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Biden Administration Laughs Off Responsibility for Higher Energy Prices

Posted on Wednesday, November 10, 2021
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AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

On Monday, the national average price of gas jumped up, yet again, to $3.49 a gallon. This startling increase of $1.30 since last year has left many Americans spending an ever-increasing portion of their income on just their commute to and from work. To make matters worse, Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm also told Americans this week that their energy bill will “be more expensive” this year, raising concerns that some low-income families may not be able to afford to heat their homes this winter. But when Granholm was asked directly if there is anything the administration can do to bring down these prices, she not only deflected any responsibility for the increase, but laughed loudly said “that’s hilarious…would that I had the magic wand on this.”

While it’s true the administration doesn’t have a magic wand, the increasing cost of energy is a direct result of the Biden administration’s policies, and they have all the power to lower costs — if they only had the will to do so. 

Despite Granholm’s attempt to laugh off concerns about energy prices, her interviewers were unimpressed. One was visibly irritated at her multiple “laughing fits,” outright saying to her, “This isn’t funny.” She continued to deflect criticism by insisting that American gas prices are wholly at the mercy of the global oil market. She then blamed the crisis on “OPEC” and its allies for refusing to increase oil production – something that the Biden administration pleaded with foreign producers to do after cutting domestic production. Her interviewers were, again, unimpressed with this answer. When asked about limits on domestic drilling, she maintained that oil companies are “sitting on…oil leases” and intentionally not producing, to which her interviewers countered: “They won’t invest because this administration is speaking so highly of this energy transition that you’re actively supporting.”

Democrats have long been in denial about the relationship between public policy and energy prices. In 2008, for example, while Congress was considering opening up drilling in Alaska, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich argued that increasing the domestic supply of gas would bring down the overall cost. He also argued that an overreliance on foreign-produced gas was a tremendous national security liability and that the positive effects of increased domestic drilling would be felt almost immediately. Congressional Democrats disagreed.

In 2012, as he was waging his primary bid for the Republican presidential nomination, Gingrich went even further, stating that gas prices, then nearly $4 a gallon, could be reduced to $2.50 by investing in domestic oil production. In response, mainstream outlets pilloried him. The Atlantic wrote a condescendingly dismissive piece stating “Newt’s Right! We Really Could Have $2.50 Gas (for $190 Billion a Year).” The Obama administration outright accused him of “lying” and suggested that only a “depression” could bring gas prices down that low. On the campaign trail, Obama insisted “We can’t drill our way to lower gas prices.”

However, despite the opposition of the Obama-Biden administration, private domestic producers did begin increasing production. By 2014, gas prices had dropped below $2.50 a gallon as a direct result of increased oil production in the U.S., not a “depression.”

President Trump, recognizing the importance of domestic production to lower prices, made it a top priority of his administration to make the United States energy independent. As a result, gas prices consistently decreased throughout his tenure and reached an all-time low of $2.25 in 2020. The precipitous decline was a direct result of America’s increased oil production. Domestic production forced OPEC to drop prices to better compete with American oil.

Today, with Joe Biden in office, domestic oil production is not increasing in tandem with the increase in demand as a result of the end of the pandemic. Biden has made it explicitly clear from day one that, contrary to President Trump, he intends to eliminate all fossil fuel production in America. To that end, within two weeks of taking office, Biden signed an executive order that ended “oil and natural gas leases on public lands or in offshore waters.” In addition, it directed the Department of Energy to identify and “eliminate fossil fuel subsidies.” This was after he rescinded the Keystone XL pipeline’s permit just hours after his inauguration, effectively killing the project after years of investment. To the utter shock of seemingly no one outside the Biden administration and liberal media, gas prices skyrocketed.

While Biden continues to oppose domestic oil production, he has openly pleaded with OPEC to increase theirs. It appears Biden is hoping that while America and Europe invest in renewable energy, they can rely on imports from the Middle East and Russia to serve as a stopgap. In effect, Biden wants to have his cake and eat it too: he would kill the American oil industry and shift to renewables while relying heavily on foreign oil production. His administration seems unaware of their hypocrisy and that they are giving foreign powers tremendous leverage over the United States.

As gas prices continue to climb, the Biden administration says that it is “hopeful” that gas will not exceed $4 a gallon and heating bills will stay within reason. But when it comes to lowering costs, hope isn’t what is needed – action is. Biden has the ability to reverse course and once again set the country on the path of energy independence and affordable energy. But if Secretary Granholm’s comments are any guide, it is going to take another election before that happens.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.

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Brent
Brent
2 years ago

Biden does not know what he is doing. He is not in charge. Someone else or a group of left wing nuts are running the US into the ground. Time to sit back and see how bad this ends before the next elections judge them!

