It appears that the Biden Thing is determined to do more than Jab the entire country. He also appears determined to freeze it.
And bankrupt it.
Word is out that – contrary to initial denials – the Biden Thing will issue another ukase (that is, a decree) shutting down the Line 5 pipeline that currently sends more than a half-million barrels’ worth of oil per day to the United States from Canada.
Of course, it’s phrased otherwise. The regime is merely “studying” it. You know, like it “studied” issuing a ukase that every American worker be threatened with loss of job and livelihood as the “incentive” to make them roll up their sleeves.
Shutting down Line 5 will have catastrophic practical and economic effects on the supply of oil – in the United States – because there is nothing on tap, so to speak, to make up for the impending loss. The Biden regime seems determined to close off the tap; which is to say the Biden regime is consciously trying to squeeze (and quite literally) freeze the people of the United States.
This will happen because of two things, one of them obvious. Less oil means less fuel. For cars as well as homes heat with oil. The effect will be especially harsh in the Midwest, where the freeze comes sooner, is harder – and lasts longer.
But everyone is going to pay more for gas – and oil – and everything else connected with oil and gas.
Which is essentially everything – including food and not only because it will cost more to truck the food from where it grows and where it’s raised to where it’s bought. Oil fuels agriculture – via fertilizer – without which the amount of food currently grown cannot be sustained. Cows and chickens and pigs eat the produce of agriculture before we eat them. When they have less to eat, there are less of them for us to eat. When it costs more to feed them, it costs us more to eat.
Which ukase is justified by the regime as being necessary for the “environment.” In fact, it is necessary for the agenda of this regime, which is determined to make the cost of living higher so as to make its forced electrification agenda seem less expensive. If it costs the same to heat your home using fuel oil as it does to use electricity, then – so the logic goes – people will not mind being forced to buy just electricity.
When it’s available. Provided you’re sufficiently obedient.
The same as regards electric cars. If the cost to drive a non-electric car can be driven through the roof, by making the cost of gas unaffordable, it will make the costs-twice-as-much-to-buy-it electric car seem like a “bargain.”
Behind all of this prattling about “sustainability” and “the environment” is a very great evil, whisper-lisped by a doddering old man who is kept warm and well-fed by the limitless resources extracted from us for his benefit and the benefit of the creatures attending him.
These creatures aren’t merely indifferent to the suffering they visit upon those they feed on.
They are bent on killing them.
How else to characterize polices that will result in people – possibly millions of people – shivering without heat in the dead of winter?
This same Biden Thing that pushes drugs on healthy people for the sake (supposedly) of keeping frail elderly and already sick people from catching a cold feels no such obligation to do something to prevent or at least reduce the chances of frail elderly and already sick people from dying – from the cold.
Jason Hayes of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy says that what happened in Texas last year – for similar reasons – could happen this year, for the same reason.
Texas decided to promote “clean” and “sustainable” energy in lieu of energy that keeps people warm, that people can afford. When Texas was hit with an unusually harsh cold snap, lots of Texans found themselves shivering in the cold. There were deaths – every single one of them avoidable. Every single one of them caused by the actions of government ukase-issuers who pretend to be more “concerned” about “sustainability” and “the environment” than about the people under their thumbs.
In fact they are concerned with keeping people under their thumbs, which is accomplished by keeping them as poor – and as cold – as possible.
Using “the environment” and “sustainability” as the excuse.
The irony – it is lost on Leftists – is that they have become The Man which the Left once supposedly reviled. It is the Left that is cruelly regimenting, corralling and impoverishing the populace; it is the Left which brooks no appeal to humanity or common decency. It is the Left which seeks power, as an end in itself – no matter the human debris left in its awful wake.
The Man – back when the Left was complaining about him – was never as bad as that.
It took the Left to make him so.
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