87,000 New IRS Agents – Obama’s Civilian Security Force?

Who believes that there are 87,000 accountants out there available to fill the positions that will be available with the “Inflation Reduction Act” about to be passed? Considering that the IRS cannot fill their positions for IRS agents now just who will be these new candidates? Setting aside a few thousand for IT it sure is a boatload of agents.

As I posted yesterday-

IRS agents are accountants. Now that the San Diego school district is giving straight A’s to every child who lives in the district, whether or not they show up at school, think any of them will be able to make it through 30 semester hours of increasingly complex accounting courses?

Forty percent of all accounting graduates opt to become CPAs, which takes them out of the running for entry-level agent positions. CPAs need a full year’s worth of credits on top of their degree, a couple of years in a public accounting sweatshop, passing all the segments of the CPA exam, and annual continuing education credits. Starting wages for agents are significantly lower than for private industry accountants.

How many of these new 30 credit accounting wonders will be even qualified to audit anyone with a tax return more than a 1040 form?

Congress in its wisdom recognizes that there are no 87,000 accountants. How do I know?

Buried in the wording is a paragraph giving the Secretary of the Treasury the ability to hire directly into the competitive service without regard for current laws that mandate publicly announcing available competitive service openings. The Secretary can ignore all federal laws that give hiring preference to veterans, the disabled, former employees (that would include those fired for not taking the co-vax), military spouses, Peace Corps volunteers, etc. That’s one way to make sure only those who meet a political smell test get to participate in this new IRS enforcement program.

So the new so-called agents will be hand-picked. No public announcing of the position. Am I the only one that thinks it odd? How about the educational backgrounds? If the IRS is going to unleash thousands of IRS agents don’t we need to believe that they are qualified ?  Or are they merely to harass the “chosen” by the administration? Just asking.

If we accept a premise that we will have tens of thousands of individuals that really aren’t qualified to examine tax returns one has to ask just what will they be doing?

If anyone thinks that the Biden regime would like to return to the halcyon days of Obama let’s look at an idea of what they could do.

How about this?

Now an IRS agent in every Church? Agrees to monitor sermons

On Friday, the IRS settled a lawsuit filed in 2012 by the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF). The Wisconsin group brought the lawsuit because it said the IRS was ignoring complaints about churches violating their tax-exempt statuses. Specifically, FFRF said many churches promote political issues, legislation, and/or candidates from the pulpit in violation of the 1954 Johnson Amendment, which requires that non-profits not endorse candidates. (One of those wink-wink set up settlements probably)

According to FFRF, the IRS has not followed a 2009 ruling requiring it to hire someone to keep an eye on church politicking. The IRS says it hasn’t ignored the ruling, but merely failed to follow it.

Today, more emails were released from Congressional investigations into the IRS scandal. You know, the one where our Dear Leader used federal agencies to target the political opposition with repression and abuse.  The Wall Street Journal reports today, in an article called “The IRS’s Foreign Policy, that now evidence has emerged that it wasn’t just American conservative groups our president was criminally targeting for special attention.  It was targeting groups supporting the Jewish State of Israel.

An IRS email unearthed in Congressional discovery asks these questions to a Jewish group applying for tax-exempt status: (1) “Does your organization support the existence of the land of Israel?” and (2) “Describe your organization’s religious belief system toward the land of Israel.”  So tell me how that issue is worthy of IRS attention?  The obvious answer is that it is not.  It’s only relevant to a presidential administration taking its cues from an anti-semitic leader.

Then there is this:

“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we’ve set,” Obama said.  “We’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded.”

All Democrats voted for this bill, more than doubles the size of the IRS. It will employ more than the Pentagon, State Department, FBI, & Border Patrol combined.

IRS is to get 5000 more guns; 5 million rounds of ammo; if they hire 87k they will have 167k employees; impressive brown shirt army.  The IRS has 4,487 guns and 5,062,006 rounds of ammunition in its weapons inventory

Here is something else that is a possibility for these tens of thousands. Mark Levin 2014.

Sources from yesterday’s post:

It’s Not Just the 87,000 New IRS Agents, It’s who They Will Be – What They Will Do!

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It’s Not Just the 87,000 New IRS Agents, It’s who They Will Be – What They Will Do!

Not just the numbers and who they will be but what they will do. “…to provide digital asset monitoring….”

We should recall what Obama did and had in mind for the IRS before we jump to the easy explanation. “The real reason they target low income is because they can’t afford attorneys and accountants” often quoted.

The reason is not the low hanging fruit. 

Biden’s Build Back Better Framework, issued in October 2021, noted that wage earners had a 99% tax compliance rate and that the miscreant 1% evades about $160 billion per year in taxes. Sounds like a lot, but it’s not too bad actually: that’s just 4% of the $3.863 trillion taken in. Given that perfection will always elude us, at what point does this become statistically insignificant and unjustifiably wasteful? There are about 12,000 “agents” in the IRS, and about 145 million taxpayers. Do we really need 87,000 more agents to address issues with maybe a million and a half taxpayers? Absolutely not!

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From RNC Research

Let’s put our thinking caps on. Hmmm.

So, again, what’s this money for? In the original BBB bill, this section took up a page. Now, it’s ten pages long.  It starts on page 1926 of the current version of H.R. 5376 and on page 39 of the Senate’s draft Inflation Reduction Act; versions are slightly different but the total is the same. In the $45 billion enforcement section, we’ve got “…to provide digital asset monitoring….”

If that doesn’t make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up I don’t know what will. The IRS should be concerned only with assets it suspects are being funded through tax fraud and it doesn’t take $45 billion to do that. But to establish the ability to implement Senator Warren’s unconstitutional “wealth tax,” well, it might just be enough.

And just where are we going to get all of these accountants? With electronic filing the need for clerical staffing has drastically been reduced. At present, the IRS cannot fill its annual hiring goals. Where are these 87,000 coming from and who will they be?

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IRS agents are accountants. Now that the San Diego school district is giving straight As to every child who lives in the district, whether or not they show up at school, think any of them will be able to make it through 30 semester hours of increasingly complex accounting courses?

Forty percent of all accounting graduates opt to become CPAs, which takes them out of the running for entry-level agent positions. CPAs need a full year’s worth of credits on top of their degree, a couple of years in a public accounting sweatshop, passing all the segments of the CPA exam, and annual continuing education credits. Starting wages for agents are significantly lower than for private industry accountants.

