National Security / Politics

Environmentalist NIMBYism Means Foreign Policy Disaster

This week, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine dragged on, gas prices in America soared to their highest levels since 2008, increasing over 57 cents in just one month. In parts of the United States, gas at the pump costs in excess of $7 per gallon.

The answer to this challenge is obvious: The United States ought to open the drilling floodgates. In 2019, net imports of crude oil and finished products were exceeded by American exports of such products for the first time on record. That was due to the massive increase in American production thanks to fracking over the course of the prior decade. This did not mean that the United States had stopped importing crude oil. But as of 2019, we were importing some 3.8 million barrels of crude oil per day, radically down from over 10 million in 2005. More production, generally speaking, means less dependence.

And that matters, as we’re now seeing. Europe, which is far more dependent on foreign oil than the United States, has seen its energy prices skyrocket since the Russian invasion. That’s why Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz announced, “Europe has deliberately exempted energy supplies from Russia from sanctions. Supplying Europe with energy for heat generation, mobility, electricity supply and industry cannot be secured in any other way at the moment.” U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson agreed: “I think there are different dependencies in different countries, and we have to be mindful of that.”

So now would be an excellent time for the United States to grab muscular leadership of the world energy markets. Instead, the Biden administration — which opted upon taking office to undercut the oil and gas industry and radically subsidize inefficient “green energy” production — has decided to seek energy aid from some of the world’s worst dictatorships. This week, the Biden administration sent emissaries to the Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro in an attempt to increase oil imports from the socialist hellhole. White House press secretary Jen Psaki said, “The purpose of the trip that was taken by administration officials was to discuss a range of issues, including certainly energy security.”

Meanwhile, Juan Guaido, leader of the Venezuelan opposition, was left out in the cold. “It is foolish to think that Maduro will quit Russia,” he quite logically explained. “This is a mistake. To buy oil from Maduro is the same as buying oil from Putin.”

But this is the point: For the international Left, dependency on oil-driven authoritarian states is preferable to energy independence. It allows Left-wing leaders the privilege of appeasing their environmentalist base while at the same time keeping energy prices low. Carbon-based emissions are too hideous to be considered so long as they’re being produced on American or European soil — but we’re perfectly willing to subsidize Russian President Vladimir Putin, Maduro and the Iranian ayatollahs to exploit the environment and enrich themselves while promoting tyranny at home and abroad, so long as Greta Thunberg isn’t disappointed in us.

And so we continue to promote the abject idiocy of Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg, who recommended to those suffering from high gas prices that they just shell out for an electric vehicle. We continue to nod along to the stupidity of Psaki, who agreed that the solution to $7-a-gallon gas was “getting the whole country off of fossil fuels.” Then we import our energy from the world’s worst despots.

Opposition to oil and gas development has always been the privilege of rich countries; we simply outsourced the pollution and environmental degradation elsewhere. But as it turns out, in the end, we all pay the price for our willingness to pay off autocrats just so we can temporarily pretend that we did our bit for Greenpeace.

Ben Shapiro, 38, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show,” and editor-in-chief of He is the author of the New York Times bestsellers “How To Destroy America In Three Easy Steps,” “The Right Side Of History,” and “Bullies.”

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5 months ago

Environmentalists have been destroying this country from inside for over the last 50 years. It’s about time people start becoming aware of what the cost of environmentalism truly is.

Rosemary Gray
5 months ago

Great article by Ben Shapiro! It’s refreshing to see AMAC post a reputable name we can trust, Ben Shapiro, instead of a bunch of ghost writers with pen names.

5 months ago

We need to ask Psaki and Buttigieg, what generates the electricity for the EVs. Is it coal or gas or oil fired generators? Or maybe nuclear? And where does all the spent fuel go?

Stephen Russell
5 months ago

Environmentalists IE Sierra Club etc caused this Fuel crisis day 1 when Joe shut down pipelines

5 months ago

I get mine from the good old hardworking American farmer and it’s local . Not since BO’s Arab spring fiasco. No commies , no Arabs thank you American farmers !

5 months ago

If you get a chance, there was a 7 minute news clip about the new “Biden Lockdown” on FOX NEWS that was interesting.

5 months ago

Trying their hardest to kill us all. One way or another

Michael Menne
5 months ago

Be completely honest. It was because of President Trump.

5 months ago
Reply to  Michael Menne

I think you are being facetious with this comment. I can appreciate the dry humor.

5 months ago

The left is happy as long as their president shares his cartel money with them.

5 months ago
Reply to  Don

As long as we are ruled by idiots and gays we will suffer…….these no-nothing idiots known as “politicians “will be the downfall of this great democracy…….they will be stuffing their pockets full at the ruin of the middle class……as long as some STUPID people continue to elect these idiots we will be at their mercy

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