AMAC Exclusive – By Sam Adolphsen
It’s that time of year again in the northeast – heating season. While many Americans know Maine for its beautiful summers along the rocky shoreline of the Atlantic, November brings a different reality to the Pine Tree State. Daylight savings time precedes winter setting in, and Mainers face a long, dark road until warmer spring weather.
Everyone knows about Maine’s prodigious lobster industry, but what may be less known to most across the country is that Mainers rely on heating oil at the highest rate of any state in the country. In fact, a full three-fifths of Maine households use fuel oil to heat their homes. So as the Biden administration and their jet-setting allies prattle on about climate change, Mainers are more concerned about the change in heating oil prices, which are expected to be far higher this winter.
While Mainers always think ahead on how to keep their homes heated through winter, this year they aren’t just battling the cold, but also the cold shoulder from the Biden administration, whose policy decisions have created a dangerous crisis for cold weather states like Maine.
As President Biden was downplaying inflation all summer, he was also attacking the oil industry, a favorite pastime of his that extends back to his comments during the campaign last year that he would, “transition from the oil industry.” Biden moved forward swiftly on that promise, or as some would call it, that threat, when he took office. Within just a few weeks, Biden had killed the Keystone pipeline project, ended oil and gas exploration on public lands – both of which contributed to the end of U.S. energy independence – and affirmed his promise to rejoin the Paris Climate Accords, among other regulatory actions that will devastate the American energy sector.
While there are many factors that determine heating oil prices year to year, it is no coincidence that when Biden made those comments attacking the oil industry in October 2020 – after four years of favorable policies under President Trump – that heating oil prices in Maine were near their lowest price in two decades. Now, prices appear poised to reach the record high prices that were a hallmark of the anti-oil Obama years.
And while prices on many important items are also skyrocketing around the country, the cost of this energy crisis to the average Maine household, and millions of other cold-weather Americans, is staggering. If this winter is just slightly colder than projected, estimates show that households could pay as much as 54% more this year for heating oil. This represents hundreds, or thousands, in increased costs for Maine homes and businesses.
Things don’t look any better for other heating sources either, like propane and natural gas, as those prices are rising significantly as well, with concerns about potential shortages that could leave Maine homes without a heat source. And the same problems and worries are present in states across the north, in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, and elsewhere.
You would think that the Biden administration, with his cratering job approval numbers, would have seen this crisis coming and reversed course on his harmful attacks on a key American industry and resource. Instead, they’ve doubled and tripled down on their commitment to pursue their progressive agenda regardless of what it costs Americans.
With Biden just returning home after sleeping through the environmental performance art in Scotland, news also just broke that his nominee for a key Treasury position said that many businesses in the oil industry, “will go bankrupt.” She went on to add, “at least we want them to go bankrupt if we want to tackle climate change, right?”
Maybe worse, Biden’s Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, laughed off questions about the rising oil prices, saying that a question about that issue was, “hilarious.”
It’s not hilarious to Mainers who are watching as the price of heating oil and gasoline skyrockets. There is nothing funny about huge cost increases to heat your home, drive to work, plow snowy driveways, and run generators when the power goes out.
In Maine, there is a go-to backup plan for heat in many households. Firewood has become a hotter commodity than ever as oil prices climb under Biden. In yards around the state, you will find neatly stacked firewood piles – a hedge against the madness of Biden’s energy policy that has created this crisis.
But with this administration, who knows if those firewood stores are the next target on Biden’s hit list. After all, Vice President Kamala Harris recently focused in on “tree equity.” How soon until we hear that burning dry firewood is racist?
One thing Mainers and millions of other Americans know for sure is that under the Biden administration, it’s going to be a cold and costly winter.
Sam Adolphsen is the former chief operating officer at the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. He currently serves as the policy director at the Foundation for Government Accountability and lives in Maine.
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When are the majority of out citizens going to learn that the Democrap Party has as its dominant focus …. what’s the best for the preservation of power and control of the Partisans and partisan goals of the Party?
ANSWER: Not in the foreseeable future until American voters overcome the rigged elections and boost them out of power. I’ve said it before … The Democrap Party wants to RULE the Nation … the Republican Party wants to GOVERN the Nation according to the precepts and concepts of the Constitution.
Maine not to worry. Biden and his Massachusetts buddies will subsidize their heating bills by
by taxing the oil rich! Write this done and watch it happen.