Now we come to the great reveal.

Buried in the wording is a paragraph giving the Secretary of the Treasury the ability to hire directly into the competitive service without regard for current laws that mandate publicly announcing available competitive service openings. The Secretary can ignore all federal laws that give hiring preference to veterans, the disabled, former employees (that would include those fired for not taking the co-vax), military spouses, Peace Corps volunteers, etc. That’s one way to make sure only those who meet a political smell test get to participate in this new IRS enforcement program.

I suggest hiring those suitable for their prize – …to provide digital asset monitoring….” when did this become a function of the IRS?

The goal of Pelosi, Schumer, Warren, Sanders, and the rest of the ultra-pro-regressive bunch.

For more read from The American Thinker

This is exactly filling out what Obama had in mind. Let’s go through some of the good old times of Obama. I pulled out a portion of a couple of old posts:

 

Recall this old war horse Lois Lerner?

Lois Lerner fights release of her deposition, says “exceedingly low public interest”

Former IRS senior executive Lois G. Lerner told a federal court last week that there’s “no legitimate” reason why the public should see her testimony about her role in tea party targeting, pleading with a judge to keep her deposition permanently sealed.

They said there’s “exceedingly low” public interest in having their depositions released, and they said tea party groups are pushing for disclosure out of “spite.”

The IRS has reached settlements with hundreds of tea party groups and the government admitted it bungled its handling of their nonprofit status applications during the Obama administration. The government, in one of the settlements, even singled out Ms. Lerner for specific criticism, saying she failed to stop the targeting and even hid it from her supervisors.

But Ms. Lerner’s own defense of her actions, as well as Ms. Paz’s testimony, remain secret, with the transcripts of their depositions sealed and all references to the information from those depositions redacted from other documents.

Obama threatens veto on bill to delay IRS from muzzling his political opponents

Treasury’s proposed rules would significantly alter 501(c)(4) tax-exempt organization activities and restrict First Amendment rights. Other tax-exempt organizations, including labor unions, would not be subject to the same rules. A letter recently signed by more than 50 conservative and free market groups expressed similar concerns and called on Congress to block the proposed regulations. Camp, who has led the House Ways and Means Committee investigation into the IRS’s abuse of conservative groups, released the following statement:

“Despite the administration’s insistence that ‘there’s nothing to see here,’ the committee has found evidence demonstrating that right-leaning groups were targeted to an extent far beyond what was reported by the Inspector General. Our investigation is still ongoing and the committee has not received all the requested documents. It is premature to publish new rules before getting all of the facts. The Administration’s proposed rules openly target groups that are exercising their First Amendment rights. We cannot allow these draft regulations to go into effect. Congress must make sure every American’s right to participate and engage in civic debate is protected, and this legislation will provide some much-needed assurance that IRS targeting and surveillance will not continue.

“Additionally, I am disappointed by reports that the Department of Justice had decided – without conducting a serious investigation – that it will not to pursue criminal charges in the IRS’s intentional targeting of conservative groups. I have long said that we will follow the facts of this case wherever the facts lead us – and this case 

IRS to beef up whistleblower program-turn your family, boss in!

Unhappy with a family member? Had a bad day at the office? Now you can make them spin in the wind. Now the lawyers go into a feeding frenzy. Here you go:

The Internal Revenue Service, reversing an earlier position, proposed rules making it more likely informants will collect a reward when they blow the whistle on tax-dodging employers, neighbors or family members.

The agency proposed regulations today that make it easier for whistleblowers whose information results in denial of refunds or a reduction in deductible losses to get rewards of as much as 30% of the amount involved. Earlier guidance tied reward payments to a portion of additional taxes paid as a result an informant’s tip.

IRS is buying shotguns

Acquiring Shotguns

 

 

Ain’t she a real Beauty?

This ought to tell us more than we want to know! Good taste in Shotguns–a Remington parkerized shotgun ought to do the trick.
 
Utilizing Speedfeed® stock variations and Speedfeed® fore-ends, the shotguns are virtually indestructible and are the best choice when weather extremes are a factor. The addition of the R3 recoil pad to all Model 870 Police shotguns reduces the felt recoil of heavy loads by 30%.
 
Solicitation Number: TIRWR-10-Q-00023 
Agency: Department of the Treasury
Office: Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
Location: Field Operations Branch Western (OS:A:P:B:W)

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) intends to purchase sixty Remington Model 870 Police RAMAC #24587 12 gauge pump-action shotguns for the Criminal Investigation Division. The Remington parkerized shotguns, with fourteen inch barrel, modified choke, Wilson Combat Ghost Ring rear sight and XS4 Contour Bead front sight, Knoxx Reduced Recoil Adjustable Stock, and Speedfeed ribbed black forend, are designated as the only shotguns authorized for IRS duty based on compatibility with IRS existing shotgun inventory, certified armorer and combat training and protocol, maintenance, and parts. Swell!

Submit quotes including 11% Firearms and Ammunition Excise Tax (FAET) and shipping to Washington DC.

 

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Problematic China – Pelosi’s Parting Gift 

 

by Mustang

China, having warned Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi that her aircraft might be shot down, failed to carry out its threat, and America’s madam landed safely in Tai Pei — and departed — completely unmolested.  While Chinese President Xi remained silent, Pelosi and her staff did a fist pump.  Everyone on Capitol Hill imagined that Democrat America scored a victory equal to Richard Nixon’s in 1972. 

 

It wasn’t.  This is because insofar as China is concerned, this story isn’t over.  We can blame Democrats for that, too. 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Commemoration

20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square Commemoration

 

 

Background 

 

In 1912, the Xinhai Revolution forced the Chinese Emperor Xuantong to abdicate.  After that, Imperial China became the Republic of China under Chinese President Sun Yat-sen.  At the same time, the Beiyang government under Yuan Shikai, a former Imperial general, set up shop in Beijing.  Shikai was challenged by the Nationalist government, headed by the up-and-coming military leader, Chiang Kai-shek. 

 

Between 1912 – 1949, China was scarred by warlords, the Japanese invasion, and the Chinese Civil War.  There were so many governments in China during this time that one had to have a program to figure out who was in charge at any given moment. 

 

Before the invasion of Japan, competing governments battled one another from one end of China to the other.  Nationalist China, under Chiang Kai-shek, was winning the fight against the Communists (Jiangxi-Fujan Soviet) under Mao Zedong.  Chiang was winning the fight, pushing Mao’s Communists out of southern China into the mountainous region of Suiyan Province — there to regroup.  During this so-called “Long March” (actually, a series of marches) (communist withdrawals), Mao’s forces were reduced from around 250,000 to 7,000 in 1934. 

