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Old Joe Biden is heading to Saudi Arabia next month to plead with the leaders of the state he once called a “pariah” to lower gas prices, although he denies that is the purpose of the trip, and whether it is or isn’t, don’t expect any relief at the pump anytime soon: on Thursday, Biden said that the high gas prices would “as long as it takes” to beat Putin, whom he persists in implausibly blaming for them.
Biden was asked during a press conference at the NATO summit in Madrid: “How long is it fair to expect American drivers and drivers around the world to pay that premium for this war?” Despite the fact that a new poll shows that 64% of Americans believe that Biden, not Putin, is responsible for skyrocketing prices, Biden yet again insisted that it was all the fault of Vlad the Inflationer. Biden answered: “As long as it takes so Russia cannot, in fact, defeat Ukraine and move beyond Ukraine.”
This is a massively disingenuous answer, as even the New York Times noted in mid-June that “Even before the invasion, prices of oil and gasoline were rising as the world gradually recovered from the Covid pandemic.” The Times also ingenuously pointed out that “the effort to stabilize the oil market…is at odds with Mr. Biden’s stated ambition to move the country to electric cars and renewable energy.”
And there’s the rub. On CNN Thursday, Biden adviser Brian Deese gave us a hint of what is going on when he was asked: “What do you say to those families who say, ‘Listen, we can’t afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for months, if not years, this is just not sustainable?’” Deese answered: “Well, what you heard from the president today was a clear articulation of the stakes. This is about the future of the liberal world order, and we have to stand firm.”
The liberal world order makes no secret of wanting to eliminate fossil fuels. Biden himself suggested in late May that skyrocketing gas prices were all part of a larger plan: “And when it comes to the gas prices, we’re going through an incredible transition that is taking place that, God willing, when it’s over, we’ll be stronger and the world will be stronger and less reliant on fossil fuels when this is over.”
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Michael Regan gave the same impression back in March, when he was at the White House, according to the Sacramento Bee, to announce “proposed limits on new buses and large trucks to curb some of their greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90% in the next decade.” In the course of his remarks, Regan boasted, “We’re pressing the accelerator to reach a zero-emissions future sooner than most people thought.”
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