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(RepublicanWire.org) – White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday she hopes President Joe Biden doesn’t blame her for his low approval ratings.

“When Biden came into office last year, he was around 60% and even more, and now he’s around 40% and sometimes less.” Today News Africa correspondent Simon Ateba asked Psaki. “Who does he blame now: Putin, Trump, you — the communication team?”

“Oh, does he blame me? Oh, I don’t know,” Psaki said while laughing. “I hope not.”

“Look, I think that the president recognizes that the country is still grappling with a small number of challenges that impact people and their everyday lives, whether that is a continuing fight with a pandemic that has been going on for several years or the fact that costs are going up. Some of those are a result of the actions of President Putin — yes, as it relates to gas prices — but others are related to impacts of COVID-19 and impacts on the supply chain.”

“So, what our focus is and his focus continues to be: on solutions to address these challenges, and keeping our heads down and trying to continue to deliver for the American people,” she added.

A recently released NBC News Poll revealed Biden’s approval rating hit new lows amid the war in Ukraine and surging inflation. Among those polled, 40% approved of Biden’s handling of the presidency, with just 16% strongly approving. Thirty-eight percent of those polled blamed Biden for surging inflation.

The poll was conducted between March 18-22 among 1,000 adults, 790 of whom are registered voters. There was a 3.1% margin of error among respondents.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Any car-owning American who has taken a recent trip to the pump will be able to tell you one thing: Gas is expensive. Really expensive. Indeed, as of last week, a gallon costs $4.231 — up $1.379, from a year ago. (The same trend is true for natural gas.) The crisis has evidently lasted longer — and proved more economically serious — than the Biden administration suggested.

Curiously, the cabinet official best equipped to address it has remained completely mum on the issue. I’m referring to former New Mexico political activist, former member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and current secretary of the Department of the Interior, Deb Haaland.

Secretary Deb Haaland manages the federal government’s onshore subsurface mineral estate — about 700 million acres (30 percent of the United States) held by the Bureau of Land Management alone. There are, of course, additional oil and gas resources to be found on tribal lands, in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge, and on the outer continental shelf.

According to the website operated by the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management, in fiscal year 2018 (which is unfortunately the most recent data available), sales of oil, natural gas, and natural-gas liquids produced from the federal and tribal mineral estate accounted for only a small fraction of total sales in the U.S. (8 percent of all oil, 9 percent of all natural gas, and 6 percent of all natural-gas liquids).

These numbers could be much higher. In the best of times, the federal government might be a more difficult partner for oil and gas companies than private landowners or even state land offices that have a much stronger financial incentive to approve permits than does Washington. Now, with the avowedly anti-fossil-fuels Biden administration and anti-oil-and-gas activist Deb Haaland in control of the Interior Department, the permitting situation is much worse.

And that’s the point of this critique. If the Biden administration really wanted to address rising gas prices, it could do so most readily by encouraging drilling on federal lands — especially on onshore resources in Deb Haaland’s home state of New Mexico.

Yet rather than pursuing that fairly simple solution, the administration would rather plead with such hostile nations as Venezuela and Iran to expand their production.

Whether it is Deb Haaland calling the shots within the administration on energy policy or whether she is just one of many decision-makers, the Biden administration’s embrace of anti-energy environmental groups and their policies appears to be the root cause. Not surprisingly, Haaland herself rose to some level of prominence by opposing traditional energy, calling for a fracking ban, and promoting the Green New Deal. “I am wholeheartedly against fracking and drilling on public lands,” Haaland said in an interview with the Guardian in May 2019.

Haaland is unlikely to moderate her views, even as skyrocketing energy prices have become a major problem. Instead, she avoids dealing with the issue entirely. Consider just a few examples:

  • The Interior Department and its associated agencies have not issued a single press release on the energy-crisis situation, much less about increasing production on federal lands.
  • There have been no tweets from Secretary Haaland on the issue of increasing energy production on federal lands.
  • When the secretary does focus on energy issues, as she did in a visit to Ohio, the focus is on infrastructure — cleaning up orphan wells, legacy pollution from extractive industries, and moving toward renewables.
  • Oddly, even Haaland’s calendar hasn’t been updated in nearly a year (since March 2021).