 

Manchuria is a historical and geographic region of Northeast China and the Russian Far East.  Imperial Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931, ostensibly to restore civil order to a rebellious region of Northeast China.  Japan occupied Manchuria for its rich natural resources — needed for its robust armaments program.  Chiang had to divert a part of his army to deal with this Japanese incursion — fighting continued until 1937. 

 

That year, the Empire of Japan began its war against the Republic of China, referred to in history as the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937 – 1945), which became the Chinese Theater during World  War II.  During this time, U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt (Democrat) gave both Chiang and Mao American-made military armaments and equipment.  Chiang used his material to confront the Imperial Japanese; Mao accepted his gifts and stored them in caves. 

 

At the end of World War II, Mao took all his U.S.-made armaments out of storage and used them against the Nationalist Army under Chiang.  By then, Truman was President; he sent U.S. Marines from Okinawa to China to supervise the surrender of Japanese Imperial forces in China; it was there — while Truman demilitarized the United States Armed Forces — that Chinese Communists used their American-made weapons to kill American Marines.

The Communists Win

Once the Americans had departed from mainland China, the communists went to full-court press against the Nationalist forces.  Using a far-too-heavy hand against dissidents, the Chinese people (ignorant twits that they were) overwhelmingly supported Mao (who, in just a few more years, would begin murdering them in the millions).  The Chinese Civil War ended in 1949 with a victory for Mao Zedong.  To the victor goes the spoils, so Mao Zedong took control of mainland China and began calling it the People’s Republic of China. 

 

Chiang may have lost the civil war, but he retained control of the Nationalist government and moved the Republic of China to Taiwan, establishing his capital at Taipei City.  After that, given the longstanding relationship between the United States and the Republic of (Nationalist) China, the United States refused to recognize the Communist government of Mao Zedong.  More than this, the United States committed its financial support and military protection of the Nationalists in Taiwan.  Note: the word “committed” in the diplomatic parlance of the U.S. State Department is a somewhat nebulous term. 

 

Double Dealing Democrats

On 15 December 1978, U.S. President Jimmy Carter announced that, following months of secret negotiations with the People’s Republic of China, the United States and Communist China agreed to recognize one another and establish official diplomatic relations.  

President Carter reneged on the United States’ previous policies as part of this agreement.  Henceforth, the U.S. would only recognize Communist China as the sole government of China and publicly declared that it would withdraw diplomatic recognition from the Republic of China (ROC) (Taiwan).  Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping (the man behind the Vietnam War) laughed, and laughed, and laughed. 

 

Chinese President Xi Jinping is still laughing.  In addition to serving as the 7th President of the People’s Republic of China, he also serves as General Secretary Chinese Communist Party (since 2012) and Chairman of the Central Military Commission (since 2012).  President/General Secretary/Chairman Xi may have been pissed off by Madam Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan (now considered by Xi as a Chinese province in rebellion).  Still, President Xi is a very crafty man.  

Today, Chinese diplomats have made significant inroads to nations surrounding the United States and U.S. allies in the Middle East.  Today, Chinese investors are the second largest landholders in the United States.  Today, China has America’s latest military technology in jet aircraft, aircraft carriers, and attack submarines — technology obtained from the Carter/Mondale, Clinton/Gore, Obama/Biden, and Biden/Harris administrations. 

 

Now, realizing that China truly is the giant it always knew it was, Democrats now in charge of the United States continue edging toward war with China.  Note: for the past several years, the Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps has continually emphasized that his priority is to produce Marine Corps combat forces that can sustain actions against China’s People’s Liberation Army/Navy (PLAN). 

 

Beijing believes that China has a right to be the paramount power in the Western Pacific region — and that the United States, incompetent as it is (diplomatically and militarily), is standing in the way.  Realizing the importance of Asia, Democrats envision that America’s future depends on maintaining and expanding alliances in the Far East — to contain China.  President Xi laughs, and laughs, and laughs. 

 

Taiwan is a keystone to future Sino-American relations.  Taiwan is a Chinese Province.  Insofar as President Xi is concerned, Madam Pelosi has as much right to visit Taiwan (uninvited and unrecognized, diplomatically) as Chairman Li Zhanshu of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China has to visit the State of Missouri (uninvited and unrecognized, diplomatically). 

 

China has to do something about Madam Pelosi’s violation of Chinese sovereignty — otherwise, other Chinese provinces may try to secede from the People’s Republic.  It is also possible that Taiwan might declare its independence from the People’s Republic … since it can no longer refer to itself as the Republic of China (ROC). 

 

Madam Pelosi isn’t the first Speaker to visit Taiwan.  Newt Gingrich was there in 1998.  What’s changed is that since then, Chinese experts have observed one American blunder after another, the continual decline of popular confidence in the U.S. government by the American people, and an increase in the number of nations who want less to do with the United States (diplomatically or in trade).

Meanwhile, President Xi has the full backing of his government and the people; the U.S. president has none.  If President Xi decides to re-take Taiwan by force, there is nothing the United States can do to stop it.  By the time the United States becomes aware of a problem in the Taiwan straits, Taipei City will already be in the hands of the Chinese Communist government.  

What makes this scenario likely is the humiliation handed to China by Madam Pelosi.  No one in China will forget (or forgive this) affront to Chinese “face.” China is not likely to achieve regional respect for as long as American diplomats unwisely push Beijing’s buttons — because if China does seize Taiwan, there will be nothing the U.S. can do to get it back. 

 

Most of America was excited to hear that Nancy Pelosi intended to retire this year.  The New York Times promises that the rumor isn’t so.  She’s 81 years old — and a sot.  She may die in office.  If she does, a problematic China could be her parting gift to all those adoring Democratic voters who want nothing more than to have their sons and daughters killed in another war America cannot win.   