Alvin Picconatti
Alvin Picconatti
2 years ago

The Biden administration is not at all concerned with what is good for America, but rather what is good for the Democtatic party. They will bleed the country dry and still believe they are doing right. What a joke they are.

Jeanne
Jeanne
2 years ago

We had very high fuel costs when Obama was in office. What can you expect from Biden? He was the VP. All evil!

PaulE
PaulE
2 years ago

Everything is a joke to the Biden administration. They create a series of man-made crisis and when people complain, they just laugh it off or ignore it. None of it personally impacts them and they know the American people won’t fight back. So why should they be concerned? There is no downside for them to any of these actions. Besides it’s all part of the larger plan for the transformation of the United States. To them, things are proceeding wonderfully.

Richard Butterfield
Richard Butterfield
2 years ago

The USA was energy independent less than one year ago. All the shortages and problems facing our nation domestically and internationally are being exacerbated by this administration , then they try to lecture us which is like listening to nursery school children discussing adult issues. I am thankful that some of the electorate is waking up and voting against this administration and their war on US citizens

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
2 years ago

xxx

GTPatriot
GTPatriot
2 years ago

Gas will be $5.00 by July. As days go by, I wonder if Biden is just senile or a monster. Which is it ?
The regressives think we are already in a non-petro world. They don’t understand that without petro, the lights are out. They are desparate for non-petro energy but there isn’t any. Maybe there will be in 20 years but the regressives truly believe that we can shut off petro today, now, forever. Sad, really. I will not spend $50K per year for Teslas ( which consume HUGE petro energy) or windmills (there isn’t one within 500 miles of me). Maybe , Maybe I can afford
geothermal or solar ( I’m not ignorant) but tell me how to pay for it. If Biden wants to spend
quadra -trillions for “infrastructure” ( code for welfare) then put solar in my house.

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
2 years ago

THeyre NOT paying at the pump unless off duty??
Rebuild Our Energy base & add Thorium reactors as well

LUIS
LUIS
2 years ago

THIS SHOULD MAKE ALL THAT VOTED FOR BIDEN OR CONSPIRED IN HIS ELECTION VERY VERY HAPPY………….ENJOY TO SEE THE DESTRUCTION OF THE BEST COUNTRY ON GOD’S ESARTH

Jay Hamilton
Jay Hamilton
2 years ago

The demoncraps lead by buydung & obummer DO NOT CARE ABOUT AMERICANS!!!! Their only concern is to keep their power & make their liberal puke enviro-wacko idiots happy. They are not concerned one bit about gas prices or people being unable to heat their homes this winter.

Bill Stout
Bill Stout
2 years ago

If this Idiot in the White House gets any more demented he should be committed to a Nursing home to die. He and his whole administration is a joke, incompetent stupid fools that is turning this country into a 3rd world s–thole with the help of congress. They should all be arrested starting with the Joint Chiefs, the “Squad” and the majority of democrats in both houses and charged with Treason which should not be hard to prove. And to include all of Biden’s family, a criminal cartel

Nobody’s Business
Nobody’s Business
2 years ago

It’s not that the Democrats don’t know what they’re doing is the opposite of what should be happening, it’s that they’re purposely trying to destroy this country from within. For what end I haven’t figured out yet. We need to make Democrats so uncomfortable both politicians and the idiots who vote for them that they’ll be afraid to leave their house or speak out in public. Time to get to work before their civil war takes us all down!

Myrna
Myrna
2 years ago

AMERICA will suffer from an energy crisis whether the Democrats care or not.

jocko
jocko
2 years ago

ALL libs = CANCER AND ARE THE ENEMY OF OUR NATION

Nils Jespersen
Nils Jespersen
2 years ago

It’s the plan, of course: Make petroleum fuel unaffordable so that we “voluntarily” stop driving, heating our homes, … , all to “save the planet”. That’s a lie, of course: the main objective is socialism, and to convert all of us “non-elites” into serfs.

lindydou
lindydou
2 years ago

IMPEACH BIDEN!!!

teresa
teresa
2 years ago

no surprise – the dums think everything that is crooked or bad for this country is a joke! they are a joke

David Spade
David Spade
2 years ago

If nothing else is accomplished, $4 gasoline prices will defeat this Marxist administration and most of the Marxist Democrats in Congress. The people are wise to the lies used as a smoke screen because Americans know that shutting down the XL Pipeline, talking about elimination of fossil fuels, and threatening oil companies with bankruptcy just drives prices higher. That is the record of this Marxist Democrat administration, and O’Biden and company cannot hide from reality.

Paul W
Paul W
2 years ago

Higher energy costs hurt the middle-class and poor far, far more than the wealthy. Higher energy costs combined with soaring inflation…quite the combination for life-long taxpayers now on a fixed incomes. The communist dims are liars AND frauds. This is all being done under the big lie…the climate HOAX.
“Laughs off”?! Yeah…and the rest of the world, most especially the ccp, are laughing this demented clown off. What a pathetic buffoon this loser is.

