Biden’s made no secret of his plans to eliminate fossil fuel use in our country. On day one in office, he wrote an executive order banning the construction or completion of the much anticipated and needed Keystone XL pipeline project, an oil pipeline that would transport crude oil from Alberta, Canada, all the way down to the coast of Texas, supplying hundreds of thousands of communities along the way and employing even more thousands.
And now, he’s made another decision that will shut down an even bigger and potentially life-changing energy project.
On Monday, the Bureau of Land Management, under the instruction of Joe Biden, issued a “no action” order involving a decades-long plan to begin extracting precious resources from the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska. The reserve is an area of about 23 million acres in the state set aside by the federal government for the use and conservation of petroleum resources, the largest in the entire US. Basically, it is a vast area of land known to contain massive amounts of petroleum, and that has been designated to serve America’s energy needs.
And yet, with this new order, Biden and his administration are saying that both the land and critical resources below its surface are officially off-limits.
Naturally, those who have been carefully formulating a plan for decades to begin using those resources are irate, as well as both Alaskan citizens and politicians.
For most of them, the issue is a simple one. Once again, Biden has made a decision that will affect millions of Americans without even a shred of thought as to what they want or need, and all in the name of appeasing only his most left-leaning supporters.
As GOP senator of Alaska Lisa Murkowski said in a news release on Tuesday, the decision was made “with zero analysis or consultation with Alaskans.” Instead, Biden’s White House only hears that the plan is to introduce more fossil fuel in America, and the response is an immediate no.
Murkowski points out that this couldn’t come at a more opportune time for Biden, as our nation currently finds itself in an inflationary era with gas and oil prices through the roof. As other American oil reserves have begun to dry up over the years, the plan was to eventually tap into those in Alaska.
That day shouldn’t quite be here yet, but as I mentioned before, projects such as the Keystone XL project have since been shut down, leaving America to either look for other sources such as the NPR-A or rely on other nations such as the not so friendly Russia and the ever-unstable Middle East.
You’d have thought the Keystone project’s cancelation would have taught Biden a thing or two about America’s energy needs. Almost immediately afterward, the US was forced to look elsewhere for its oil needs, causing prices to soar as demand became higher. Biden even resorted to begging the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries or OPEC to increase its oil production.
But OPEC said no.
Now, here we are with another opportunity to not only supply Americans with the oil and gas products they need but to do so at much cheaper rates than we are currently paying. And Biden is saying no again.
But this decision won’t be just hurting America’s bottom dollar and energy needs; it will also greatly affect hundreds of communities throughout Alaska.
As Alaska’s other senator, Republican Dan Sullivan, says, in particular, it will hurt those that Biden says he cares about the most.
“Reverting back to the 2013 management plan is not only arbitrary and contrary to good science, it will be harmful to the very people and issues the Biden administration purports to care most about – indigenous communities, and racial and environmental equity.”
Journalist and author Michael Shellenberger explains that when green energies, which tend to be less reliable and more weather dependent, are used, they fail, leaving entire communities, and mostly poorer ones, to choose between putting food on the table and paying their electricity bills. And in cold-weather states like Alaska, neither is much of a choice.
But Biden doesn’t really care about that, does he? Instead, all he’s worried about is the funding and support he’ll get from radical environmental groups if he goes along with their plans.