Government Watch / National Security

Trading Dictators: Biden Seeks to Replace Russian Oil with Chinese Minerals

AMAC Exclusive – By Andrew Abbott

President Joe Biden talks with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm during a tour of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory Flatirons Campus.

After the White House has spent months dismissing rising gas and energy prices as “transitory,” the result of Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, and finally as simply a matter of “corporate greed,” poll after poll shows that Americans just aren’t buying it – the connection between Biden’s failed energy policies and sky-high costs is all too clear. Faced with this failure, the President and his team now appear to be going all-in on the line that if the country just “transitions” to “green energy,” it will both lower costs and alleviate concerns about energy independence. But mounting evidence suggests that Biden’s energy policy has not only failed to accomplish either of those goals, but it also was self-contradictory from the start and would leave the country once again reliant on a foreign adversary.

From the earliest days of his campaign, President Biden made it clear that his administration would seek to end domestic production of non-renewables. In September 2019, he stated, “I guarantee you we’re going to end fossil fuel.” On his first day in office, he suspended all new oil and gas leases on public lands, rejoined the Paris Climate Accords, and killed the Keystone XL Pipeline.

Predictably, this ended the hard-won energy independence achieved under President Trump and sent prices soaring. Biden was soon reduced to begging American adversaries in OPEC to boost production to offset rising costs. They declined.

The White House then thought they had a break when Vladimir Putin invaded Ukraine. Finally, someone else to blame for rising costs. This also provided another excuse for the administration to push their radical environmental agenda, as they insisted that only a rapid forced transition to renewables could bring prices down and prevent similar price hikes in the future, apparently ignoring the fact that such a price hike could have easily been avoided this time around had Biden followed Trump’s lead.

But that wishful thinking soon ran up against the reality of Biden’s self-defeating energy policy. Currently, not only is U.S. renewable energy capacity far below the level needed to bring about the type of changes the White House is pushing for, production of component materials for green energy equipment is heavily reliant on imports from China.

Solar panel production is a prime example. In February of this year, Biden extended tariffs on solar panel imports after China was accused of “dumping” cheap panels on the international market to the detriment of American producers. In theory, this should have led to increased domestic production.

The reality was, again, that Biden’s agenda is at war with itself. Because of restrictions on mining and increased regulations under Biden, solar panel manufacturers were not able to get the necessary materials they needed domestically. As a result, they were forced to import them from China, effectively leaving the country reliant on foreign suppliers for energy production once again. In cutting American reliance on Putin, Biden is attempting to thrust the country into the clutches of the Chinese Communist Party.

Even green energy executives, which originally welcomed the Biden administration with open arms, have now grown frustrated with the counter-productive and dysfunctional energy agenda pursued by the White House. George Hershman, the head of Solv Energy, one of the largest solar farm builders in the U.S., recently blasted Biden for having “done more damage to renewables than the previous administration…This administration every day says how much they are in support of renewables but then actively make decisions in opposition.”

The common-sense solution, even for Democrats who would like to see an eventual transition to clean energy, would be to ramp up domestic energy production of nonrenewables now, giving the green energy sector the years it would need to build up enough capacity to meet the country’s energy needs. The Biden administration appears to recognize this somewhat and has attempted several “stop-gap” solutions to increase the short-term oil supply. But their adherence to left-wing climate orthodoxy has only allowed them to go so far, and they have refused to support measures that would lead to a long-term increase in American oil production, setting the stage for future energy crises.

The situation seen today in countries like Germany should be a warning to Democrats and Biden about the disastrous consequences of putting ideological purity above hard realities. While Germany touted its commitment to green energy, it was simultaneously growing more reliant on imports of oil and natural gas from Russia, a fact which ultimately hamstrung the West’s ability to levy sanctions on Putin for his invasion of Ukraine and threatened the energy security of the German people. Should Biden pursue a similar strategy here, not only would the U.S. become reliant on its chief geopolitical adversary in China for materials, but the country would likely soon also be at the mercy of oil suppliers in the Middle East.

Democrats have made it clear that they want “clean” energy and want it to be made in America. But they don’t seem to want to do the dirty work necessary to create it. Ironically, given Democrats’ constant lamenting about environmental concerns and “human rights,” mining can be done more safely, sustainably, and effectively in America than in any other country.

Domestic mining would also mean significant investments in renewable energy infrastructure and the opening of new mines. This would create tens of thousands of new jobs and reinvigorate areas crippled by the loss of manufacturing jobs. Yet, Democrats have opposed nearly all American mining operations. Until Democrats are serious about building renewable energy infrastructure at home, their energy agenda will amount to trading reliance on one dictator for reliance on another—at an extremely high cost.

