July 9, 2021

Biden Throttles U.S. Oil Production, Asks OPEC for Help

Energy independence under Trump now takes a back seat to climate alarmism.

The White House proudly announced recently that a 4th of July cookout would cost 16 cents less this year thanks to President Joe Biden. That’s insulting in itself, but the savings isn’t nearly enough to make up for soaring prices as inflation runs rampant and Americans have a harder time making ends meet.

It didn’t have to be this way.

One of the major accomplishments of Donald Trump’s administration was moving America down the road toward energy independence. We began producing more oil here at home, becoming one of the world’s top oil producers and for the first time in 75 years exporting more than we imported. This had a broad impact on our economy by lowering prices on food and consumer goods, as well as making a commute to work more affordable. It also allowed the U.S. to avoid becoming dependent on the political agreements of OPEC nations.

It didn’t take long for Biden to make America energy dependent once again.

On his second day in the Oval Office he signed an executive order immediately canceling the Keystone XL Pipeline permit. And now he’s being sued for $15 billion for that politicized breach of North American free-trade obligations. Taxpayers might get a double whammy — higher gas prices and a $15 billion bill.

Biden’s move was publicized as a way to address the “climate crisis,” but the editors at The Wall Street Journal highlight what’s really going on here:

As cognitive dissonance goes, this is a classic. President Biden’s explicit policy goal is to reduce U.S. oil and gas production, limiting the global supply of fossil fuels in the name of fighting climate change. Yet his Administration is now imploring the OPEC oil cartel to pump more oil so U.S. gasoline prices don’t rise more than they already have on Mr. Biden’s watch.

This is bad timing for U.S. consumers.

Some states are only now finally emerging from COVID lockdowns and more people are heading back to work and other places. All that activity requires energy. According to the Journal, “U.S. petroleum consumption is now roughly where it was at this time in 2019. OPEC estimates that oil demand in industrialized countries will increase by 2.7 million barrels a day this year.”

The argument that oil production contributes to climate change falls flat on its face again. How do we know? Biden and the Democrats are perfectly willing to let other countries produce oil and control the markets at the expense of American sovereignty and economic strength.

The reality is we need to be producing more oil at home during a time when demand continues to increase. The Biden administration knows this, but it’s caving to the climate change crowd rather than taking care of hard-working Americans who could use a break with soaring inflation and rising gas prices.

When other countries call the shots on oil production, American drivers are the losers every time. Now, experts believe infighting among OPEC allies and Saudi Arabia will result in even higher fuel prices in July and August.

Prices are already at a seven-year high. The current national average, according to AAA, is $3.14 compared to $2.18 a year ago. That’s a bit unfair because of low demand a year ago, but $3.14 is high regardless.

Where prices go from here is heavily dependent upon whether or not “Saudi Arabia and UAE can reach an agreement — although it is unclear when talks will resume if at all,” according to Fox Business. “On Sunday, the UAE pushed back against the OPEC Plus group, which includes non-OPEC producers like Russia. The UAE said it supported a proposed gradual increase in production favored by Saudi Arabia, the group’s largest producer, and by non-member Russia. But the UAE said it also wanted an increase in its own permitted level of production.”

In other words, Americans are completely dependent on the outcome of political infighting among oil-producing nations. That’s unacceptable, and so is the Biden administration claiming to be saving us 16 cents on a cookout when our wallets are being gouged at the gas pump.

Start a conversation using these share links:

Who We Are

The Patriot Post is a highly acclaimed weekday digest of news analysis, policy and opinion written from the heartland — as opposed to the MSM’s ubiquitous Beltway echo chambers — for grassroots leaders nationwide. More

What We Offer

On the Web

We provide solid conservative perspective on the most important issues, including analysis, opinion columns, headline summaries, memes, cartoons and much more.

Via Email

Choose our full-length Digest or our quick-reading Snapshot for a summary of important news. We also offer Cartoons & Memes on Monday and Alexander’s column on Wednesday.

Our Mission

The Patriot Post is steadfast in our mission to extend the endowment of Liberty to the next generation by advocating for individual rights and responsibilities, supporting the restoration of constitutional limits on government and the judiciary, and promoting free enterprise, national defense and traditional American values. We are a rock-solid conservative touchstone for the expanding ranks of grassroots Americans Patriots from all walks of life. Our mission and operation budgets are not financed by any political or special interest groups, and to protect our editorial integrity, we accept no advertising. We are sustained solely by you. Please support The Patriot Fund today!

The Patriot Post and Patriot Foundation Trust, in keeping with our Military Mission of Service to our uniformed service members and veterans, are proud to support and promote the National Medal of Honor Heritage Center, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, both the Honoring the Sacrifice and Warrior Freedom Service Dogs aiding wounded veterans, the National Veterans Entrepreneurship Program, the Folds of Honor outreach, and Officer Christian Fellowship, the Air University Foundation, and Naval War College Foundation, and the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation. "Greater love has no one than this, to lay down one's life for his friends." (John 15:13)


“Our cause is noble; it is the cause of mankind!” —George Washington

Join us in prayer for our nation, that good and righteous leaders would rise and prevail, and that division would be healed so we can be united as Americans. We pray also for the protection of our Military Patriots, Veterans and First Responders, and for their families.

The Patriot Post is protected speech, as enumerated in the First Amendment and enforced by the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, in accordance with the endowed and unalienable Rights of All Mankind.

Copyright © 2023 The Patriot Post. All Rights Reserved.

The Patriot Post does not support Internet Explorer. We recommend installing the latest version of Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Google Chrome.