I’ve been documenting the rise in food insecurity and food shortages that began in 2020, which the media continues to blame on the Covid pandemic, when the food shortages were caused directly by political overreactions and tyrannical lockdowns, which set in motion events that caused and continue to cause a food crisis.
Every few months we’re told by the MSM, on behalf of the Biden regime, that the end if the shortages are near, the light at the end of the tunnel can be seen, until it becomes apparent they were “wrong,” aka lied through their teeth, then we see the same pattern play out.
Now the Biden regime is admitting to the shortages because he now thinks he can blame Russia’s actions in Ukraine, hoping people will forget the price spikes and food shortages in grocery stores over the past year-plus, long before the Russia/Ukraine conflict.
Today we see warning signs that a confluence of events happening right now, most, if not all, of the pain that is to come, could have been mitigated.
The majority of food issues, from empty shelves to products being crammed into spaces meant for other products just to make the store shelves look stocked, to delivery issues, to spikes in gas prices causing delivery delays and price hikes, to “mandates” on vaccinations, and so much more, have all stemmed from political decisions meant to push a liberal agenda.
Because trucks must supply them, and the cost of doing so has risen significantly, as Stefan Stanford has pointed out, the rising cost of gasoline is one of the key drivers of inflation, from the cost of food to the cost of petrol to the cost of every goods accessible in retail stores. This has been said before, but it bears repeating: When Joe Biden took over the White House, one of his first moves was to destroy the Keystone Pipeline.
Hundreds of thousands of jobs were lost as a result of his undoing of Trump’s actions, and America went from being energy independent for the first time in over 60 years to once again being reliant on foreign powers and hostile nations.
It took Biden less than a year to change the country from an exporter to an importer.
I wrote about this a little earlier, but it bears repeating-here’s why our gas prices are going up up up )not including the hysterical printing of more money than has ever been in the M1 supply before):
#1 and 2: Adopting new EPA oil and gas rules
A new law that will cost more than $1 billion a year will govern methane emissions from oil and gas production, transmission, storage, and distribution, announced the Environmental Protection Agency last month.
Biden overturned EPA oil and gas rule reforms signed by Trump in the spring. Energy poverty will worsen, reestablish burdensome regulations, and have a disproportionate impact on small businesses with this resolution.
#3, #4, #5, #6, #7, and #8: Restricting or impeding energy projects (yeah, in an energy crisis this makes perfect sense).
In his first act after taking office, Biden halted the granting of new oil and gas leases on federal lands and waters – a move that increases energy prices for the most vulnerable consumers.
It resurrected the “Waters of the United States” rule, which would limit energy development. The administration canceled the Keystone XL pipeline and suspended oil and gas leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and New Mexico (despite opposition from the Navajo Nation).
Particulate matter and ozone standards are being sought by the White House, likely tightening them to unachievable levels for most of the country and creating new obstacles for energy project approval. Additionally, the president has rescinded the Endangered Species Act reforms, which will increase litigation and slow down energy projects.
#9: Rejoining the Paris agreement
Biden rejoined the Paris agreement without Congress’s consent in April, resulting in onerous new regulations (which, ostensibly, only seem to apply to the United States) that could raise energy costs.
#10: Making energy regulators unaccountable
To create new policies to regulate energy, the president has established several internal White House bodies (buddies). Despite the fact that these councils are not elected they have been empowered to take sweeping executive actions – which do not need approval from Congress – to regulate energy production in the United States.
#11: Forcing states to restrict driving
Under a section of the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, supported by the White House, every state would be required to develop state carbon-reduction plans that must be approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation as well as be updated every four years. Plans are being developed to reduce driving all over the country – even in rural areas where public transportation is limited and driving is the only option.
#12, #13, and #14: Raising the prices of cars and trucks
Biden failed to address the annual requirements for the Renewable Fuel Standard and small refinery waivers, and failed to create regulatory relief from the biofuel mandate due to economic hardship. His EPA also is pursuing a new rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks. Such a rule may cost consumers $1,000.
#15: Establishing a new policy on carbon taxes for organized wholesale electricity markets
This carbon pricing policy statement, published in April 2021 by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, endorses top-down policies that have been shown to be costly, ineffective, regressive, and rejected by the American public.
#16: Increasing the price of household necessities
An EPA final rule phased out the use of a common, inexpensive refrigerant. This policy is a de facto tax on air conditioning and refrigeration in the name of the environment, even though the military is purported to use 200 times as much in a single day for cleaning electronics.
#17: Stifling energy innovation
A sweeping executive order issued by Biden in May mobilized federal agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, to enforce mandates on businesses, insurers, retirement funds, and suppliers. These policies will stifle the innovation essential for improving the environment and will increase costs for a wide variety of businesses.
#18: Altering regulatory cost analyses
As part of the Biden administration’s economic and regulatory analyses, the “social cost” of greenhouse gasses has been raised. This will disguise the true consumer cost of regulations.
#19 and #20: Imposing new costs and fees on power generation
Clean Power Plan mandates were resurrected by the administration in an aggressive form. Regulations would be burdensome, but the environmental benefits would be minimal. The EPA has also mandated that even facilities with reduced emissions be listed as “major” sources, making them susceptible to permitting burdens and higher costs.
#21: Impeding Americans exports
Oil export restrictions could increase energy prices, not decrease them, as the administration considers them.
#22 and #23: Raising taxes (now THERE’S a shock…)
The administration’s Build Back Better plan includes more than a quarter of the “Green New Deal.” The Build Back Better plan includes extra taxes on natural gas and home heating oil. It also includes new taxes on petroleum and manufacturing, as well as a potential 8 cent a mile taxe for driving, regardless of the type of vehicle. Bikes are exempt. So far, anyway…
#24: Picking energy winners and losers
The Build Back Better plan would spend taxpayer dollars to force utilities to adopt more expensive, politically preferred forms of energy, limiting Americans’ energy choices.
#25: Fueling the fire for future regulation
Additionally, Build Back Better would fund the salaries of tens of thousands of anti-energy activists (gee, I wonder how they vote) who would perpetuate high energy costs by demanding more expensive regulations and legislation at the federal level.
Each of those actions affected our energy costs and gas prices. Therefore each of those actions, in just one economy-killing executive order, affected everything from farming, to deliveries, to our food supply, including both shortages and spiking prices.That was a political decision, pushing the liberal climate change agenda that negatively affected Americans.
We literally have been thrown to the wolves.