While the Interior Department and Deb Haaland have been completely missing in action during the ongoing energy crisis, Energy secretary Jennifer Granholm is at least publicly calling for ramping up production. Previously the White House was “quietly” calling for more production, but you can look far and wide for specific Biden-administration policies to increase supply. The best you’ll get is the recently announced release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Unfortunately for hard-pressed motorists and, more generally, American consumers being throttled by high inflation, the Department of Energy can’t really do anything directly to address America’s energy crisis. The department that can, though, is nowhere to be seen. Perhaps the administration simply doesn’t want Haaland front and center because she has such a long track record of opposing the very energy resources necessary to solve the current crisis.

Will Haaland come out of “hiding” to lead the charge on behalf of increasing American supplies of oil and gas? I’m not holding my breath. This administration remains more beholden to radical environmental groups than any in history. Prices may come down a bit if the war in Ukraine ends, but high gas prices and constrained American production are a feature, not a bug, for the Biden administration and its interior secretary.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Responding to an assertion from the White House that oil companies are simply refusing to drill despite having the leases to do so, oil workers said that there isn’t any oil in the locations permitted by the White House.

Laid-off Keystone XL pipeline workers are blaming U.S. President Joe Biden for causing the country’s growing energy crisis.

The workers, who lost their jobs after Biden cancelled construction of the Keystone XL pipeline immediately after taking office, say that the U.S. is in “deep trouble” if the president’s energy policies continue to inhibit the oil and gas industry.

As Rebel News previously detailed, Biden’s move to cancel the Keystone XL pipeline on his first day in office was followed up by the imposition of new environmental regulations and the administration’s refusal to issue new drilling permits, an environmentalist policy that has come under intense scrutiny as gas prices soar.

Rather than accepting responsibility for his policy failures, Biden has attempted to pass the buck to Russian President Vladimir Putin over the war in Ukraine. The United States, alongside its European allies, have sanctioned Russia over the ongoing conflict which has now entered its third week.

“They’re gonna go up,” Biden said last week when asked in Texas about the surging price of gas. Asked if he had a plan to fix the problem, Biden told reporters, “I can’t do much right now. Russia’s responsible.”

Speaking to Fox News, Neal Crabtree, a laid-off Keystone XL worker, said that Biden’s liberal policies are causing the surge in gas prices.

“As long as Biden is using this policy of any-way-but-an-American-way, we’re in for some deep trouble,” he said.

“The thing about the Keystone is the workforce is ready to go. We can build this thing,” Crabtree explained to Fox & Friends. “We can have this thing up and going in about eight months.”

His remarks were echoed by Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), who wrote, “While Biden ramped down America’s energy production, destroying blue-collar jobs and livelihoods along the way, Putin ramped up.”

“We should be able to sustain ourselves and not depend on other nations raising their price and then affect us. That shouldn’t even be in the question,” said another worker who spoke to Fox News this past weekend.

The workers told the station that the only way to get the price of gas down was to put the thousands of laid off Keystone XL workers back to work.

“He’s pushing for solar and wind power, but it’s been proven over and over, that’s just not as efficient as burning natural gas, refining crude,” said a laid off oil worker. “We are sick of hearing, ‘This is Putin’s price hike.’”

In regard to White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki’s claims that oil companies are simply refusing to drill despite having the leases to do so, oil workers said that there isn’t any oil in the locations permitted by the White House.

“If there was oil there, the gas companies would already be drilling it and they would already be producing it. And it’s a lie,” said a worker.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) said Wednesday that he introduced the No Oil From Terrorists Act to prevent President Biden from negotiating with terrorists for oil imports when the United States could produce its own oil.

As CNSNews.com previously reported, the Biden administration has been in talks with Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Iran about supplying the United States with oil.

