Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw called the Biden administration’s request for OPEC to increase oil production while shutting down American oil companies a “whole new level of stupid.”
Tweeting a copy of the White House statement by National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on the issue, Crenshaw said, “Reaching a whole new level of stupid, the Biden administration asks OPEC (foreign oil) to increase production, while making every possible attempt to destroy CLEANER American oil and gas. Not just stupid, but anti-American.”
The White House statement said, “Higher gasoline prices, if left unchecked, risk harming the ongoing global recovery. The price of crude oil has been higher than it was at the end of 2019, before the onset of the pandemic.”
That actually sounds like common sense — except the statement was used to encourage international oil makers to increase supply, not American companies.
In contrast, Biden created his own oil crisis during his first day in office. He signed a bill that ended construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The action ended thousands of American jobs and stopped the best method of adding new access to oil by Americans.
Don’t forget the recent gas shortage across the southeastern U.S. when a cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline led to widespread shortages. Those involved has still not been brought to justice, though it is claimed the work was by a Russian group.
Then there are the climate change regulations. Biden has catered to this area to a fault, stopping oil exploration and production by America’s companies. In contrast, the president has agreed to a major oil pipeline for Russia. Now he’s also supporting higher oil production by OPEC. Why? Because the nation’s gas prices are up, though it’s due to his own problems.
Could it be that the timing of the oil production increase request has something to do with Biden’ approval rating? Though uncertain, the nation is a little more than a year away from the 2022 midterms. It won’t be long before the nation decides if it wants to keep Democrats in power in the House and Senate.
The way things are currently shaping up, Republicans smell a win in the House, as the left’s small margin of power looks to be shrinking and soon disappearing. There are even rumors that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to retire in 2022.
The Senate is another matter. Only a portion of seats are up for reelection, and most are in areas that will remain with the same party. On the positive side, New Hampshire is currently polling Republican in its current Democratic Senate race. Even with one seat gained in the Senate, the GOP can regain a 51-49 advantage if everything else remains the same.
Of course, Republicans will have the same problem the left does now in the Senate. Without 60 votes, most bills won’t pass due to the filibuster. But at least the left won’t be able to ram through radical legislation.
The OPEC statement is just one of many examples in which the Biden administration bends over backwards to please other nations and put America last. Like Crenshaw said, the action is truly anti-American.