Andrew Abbott is the pen name of a writer and public affairs consultant with over a decade of experience in DC at the intersection of politics and culture.


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CoalC
1 month ago

Ummm….Putin isn’t a dictator. Just sayin’.

Kim
1 month ago
Reply to  CoalC

What is he?

johnh
1 month ago

USA does not have some of the mineral deposits that are used in electronics & some of the green energy such as EV batteries. Some are rare earths & those deposits are in other countries & we need to import from them. Most of the tariffs backfire & end up costing USA more to buy. And mining takes a long time to develop to production (just like oil wells) and will mining companies trust Biden & EPA & green climate agenda to let them operate mines or oil wells.

Gary
1 month ago
Reply to  johnh

The U.S. and West actually have the largest known deposits of all rare earth minerals necessary for domestic needs. The largest domestic mining operation still existing had its permit requests to expand rejected by this administration’s environmental agency. The U.S. gov’t handed over the keys to these minerals more than 30 yrs ago in some of original trade agreements to open up relationships and outsource most of mining & heavy mfg capabilities! Shortsighted Politicians lining their pockets while protecting their personal jobs in DC. RINO’s & DINO’s included.

edward
1 month ago

Remember, he is being controlled by several billionaires who would(and are) sell our country down the tubes for their own wealth and power. I am talking larry fink(appropriately named) george soros, etc. They are very much unlike our founding fathers.

Nannie
1 month ago

He just can’t stay out of Chinas pocket, can he? So we become more dependent on them.

Walter
1 month ago

Biden is compromised. He has sold out our Great Country.

Joyce
1 month ago

I would like knowing, once and for all, who’s more stupid, Bejing-Biden, or the punk who rigged the election for him, Mark Zuckerberg?

Dino
1 month ago
Reply to  Joyce

You couldn’t make this stuff up! Things are so bad here in America, the smartest person in the White House is, Jen Psaki. And, they’ve got the stupidest guy in the White House, sitting in the oval office!

Dr. Miranda
1 month ago
Reply to  Joyce

Borderline IQ, if that, is about the extent of what’s left of President Biden’s intellect. Kind of a dunce, he wasn’t never a particularly intelligent fellow, to begin with.

David
1 month ago
Reply to  Dr. Miranda

He was borderline BEFORE his current state, now he should be in a home with 24 hour care!

Russell
1 month ago
Reply to  Joyce

Not one line of script at Facebook was coded by Mark Zuckerberg. He’s a script-kiddie. He swipes other peoples’ code. Every line of code at Facebook is script he copy ‘n pasted, from someone else.

Dawn Marcucci
1 month ago

Now I know this man is SICK IN THE HEAD the two countries we cannot trust. Do not tell me that both him and his son does not have anything to do with China. This country needs to investigate this problem NOW.

Roger D
1 month ago

And now in addition to everything else Biden had done, now he wants to send doctors and nurses who help veterans to instead treat illegal immigrants.

Centurion
1 month ago
Reply to  Roger D

That’s because His Fraudulency Xao Bai-Din hates the Military and Veterans.

FedUp
1 month ago

Just another example of our idiot president and his puppet masters who can’t think past the nose on their face.

MOCountry
1 month ago
Reply to  FedUp

Oh, I think the “puppet masters” know exactly what they are doing. That’s why we ended up with a submissive, brainless idiot for POTUS!

Nellie
1 month ago
Reply to  FedUp

Behind the curtain, pulling strings on Joe Biden, it’s a female mafia, Elizabeth Warren, Jill Biden, Nancy Pelosi and Hillary Clinton.

Tim Toroian
1 month ago

The ecological morons who won’t let that western rare earth mine open should get upside the head with a good-sized stick to get their attention and then asked where in hell the lithium and other rare earth minerals for their beloved electric cars should or will come from.

Hal
1 month ago

If American citizens are truly alarmed and discontent with Joe Hidin’ Biden, then DEMAND an honest voting system than cannot be rigged.

Roger D
1 month ago
Reply to  Hal

And now Biden is trying another mandate to increase the Federal control of our elections since that did not pass in the Congress. Also, someone sent me an email last week stating that it takes about 250 tons of materials to make one electric car battery. Let’s face it, the Democratic Party does not care about most of us or this country as we have known it in the past.

Hal
1 month ago

The Biden’s owe China a lot of help. After all, China played along and bought favor with the Biden family, so the Biden family owes China. And if the Bidens turn against China, I suspect China has enough provable “dirt” on the Bidens to qualify them as traitors and crooks by any legal measure or interpretation. Biden brought a lot of qualities to fit Presidential character … lies, cheating, plagiarism, stupidity, wholesale criminal activity, loyalty to a foreign Nation(s). It is with shame that I think of Biden as POTUS ,,, and it extends, fairly or unfairly, to his background (home state, family members, intellect, etc.).