I have NO sympathy for the New England states. Those dolts keep voting the same way. If they find you turned “BLUE” just like your state ? Oh well. We warned you.
You have some who voted Red, the Blue always pulls ahead. So my Red voter family gets left on the back burner….
Let’s face it no one voted for Brandon the whole election was rigged.
Well, these blue states keep pulling the cord and electing these communists terrorists to America, so I guess you could say, your actions have consequences.
A good item regarding fuel can be seen under the heading of mark mills, mahattan institute, prager u, on utube. It lays out the facts regarding various fuels.
Why should the people of Maine complain about heating oil prices. They voted for Biden and now they have to suffer the consequences like all the rest of us. I am a conservative Republican in the socialist Republic of Vermont. My state voted for Biden also even though I voted for Trump. The weather gets cold here as well and I will probably be paying $700 to fill the tank this winter. Yet, I meet people all the time who say they hate Trump and that he is a despicable human being. I am glad they have to pay so much for heating oil now. We must be an evil people for God to have delivered us into the hands of these idiots. May God bless Donald J. Trump and his family. I will vote for him the third time if he runs again.
We and the rest of the world are bad people when it comes to obeying God’s laws. Look at our national government and how many top people lie, commit adultery, and don’t obey the first command which is to love God. I think the bad have outnumbered the good to the point where God, who is patient and long suffering, is increasing judgement. People can be saved individually by accepting His gift of salvation bought by His Son’s death on the cross. But the world is such a mess that only He can renew it, not politicians or rulers. God loves everyone but the gift of grace has to be asked for and accepted by the individual. God knocks at the door, but we must open it.
Agree absolutely. I pray for the Democratic leadership, that they would repent under the blood of Jesus. After all, He said we are to pray for our enemies. All remains in His hands, certainly, but how much better would things be if we had politicians and rulers who feared the Lord and honored Him?
I say the same prayer for them.
Gin, what you just stated ? I think God does not ‘hear’ the remaining good people anymore.
God hears His children, and everyone. If you read old testament books regarding His judging Israel, He would say there was a remnant, but both individuals and nations are judged. The main thing now is everyone has eternal life. It’s up to us where we will spend it. God will take to heaven anyone who confesses they are a sinner and need to be saved by His Son. So simple, so profound. The thing that stops most is pride. They think they will be able to stand before God and say they weren’t so bad. The bible says there is only one way to the father and that is through His Son.
I have to disagree with you Eddie, he listens to our prayers. Prayers are answered according to his will, not ours
Buy fuel now while there is some available and store all other you can get it!
My elderly east coast Maine family did vote for Trump!! So no they shouldn’t have to suffer the exorbitant oil prices because the current mail in President is a bumbling traitor!!!! Let’s Go Brandon!!
The Brandon administration is doing everthing in it’s unlimited power to destroy and make fosil energy unafordable and to promote the use of renewable energy, they are upfront with that policy, and we the people are suppose to suck it up!
I guess my question is what are they going to do with all the lithium batteries in these electric cars when they no longer work? I guess they will be buried in the ground like the old solar panels, the cut up wind mill blades and the nuclear leftover from the plants. How is that going to help our enviornment?
Back to the buckboards, Wanda. It works for the Amish.
I would appreciate additional insight on the oil and natural gas issues. The Keystone pipeline wasn’t operating yet and oil exploration also was not contributing to current supply, so why is there a shortage? What am I missing here?
He banned fracking on public lands and pretty much killed the shipping of Liquid Natural Gas to Europe.
He has a goal of going to all electric vehicles , but have never seen a good plan on where the electric power is coming from. The Paris Accord is a bad deal for USA and he endorses that. Sounds like a shortage of truckers to deliver fuels & lastly has irritated Canada over his energy policies & stopping the Keystone XL pipeline & US counts on Natural Gas from Canada. And the Green New Deal is against all coal energy sources & that is still important to USA. Look at what happened to fuel prices last year over Cyberattack to Colonial pipeline & then read the history on causes of lack of power in Texas last winter. Congress and WH should learn a lesson from all this. and not laugh it off. Maine is pretty close to Delaware and can anybody tell me what the source is to heat the Biden home???
