Omnibus : Gas prices, Oil prices, Embargos

taxslave

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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.

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.
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.
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.
 

Tecumsehsbones

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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.

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.
But. . . but. . . dictators control all the real sunny places! And all the windy places! That's why they're bad!
 

Ron in Regina

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Immediate in terms of O&G upping production is 6 months.
….& 8 months later…It is only naysayers and partisan nitpickers who, to use an Al Gore word, bring up this “inconvenient” Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and I am certainly not one of them.

That two years later it should result in the emaciation of the United State’s energy independence and have vastly empowered imperious Vladimir Putin, putting Europe in hostage to an autocrat, well, let’s go with the flow — them’s just the breaks.

So here we are. When wise, calm Biden pleads to OPEC and gets shunned, briskly turned down during an inflation-and-energy crisis, and presents to the globe the picture of an American president pleading to autocrats for relief and being rejected, it should charitably be seen not as his lack of foresight, but the cruelty of fate, and perhaps only secondarily the operation of the laws of supply and demand.

Or just maybe the outcome of policies built on air and virtue-signalling, without thought of the realities of societies built on real and secure energy, of which there are some examples here at home.

So the decision to reduce production of the oil and gas America has, and cancel a source from a secure and neighbour state — that would (sorry, used to) be Canada — is it possible the gods of common sense have taken an unhappy view of it? The rest at the link above.
 
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