“This is common sense, Maria. First and foremost, on day one of the Joe Biden presidency he crushed the American energy sector, by ending construction of the Keystone Pipeline. He stopped drilling on federal lands. He did everything that he could to destroy American-owned and made energy sector and he made us dependent on foreign oil again,” he told Fox Business’s “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo.”

“Now yesterday he finally– this week he finally did the right thing, and he banned Russian oil imports but at the same time he’s trading one for a couple of other bad guys,” the congressman said.

“He’s begging Venezuela and Maduro to give us more oil, and he’s gone to the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world – Iran – and he’s trying to push through a new Iran nuclear deal, which is disastrous for a lot of other reasons, to leverage more oil from a stated sponsor of terrorism,” Banks said.

“So my bill, the No Oil From Terrorists Act would prevent this president from doing something that’s absolutely foolish to do and negotiate with terrorists to get oil to bring to the United States when we could be producing it right here at home instead,” he said.

Banks said it’s “maddening” that Russia is negotiating the Iran nuclear deal on behalf of the United States. 

This is maddening, as you describe it, but you gotta go back in time a little bit. Remember that the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by Barack Obama was a terrible deal. It gave pallets of cash to Iran to try to prevent them from building nuclear weapons, but instead, it did the opposite.

Donald Trump got us out of it. It was one of his key campaign promises that he made when he ran for president in 2016. He kept that promise, and he ended the disastrous Iran nuclear deal.

Now it seems that Joe Biden is hell bent on making the same mistake that Barack Obama did, and part of this deal is to give Iran a hundred billion dollars, and would actually reward them for bad activities rather than punishing them, and at the same time, you have Russia who recognizes this is another opportunity for them to weaken America and to build up one of our adversaries in Iran.

It doesn’t make any sense. There’s no good explanation for it. It just goes to show that Joe Biden is a disastrous commander in chief and president, and this is another foolish move on his part. 

Banks said there’s a lot the United States can do to help Ukraine that it’s not doing.

“I mean this administration, we’ve been calling on them for weeks to give aid to Ukraine especially, military weapons and ammunition. Zelensky has been calling for it for weeks. He continues those calls to this day. It doesn’t make any sense why this administration has drug their feet,” the congressman said.

“Joe Biden has waited for many European countries to act first, and he’s leading from behind. Today on the floor of the House we’ll be voting on a humanitarian package, but it’s too little too late,and they don’t need blankets. They need American troops. They need military equipment and ammunition to fight back, and we’ve been dragging our feet and giving it to them,” he said.

Banks said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is polling better than Biden is among Americans.

“I don’t know if you saw this, Maria, but the polling for Zelensky in the United States of America’s approval rating almost twice as good as Joe Biden’s approval rating is in our home country. He’s showing the type of leadership that Joe Biden doesn’t show that he’s never shown since he’s been in the White House, and that’s why the rest of the world is — we stand with Zelensky,” he said.

“We stand with Ukraine. We need to do more to help them fight back against Russia, but the Democrats and Joe Biden, every single day they’ve drug their feet and made it harder for Ukraine to do that,” the congressman said.

(RepublicanWire.org) – President Joe Biden has cut off the imports of Russian energy and, as gas prices have been rising for around a year, they are expected to climb more.

In his speech announcing the ban on Russian energy imports he also appeared to blame the rise in gas prices on the Russia and Ukraine war,  as he did later when confronted by a reporter.

“Do you have a message for the American people on gas prices?” a reporter said to Biden as he was walking.

“They’re going to go up,” the president said.

“What can you do about it?” the reporter pressed.

“Can’t do much right now. Russia’s responsible,” the president responded.

Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz shredded him for it, saying that the president is lying about the reasons for the rising gas prices.

“This is a flat-out lie. Gas prices have increased 48% under Biden—BEFORE RUSSIA INVADED UKRAINE. Biden did that. That’s bc Biden: – killed Keystone pipeline. – froze federal leases. – shut down ANWR All, while Biden waived sanctions on Putin’s pipeline,” the Texas senator said.

NBC News reported this week that the administration had made a decision to blame Russia for the gas prices.

