Hundreds of people died in Texas last year after winter storms led to widespread power outages. However, one writer recently said that more outages could be coming thanks to President Biden’s energy policies.
Energy prices rising at fastest rate in decades
In a piece published by Red State on Monday, commentator Chris Talgo suggested that “rolling brownouts may become the norm throughout the country in the not-too-distant future.”
For evidence, Talgo pointed to the most recent Consumer Price Index report, which was released last week. It showed that the energy index increased by 41.6% over the past year.
Meanwhile, the gasoline index grew by 59.9% during the same time frame, representing the sharpest 12-month spike since March of 1980.
What’s more, the electricity index also rose 13.7%, marking the most significant jump since 2006. The price of natural gas is up too, with the index inflating by 38.4%.
Biden cracking down on domestic production while seeking help from enemies
Yet instead of responding to these challenges by increasing domestic energy production, Talgo noted the ways that Biden has done the opposite.
Since taking office, the president has canceled the Keystone XL pipeline, suspended oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters, as well as canceled oil and gas permits in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge as well as in New Mexico.
Further, Biden had the Securities and Exchange Commission put forward rule changes that disincentivize investment in the energy sector.
“Make no mistake, this is not an all-encompassing list of measures taken by the Biden administration to curtail U.S. fossil fuel production,” Talgo acknowledged.
He then noted how Biden has sought to get more oil on the market from the anti-American regimes that run Iran and Venezuela, which led the author to pose a question.
“Why is Biden begging our adversaries to pump more oil and gas while he is deliberately sabotaging oil and gas production in the United States?” Talgo asked.
“Of course, I cannot answer that question. However, I believe the simple reason is that the Biden administration has gone all-in on the radical green agenda, regardless of the consequences for the American people.