We at CDN discourage anyone from talking, and thinking, in terms of vast conspiracies, hoaxes and the like because people generally have their hands full trying to fulfil their obvious responsibilities. Frequently more than full. It is hard enough to get four friends in one place for dinner on Saturday, now try to get 400 lined up to execute a complex plot to take over the global financial system. That even prominent people might secretly be pulling off some world-historic scam and neatly hiding the evidence is simply not compatible with what we know of our fellows or, let’s be frank, ourselves. Where did we put our glasses again? And as further proof that the supposed organizers of said plots inevitably turn out not to be up to even far less daunting tasks we give you… President Biden. Who, after many resolute steps to make fossil fuels scarce and unaffordable, suddenly finds the price of gas rising and declares that it must be a plot. See? Maybe there’s a simpler explanation.
As Charles Cooke scowled in National Review, “Simultaneously Biden has taken to arguing (a) that the United States should reduce the production of fossil fuels, curb the number of new pipelines on American soil, limit the amount of federal land on which oil and gas can be drilled, and, as CNN puts it, break sharply ‘from the Trump administration’s mission to maximize fossil fuels production’; (b) that other countries must produce more fossil fuels for American use at once — and, indeed, that at this ‘critical moment in the global recovery,’ their refusal to do so is irresponsible; and (c) that, actually, this isn’t a supply issue at all, but a dastardly gouging issue that the FTC must investigate post-haste. I’ve heard of an ‘all of the above’ energy policy, but this one seems a touch ridiculous.”
Oil companies make good villains, to be sure. And have since Ida Tarbell’s 1904 The History of the Standard Oil Company that helped get that firm broken up seven years later without noting that John D. Rockefeller’s aggressive entrepreneurship had dramatically reduced the cost of oil, an enormous benefit to the middle class and working people. But the point isn’t really who’s a ratfink. It’s whether we want to make gasoline and other fossil fuels so expensive that people cannot afford them in order to save the planet and, if we do, whether we shall then be surprised and stunned to find that people cannot afford them and that it hurts.
Judging by the president’s panicky reaction, the answers are yes and yes. And we cannot help noting that given the flooding crisis in BC, an urgent priority is to get more rather than less fossil fuels to beleaguered residents. Almost as though our lifestyles and even our lives depended on them.