 

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Biden’s top 68 appointees have just 2.4 years of business experience

 

No surprise to learn that the Biden administration is filled with those who have little to no experience in business. One has to wonder if they are simply props in this circus called the government “running” our country. We still look to see the real people behind the curtain pulling the strings. These are the people who are going to orbit us out of this inflation spiral who still refuses to acknowledge there is a problem. Add to that:

Biden’s top 68 appointees have just 2.4 years of business experience, analysis finds – including 62 percent of officials who have ‘virtually NO private sector experience’ on their work records

Then  of course we have the diversity choices. One simply has to look at our Press Secretary and we get a triple wowzer. Immigrant off the boat from Haiti. LGBT plus, and a person of color. And of course I always have to point out, previously from MoveOn.Org. Then we had the Native American I posted about yesterday- Deb Haaland who heads up the Department of the Interior who made a total fool of herself at the hearing that was held. So on with the story:

Daily Mail:

A new report from the Committee to Unleash Prosperity claims that most of President Biden’s top officials have no business experience at all. 

Economists Stephen Moore and Jon Decker analyzed the work records and resumes of 68 officials, including Biden himself and his Cabinet members, advisers and regulatory officials. 

 

The report found that 62 percent of Biden appointees who deal directly with business matters – economic policy, regulation, commerce, energy and finance, have ‘virtually no business experience.’ Only one in 8 were found to have ‘extensive’ business experience and their average business experience was 2.4 years. 

‘These highest level people who are in charge of kind of keeping our economy on track of haven’t got the experience to deal with, you know, the logistics of managing $22 trillion economy,’ Moore told DailyMail.com in an interview.

‘You have basically lawyers and university professors and community activists that don’t have any experience with managing a big operation or steering the economy in the right direction.’ 

The report notes that Health and Human Services Sec. Xavier Becerra is a lawyer with little business or health experience, and Transportation Sec. Pete Buttigieg was the mayor of a small college town, South Bend, Indiana, and a management consultant before he was tasked with a $1 trillion industry in charge of transportation infrastructure.  

Energy Sec. Jennifer Granholm has two years’ business experience, while U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai has no experience and no one on the National Council of Economic advisors has any business experience. 

‘You know, so a lot of these are people you wouldn’t even want to hire to run a lemonade stand, let alone a $20 trillion economy,’ Moore said. 

The authors found that the Biden administration is staffed by those who come from law backgrounds (20), politics and government (21) and academia or policy-making (12).

Biden and Harris both have 0 years business experience, as do Agriculture Sec. Tom Vilsack, Treasury Sec. Janet Yellen, Labor Sec. Marty Walsh and Office of Management and Budget Director Shalanda Young, to name a few. 

 

OMB director Shalanda Young does not have business experience but worked as a staffer in Congress and heralded as the first woman of color in this position.  Well worth the full read at the Daily Mai

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And of course my favorite gal- from an earlier post.

Shocker: Anti-Semite Karine Jean-Pierre New Press Secretary

MoveOn praised the selection.

“Karine is a talented and fiercely intelligent individual who has worked to advance progressive values, candidates and policies throughout her entire career,” MoveOn Executive Director Rahna Epting wrote in an email to the Bay Area Reporter. “Her appointment as chief of staff to our next vice president during this campaign is a testament to her level of skill and dedication. MoveOn members are proud of Karine and confident that she will make the Biden and Harris campaign to be the best it can be.”

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Interior Secretary Humiliated at Hearing Over Energy Leases

Lots of hearings this week. All the congressmen want to get on the record for their pet projects for the fall election giving them a chance to make their TV spots. You won’t hear about the hearings. After all the 1/6 committee meeting and Orange man is all that counts.

But I did track down my favorite Indian Chief, the head of the Department of Interior. Oh she has been in my sights since she arrived on the scene. One very important gal to keep an eye on. She controls the oil and gas leases on Federal land and she doesn’t plan on going anywhere with them regardless what the court says. The lease plan was due by law, and reinforced by court order to be due June 30, 2022.

During a hearing yesterday in the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies, our Secretary Haaland once again demonstrated her commitment to no “drill baby drill.” And she rates on the cognitive scale similar to our Press secretary in being slick about the message. She also receives and uses notes as you shall see. We did a memorable post about her before. Here are a couple of glimpses of how it went.

Deb Haaland, U.S. Secretary of the InteriorSecretary of the Interior Deb Haaland

Here is a good starter.

U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) questions Haaland during a Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee hearing to review the FY2023 budget request for the U.S. Department of the Interior. (July 13, 2022)

Is there anyone in this administration who is able to say something meaningful when they make a presentation and maintain their train of thought? I beginning to think not. Perhaps, they are following the lead of their illustrious (I use that term very loosely in this case) leaders – President Biden and Vice President Harris who have become prolific at speaking without saying anything intelligent, meaningful or coherent!.

Now we move on to Murkowski. The administration by law was to have completed the five year lease plan by June 30, 2022. They will attempt to blame Trump but really are just dragging their feet.

Keep in mind On March 15, 2021, Haaland was approved by the Senate with 51–40, with four Republicans (Collins, Murkowski, Sullivan, and Graham) voting yes. Now she is complaining.

Murkowski, a Republican, questioned Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about the department’s proposed five-year offshore drilling plan, which includes 10 lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico and another in Cook Inlet. The Biden administration has made clear that it may not move forward with any of the proposed sales.

Murkowski raised concerns that the administration would not follow through on the lease sale, especially after the Interior Department canceled a different sale in Cook Inlet in May.

“I think there was a lot of concern in May when the department canceled lease sale 258 citing lack of industry interest, and I can say with real certainty that was not the case,” Murkowski said.

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President Joe Biden’s Interior Secretary Deb Haaland said she was “not sure what to say” when fact checked on cancelled energy leases, during a Senate Appropriations committee hearing on President Joe Biden’s 2023 budget for the Department of the Interior on 7/13/2022.

Now a bit of a refresher. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) back in May confronted Sec. of the Interior Deb Haaland about a statement the department released in the middle of a hearing.

‘My God… This Shuts It Down!’: Manchin Confronts Haaland With Statement From Her Dept On Drilling

WATCH: Sen. Manchin asks Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about memo cancelling oil drilling leases.

MANCHIN: “It looks like you all are going to shut everything down.”

HAALAND: “I am sorry. I am sitting in this hearing…”

MANCHIN: “My God.

I wish this was the end of it but it isn’t.

You will find in her tweets over at an earlier post that she is a one trick pony and knows nothing about energy except for the notes that were passed to her minute by minute as she struggled with the questions that were asked. Her real interest is reparations for her fellow tribesmen.

Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, is the first Native American cabinet secretary in US history. As interior secretary, Haaland is charged with overseeing the department that manages the country’s national parks, wildlife refuges and natural resources like gas, oil and water. The interior department also works to uphold the US government’s treaty obligations with Native American tribes, of which there are 574 sovereign tribal nations in the US. Source

And how did she get confirmed who has zero experience in the field? Thank you GOP.