LET’S GO BRANDON!!! (I wish that I could type it in 84 pt font)

Scott Christy
Scott Christy
2 years ago

Saddening to hear. Clueless Leadership leads America down to Socialist.

Tim Thompson
Tim Thompson
2 years ago

In Kalifornia the least expensive regular gas is now $4.55 a gallon and you can thank the Democratic Marxist for all of this energy spiking. Biden is taking word for word the Saul Alinsky book bankrupting our country. If he gets the 3.5 trillion bill through it will be the last straw and we’ll definitely break the camels back.

Automotive Forensic Investigations, LLC Frederick
Automotive Forensic Investigations, LLC Frederick
2 years ago

I think you know what I would have responded with when there was laughter as answer to the question/comment.

Dr.C
Dr.C
2 years ago

Joe Buffoon, the titular head of the criminal Democrat Socialist regime, is following the Joe Stalin playbook for government by treating people like surfs who must bow down to the government.
It’s time for an uprising against this criminal government, with arrests and a tribunal.

Jeb
Jeb
2 years ago

They laugh because they can. This does not affect them in anyway.

R. Bart
R. Bart
2 years ago

Granholm, while Governor of Michigan, spent the multi-billion dollar rainy day fund which had been built up by the previous administration (when billion was still a significant amount) by over spending state budgets or budgeting for a deficit. She laughed off warnings back then too. It seems VP Harris’s penchant for laughing off issues is spreading throughout this current administration. Probably because they have no answers, accept no responsibility, and things are going just as they hoped they in their plan to destroy America from the inside.

Tim Toroian
Tim Toroian
2 years ago

Granholm should have been smacked when laughed but especially when she mentioned OPEC. Are their memories really that short so they forgot what Biden shut down? The Saudis and others must be hurting themselves laughing

anna hubert
anna hubert
2 years ago

Arabs flourished while we stagnated for decades this continent is awash in oil and gas and yet… I am sure there is an expert who knows why we depend on Arabs and China for the essentials

J. Farley
J. Farley
2 years ago

NEWS FLASH! THE COMMUNIST Democrats don’t give a flying flip about the rising prices of anything, Gas, Heating Fuel, Natural or Propane gas, Coal, Food, Cars and Pickups, Transpiration, if you want it, they want the price so high you can’t afford it so only the rich and powerful are the haves and the rest of us are the have nots. They want you to live like people in Bangladesh, you low life Pheasant, you are subject’s not Citizens. This is that loudmouth lair Baraka Obama’s 3rd term, and he is punishing you for not voting for Lard Butt, Hilary.
I don’t like and did not vote for Lying Hidden Joebama, but the truth is it’s not his fault, someone who doesn’t have a working brain can’t be held accountable for doing stupid stuff.
it’s the fault of your friends and neighbors who voted for him and the people who helped stuff the ballot box, I know, and you know and everybody with half a brain Know’s it, and another person who knows it is Jill, I believe that there is a case that Jill could be charged with abuse of the elderly and spousal abuse, for aiding putting him in a place he clearly does not belong and you are paying the price.
God Save America

GKP
GKP
2 years ago

Granholm is an idiot and Biden is a Dementia Loaded old scumbag// Who voted for these losers in the last election because they will laugh at you losers now and ask you to trust them all over again//worst inflation in 30+ years and border problem/school problems/covid problems/gasoline problems and 1 year ago the USA was energy independent and then Biden problems began//VOTE FOR EVERY CONSERVATIVE in THE MID TERMS and the PROBLEMS WILL BE CONTROLLED and SOLVED/ WAKE up and realize the DEMOCRATS are losers when in charge of a DUMP//

Patty L
Patty L
2 years ago

Impeachment!!!!

BwaHa
BwaHa
2 years ago

I’m “all in” for another election! Let’s get rid of ol’ slo’ joe! The sooner the better! We need to save our country and we need term limits on all politicos. This whole brain dead biden experiment just goes to show what happens when you elect a bruised brain liberal geriatric as POTUS! IMHO I did not vote for Biden. Never have, never will.

MAGA2024! TRUMP2024!

FJB! LET’S GO BRANDON!

Deborah Myers
Deborah Myers
2 years ago

The entire Biden administration is either way out of touch with reality, they don’t care, or their ignorance is sickening. It cost me over $47.00mfor half a tank of gas. I bought a used car 11 years ago which , unfortunately, uses premium gas . No vacation, increased medication prices as well as groceries, electric, etc. This administration is destroying our country and our lives.

Robert
Robert
2 years ago

Democrat voters do not process information from a logical and objective sense of reasoning. They are mostly clueless and possess no wisdom whatsoever. They have been conditioned as such. They have the critical thinking ability of a toddler or house pet. The morons (half the country) will continue to vote the “D” party line no matter how miserable things get for them or their fellow countrymen. They actually are that gullible and stupid.

