Way back, 60s or even earlier, there was a certain logic in buying cheap fuel from Third World countries. Mostly, the idea was to use up their resources first, and save ours for the future. Remember in the early 70s the anti everything crowd predicted peak oil around 1977. That one didn't work out so well for them.It’s been clear for some time now that one of the West’s greatest weaknesses is its reliance on unscrupulous dictators for energy. It was only a matter of time before the status quo evolved from an inconvenient fact to an all-out crisis.
Yet, rather than plan for this inevitability, the Biden administration went for the easy, environmentalist-pleasing headline by kiboshing Keystone XL. Now, instead of having access to more oil from a democratic and free neighbour, Biden is begging a barbarous regime for help. Rather than standing up for human rights and democracy around the world, Biden will simply substitute one bad actor for another.
Sabrina Maddeaux: After cancelling Keystone, Biden cozies up to vile Saudi dictators for oil — National PostIf anyone forced his hand, it was Biden himself when he decided to block the Keystone XL pipeline on Day 1 of his presidencyapple.news
Moreover, rather than give a much-needed economic boost to America’s largest trading partner and so-called closest ally, the United States will funnel money to its adversaries.
Would it be better if we didn’t rely on oil at all and transitioned to greener energy sources? Absolutely. However, there’s no realistic universe where that transition would’ve happened quickly enough and broadly enough to render Keystone XL unnecessary.
Now, of course the people making the rules are so disconnected from reality they don't even know how food gets to the store shelves.