On March 15, 2021, she was approved by the Senate with 51–40, with four Republicans (Collins, Murkowski, Sullivan, and Graham) voting yes. in addition, she is the country’s first Native American Cabinet secretary. Yes, our man Graham who always disappoints but Fox loves him anyway.

She happens to be a rather prolific tweeter.  You might note her tweet regarding legacy pollution? Oil and gas? 1.6 Billion she mentions? She wants to pour concrete down every single one of the wells thats not open today so that they they will never be able to be opened again. Ever.

Tweets and more May 22, 2022 at Bunkerville

Manchin Attacks Interior Sec Haaland in Energy Hearing: ‘It shuts Everything Down!

I pulled out a couple of short clips. Wander over for the tweets.

One clip:

Staff Furiously Scripts Notes For Biden Interior Sec. Haaland While She Filibusters During Hearing

Staff furiously scripted notes for President Joe Biden’s Interior Secretary Deb Haaland while she was filibustering during her hearing, during a Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources hearing on the 2023 budget request of the Interior Department on 5/19/2022.

One last one in case there is any doubt.

Biden Interior Sec Can’t Say If It’s Better To Produce Oil In US Than Venezuela: “Not An Economist”

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Joe Biden – a Racist Became President

 

by Mustang

Joseph Robinette Biden, a former United States Senator from Delaware, a former Vice President of the United States, and currently the President of the United States, is a filthy racist.  We know this because of Joe Biden has made overtly racist remarks for the entire period of his political career (fifty years) and has associated with others who are equally overtly racist — and he’s gotten away with it.  

 

Not once has any Democrat, male or female, white person, or black person, elected or an appointed official from the federal, state, or local government ever called him on it.  And one might imagine that a black person serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, or any sitting federal judge, or any black member of a state court, would have been offended by Joe Biden’s racist remarks.  If any such person was offended, they kept it to themselves. 

Worse, perhaps, is that despite Biden’s overt racism, millions of black people voted for him anyway.  One must wonder why.  Could it be because black people often use racial epithets toward one another and give no thought to it unless it can help score political points?  That certainly must be the case among white snowflakes who benefit directly from the Democratic Party’s racism. 

 

There have been dozens of examples, but none more egregious than Biden’s response to a media question about his presidential rival on 31 January 2007: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate, and bright, and clean, and a nice-looking guy.  I mean, that’s a storybook man.” 

 

In 2012, Biden told a campaign audience in Virginia that if the American people elected Mitt Romney, that his fiscal policies would “put y’all back in chains.”  The media’s reaction equaled that of black people and high officials in Virginia or the federal government: crickets. 

Artur Davis, the former four-term Democratic congressman, had tough comments for Joe Biden.

Davis: Biden’s remarks ‘racial viciousness’

 

 

 

Apparently unaware that Hispanic people have been part of our nation almost from its beginning, presently numbering more than sixty-million, Biden observed that Latinos resist getting their COVID vaccinations because they are afraid of being deported.  Again, crickets.  And should anyone have mentioned any of these examples, the canned explanation is, “Well, that’s just Joe being Joe.” 

 

And, Joe being Joe, he also referred to Latinos as “Latin-X,” a woke term deeply resented by 97% of Hispanics living in the United States.  Almost in the same breath, Joe Biden demeaned every black air corps officer who served in World War II by “white-splaining” that black men didn’t want the COVID inoculations because of experiments conducted by the CDC and USPHS (1932-1972), the so-called Tuskegee Experiment.   

 

Try to imagine how long it would take for the political left to scream bloody murder after any GOP president in history made similar comments.  So, this disgusting double standard is exposed for all to see, and yet, Democrats feel no shame or regret.  Joe being Joe.  Democrats being Democrats — which also explains how this country ever got around to embracing Margaret Sanger’s plan to rid the country of black people through abortion.  It was a plan publicly endorsed and admired by Hillary Rodham Clinton. 

In August 2020, Joe Biden suggested that if you’ve seen one black, you’ve seen them all.  Speaking to a gathering of black and Hispanic journalists, Biden said, “ … unlike the African-American community, with notable exceptions, the Latino community is an incredibly diverse community with incredibly different attitudes about different things.” 

 

 

 

In the same interview, President Biden responded to a question tendered by a black reporter, who asked whether or not Biden had taken a cognitive test.  Here’s how President Biden responded: “That’s like saying you . . . before you got in this program, you’re take [sic] a test whether you’re taking cocaine or not.  What do you think?  Huh?  Are you a junkie?” 

 

In 2010, Senator Biden warmly eulogized Robert Byrd (D-WV), a former high official of the Klu Klux Klan by saying, “ … he was one of my mentors.”  No one has a hard time believing that what Biden said is true.  In 2006, Biden ridiculed people from India by saying, “You cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunk’ in Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent.  In 1977, Biden predicted that forced bussing to desegregate schools would cause his children to grow up “in a racial jungle.”  We cannot say whether Biden’s racial jungle impacted his children — we can only say that none of the children who survived into adulthood turned out very well.  Although, this could be a DNA rather than a racial issue.

Exclusive letters obtained by CNN show Joe Biden resisted mandated busing to desegregate schools during his time in Congress.

 

 

 

Joe being Joe, he hired Kamala Harris as his Vice President after she accused him, during her presidential campaign, of ruining her childhood.  In my opinion, Joe Biden is a filthy racist, but I think it’s a leap to imagine that he destroyed her adolescent years.   

 

What he did do, though, while serving as Chairman of the Senate Judicial Committee, is hurt one of the greatest men in our country’s history — and here is how that man put Joe Biden in his rightful place [extract, American Rhetoric Online Speech Bank]: 

 

Senator Biden: The committee will please come to order.  Judge, tough day and tough night for you, I know.  Let me ask, do you have anything you’d like to say before we begin?  And I understand that your preference is — which is totally and completely understandable — that we go one hour tonight, 30 minutes on each side. Is — Am I correct in that? 

 

Judge Thomas: That’s right. 

 

Senator Biden: Do you have anything you’d like to say? 

 

Judge Thomas: Senator, I would like to start by saying unequivocally, uncategorically, that I deny each and every single allegation against me today that suggested in any way that I had conversations of a sexual nature or about pornographic material with Anita Hill, that I ever attempted to date her, that I ever had any personal sexual interest in her, or that I in any way ever harassed her. 

