only that, but we have acquiesced in the Russian energy blackmail of Europe through the Nord Stream II pipeline.

We all know the price at the gas pumps. That will hurt Biden bigtime next fall. So we have an energy crisis, foreign policy blunders, a military humiliation, and inflation. Carter administration anyone? One difference. It took Carter almost four years to do this badly. Senator Cynthia Lummis, Republican of Wyoming, tells the tale.

Lummis: As President Biden travels to the COP26 Summit in Scotland to talk about environmental issues with other global leaders, I’ve been reflecting on America’s energy production, consumption, and carbon footprint.

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It’s remarkable to think that during the Trump administration, America rose to worldwide energy dominance, not only becoming the global leader in oil and natural gas production, but becoming energy independent for the first time since the 1950s. Wyoming was a proud contributor in that effort. As the country’s biggest net energy supplier, we have provided our neighboring states with the energy they need to thrive.

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated just how important it is to produce key resources like energy here in the United States. Sadly, that is not the lesson that President Biden learned. In the name of environmentalism, he canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and banned new oil and gas drilling and leasing on federal lands.

He did this while approving the Russian Nord Stream II pipeline, which gives Russia greater influence over the European Union and the E.U.’s energy consumption. This is not only shortsighted from a geopolitical perspective, it’s even bad from an environmental one. President Biden’s own Energy Secretary has called Russian gas “the dirtiest form of natural gas on Earth.”

Honestly, the more environmentally friendly solution would have been to ship U.S. natural gas to the E.U. In 2019, Russian natural gas flowing into the E.U. was shown to produce 22 percent more greenhouse gas emissions than European coal. By contrast, U.S. natural gas delivered to the E.U. produces up to 56 percent less.

Think about that! America’s clean energy production could benefit the U.S. energy sector and limit Russia’s influence over former satellite countries, all while reducing carbon emissions. Instead, President Biden penalized North American energy production while boosting Russia and Vladimir Putin.

And while President Biden is hobnobbing with global leaders, congressional Democrats are debating new ways to hamstring our economy in the name of their green agenda. Democrats’ reckless tax and spending proposal would not only drive our country further in debt and add fuel to the inflation fire already devastating America’s families, but it would cement huge parts of the unpopular Green New Deal as the law of the land.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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fostergh
fostergh
9 months ago

The lame stream media keeps on protecting this buffoon. Meanwhile, the people he so proudly boasts about as the people he represents, the blue collar workers, are seeing their shelves go bare, their fuel expenses explode, and their jobs being threatened by an invasion of illegals. Yet, the liberals who are either extraordinarily clueless because they sit on their money they earned through conservative capitalism or they just don’t give a flying _____ keep on supporting him. The latest ridiculous scheme is $450,000 for each illegal immigrant separated from their family under the Trump administration. No politics there are there. We have three years left of this wrecking ball administration. If the climate is such an existential threat, then why is everyone flying their private jets to the sad sack conference? Total hypocrisy with this administration, and there are enough fake Americans that have fallen for that debacle as well. Our country is becoming the joke of the world with this inept administration in charge.