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Texas | September 8, 2021

Get Ready for the Blackouts

Texas | September 8, 2021
Mismanagement and the push for renewables are degrading the reliability of the U.S. electrical grid.  Generac Power Systems, a company that produces home generators and other equipment, announced in July record sales of $920 million during the second quarter, a 68% jump over last year. But what’s good for Generac is bad for America. That’s no slam on the Wisconsin-based company, which manufactures about three-quarters of the home standby generators sold in the U.S. Instead, Generac’s soaring sales are evidence that the U.S. electric grid is becoming less reliable, which will make Americans less wealthy and less secure. Consumers are spending billions of dollars on generators to have on hand when the power goes out.  Blackouts are deadly and create costly drags on the economy. Bad policies and lack of oversight contributed to the February blackouts in Texas. The final tally: about $200 billion in damage and some 700 people dead from hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning and other causes. In California—a state that is hemorrhaging residents—blackouts have become a near-daily event. Generac says in a recent investor presentation that power outage severity is “increasing significantly.” Between 2000 and 2020, the number of what the Energy Department calls “major electric disturbances and unusual occurrences” jumped 13-fold…. (Excerpts from the Wall Street Journal)
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District of Columbia | August 20, 2021

Biden draws ire of GOP, progressives with call to boost OPEC output

District of Columbia | August 20, 2021

The Biden administration managed to draw criticism from both Republicans and progressives last week when it called on other countries to produce more oil amid high gasoline prices in the U.S.

Environmentalists rebuked the White House for encouraging the use of more fossil fuels at a time when the effects of climate change are intensifying, while Republicans responded by arguing President Biden’s energy policies have increased America’s reliance on foreign oil.

“The progressives see the hypocrisy in President Biden’s action just like we do,” House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (La.) said in an interview Tuesday.

“President Biden said he would be a uniter and I guess he has because he’s uniting conservatives and progressives who are all pointing out that his energy strategy is incredibly anti-American and foolish,” Scalise said… (Excerpts from the Hill)

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Alaska | August 16, 2021

Alaska Governor Blasts Biden For Devastating America’s Poor With Bans On American Oil

Alaska | August 16, 2021

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Gov. Mike Dunleavy is frustrated.

In just its first eight months, the Biden administration has halted logging plans in the state’s southeast Tongass National Forest, barred federal land releases to Native veterans, and shut down oil and gas operations on the North Slope of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) as it shops overseas for fuel. All without consulting with the governor who runs the largest state in the nation by land mass, home to 60 percent of federal lands.

“We’ve had no contact with Joe Biden, no matter how many times we’ve asked,” the Republican governor told The Federalist in an interview Wednesday. He added his office was even left in the dark on the U.S.-China summit that occurred in Anchorage five months ago. “We heard that in the press.”

The Biden administration has aggressively crusaded to bar development in the country’s greatest untapped resource in the name of environmental stewardship, as if in an effort to transform the state into a national park saved for the wealthy who can afford a visit… (Excerpts from The Federalist)

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West Virginia | July 29, 2021

Joe Manchin hit with West Virginia ads urging him to oppose Biden pick Tracy Stone-Manning

West Virginia | July 29, 2021

A pro-energy group launched ads Thursday in West Virginia urging Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin III to vote against Bureau of Land Management nominee Tracy Stone-Manning over her involvement in a 1989 tree-spiking plot.

Power the Future’s six-figure ad buy focused on her decision as a graduate student to retype and mail an anonymous letter to authorities warning of spiked trees in Idaho’s Clearwater National Forest on behalf of the perpetrators.

Mr. Manchin voted last week in committee to approve her nomination, calling her a “youthful sympathizer for the environment,” while the ad accused him of backing “a Biden nominee with a history with eco-terrorists.”

“Joe Manchin claims he is the most independent, bipartisan member of Congress,’” says the 30-second ad. “But he’s supporting a Biden nominee with a history with eco-terrorists. Tracy Stone-Manning colluded with a group engaged in tree spiking, a terrorist tactic that maims and even kills unlucky workers. If that doesn’t disqualify someone from running federal lands, what does?”

Mr. Manchin also voted Tuesday to discharge her nomination to the full Senate after the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee split 10-10 along party lines on her bid to head the agency…. (Excerpts from the Washington Times)

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District of Columbia | July 8, 2021

Oil Reaches Highest Price in Six Years Amid Low Supply, Output

District of Columbia | July 8, 2021

Oil prices climbed to a six-year high Tuesday as the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and Russia continue to tamp down on global output, The Wall Street Journal reported.

An OPEC meeting was called off Monday, the WSJ reported. It was the group’s third attempt to discuss surging prices and an increase in oil consumption amid an opening global economy.

July 4th gas prices were among the highest in almost seven years at a national average of $3 a gallon, the WSJ reported. The price and demand increase is causing concern among executives and OPEC leaders that higher prices could impact the economic recovery from the pandemic and ramp up inflation.

During the pandemic, OPEC agreed to keep crude oil in the ground to limit supply, the WSJ reported. The United Arab Emirates backed out of the meeting Monday because it didn’t want to agree to a Saudi-backed deal to boost output. 

Oil jumps as OPEC+ fail to reach agreement https://t.co/LXkCDRZO5t pic.twitter.com/KU4x8c16xs

(Excerpts from the Tennessee Star)

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Texas | July 6, 2021

Gas Prices Likely to Stay Above $3 Until October

Texas | July 6, 2021

. Patrick de Hann, head of petroleum analysis for GasBuddy, told Fox News in a recent interview that he believes U.S. drivers are unlikely to see relief from high gas prices anytime soon, predicting that the typical seasonal decline in prices won’t kick in until October, and when it does, it will be modest. “Traditionally, we see gas prices start declining in mid-to-late August as we start to see things [going] back to normal, kids going back to school, vacations basically ending,” de Hann told Fox Business…

(Excerpts from Epoch Times)

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