When President Joe Biden called the rising cost of gas in the U.S. “Putin’s price hike” Tuesday — laying the blame for pain at the pump squarely on Russian President Vladimir Putin — it wasn’t a casual aside. And his warning to oil and gas companies against price gouging was no ad lib.

His comments while announcing a U.S. ban on Russian oil imports in response to Putin’s assault on Ukraine — which he repeated hours later as he arrived for a veterans event in to Fort Worth, Texas — were part of a deliberate shift by the White House in the president’s messaging strategy about gas prices ahead of the midterm elections, people familiar with the internal deliberations said.

“When Joe Biden came in the very first week in office, he shut down the Keystone Pipeline; he destroyed 11,000 high paying jobs, including 8,000 union jobs. He immediately froze new leases both on federal land on shore and on federal land off-shore. That’s had a dramatic effect; we’re seeing the prices skyrocketing at the pump,” the senator said on CNBC on Tuesday.

“It really is striking; in 2019 the United States became a net energy exporter,” he said. “We are an oil and gas superpower. And yet under Joe Biden, last year for the first time since then, America stopped being a net energy exporter as our production went down, and the result of Biden’s presidency has been that the enemies of America, countries like Russia, like Iran, like Venezuela, are all getting stronger, getting richer, getting more aggressive; getting more hostile because the president is simultaneously weakening our own ability to produce energy and strengthening their ability to produce energy. I gotta say: It’s backward on both fronts.”

“It’s important to understand that the rhetoric of the far Left, they don’t actually believe it,” the senator argued. “It’s not actually about the environment. If the only thing you cared about was the environment, let’s say you didn’t care at all about jobs; you didn’t care about inflation; you didn’t care about gas prices at the pump skyrocketing; you just cared about the environment; on that metric, the Biden administration is a disaster. Why? When you shut down the Keystone Pipeline, it’s not like the Canadians just leave that gas in the tar sands; instead, they put it on trucks and trains and they ship it south or they put it on ships and they ship it west to China. Both pollute more, produce mor CO2.  When you shut down production in the United States it’s not like the rest of the world suddenly ceases driving cars or flying jet airplanes; what happens instead is producers like Russia, producers like the Middle east produce more, and all of that production is dirtier; it pollutes more; and it’s more carbon emissions, more CO2.”

“So the effect of Joe Biden, the effect of the Greens in Germany has been more pollution and more CO2 emitted to the environment. Their rhetoric is not what they’re trying to do; what they’re really trying to do, it’s an irrational, emotional response. The Biden administration wants to destroy U.S. energy production,” he said.

“And I gotta say this past week has illustrated it powerfully; you’ve seen the Biden administration travel to Venezuela, go to Nicolas Maduro, a vicious dictator, an illegitimate government, someone who murders his own citizens, and beg them to produce oil. You’ve seen the Biden administration this week in Vienna with Iran trying to have the Ayatollah Khomeini produce more oil. And it is bizarre that this administration wants enemies of America like Russia and Iran and Venezuela to produce oil and at the same time to destroy jobs here in America,” he said.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Republican leaders and conservative commentators castigated the Biden administration after reports that the administration was seeking to buy oil from Venezuela in order to fill gaps in the energy supply caused by the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

The New York Times reported Saturday that senior U.S. government officials were traveling to Venezuela to meet with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in an effort to pry the country away from its relationship with Russia. The U.S. had cut off diplomatic efforts with Venezuela during the Trump administration, closing the embassy in Caracas in 2019. The U.S. then imposed sanctions on the Venezuelan oil industry and many of the country’s senior government officials, and recognized opposition party leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate president.

Maduro responded to sanctions by turning to Russia, Iran, and China for economic and diplomatic aid. Russian financial institutions have helped Venezuela to continue its oil exports despite U.S. sanctions, the NYT reported. But the country has reportedly distanced itself from Russia since the invasion, and individuals involved in previous negotiations, as well as Maduro himself, have expressed interest in revitalizing exports to the U.S. “Here lies the oil of Venezuela, which is available for whomever wants to produce and buy it, be it an investor from Asia, Europe or the United States,” he said in a speech Thursday, via NYT.

