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Douglas Andrews / November 9, 2021

Jenny Granholm’s Laughing Matter

Joe Biden’s energy secretary seems painfully out of touch with the energy needs of the American people.

What a weird sense of humor this Biden administration has. Take Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, for example. The one-time Dating Game contestant and former Michigan governor is an unserious politician if ever there was one, but she outdid herself during a recent interview with a serious journalist, Bloomberg’s Tom Keene, who asked her about tapping into our nation’s prodigious energy supply to help counteract the high cost of gasoline and the squeeze it puts on middle- and lower-income Americans.

“What is the Granholm plan to increase oil production in America?” asked Keene.

“That is hilarious,” Granholm responded, with a hearty chuckle. “Would that I had the magic wand on this. As you know, of course, oil is a global market. It is controlled by a cartel. That cartel is called OPEC, and they made the decision yesterday that they were not going to increase beyond what they were already planning.”

American energy independence? You slay me, Tom!

Welp, we guess that’s that. The Carteresque Granholm seems to believe that OPEC calls the shots, and that there’s no sense in an energy-abundant superpower such as ours taking matters into its own hands.

“There’s nothing funny about spiking gas prices hurting American families,” replied Wyoming Republican Senator John Barrasso. “POTUS and SecGranholm could end their illegal ban of federal oil and gas production today. Instead, they’re begging OPEC and Russia for more oil. Disgraceful.”

Maybe this braying Jenny is trying to make us forget about Vice President Kamala Harris, who’s known for laughing nervously at inopportune times and whose popularity, according to a newly released USA Today Suffolk poll, stands at a laughably dismal 28%.

Regardless, the winter months are coming, and energy availability is no joke. To the contrary, it’s a life-and-death matter.

But Granholm certainly has her talking points down. Asked by CNN’s Dana Bash about the possibility of $4-a-gallon gas, she said, “Well, we certainly hope not.”

Hope isn’t a strategy, though, so Granholm sought to reassure us. “The president is all over this,” she said with a straight face. “Of course, every president is frustrated because they can’t control the price of gasoline, because it’s a global market. You can call upon increased supply, which he has done. And OPEC is, unfortunately, controlling the agenda with respect to oil prices. OPEC is a cartel and it controls over 50% of the supply of gasoline.”

It’s hard to know what these people are thinking, but current House Minority Leader and future House Speaker Kevin McCarthy gets it: “We will not ask OPEC to solve our problems,” he said in an energy roundtable with fellow GOP lawmakers last week. “We can solve them here in America.”

Asked about higher heating prices during the winter months, Granholm tried to manage our already low expectations for the Biden administration: “Yeah, this is going to happen,” she said. “It will be more expensive this year than last year.”

What a worthless boob. And it gets worse. Having shut down the Keystone XL pipeline immediately after taking office, Team Biden is now considering shutting down Michigan’s Line 5, which is part of a network that transports some 540,000 barrels per day from Western Canada, through Wisconsin, under the Straits of Mackinac, then through Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to refineries in neighboring Sarnia, Ontario.

It doesn’t seem like so long ago when our nation had a smart and capable president; an America First president; a president who recognized the power of our energy reserves and strove to make us energy independent.

Elections, unfortunately, have consequences.

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