Thrifty Gas Prices in San Pedro via Wikimedia Commons.

This past week, the average price of a gallon of gasoline hit a record high in the United States. Some states are regularly seeing prices above five dollars for a gallon of gas. The country is now regularly experiencing an increase of over four dollars on average. In the same week gas hit records, the Biden administration canceled oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska. Internal documents show the administration is more focused on climate change than change in your pocket. Americans are held hostage to a cult of extremists.

The extremist view that has taken root within the Biden administration and much of the national press and Left is that the world will reach a point of irreversible environmental collapse in less than a decade unless we reduce our carbon emissions. As a result, Americans must give up their lifestyle, income and resources because China, India and much of the developing world will not. We must hold ourselves back because they will not.

A byproduct of this insanity is that our energy independence has been given up and we are now dependent on Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and other nefarious actors. The Biden administration has even considered allowing Iranian oil exports into the Western market.

President Joe Biden and Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm want you to buy electric cars instead. There is no significant market for used electric cars. New electric cars, even with government subsidy, are not something the poor and middle class can regularly afford. If every American switched, the nation does not have the infrastructure to supply power to recharge all those cars overnight. We do not have enough lithium to produce the batteries necessary for the demand. Mining lithium is itself an environmental catastrophe, but one that rich, white, American progressives do not have to see.

Our economic fortunes, our family incomes and our future are held hostage to this insanity. Americans have seen a decline in take-home pay. Even as their wages have gone up, inflation has so outpaced the increases that average American’s wage has declined 3%. The president admits energy makes up over 60% of the inflation we are seeing. The cost of fuel for tractors, trucks and other equipment has gone up. That has impacted grain prices, food prices and the price at the pump. Curtailing the ability to get fuel out of the ground will only exacerbate the problem.

Moving Americans to battery-powered cars, in addition to the lack of feasibility, would be terribly impractical for rural Americans. Farmers need reliable trucks and tractors that can run for long periods of time without having to recharge. When gas-powered equipment does run out of fuel, its refueling time is minutes versus half-hours or more for electric equivalents.

Nothing about the Biden administration’s efforts is practical. They are policies driven by pessimism and fear. They provide competitive advantages to rogue regimes while holding Americans hostage to the whims of people who fear belching cows.

The Democrats will not be able to sustain this. Momentum is building for change. Biden, speaking the other day about inflation, presented Americans with the choice between his policies and something he called “ultra-MAGA,” a reference to former President Donald Trump and his Republican supporters. But it was only a few years ago when Ultra-MAGA Man himself was president of the United States.

With Trump as president, Americans did not have runaway inflation, high gas prices and energy dependence tied to rogue regimes.

Americans were net energy exporters, able to buy what they wanted at stores and fill up their cars without breaking the bank. Biden is selling a hypothetical Trump Republican plan, but Americans actually lived the Trump Republican plan and it saved them money. They will want to go back to it. They’ll decide they prefer the mean tweets if it means they will not go broke.

Democrats believe Trump and the GOP are existential threats to American democracy. But they are so wedded to the environmental extremist cult that they themselves will put Trump and the GOP back in power. Americans will not long suffer being held hostage by a cult of extremists who make their lives worse.

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  1. Sorry Erick Erickson, but Trump and the Republicans ARE an existential threat to Democracy in America – and an existential threat to freedom, progress, justice and equality in the US.
    And stop blaming president Biden for inflation in America . Inflation is running rampant all over the globe , and while the electric car hasn’t been perfected yet, it IS a very good idea and. pollution is an existential threat to the entire planet .

  2. They want us to buy EV’s, but they have made our economy so bad that we can’t afford the cars or the electricity to run them!
    They claim we’re in a war, the largest war I see is the Democratic party trying to ruin America and the American people!

  3. To add to my earlier comment the war against the American people and America is a one sided war, what I believe is that they are pushing the American people wanting to be able to declare Martial Law, we have to be smart and go against them according to the law and the Constitution and not give them any reasons to declare Martial Law.

  4. To dum0krats everything is a danger to their democracy. Conservatives know dum0krats are a danger to our Republic. They feel whatever they do, even the wrongs, will be right in their minds. That has to come to an end and November is getting here. Slowly but surely it’ll get here and the dems will be gone. That’s why they aren’t wasting a minute to try to bring us all down to our knees, bringing us down to their level. They don’t want a fair and honest government in our country, they want a dum0krat’s idea of what our country will become if they succeed in staying in power. We can’t let that happen, it’s not who we are.

  5. “Internal documents show the administration is more focused on climate change than change in your pocket.” The article and all evidence show that this is nor true.
    The left doesn’t give a fig about “climate change” they are interested in American change. They want to, and are well on the way to, turning the greatest country, ever, into a dystopian nightmare.
    All you knee-jerk leftists think this is cute now. You should read history to see what happened to citizens from Russia to Cuba once the “revolution” was complete – you were cannon fodder. You think you will have a prominent place in the new totalitarian regime? Think again – the Gulag and mass graves are full of all unnecessary citizens, especially if you complain. You won’t be any better than the rest of us.
    Hope you enjoy the hell you are creating.

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