by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
To hear White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki tell it, the United States can reduce the world’s energy dependence on Russia by installing solar panels and perhaps re-insulating homes.
President Joe Biden began his term in office with a moratorium on new oil and gas leases on federal land. He need only take his boot off the industry’s neck in order to produce much-needed energy given Russia’s long-expected invasion of Ukraine last week. But on ABC’s This Week, when asked about a possible push to produce more oil and gas in the U.S., Psaki dismissed the matter as irrelevant.
“What this actually justifies, in President Biden’s view, is the fact that we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil and on oil in general,” she said. “And we need to look at other ways of having energy in our country and others.”
We understand that Biden’s White House is always under a lot of pressure from the Left to make public acts of fealty to the climate gods — even when that entails saying things that would make a cynic out of any intelligent fourth grader. But as Russian President Vladimir Putin’s tanks roll through Ukraine, violating international law and killing civilians along the way, perhaps it’s finally time to draw the line and start talking sense for a change. If an organization as notoriously corrupt as FIFA, soccer’s international governing body, can come together and do what’s right, there’s no reason Biden’s White House cannot follow suit.
Biden and his senior staff need to take a break from showing so much deference toward a Western green political movement that Putin has been deliberately funding over the years in order to advance Russian national interests.