 

A second, and I think more important point: I think that this [hearing] today is a travesty.  I think that it is disgusting.  I think that this hearing should never occur in America.  This is a case in which this sleaze, this dirt, was searched for by staffers of members of this committee, was then leaked to the media, and this [your] committee and this body validated it and displayed it at prime time over our entire nation.  How would any member on this committee, any person in this room, or any person in this country, like sleaze said about him or her in this fashion?  Or this dirt dredged up and this gossip and these lies displayed in this manner? How would any person like it? 

 

The Supreme Court is not worth it.  No job is worth it.  I am not here for that.  I am here for my name, my family, my life, and my integrity.  I think something is dreadfully wrong with this country when any person, any person in this free country would be subjected to this. 

 

This is not a closed room.  There was an FBI investigation.  This is not an opportunity to talk about difficult matters privately or in a closed environment.  This is a circus.  It’s a national disgrace. 

 

And from my standpoint as a black American, as far as I’m concerned, it is a high-tech lynching for uppity blacks who in any way deign to think for themselves, to do for themselves, to have different ideas, and it is a message that unless you kowtow to an old order, this is what will happen to you.  You will be lynched, destroyed, caricatured by a committee of the U.S. Senate, rather than hung from a tree.” 

 

The judge was Clarence Thomas, whom Joe Biden ambushed and assaulted with his clandestine “op research” while trying his best to defeat the nomination of Thomas for a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court. 

Proving of course that not only is Joe Biden a filthy racist, but he’s also a despicable human being.  So, reader, you tell me how it was possible that the American people elected such a man to the presidency.

 
 
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Biden Shuts Down 2 Nuclear Power Plants, 4 Hydroelectric Dams, 1 Refinery

Shutting down oil, coal and gas? Just getting started. One refinery in the Virgin Islands, Limetree Bay Refinery. Nuclear? Turkey Point outside of Miami. Peach Bottom in Pennsylvania. Four Hydroelectric dams in Southern Oregon and Northern California – The Klamath River Dams. The indications from the agencies are they are just getting started.

Add that to Biden’s yanking 77 small refineries biofuel waivers that now put them at risk for bankruptcy.

The TVA wants to replace a coal fired plant with natural gas. That would put the federal Tennessee Valley Authority out of step with President Joe Biden’s administration goal of a carbon-pollution-free energy sector by 2035 so they say.

Finally, no one talks about the “energy credits” required that increase the cost of energy.

Limetree Bay Refinery:

Capable of refining more than 200,000 barrels of crude per day, the refinery had reopened in early 2021, following a nine-year hiatus preceded by a string of oil spills and alleged Clean Air Act violations. In a separate letter earlier this month, EPA had outlined other requirements, including the need for fence-line monitoring for benzene, a carcinogen.

They have not one chance in hell of getting a new Clean Air Act permit. Not one chance.

EPA told the new owners of a shuttered U.S. Virgin Islands oil refinery that they may need a new Clean Air Act permit, a hurdle that could significantly slow any plan to reopen the plant.

While regulators are still gathering information, there are “strong indicators to suggest” that the Limetree Bay refinery must get a Prevention of Significant Deterioration pre-construction permit before restarting operations, Liliana Villatora, an air branch chief in EPA’s New York City-based regional office, wrote in a letter today to lawyers for West Indies Petroleum Ltd. and Port Hamilton Refining and Transportation LLLP, which jointly bought the facility at a bankruptcy auction late last year (Greenwire, Dec. 22, 2021).

Under the act, large industrial operations must get a PSD permit before beginning work on a “major modification” expected to lead to a significant increase in emissions of pollutants like soot and sulfur dioxide. In the letter, Villatora did not spell out why EPA suspects the permit is needed but asked the two companies to reply as soon as possible to a series of questions related to the plant’s brief reopening last year and their plans for its future, along with their own analysis of “PSD applicability.”

 

After Launching Push To End Oil & Gas, Biden Blaming Oil Refineries For Not Doing “Patriotic Duty”

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U.S. agency reverses 30-year license extension for Miami’s Turkey Point nuclear power plant, orders environmental review

 

MIAMI — MIAMI — Federal officials have reversed a decision to allow a South Florida nuclear power plant to continue running for another 30 years by ordering a new review of potential environmental risks, including those posed by climate change.

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued an order Thursday to reverse a 2019 decision by a previous, Republican-led commission to extend Florida Power & Light’s operating license for two reactors at the Turkey Point nuclear power plant until 2052 and 2053, respectively. The reactors have been operating since 1972 and 1973, respectively.

The reversal gives environmental groups a chance to reiterate concerns that federal regulators didn’t adequately consider the risks of climate change and flooding from sea level rise when granting the last extension. The NRC plans to hold hearings after staff completes a new site-specific environmental impact statement.

FPL has previously said rising sea levels and other climate factors won’t compromise operations of the reactors, the Miami Herald reported.

Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant. Peach Bottom Nuclear Plant

Besides the reversal at Turkey Point, the NRC also reversed a license extension for the Peach Bottom nuclear plant in Pennsylvania. Days after taking office in January 2021, President Joe Biden named Democrats to take over the NRC and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. The agencies have been reevaluating decisions made by Republican-led panels under former President Donald Trump, including the 2019 decision on Turkey Point.

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So after making “significant investments” Biden shuts it down. Does anyone still wonder why energy companies are not making any further investments? Here is the headline back in 2020:

 

NRC also reversed a license extension for the Peach Bottom

Here was an earlier happier time:

Peach Bottom nuclear plant gets 20-year license extension 

 

Peach Bottom nuclear power plant can operate into the middle of this century, federal regulators say.

The southern York County plant’s license was to expire in 2033, but the Nuclear Regulatory Commission is extending that license another 20 years.

Exelon Generation, the plant’s owner, said in a news release that its two reactors generate electricity for more than 2.7 million homes. Seven hundred fifty people work there full-time, the company says. Roughly another 1,800 workers are brought in for maintenance when the plant shuts down each year for refueling.

Exelon says in the past seven years, it has made “significant investments” in equipment and technology that have increased its capacity by about 12 percent. That work has included replacing or upgrading turbines and power transformers.

Peach Bottom is one of four nuclear power plants in Pennsylvania.

