Phil Flynn: "OPEC, which met its match in Trump, sees Biden as a business booster... On his first day in office, Biden made decisions that spread joy across the OPEC nations by revoking the permit for the Keystone Pipeline, which would help make Canadian oil less competitive on the global market allowing the cartel to maintain or even gain global oil market share. That eliminated at least 11,000 oil and gas jobs in the U.S. and Canada that should now be picked up by OPEC.
Stephen Moore: President Joe Biden's take-no-prisoners approach to energy. The goals: kill fossil fuels; stop the building of pipelines; enter international treaties that outlaw fossil fuel use; end drilling on federal lands; strangle the oil and gas industries with regulatory assaults. And then throw billions and perhaps trillions of tax dollars at wind and solar farms. ...
The U.S. Energy Information Administration recently released a chart showing the latest official data on U.S. energy production sources from the Department of Energy. Some 80 percent of all our energy comes from oil, gas and coal. Less than 5 percent comes from wind and solar. Somehow, Biden is going to magically flip these percentages around in five or 10 years? Even the federal forecasters who support renewable energy think that is highly unlikely. ...
We will reverse the energy independence achieved under former President Donald Trump to dependency on OPEC nations under Biden. This certainly isn't good for the U.S. economy and jobs here at home. But it's great news for the Saudi oil sheiks, Russia's Vladimir Putin and the communists in Beijing -- all of whom are going to make out like bandits. They can't believe their good fortune.
Wouldn't it be smarter, safer and, yes, more virtuous to get the energy we need from Texas, Oklahoma, North Dakota or even Alberta, Canada, than from countries that hate us?
CNN host Fareed Zakaria cornered Climate Envoy John Kerry on the Biden administration’s executive orders that killed thousands of U.S. jobs.
Zakaria: "Right now there are areas where President Biden’s actions will put people out of work. Canceling the Keystone pipeline. The decision on no new fracking on new federal lands. Those governmental decisions are going to put people out of work, in fact, already are doing so.” ... “What do you say to those people?”
Kerry — apparently caught off guard — avoided answering by bumbling that, “We’re a great nation at creating jobs.” Kerry continued: "As the president has said — as President Biden has said many times — that COVID actually offers us the opportunity to build back better because the economy has been rocked. As we come back, we will be putting major investments into various sectors of the economy to get it moving again.”
Flashback: Billionaire George Soros said the coronavirus was “a revolutionary moment when the range of possibilities is much greater than in normal times.” Soros added he is “really trying to bend [the arc of history] in the right direction.”
Only the most dim-witted observer would not conclude that the KXL cancellation was all about the U.S. leading the world on ‘stopping climate change’ and converting to so-called clean energy sources such as wind and solar power. So, did governors, premiers, and industry associations strongly contest these points in their opposition to the new president’s decision? Not a chance; they brought up entirely different arguments. Here are examples from the governors of the three states KXL would have traversed: ... Gov. Kristi Noem (R-SD) raised points like this while emphasizing how pipelines were safer for the environment and people than alternative methods of getting Canadian crude to U.S. refineries.
These are all valid arguments, of course, but they miss the point. ... So, rather than buy into, or ignore the climate scare and renewable energy myths that drove Biden’s decision, what should these groups have said? While voicing their valid concerns about job losses, costs, etc., they should have focused primarily on debunking Biden’s major arguments and his radical climate activist allies. They should have explained that many leading climate and other experts maintain that the climate scare is irrational and wind and solar power have no chance of ever satisfying more than a tiny fraction of our energy needs."
By accepting and, in some cases, even promoting the climate scare and the renewable energy delusion driving Biden’s Keystone XL pipeline cancellation, most conservatives have completely ignored this fundamental ‘rule’ in political debate. So, predictably, they lost KXL and will continue to lose on many fronts in the radical left’s ideological war against our prosperity and freedom. America and Canada deserve leaders with the courage and intelligence to fight this war to actually win.
Then: Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA on November 7, 2020: "When Joe Biden and Kamala Harris take office next January, we will have two of our own in the highest offices in the land. Joe and Kamala truly understand the trials and tribulations of working men and women; they never forget where they came from; and they value hard work and the people who do it. I am confident that over the next four years, they will build back better, restore our standing in the world, and help all Americans prosper and succeed.
Terry O’Sullivan, General President of LIUNA – the Laborers’ International Union of North America: "The Biden Administration’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline permit on day one of his presidency is both insulting and disappointing to the thousands of hard-working LIUNA members who will lose good-paying, middle class family-supporting jobs. By blocking this 100 percent union project, and pandering to environmental extremists, a thousand union jobs will immediately vanish and 10,000 additional jobs will be foregone.
We support the President’s campaign to “build back better.” But for union members affected by this decision, there are no renewable energy jobs that come even close to replacing the wages and benefits the Keystone XL project would have provided. Killing good union jobs on day one with nothing to replace them, is not building back better. Hopefully, the Biden Administration will not continue to allow environmental extremists to control our country’s energy agenda at the expense of union construction workers being forced to the unemployment lines."