Americans are facing the highest energy prices seen in decades, with the American Automobile Association (AAA) reporting that the national average price for a gallon of gas stood at almost $5 as of Saturday.
President Joe Biden has responded with a letter telling oil companies to boost production. Yet as the Federalist contributor David Harsanyi recently pointed out, the hypocrisy of that demand is infuriating.
Biden wants more production while pursuing anti-energy policies
“You can’t spend decades working to undercut production and campaign on the promise of destroying an industry and then demand it turn on a dime when it’s politically convenient,” he wrote.
He then linked to footage from the 2020 presidential campaign in which Biden could be seen promising to all but cripple the energy industry.
“Number one, no more subsidies for fossil fuel industries,” Biden declared. “No more drilling on federal lands. No more drilling, including offshore. No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period, ends, number one.”
Harsanyi also noted how upon taking office, Biden canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and “signed a slew of executive orders prioritizing climate change over energy production, halting oil and natural gas leases on all public lands.”
All they need to do are really two things. They need to change the tone. They need to start talking about the essential nature of this industry on a going-forward basis.
Oil executive says administration’s stance is “really unbelievable”
Harsanyi is far from alone in pointing out the absurdity of demanding more oil production even as companies are being hamstrung.
American Petroleum Institute CEO Mike Sommers voiced similar thoughts during a Thursday appearance on “Fox & Friends.”
Sommers said the Biden administration needs to “enact policies that are actually going to produce more oil and gas here in the United States. They’ve done neither of those things. In fact, the mixed messages that we’re getting from this administration.”
“It’s really unbelievable where you have Gina McCarthy on one side and John Kerry on one side saying that this industry needs to end by 2030,” he complained
“And then you have Jennifer Granholm and the president saying that we need to produce more. Which one is it?” Sommers demanded.