Rob
Rob
2 years ago

Plain and simple: It’s Time to Hunt Down the Perpetrators to the Current Administration as The Current Administration is Mostly Known – How Can This Be Accomplished ?

Marie Langley
Marie Langley
2 years ago

I sure could go for some mean tweets right about now! Anything is better than this nightmare. Biden knows there is nothing we can do to stop him so why should he care? He is an evil man who cares about no one except himself and his family (corrupt Hunter) while he sits in his gated mansion in Delaware. And supposedly he proposed to Jill 7 times before she said yes? Jill, what were you thinking?????????????????
The scary thought is even if we take back the House and the Senate next year he can still sign executive orders to get what he wants and he will!!!!!.

Laura Love
Laura Love
2 years ago

Please everyone, call and email the Whitehouse and speak your clear view. Our respectful opinions matter and the White House is our peoples house.

Gary
Gary
2 years ago

I don’t think it will be much longer for OPEC to double oil prices and cut production in half, and then do it again and again. No oil equals no production, no reliable or affordable transportation, no food, no water. At least not enough. Famine might be a possibility to many Americans. Also many alternatives such as wood fires for warmth and cooking and such are illegal in some areas already, and so will be LPG and natural gas. FJB!

Steven H
Steven H
2 years ago

Of course they are laughing. He and his cohorts are bunch of clowns. They’re just funny in their own eyes. I don’t call Harris “Giggles Harris” for no reason!

Eddie Van Halen
Eddie Van Halen
2 years ago

All the ( D ) communists need to pop a CIA approved “capsule” to help us cleanse this earth.

Max
Max
2 years ago

Drove into a gas station to fill up. The pump I stopped at had beautiful picture of Biden, pointing his index fingers of both hands in one direction where the picture aligned with the different grade prices with the following caption: “I DID THIS !!!”.

johnh
johnh
2 years ago

Biden Administration needs to back up & admit that it was a mistake to wage war on fossil fuels the first day in office. The price of gas at the pump & the huge increased projected in heating costs this winter are hurting the lower wage earners the most, as significant percent of income. Meanwhile, A millionaire pays for this as easily as a $100 bottle of wine.

johnh
johnh
2 years ago

This nation was oil independent just two years ago & who is in the White House turning their head. The United States is not ready or prepared to stop use of fossil fuel. Watch out or the cost of living in USA will create only the poor & the rich classes. I sound my drum “THE MIDDLE CLASS MADE AMERICA GREAT” and why would we want to destroy that history.

Garye
Garye
2 years ago

Well the World us laughing at this abject failure and his corrupt useless Democrat cronies too!
This clown show is easily the worst America has EVER seen!
They are an absolute joke!
joebama and the clowns – pathetic!

Philip Hammersley
Philip Hammersley
2 years ago

Send the twit back to Canada. They already have a Communist government!

R.J. from Arizona
R.J. from Arizona
2 years ago

IMPEACH

RC100
RC100
2 years ago

The Obidenbama administration has led us straight into a Kakistocracy. (Look it up!)

They have also developed the cackle/chorle to a fine edge, led by the Kamal. So they use it whenever someone calls them out on another one of their failures.

I truly hope we can survive until the 2023 change in Congress.

Allan Artman
Allan Artman
2 years ago

Why would thet have ever cut domestic production??? It is a move to please foreign interests!! Biden needs to be impeached for damage to the people of of this country.

D.P.
D.P.
2 years ago

The article has it right in this respect….the administration does have the means to change this situation, but not the will. If they reverted back to the previous administrations tactics that were effective and worked across the board, that means admitting Trump and his principles were correct, and no matter what, they will not do that…..the anti-trump mindset will not go away. And as well, if they correct these matters, they will not be in a position to gain greater control over the lives of every one of us, control the economy, control the workings internationally, and control where the political power will be distributed. It’s not a “magic wand”, it’s common sense economics and wise use of resources…and this administration is void of both wisdom and common sense, aside from what they use to press the socialist agenda. The mess will only get worse, and they can’t fix anything…they don’t want it fixed…not properly.

Jeff Fortner
Jeff Fortner
2 years ago

They just never learn, do they? “Magic wand”? Would that be the same magic wand that Obama notoriously asked if Donald Trump had, as to how he would fix Obama’s broken economy? Yes, Barry, he did have a magic wand. It’s called common sense and Economics 101, instead of Alinsky’s Rules and Marx’ Communist Manifesto. The Dem combination of ignorance and arrogance is outrageous!

David
David
2 years ago

Biden (his handlers actually) is doing this out of pure f#$%#$% spite! Obama, Susan Rice, Valerie Jarrett, et al hate America and wish to destroy our country at all costs. They are at the top, they will not be affected.

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