Garye
1 month ago

What a clown show the marxist democrat party and joebama are!
Obviously the corruption evidence that china has on these traitors is coming into play.
THROW EVERY USELESS LYING DEMOCRAT OUT OF OFFICE!
NEVER, ever vote for ANY politician hell bent on destroying OUR COUNTRY!

Roger D
1 month ago
Reply to  Garye

I agree – vote against EVERY Democrat as only one or two have dared to disagree with Biden and only on one or two things. They even voted to confirm Jackson as judge to the Supreme Court when she went easy on child pornographers and rapists. Also, those 3 Rinos need to be voted out also if voters in their states will have the guts to do so.

Roger D
1 month ago
Reply to  Garye

And now it’s not just every Democrat but I just read on Geller’s emails that: LEAKED AUDIO: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Calls For Twitter To Ban GOP Congress Members. So now we have a top Republican try to sensor conservative Republicans.

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  Roger D

Roger – ANY , ALL elected officers holders, local, state,federal who are nit looking of for Real Citizens and America First, MUST GO!
Enough of their party politics, greed and self serving votes.
IF they are not for WE the People, OUT YOU GO!
Check their records and see what they voted for,because politicians hide their records.

Barb304
1 month ago

I put no faith whatsoever in either Biden or any of his cohorts. Can’t wait to vote in November. I’ll be voting only for those who are conservative and puts our country first! GOD BLESS the USA

J C
1 month ago

Bidens actions are Criminal !!!!

J C
1 month ago

Granholm was Governor of Michigan Twice.. Term limits finally got her out of Michigan not soon enough though. She Destroyed Michigan.. She got out of Michigan as fast as she could and settled in California She is a Commie from Canada now in California .. She boasted look what I did to Michigan in 4 years Watch what I can do in my next 4 years.. We are Screwed

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  J C

She was a ridiculous failure and the marxist democrat party brought her back.
I challenge everyone to look at her FAILURE in Michigan, worst EVER until half whit Whitmer- she’s WORSE!
A corrupt LIAR is Whitmer, the ROADS still are the worst in the nation!
She needs to GO AWAY ALSO IN 2022!
Along with her communist failed staff!

J C
1 month ago
Reply to  Garye

I hear that about the Witless Whitmer. I left after Graham Cracker and never went back to where I was born and raised. Detroit..

Garye
1 month ago
Reply to  J C

We need you back to help throw whitmer and her corrupt cronies out!
She’s as bad or worse than ANY greedy,power hungry person in politics!
She follows in lock step with the marxist democrat failures and destruction of America!

John
1 month ago

Re – Open the XL-Pipe Line and the US will again be energy free. We have here in the US enough oil fot the entire world for the next 1,000 years.

Ed J
1 month ago

Ah, YES! Comrade Presidente Bidense — leader of the King Midas in reverse follies — everything he and they touch turns to Sh*t! with devastating results for our country. But, then again, did anyone concurring with President Trump’s commonsense responses to problems expect anything else from these self-made misfits?

J. Farley
1 month ago

One day’s worth of Lying Hidden Joe Bidens blowing hot air would turn the wind turbines behind him, for one year non-stop, but that would only kill 100 or so Bald Eagles, and not solve the energy Criss’s.
God Bless America
Save America — Vote Republican!

ops
1 month ago

Biden and his coward puppeteers in the backroom pulling the strings have only contempt and hate for this great country and yet have no problem lining their pockets earning a min. of $174,000 a year plus benefits. Losers in life and in Washington. They could give a rats rear about the legacy they will leave behind for America, their children and grandchildren. POWER and GREED the two driving forces.

A vote for any Democrat is a vote against America!

Hal
1 month ago
Reply to  ops

It’s been that way for many decades now, perhaps going back as far as the early 2oth century. With the DemocRats , it is Party first over welfare of the Nation. And their favorite ploy is to increase taxes using INFLATION! It should not be forgotten … inflation is merely a way to raise tax income to cover with reckless spending by the Government. And it will be that way until a real Balanced Budget Amendment and a Congressional Term Limits Amendment is enacted (don’t hold your breath waiting for it, however).

johnh
1 month ago
Reply to  ops

Do not agree with you statement a vote for any Democrat is against America. If it was not for Senator Manchin voting against Feds budget, Inflation would be worse today. There are good people on both sides — but too many just follow party lines.

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