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Biden’s energy secretary faults COVID-19 for raising gas prices, but oil industry expert points at Biden

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Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm is accusing the pandemic for raising gas prices

Since President Joe Biden came into office on January twentieth, the national standard gas price has risen more than fifty cents. As of Friday, it was around $3 per gallon — $2.96. The standard was $2.38 per gallon when Biden took office, and $2.11 per gallon on Election Day last year.

What did Granholm say?

CNN anchor Jake Tapper called out Granholm on Friday about the soaring gas prices, asking the former Michigan Democratic governor whether high energy prices will slow down the post-pandemic economic recovery.

“Beyond whether or not you think your policies are to blame, are you worried that the prices could impact whether or not Americans travel, which is, of course, needed to put money back into the economy?” Tapper asked.

Granholm implied an out-of-control COVID-19 virus is to fault for the increasing prices at the pump.

In response Granholm stated that people need to travel, but the virus needs to be controlled first. He says we need to have herd immunity.

“Why have gas prices gone up? Could that be because of the virus itself as well? Everything is tied together,” she added. “So I just want to say, this administration is totally focused on getting this virus under control, which means the economy will get under control, and then investing in the nation so that we can go big on America.”

Absurdly, Granholm’s comment about herd immunity follows after the New York Times released a story implying herd immunity in the U.S. is no longer likely.

What’s to blame?

Other typical reasons such as refinery maintenance and converting to summertime blends are partly at fault for the increase in gas prices, oil expert David Blackmon recently explained in Forbes the Biden administration’s policies are also a big contributor.

“Since last November 3, the average price per gallon of regular gasoline in the U.S. has skyrocketed by 75 cents. The markets clearly see the Biden/Harris administration as one that will work to inhibit U.S. oil production, which will also have the effect of tightening the global market, and traders have responded by driving up the price of crude oil,” Blackmon wrote.

He explained:

President Biden’s Day 1 executive orders to cancel the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline and suspend the program for oil and gas leasing on federal lands and waters were just initial shots across the bow. His order to raise the estimate for the “social cost of carbon” by over 700% will inevitably result in regulatory actions that will raise the cost of producing oil in the U.S., as will the coming effort by the Biden EPA to convince the courts to allow it to regulate carbon as a “criteria pollutant,” a topic I’ll address in more detail in the coming days.

All of these actions and more to come will increase the costs of not just oil and gasoline, but all forms of non-renewable energy for consumers, will make the country increasingly reliant on foreign oil imports and thus will render the country less energy secure than before. These outcomes are entirely predictable and are in fact features of the Biden/Harris plan, which is in part designed to make EVs and renewables more competitive by raising the cost of fossil fuels and other more traditional forms of energy. That’s not a value judgement: it’s just reality.

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Cruz criticizes Biden’s ‘unconstitutional’ vaccine mandate: ‘They want to change the topic from Afghanistan’

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Cruz calls Afghanistan the evacuation the ‘worst foreign policy catastrophe in a generation’

Senator Ted Cruz, said Sunday that President Biden’s vaccine requirement for private companies is intended to fail and being utilized only as a distraction from his mistakes made in Afghanistan.

While appearing on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Cruz said Biden’s standard demandung businesses with hundred or more workers to require the COVID-19 vaccine or weekly testing is “illegal” and simply intended to get the Democratic president back in the media’s good side after he was broadly criticized for his sloppy military evacuation in Afghanistan.

“They want to change the topic from Afghanistan,” the senator said. “It’s why Biden issued this completely illegal and unconstitutional vaccine mandate, because he wanted to change the topic from the disaster in Afghanistan.”

“The vaccine mandate is going to be struck down in court. They know that,” he continued. “But the president is defying the law because he wanted the press to start defending him and stop talking about the disasters in Afghanistan. And he’s counting on a bunch of big businesses, in particular, forcing their employees to comply before the matter is ever adjudicated and before the order is struck down.”

Cruz proceeded to contend that each policy decision by Biden, foreign and domestic, has been driven by “pure politics.”

“When it comes to Afghanistan, Joe Biden and his administration presided over the worst foreign policy catastrophe in a generation,” he said. “They put politics in front of everything else. They abandoned Americans behind enemy lines, and it was a disaster. We were routed there, because Joe Biden surrendered.”

“He fled and left hundreds if not thousands of Americans in harm’s way and we are going to be paying the price – our nation is going to pay the price for our president’s weakness and incompetence for years to come,” he added.