The Wall Street Journal and CBS News concurred with the New York Times’ reporting. The Wall Street Journal also reported Thursday that Venezuela had reached out to major Wall Street firms to push the Biden administration to reopen diplomatic talks and lift oil sanctions.

Republican leaders in Congress, congressional candidates, and conservative commentators reacted to the NYT report, issuing blistering criticisms of the Biden administration for repeatedly looking to use imported oil to fill supply gaps instead of reinvigorating domestic oil production.

“Joe Biden using #Russia as an excuse to do the deal they always wanted to do anyway with the #MaduroRegime,” Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio commented. “Rather than produce more American oil he wants to replace the oil we buy from one murderous dictator with oil from another murderous dictator.”

“[Shaking my head]. Can we focus on domestic energy development already?” Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie tweeted.

“Why is Joe Biden more interested in getting oil from Russia, Iran, and Venezuela than the United States?” wrote Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee.

“Rather than making America energy independent, Biden wants to buy oil from Maduro — yet another murderous thug,” said Florida Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez. “Troubling pattern from this administration as they continue to embolden our enemies.”

“Joe Biden would rather purchase oil from Venezuela and Iran than Pennsylvania,” Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Carla Sands wrote.

“The insane, pointless Iran and Venezuela outreach is ‘never let a crisis go to waste,’” national security analyst David Reaboi noted. “It’s been on the Left’s wishlist for a long time and it’s a repudiation of our regional allies. This is what you do when you want to make sure every country hates America as much as you do.”

“Biden’s solution to our oil problems? Send more American tax dollars to dictators…just different ones,” said lawyer Jenna Ellis.

Other responses are below:

Congressional Republicans have been pleading with the Biden administration for days to revamp U.S. oil production as oil prices rocket above $100 per barrel, and gas prices for U.S. consumers cross the $4 per gallon threshold and continue to soar to near-record highs. Senator Josh Hawley and Congresswoman Lauren Boebert issued calls in the immediate wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine for the U.S. to reestablish American energy independence, and Republican leaders like Texas Senator Ted Cruz and numerous others have since joined in calling for the administration to ramp up production. But to date, Biden has restricted domestic production, and the administration and many Congressional Democrats have only called for more production from countries like Venezuela, Iran, and Saudi Arabia.

(RepublicanWire.org) – The White House on Sunday rejected the argument that increasing domestic oil production would help lower gas prices, as the cost of oil moves toward record highs.

Crude oil prices rose as high as $130.50 a barrel on Sunday evening.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki released a set of talking points on social media, arguing against a focus on boosting oil production in the United States.

“It’s a reminder that real energy security comes from reducing our dependence on fossil fuels,” Psaki wrote, noting that Russia’s continued invasion of Ukraine was causing a spike in oil prices.

Psaki pushed back against Republicans calling for more domestic oil production.

She argued that domestic oil production was up after the coronavirus pandemic but that the United States was still vulnerable to global oil markets.

“[D]omestic production has not insulated us from the price volatility of fossil fuels or the whims of those who control them, such as President Putin,” she said. “Americans know that.”

President Joe Biden’s administration is exploring diplomatic shifts with oil producing countries including Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and Iran, as Russia’s latest Ukrainian offensive has disrupted oil markets.

But Psaki argued the only way to truly be free from high gas prices was to stop using oil.

“The only way to protect US over the long term is to become energy independent,” she wrote, pointing to Biden’s efforts on subsidizing wind and solar energy.

The Biden administration continues to struggle to explain the president’s decision to end the Keystone XL pipeline project, his effort to shut down drilling permitting on federal land, and his decision to suspend drilling leases in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

In his State of the Union speech, Biden acknowledged that gas prices were rising, but offered subsidies for an electric cars as a solution.

He called for Congress to help him “lower the price of electric vehicles, saving you another $80 a month because you’ll never have to pay at the gas pump again.”

Biden also said he would continue releasing oil from America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve, even though it failed to significantly affect gas prices.

