Attacking America

Written by Gary Bauer

As the country struggles with record gas prices, it’s worth reviewing the left’s rhetoric and actions toward America’s energy industry.

Power plants, refineries and other major infrastructure sites have always been prime targets of our enemies. When hackers from Iran, Russia or communist China launch cyberattacks, our energy infrastructure is frequently at the top of their list.

But now the entire government of the United States is attacking our energy industry in the courts and through its vast regulatory powers. The Biden Administration and its left-wing allies are trying to cripple our energy industry, just as aggressively as our enemies.

For example:

  • In September of 2019, Joe Biden said, “I want you to look at my eyes. I guarantee you . . . We’re going to end fossil fuel.”
  • In March of 2020, Joe Biden declared: “Number one, no more subsidies for the fossil fuel industry, no more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling, including offshore, no ability for the oil industry to continue to drill. Period, it ends.”
  • In October of 2020, in response to a question from President Trump about ending the oil industry, Biden vowed, “I would transition from the oil industry, yes.”

Biden said it repeatedly, and he meant it.

That’s why the first thing he did after he walked into the Oval Office was to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline. He canceled leases on federal land for additional energy exploration, and his administration is in federal court right now trying to stop another planned lease sale.

He’s tried to appoint radicals who have openly bragged about wanting to bankrupt energy companies to key positions. (HERE and HERE.)

Last October, U.S. House liberals summoned the CEOs of the major energy companies to Capitol Hill for a show trial. They berated them for not doing enough to end “climate change,” and demanded pledges that they transition to “clean energy,” which means stop drilling for oil.

This political harassment of American energy companies is bad enough. But their left-wing allies, backed by major Wall Street financial interests like Blackrock, are also trying to put radical environmentalists on their corporate boards. And they’re pressuring banks to stop lending to energy companies for exploration projects.

But now, after a year and a half of trying to strangle American energy companies to death, Biden and his political allies are again attacking our oil companies, claiming they’re not drilling enough!

This post was originally published by Gary Bauer’s American Values.