Cruz also said the world is less protected because of Biden’s actions in Afghanistan, contending that America’s foes have overserved the president’s shortcoming and will not hesitate to take advantage of it, referring China for instance.

“Unfortunately, I believe the chances of a Chinese amphibious assault on Taiwan have increased tenfold in the last month,” Cruz said. “If that happens it would be utterly disastrous, but weakness invites aggression.”

“When you have a president who rolls over for everything, it only invites the bad guys to do worse and worse things,” he said.

Ten Chinese aircraft entered Taiwan’s air defense zone on Friday, the day after the democratically governed island reported a $9 billion boost to military spending to counter the danger from central China, which considers Taiwan as part of its territory.

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Chants of ‘F*** Joe Biden’ at diverse vaccine mandate protest, thousands embrace at NYC freedom rally: ‘This is the power we want to send to the world’

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A large number of New Yorkers spoke up against vaccine mandates on Saturday. A diverse group in New York City protested against the government’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate orders.

A diverse group walked through the streets of New York City on Saturday; some waved American, Gadsden, and LGBTQ flags. Some protestors were holding signs that read: “My body, my choice,” “Latinos against forced vaccines,” “God is with us,” and “LGBTQ people for medical freedom.”

There were moms demanding the end of mask mandates for their kids in school. There were some demanding the government to recognize natural immunity and requesting that those with past COVID-19 infection be absolved from the vaccine mandate.

The freedom rally halted in Times Square, where speakers conveyed messages against COVID-19 vaccine mandates. At one point, the ideologically coordinated group embraced one another in a sign of unity against the mandates.

“This is the power that we want to send to the world,” a speaker said.

There were chants of “Wake up New York!” and “My body, my choice!”

One highlighted speaker at the freedom rally cited President Biden, who recently said, “What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe and convenient. We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.”

The speaker told the protestors, “Joe Biden, your patience is wearing thin? We lost our patience!”

The crowd responded by reciting, “F*** Joe Biden!”

This anti-Biden chant was utilized at college football stadiums recently.

On Sept. 9, Biden declared a general vaccine mandate for companies with more than a hundred workers, which will affect a hundred million Americans.

On Aug. 16, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed an emergency executive order demanding residents to give proof of coronavirus vaccination to enter indoor eating at restaurants, cinemas, gyms, and more.

The demonstration was just one of many “World Wide Rally For Freedom” occasions that occurred in communities around the world.

“We will push back against widespread propaganda, by producing our own media, and advancing our own narrative, instead of succumbing to the one being pushed on us. We will not accept the rampant politicization of science and medicine, and we will return these institutions to being neutral sources of information for the benefit of society, over government and corporate interests,” an official statement from the protestors read.

There were also big protests in France and Canada.

Protests in Australia became violent, and more than two hundred were apprehended in Melbourne.

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Biden aides set up a ‘wall’ to protect him from unscripted occasions, book claims

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The book depicts the internal White House staff members ‘ process as a ‘cocooning’ of the president

Top White House aides set up a “wall” to protect President Joe Biden from unscripted occasions and long interviews in the midst of fears of the president’s touchiness and propensity for ruining statements, as indicated by a recent book.

“Peril” by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa referred to various of episodes from the blunder inclined president in the beginning days of his administration, including a back-and-forth with a CNN journalist for which he later apologized.

“That side of Biden — his tendency to at times be testy or mangle statements — was still with him and now part of his presidency,” the book says.

Thus, various Biden associates told the journalists that Chief of Staff Ronald Klain and then-White House advisor Anita Dunn worked to keep such occurrences from happening by keeping him away from “unscripted events or long interviews.”

“They called the effect ‘the wall,’ a cocooning of the president,” they wrote.

However, the creators note that those episodes still kept showing up, regardless of that defensive air pocket.

The book says that the White House needed damage control after Biden reported he had struck a significant bipartisan infrastructure deal, but then said it was dependent on a more liberal spending bundle being passed.

It reportedly shocked Democrats, who considered them as separate, and infuriated Republicans who were unhappy about the caveat. It prompted officials working the telephones to fix the damage, and Biden giving a long statement to explain his position.

The book contains various disclosures, specifically its announcing regarding how General Mark Milley was in correspondence with the Chinese to console them about feelings of trepidation of an assault during the mayhem encompassing the Jan. 6 Capitol revolt.

The White House did not quickly respond to Fox News’ request for input.

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