“I know the news about what’s happening can seem alarming,” he said. “But I want you to know that we are going to be okay.”

(RepublicanWire.org) – Former Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) unloaded on an ABC News panel Sunday morning, firing back after fellow panelist Donna Brazile claimed that President Joe Biden deserved credit for uniting the world against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The discussion on ABC’s “This Week” began with anchor George Stephanopoulos and Jonathan Karl discussing continued calls from Ukraine for a NATO-assisted no-fly zone — and the fact that many Republicans, like Senator Marco Rubio (FL), who were often critical of Biden appeared to be on the same page in saying that would escalate into a war with Russia.

Stephanopoulos then noted that the United States did appear to be preparing to send planes to European nations in order to “backfill” supplies as those nations gave planes to Ukraine.

“It should have happened a long time ago. I would disagree with Donna on this one,” Christie said. “A president did unite the world. It was Zelensky, not Biden. He was very clear about what leadership was supposed to look like. We should have been arming the Ukrainians for the last year. We weren’t. We should have been doing much more on domestic production of oil. Instead we’re going backwards and gave Putin the card to hold us hostage and with Nord Stream 2 we gave him the card to hold Europe hostage.”

“I believe if we aggressively armed Ukraine from the time Joe Biden got in office, if he continued the Trump policy and continued to arm Ukraine –” Christie continued.

Katl interrupted, arguing that former President Donald Trump had held back arms from Zelensky.

“Jon, the Ukrainians were armed,” Christie pushed back, saying that Biden had ultimately ended the arming of Ukraine. “We import half a billion barrels a day from Russia. We could stop paying blood money if we increased domestic production.”

Brazile pivoted back to Christie’s point, claiming that Trump had “tried to play a game” with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“He tried to play a game and was impeached for it,” Brazile said, insisting that Biden was the one who deserved credit for a Europe unified again Russian aggression. “I think the president has rallied the country, rallied NATO. Gotten the Germans – look at the countries coming to help the Ukrainians.”

“You think that’s because of Joe Biden?” Christie asked.

“Yes, I believe Joe Biden has shown leadership,” she said.

“No. Donna –” Christie pushed back.

“It’s because of his leadership,” Brazile interrupted.

“It’s because when the tanks rolled into Ukraine they were closer to Germany than before,” Christie argued. “You can’t give Joe Biden credit for that.”

Christie went on to argue that banning Russian oil was the obvious next step, and Stephanopoulos challenged him on that: “You’re for this right now if the president does it. It feels like he’s going to move in that direction. Will Republicans forego criticizing him for increased gas prices?”

Christie pushed back, however, saying that banning Russian oil was only half of the solution — and dramatically increasing domestic production was the other half.

“You have to ban Russian oil and increase domestic production. That’s where Joe Biden is going to have a problem. He’s held captive by the environmental left,” Christie explained.

(RepublicanWire.org) – Even in this current flood of propaganda and misinformation from the corporate media, far-left CBS News already scapegoating the “Ukraine crisis” for Joe Biden’s mishandling of the domestic economy is a real doozy.

“The U.S. economy has been hit with increased gas prices, inflation, and supply-chain issues due to the Ukraine crisis,” reads the CBS News tweet.

Democrats sure got it good.

The story itself is even more ludicrous:

Although many Americans may prefer that the U.S. stay out of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, the brewing violence and political fallout are already hurting their wallets. Gasoline prices, which have hit eight-year highs — could surge even further if the hostilities escalate or if U.S. lawmakers pass another round of sanctions.

Where has CBS News been for the last 11 months?

Well, I guess it’s difficult to acknowledge reality with your nose stuck in Joe Biden’s ass.

First off, the idea that a weeks-old conflict has already rippled into our “wallets” is laughable. Other than the news-addicted stock market, we’re still a ways away from that.

Yes, Biden’s epic mismanagement of Ukraine will, of course, eventually hit us all. No question about that. But even then, Biden will still deserve the blame. The “Ukraine crisis” might not have happened had Biden not abandoned Afghanistan, abandoned America’s energy independence, killed the Keystone Pipeline, and approved Nord Stream 2. And even if the Ukraine crisis did still happen, America would not be so vulnerable to the fallout had we remained energy independent.