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Feds to shut down four energy producing dams

The structures are the four southernmost dams in a string of six constructed in southern Oregon and far northern California producing hydroelectric energy and built in 1918. We are apparently so flush with energy that no concern is being given for additional energy resources for replacement. Especially California. 

The environmentalist jihad won’t stop on the Klamath River:

The project on California’s second-largest river would be at the vanguard of a push to demolish dams in the U.S. as the structures age and become less economically viable and as concerns grow about their environmental impact, particularly on fish.  AP

CBS Local:

Now, plans to demolish four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath’s lower reaches — the largest such demolition project in U.S. history — have placed those competing interests in stark relief. Tribes, farmers, homeowners and conservationists all have a stake in the dams’ fate.

“We are saving salmon country, and we’re doing it through reclaiming the West,” said Amy Cordalis, a Yurok tribal attorney fighting for dam removal.

The project, estimated at nearly $450 million, would reshape the Klamath River and empty giant reservoirs, and could revive plummeting salmon populations by reopening habitat that has been blocked for more than a century. One of the dams is pictured below:

Photo courtesy of Michael Wier

Klamath River Dams: KRRC’s Proposed Dam Removal Project

EPA Yanks 70 Small Refinery Biofuel Waivers -Threatens Their Survival

Biden is deliberately putting up to 88 small refineries at risk. Most do not have the capacity to refine added biofuels and instead are forced to buy “energy credits.”

Under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), oil refiners must blend billions of gallons of renewable fuels into the nation’s fuel mix, a policy intended to help farmers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and cut U.S. petroleum imports.

Small refiners can seek waivers to the mandates, or an SRE, if they can prove the mandates would financially harm them.

Biden wonders why refinery capacity is down???

Chet Thompson, CEO  of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, said the blending requirement for this year is “contrary to the administration’s claims to be doing everything in their power to provide relief to consumers.”

“Unachievable mandates will needlessly raise fuel production costs and further threaten the viability of U.S. small refineries, both at the expense of consumers,” Thompson said.

Prices for the credits jumped to a record high of almost $2 in June from only 10 cents at the start of 2020, the resolution said. They are now the second-largest expense for refiners like PBF, after crude oil. The document noted that 800 million fewer credits were issued last year than were needed to meet the 2020 standard.

Announcement also include denial of refinery exemptions

The EPA, after gathering comments since releasing it proposed blending requirements in December, said Friday it will require refiners to blend 20.77 billion gallons of ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuel this year.

The agency also denied roughly 70 exemptions for small refineries,(June 2022) many of which had been granted under former President Donald Trump. (Yahoo)

President Joe Biden wrote letters to seven CEOs of oil companies saying that while Russian President Vladimir Putin is responsible for the spike in oil and gas prices, he’s calling on oil companies to explain why they’ve had a drop in refining capacity at a time when profits increase.

South Jersey refinery says cost-mandated fuel credits threaten its survival

The biofuels industry’s RFS struggles span several administrations. Most recently, the Trump administration granted 88 small-refinery exemptions in four years, setting off a legal fight all the way to the Supreme Court. Industry groups have placed their hope in the Biden administration to set a different course on the RFS.”

To comply with the standard, PBF and other refiners who are unable to blend biofuels such as ethanol with gasoline and diesel are required instead to buy credits called Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, that have recently surged in price because they are traded on the open market.

The burden of the credits is worsened, the independent refiners say, by the fact that they buy them from larger competitors who have the technical ability to blend biofuels, and so earn the credits that they can then sell to the smaller companies. That amounts to the smaller companies effectively subsidizing their competitors, they say.

They had this refinery scheme as early as last year. Biden knew this credit business was a problem. Democrat Lawmakers joined in by writing the EPA urging that the refiners not be given any relief:

U.S. Refiners Accumulate $1.6 Billion Shortfall in Biofuel Credits, as Biden Administration Weighs RFS Volume Cuts

U.S. merchant refiners have amassed up to a $1.6 billion shortfall in the credits they will need to comply with U.S. biofuel laws, according to a Reuters review of corporate disclosures, an apparent bet that the Biden administration could let them off the hook or that credit prices will fall.

“The big liability among companies including PBF Energy Inc, CVR Energy Inc, Par Pacific Holdings and Delta Airlines comes as the administration of President Joe Biden considers granting oil refiners relief from their biofuel mandates amid soaring credit costs and economic turmoil from the coronavirus pandemic that has hurt the fuel industry. It has been widely reported that the energy companies lost over $30 Billion dollars.

Totally wacko.They want to change from coal to gas!!! – Out of step with Biden!

Fed utility weighs coal plant switch options, climate impact

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The nation’s largest public utility plans to shut down a massive coal-fired power plant, but wants to replace it with natural gas. That would put the federal Tennessee Valley Authority out of step with President Joe Biden’s administration goal of a carbon-pollution-free energy sector by 2035.

Officials with the utility argue the natural gas move would help pave a path toward more renewable sources and away from coal, while continuing to keep rates low and the electric grid reliable. But environmental groups warn the agency could squander the chance to get away from carbon-producing fossil fuels that drive climate change. Worth the full read of craziness. Read more

The coming look of the Tennessee Valley

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EPA Yanks 70 Small Refinery Biofuel Waivers -Threatens Their Survival

 

Biden is deliberately putting up to 88 small refineries at risk. Most do not have the capacity to refine added biofuels and instead are forced to buy “energy credits.” He throws around that this is a time of war thus the War Powers Act could come into play. Exactly what war was declared? He threatens refineries to produce more, reduce their profit – become patriotic or else.

Under the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), oil refiners must blend billions of gallons of renewable fuels into the nation’s fuel mix, a policy intended to help farmers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and cut U.S. petroleum imports.

Small refiners can seek waivers to the mandates, or an SRE, if they can prove the mandates would financially harm them.

After reviewing materials including more than a decade of RFS market data, the EPA said it concluded that none of the 36 petitions (as of April 2022) demonstrated hardship caused by compliance with the RFS program.  (Reuters)

Biden wonders why refinery capacity is down???

Chet Thompson, CEO  of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, said the blending requirement for this year is “contrary to the administration’s claims to be doing everything in their power to provide relief to consumers.”

“Unachievable mandates will needlessly raise fuel production costs and further threaten the viability of U.S. small refineries, both at the expense of consumers,” Thompson said.

Announcement also include denial of refinery exemptions

The EPA, after gathering comments since releasing it proposed blending requirements in December, said Friday it will require refiners to blend 20.77 billion gallons of ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuel this year.

