LETTER: Biden cut oil production, and we’re paying for it at the pump

To Ozaukee Press:

Taking office, President Joe Biden issued a flurry of executive orders, a payoff to the radical left of his party, to “decarbonize” the economy with the end game being the elimination of the oil industry. In a CNN debate, Biden stated, “No more oil drilling,” for natural gas. He promised, “No new fracking,” and would ban “new oil and gas permits on public lands and waters.”

Biden canceled the Keystone pipeline and halted new leases in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A week later, he banned new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters, and in June he shut down exploration on existing leases in ANWR. In October, he increased the regulatory burdens on building pipelines and other infrastructure. In February, he limited leasing in Alaska’s National Petroleum Reserve. At every turn, Biden has worked to restrict and reduce domestic oil and gas production.

Unsurprisingly, Biden got exactly what he wanted: Daily U.S. oil production dropped from 12.29 million barrels in 2019 to an estimated 11.85 million in 2022, well after demand had rebounded from the pandemic.

Biden blames Putin, but prices rose quite a bit before Russia invaded Ukraine. In January 2021, the average price of regular gasoline was $2.33 a gallon. By February 2022, it was up to $3.52. As of July the average price was $4.54; so 56% of that price rise predated the invasion.

Biden is the main reason for high U.S. gas prices. He and the Democrats may deflect, lie and obfuscate, but the facts say otherwise.

Don Driewer

Port Washington

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