President Joe Biden’s handlers have been working since day one to dismantle America’s fossil fuel industry. Not a joke. But that hasn’t stopped the administration from using oil companies as the scapegoat for consumers’ economic woes even after saying the quiet part out loud.
The inestimable capacity of Biden to “f*ck things up” in the words of former President Barack Obama only increases the longer he remains in the public eye. After nearly two years of walk backs, the White House may have grown tired of course correcting his statements Monday when the president’s official Twitter account bypassed one such blunder on “no more drilling” to once again target supposed corporate greed.
“Do you know how much six of the largest oil companies have made over the last six months?” Biden tweeted Monday afternoon. “Over $100 billion. That money should’ve been used to expand supply and lower prices at the pump.”
Do you know how much six of the largest oil companies have made over the last six months?
Over $100 billion.
That money should’ve been used to expand supply and lower prices at the pump.
— President Biden (@POTUS) November 7, 2022
Perhaps instead of “should’ve” the president meant to say “could’ve” had it not been for his administration prohibiting drilling on federal land and restoring an Obama-era carbon emissions tax among other measures severely hamstringing production capability in the United States.
In his own words Sunday while campaigning for incumbent Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) in New York two days before the midterms, itself a sign of how devastating progressive policies have been, Biden said, “No more drilling. There is no more drilling. I haven’t formed any new drilling,” before answering a question off camera. “No… That was before I was president. We’re trying to work on that, get that done. Thank you.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 7, 2022
Biden had likewise threatened the existence of the coal industry Friday while stumping in California when he asserted, “So it’s going to become a wind generation. And all they’re doing is it’s going to save them a hell of a lot of money and using the same transmission line that they transmitted the coal-fired electric on, we’re going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar power…”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre attempted damage control on that statement Saturday when she posted a thread that read in part, “The President’s remarks yesterday have been twisted to suggest a meaning that was not intended; he regrets it if anyone hearing these remarks took offense,” before claiming, “Under President Biden, oil and natural gas production has increased, and we are on track to hit the highest production in our country’s history next year.”
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) November 6, 2022
Like American energy independence, consistent messaging has never been an objective of the Biden administration which had claimed in a tweet only days earlier, “The oil industry has a choice. Either invest in America by lowering prices for consumers at the pump and increasing production and refining capacity. Or pay a higher tax on your excessive profits and face other restrictions.”
The oil industry has a choice.
Either invest in America by lowering prices for consumers at the pump and increasing production and refining capacity.
Or pay a higher tax on your excessive profits and face other restrictions.
— President Biden (@POTUS) October 31, 2022
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