The Truth Behind the Rising Price of Fuel

Why has the cost of oil gone so high after being so low? If you listen to the current administration, they received a problem from the previous administration with the amount of oil being produced and with the price being very low. In all fairness the previous administration had increased the amount of drilling and fracking, encouraged expansion in offshore drilling, and opened federal lands for exploration and production. The Keystone XL pipeline was started and approved and was underway being built, despite the cries from the environmentalists and the anti-fossil fuel extremists. The first day of this president’s administration was spent writing executive orders eliminating the executive orders written by the previous administration, to include canceling the XL pipeline closing all federal lands to drilling, eliminating fracking and refusing to give new leases and new permits to drill. The president has said that through his spokesperson and in person that it’s not his fault his main goal was to totally eliminate Covert 19 and stop the pandemic.  Without getting into the heated debate of was the response to the pandemic in closing everything down the proper way or should we have just left everything open. The economy slowed, the demand for fuel decreased because nobody was traveling. When demand decreases and supply goes up prices go down. Simple economics! But as we began to lift the restrictions on staying at home, and as businesses began to open, another issue arose. There was a lag in the supply chain. This caused the economy to fall even further, the demand for fuel both personal and in transportation of course increased as people begin to get out the supply of crude oil to make this fuel was still low because production had been halted. The administration says there are 9000 permits that could be drilled upon and brought in to help increase this shortage. The truth is that these 9000 permits granted the owners the right to explore and by leases there are further regulations and permits that need to be acquired to drill. This administration has made it known that they are against the fossil fuel industry, they have made it known that they want to see more renewable energy immediately in the form of solar, wind energy and other green sources.

Moving forward, the price of gasoline jumped over a dollar and ½ before Russia invaded the Ukraine. As the global partners along with the United States have enforced sanctions on Vladimir Putin for his illegal invasion of the Ukraine the oil supply has diminished even further. It is this administration’s attitude towards the US petroleum industry that keeps us from actively pursuing new supplies. This administration would rather do business with the Saudi’s, who won’t even take the president’s call, the mullahs of Iran, which continue to say death to the infidels and in the West, and the dictatorship in Venezuela who is a Putin puppet.

Canada has offered to sell us more oil through existing pipelines and requests the construction of new pipelines to which this administration has said no! All the ideals of the socialist ‘Green New Deal” will inherently harm this country’s economy. Socialism is not the best way to move forward. Before the COVID-19 pandemic this country was on the way to becoming energy independent. We had even begun to export surplus crude. Even during the early year of the pandemic, we were still energy independent and exporting access. After the inauguration within this short period of a couple of days we that all went away with one executive order after another undoing everything the previous administration had done to help stimulate and boost this economy. This administration’s agenda has taken us down a difficult road with lack of fiscal resolve and the Fed not reacting sooner we will now start to see inflation rise to the point that we go into another recession. We survived the last recession and came out better and if the American people decide that their last choice in the election was not the right choice and start using common sense to elect people to office that have a positive agenda and not be merely seeking more power, then we will have a quick recovery. It is obvious that we do not want to lift the sanctions on Putin and his oligarchs even if he gets out of the Ukraine totally. It is not for me to say that Vladimir Putin needs to be removed from power that is for the Russian people to decide.

Who do you trust?

When faced with so many conflicting bits of information about the pandemic, who do you trust to be completely truthful? How can you make a decision when the “so called” experts keep changing what they think. The leading experts can not agree as to the simple task of wearing a mask is appropriate or how many masks should be worn at once. Shutting down the country is it good, or is it bad? Mandatory vaccinations; are they an appropriate measure or a violation of your civil rights? Will the Corona virus pandemic ever end? What could be or should be done to decrease the increase in infection rates, hospitalizations, and deaths.

Let’s examine what we think we know to be facts. This pandemic started in the Wuhan province of China. I will not fuel the conspiracy rhetoric and make a claim as to the origin. What is a fact is that this global pandemic may have been able to be contained had China been truthful. I’m referring to the Chinese government not the people as a whole. Admission that a highly contagious virus was affecting their own population would have helped tremendously in slowing the spread. Quarantine and travel prohibitions could have saved millions of lives globally. No finger pointing here. When there was an outbreak of ebola in Africa, a ban on travel was initiated and Quarantine measures were put into affect. After the spread was contained and heath care workers had assisted in caring for those infected, the travel restrictions were relaxed. At that time there was no vaccine to prevent it’s spread. Common sense prevailed and the use of proper precautions helped to slowly prevent further outbreaks. The SARS epidemic again started in Asia but did not reach the level of Global Pandemic. Once again the Chinese government was not completely forthcoming with the facts. It is not a surprise that Covid-19 spread so quickly as the Governments downplayed the spread. Travel from China should have been restricted and precautions should have been taken along with Travel bans from China to all the rest of the nations.

The American people were being given conflicting information about the infectious rate and once again common sense was ignored. The American public was being mislead by the media and what role the US government should be taking. The believers that we should not have safe and secure borders and allow everyone in without following the immigration laws and procedures to gain legal entry into the US played a large role in the increased rate of infection. Congress wrote the laws for legal immigration, but screamed at the top of their soapbox when those laws were attempted to be enforced. Covid – 19 has proven to be a virulent and highly infectious virus. It is now beginning to mutate. Each varient is as bad if not worse than the original. The researchers in the United States and a round the globe fast tracked development of a vaccine. This is were politicians should stop attempting to legislate our lives and screwing up everything. By using common sense, we would have, if utilized appropriately, could have helped prevent the tanking of the economy and the increase in infections.

Common sense would call for vaccinations, but not mandate them. The administration should not flagrantly issue executive orders to create laws. Setting policy is one thing, but creating laws without following the constitutional process through the legislative branch is tantimount to tyranny. Our border should be closed to any undocumented and non vaccinated people. Travel bans to areas of high infectious rates and new varients should be enforced. Pathways to travel from or to some of these Hotspot could be achieved with Travel requirements (i.e. Negative covid test 24 hours in advance of bording and documentation of immunization and boosters. Why should this be any different than the requirements for up to date immunizations before travel to different countries in Africa and other 3rd world countries. Polio, small pox, rubella diphtheria, are many of the required immunizations for forgiven travel. Why should COVID – 19 be any different? Again “Use of Common Sense!” The slow erosion of our civil liberties and freedom to choose has lead to the pushback against vaccination mandates and mask mandates. The administration is pushing even further by telling companies with >100 employees that they can legally fire employees that refuse to be vaccinated. According to a news update, that mandate has been upheld in federal court.

First responders are stretched extremely thin now, According to many states they can be fired without hesitation if they refuse to be vaccinated. Totally illogical… A shortage of first responders and you fire any of the remaining ones for refusing to take the vaccine…

Mask in public gatherings is common sense! While large public gatherings should be avoided if possible, use of common sense precautions would make them less dangerous. Hand washing, frequent use of hand sanitizers, n95 grade mask are simple yet and effective ways to decrease the risk of cross contamination and infections.

One final note, respect your fellow man, wear a mask when in crowded areas and large public gatherings, get vaccinated and take the boosters to help decrease the rapid spread and reinfection. Wash your hands frequently and sanitize surface areas where food is prepared. Pray for your friends and fellow man.

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!