Tax dollars paid by you and I and dirty money laundered by the family
Will not say anything good about the socialist. Hope the Biden voters are happy now because this is what you got. If you had paid attention he told you what he would do. Oh I forgot, didn’t like the way Trump talked so now we all suffer.
Yeah, Jim. Is’nt that SOMETHING how Trump was getting the USA back on track ? Then I know people who “did not like his style.” What the . . . . . .
Huh. Imagine that.
Elections have consequences.
I wonder who those Mainers voted for. I suspect it was NOT Trump.
Why would this be a surprise to a single person in this country?
The Left has been trying to control weather and everything used to protect humans against its effects for decades. Biden is a Leftist. He worked WITH the head Communist of all: barack/soros.
The writing was on the wall.
New Eng. always comes up “blue” on the election maps. Suffer you stupid idiots.
So just think of O’Biden’s record…..loss of jobs in the entire country due to his Marxist Democrat view on energy. People going cold this winter due to higher heating oil prices in many states like Maine. Everyone in the entire country paying higher gasoline prices at the pump leading to huge inflation and strained middle class budgets (and all American’s budgets). No end in sight for the administration’s focus on the discredited “Green New Deal”. Ever increasing dependency on foreign oil sources after we had gained energy independence under the Trump administration. Have I missed anything? The O’Biden Crisis-A-Day story continues. Among the many issues facing Americans to get this imposter and his Democrat congressional candidates out of office, the energy related failures of O’Biden may be the most compelling.
Main went for Democratic Biden/Harris in 2020. We get the government we vote for.
I have little sympathy for the people in Maine who voted 60% to put Biden in office. They are getting what they deserve>
They can turn blue just like their states voting habits.
“The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke 1729-1797
When are we going to start doing something? Less talk and start with action that has real meaning to scare the be-jesus out of these communistic Demonrats!
It IS time to DO something. At least start recalling all these political devils.
Boy it’s a b**h when a realization that the jerk off you put in office is destroying your life
That is how stupid those new englanders are.
How many will freeze to death this winter? Those numbers need to be added to Comrade Biden’s kill list.
You know they will count on the covid list.
I’ve traveled to Maine, and it’s a beautiful state. I sure hope this teaches Mainers a lesson , and they can vote for someone other then those creatures who are in office. This so called President of ours just reversed policy on lobster fishing. Isn’t that enough to change your minds? “ C’mon man ! “ 2022 is right around the corner. Time to vote Red !
Mike B. – I’ve been to Minnesota and THAT is a beautiful state. But not Minneapolis. Great place to carry guns.
It does not matter how they voted in 2020 election, they should be able to contact their elected officials to put some pressure on Biden to stop his war on fossil fuels. Contact your Congressman….
But these New Englanders should have contributed to putting the nation in this situation in the first place. Stop voting for Democrats. I have no sympathy for them. They need an expensive lesson to prod them to change their ways.
I meant to say these New Englanders should NOT have contributed to putting the nation in this situation in the first place.
He’s not my president ! Let’s go Brandon!
Reopen the Energy System , ALL of it quit begging OPEC for oil
He is not begging OPEC he is saying that to appear that he is doing something!
Cannot believe that Biden is asking OPEC to increase production. That oil is still a source of fossil fuels to the entire planet. He also asked the American oil producers to increase , from what i have read. Congress needs to put some pressure on this administration .
You’re kidding right? Most of those evil doers are right there with Brandon
Yeah you idiot. Give us back our country and our freedom
I will say this about Mainer folks, keep voting the same people back into office year after year, i.e. Susan Collins being a perfect example. Have you people NOT yet figured out she is a 100% RINO pro Biden politician?
More of the same in my home state of Vermont, except I learned my lesson after the 1st mistake of voting for a now 3rd term RINO governor named Phil Scott. A man whom boldly & proudly goes on Nat. TV & brags he voted for Joe Biden… Idiocy has consequences, as Maine & surely Vermont are learning a very tough lesson here, especially with respect to the costs of ALL heating fuels & now electricity rates going through the roof… As the old saying goes & I quote, ” You Get What You Pay For “… Keep voting these MISCREANTS back into office, expect a continuance of non-stop suffering… It will continue unabated until the people wake up & vote these SOB’s out of office & that is gospel!
Bill on the Hill,
Vermont, USA… :~)
I feel your pain, living in your neighboring state of Upstate NY.