The bottom line, though, is that our exploding gas prices, record inflation, and supply chain snarls were already bad and getting worse long before Ukraine became an issue.

Secondly, what CBS News did here is precisely why Democrats and the corporate media are so desperate to juice up a regional conflict into a Word War.

Working together, the Democrats and the media intend to gaslight midterm voters into believing all of our economic problems are Vladimir Putin’s fault and, by extension, the fault of former President Trump — because, you know, Trump is a Russian puppet or something.

This laughably desperate ploy (which will not work) is already playing out all over the media. And the fake media will continue to read this misinformation as the economy worsens — as gas prices, supply chain issues, and inflation worsen.

Biden, right now, is loving this so-called crisis. It distracts from his failures as president, allows him to pose as commander-in-chief, and will give him a scapegoat for his disastrous handling of the economy.

Like I said, it won’t work. It won’t help Democrats or Biden in the upcoming midterms. But at least Democrats and the media have a talking point now. It might be a lousy talking point, a total lie, but it’s better than having no talking point.

(RepublicanWire.org) – As tensions between Russia, Ukraine, the U.S. and NATO continue, it is affecting the Mediterranean world as well as Europe’s energy sector.

The U.S. is pulling its support for an Israeli underground natural gas pipeline that would run from the eastern Mediterranean to Europe. Many are predicting this will simply cause more problems in the region.

Moreover, this decision from the Biden administration undercuts Israel, one of America’s most steadfast allies.

The Trump administration supported the EastMed Pipeline, but the Biden administration has environmental and economic concerns about the project, Reuters reported.

The proposed pipeline would have given Europe an alternative to its heavy dependence on Russian gas. It would have conveyed about 10 billion cubic yards of Israeli and Cypriot natural gas to Europe via Greece and Italy each year, according to The Hill.

Recently, Europe has been suffering from an energy crisis, which has led to soaring natural gas and electricity prices. Since Russia is Europe’s main supplier, the current geopolitical tensions with Ukraine and the U.S. have given Moscow the ability to further spike prices.

Now, the Biden administration has effectively ended all hopes for the EastMed Pipeline.

Analyst Ariel Cohen called this a “strategic mistake.”

“This is a disastrous decision that imperils European security and opens the door for further Russian energy hegemony in European gas markets,” Cohen wrote for The Hill. “It should be reversed.”

While the U.S. cited economic and environmental concerns in its opposition to the pipeline, Israeli outlet Haaretz pointed to the Biden administration’s fear of Russia as the real heart of the issue.

“A pipeline that will bring Israeli gas to Europe could anger Russian President Vladimir Putin, who would lose some of his customers. Even though the amount of gas that Israel could supply to Europe is minuscule compared to the needs of countries on the continent, a project of this nature would influence the arm-wrestling between Moscow and Washington,” Haaretz reported.

Some are accusing Biden of trying to appease Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as well as Putin.

Erdoğan has always maintained that Israel should have to sell its gas to Europe through Turkey, according to the Gatestone Institute. The EastMed Pipeline would have bypassed Turkey.

“The Americans do not want the pipeline because Ankara might get angry,” said Theofrastos Andreopoulos, a defense analyst.

Meanwhile, Russia is interested in dominating the European energy market.

Democratic lawmakers have actually supported Nord Stream 2, a Russian gas pipeline to Europe, and stopped Republicans from imposing sanctions that would have hurt it.

For this, Republicans have condemned Democrats and the Biden administration.

“The reversal on the EastMed pipeline becomes only more hypocritical and offensive given the fact that President Biden continues to clear the path towards completion of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline,” GOP Reps. Gus Bilirakis of Florida and Nicole Malliotakis of New York wrote in a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

The Biden administration’s decision to kill the Israeli pipeline, which would have countered Russia’s energy dominance in Europe, will simply make security issues in the region worse — at the worst possible time.