The agency also denied roughly 70 exemptions for small refineries,(June 2022) many of which had been granted under former President Donald Trump. (Yahoo)

President Joe Biden wrote letters to seven CEOs of oil companies saying that while Russian President Vladimir Putin is responsible for the spike in oil and gas prices, he’s calling on oil companies to explain why they’ve had a drop in refining capacity at a time when profits increase.

Biden Takes Aim At Oil Companies Over Profits, Refining Reduction

 

 

Oh really?

South Jersey refinery says cost-mandated fuel credits threaten its survival

Let’s get rid of the smaller refineries. Transportation Secretary Butt Boy complains about the big companies running things.

The biofuels industry’s RFS struggles span several administrations. Most recently, the Trump administration granted 88 small-refinery exemptions in four years, setting off a legal fight all the way to the Supreme Court. Industry groups have placed their hope in the Biden administration to set a different course on the RFS.”

New Jersey lawmakers waded into a long-running battle by independent oil refiners for reform of a federal mandate that the companies say is costing them millions of dollars and threatening their survival.

Both the NJ Senate and Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging President Joe Biden and the Environmental Protection Agency to allow waivers to the Renewable Fuels Standard that would ease financial pressure on refiners such as Parsippany-based PBF Energy which employs about 225 people at a facility in Paulsboro.

To comply with the standard, PBF and other refiners who are unable to blend biofuels such as ethanol with gasoline and diesel are required instead to buy credits called Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, that have recently surged in price because they are traded on the open market.

Prices for the credits jumped to a record high of almost $2 in June from only 10 cents at the start of 2020, the resolution said. They are now the second-largest expense for refiners like PBF, after crude oil. The document noted that 800 million fewer credits were issued last year than were needed to meet the 2020 standard.

The burden of the credits is worsened, the independent refiners say, by the fact that they buy them from larger competitors who have the technical ability to blend biofuels, and so earn the credits that they can then sell to the smaller companies. That amounts to the smaller companies effectively subsidizing their competitors, they say.

The resolution says the requirement to buy credits is inflicting “serious economic harm” on independent refiners like PBF, and that the EPA has the authority to waive the renewable fuel requirements if it finds that they are hurting the companies.

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After Launching Push To End Oil & Gas, Biden Blaming Oil Refineries For Not Doing “Patriotic Duty”

 

 

 

They had this refinery scheme as early as last year. Biden knew this credit business was a problem. Democrat Lawmakers joined in by writing the EPA urging that the refiners not be given any relief: 

U.S. Refiners Accumulate $1.6 Billion Shortfall in Biofuel Credits, as Biden Administration Weighs RFS Volume Cuts

U.S. merchant refiners have amassed up to a $1.6 billion shortfall in the credits they will need to comply with U.S. biofuel laws, according to a Reuters review of corporate disclosures, an apparent bet that the Biden administration could let them off the hook or that credit prices will fall.

“The big liability among companies including PBF Energy Inc, CVR Energy Inc, Par Pacific Holdings and Delta Airlines comes as the administration of President Joe Biden considers granting oil refiners relief from their biofuel mandates amid soaring credit costs and economic turmoil from the coronavirus pandemic that has hurt the fuel industry.

The Bloomberg article pointed out that, “Oil refiners meet the government’s biofuel quotas either through blending renewable fuels themselves, or by purchasing credits from others that have. Prices for some of those credits have hit all-time highs this year on expectations the Biden administration would impose more ambitious quotas and stop exempting refineries from them. Corn and soybean prices have also climbed on expectations of more demand from biofuel makers.

And DTN writer Todd Neeley reported on Wednesday that, “With reports the Biden administration may be considering providing relief to oil refiners from their Renewable Fuel Standard obligations, a group of Democratic lawmakers pushed back in a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan and Brian Deese, director of the National Economic Council.

We write with significant concern about recent reports that the Administration is considering several options to exempt oil refiners of their obligations under the Clean Air Act’s Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). We support your efforts to address climate change, but we are concerned that rolling back the RFS obligation for refiners directly contradicts this work. Following through on the actions reportedly under discussion would directly undermine your commitment to address climate change and restore integrity to the RFS and we urge you to reject them.

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Sums up Biden and his energy intentions.

And our Treasury Secretary is all in. NOTE at the end: “Passing Clean Energy Credits is critical…”

I am sure she must be right. She was so right on inflation wasn’t she?

It sure is all hands on deck.

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Biden Shuts Down U.S. Mining Minerals, Yet Orders stockpiles

 

 It finally dawns on these yahoos that want all of this “Green” stuff that is needed for the great “environmentally friendly” universe, that it isn’t so friendly after all. Someone somewhere has to yank the minerals out of the ground. Oh, “Not in my back yard!”

The expression “Nuts” is exactly what comes to mind when one posts on the topic of minerals needed for the noble move to electric vehicles and solar and wind. 

If we wonder why our little green orbit that we live on doesn’t function right now, this story should highlight the bizarro world in which we live. But we are not the only crazies.

Let’s start across the pond in Europe.

LONDON, June 7 (Reuters) – Top lithium producer Albemarle Corp (ALB.N) may have to shut its Langelsheim plant in Germany if the metal used in electric vehicle batteries is declared a hazardous material by the European Union, its finance chief told Reuters.

Lithium’s pivotal role in electric vehicles makes it an important commodity in meeting global targets to cut carbon emissions, and it was added to the EU’s list of critical raw materials in 2020.

However, the European Commission is currently assessing a proposal by the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to classify lithium carbonate, chloride and hydroxide as dangerous for human health.

“Albemarle would no longer be able to import our primary feedstock, lithium chloride, putting the entire (Langelsheim) facility in jeopardy of closure,” said Chief Financial Officer Scott Tozier in an emailed statement.

Here in the U.S? Sure, they are going to allow mining Lithium in California? There is no way in the world that the environmentalists will let this happen. Smoke and mirrors, that’s all. No doubt the bucks will find a home there anyway for some such nonsense. Solyndra come to mind?

 

 

Earlier I posted in May:

EPA Blocks Critical Major Mining Mineral Project

Within a week of the memo shutting down Oil and Gas Leases, the Federal government moves to shut down the Pebble Mining Project in Alaska of the very minerals that Biden just proclaimed essential under the Defense Emergency Production Act. Its location is in a 24,000 sq mile area in Alaska. Largely undeveloped.

Copper and molybdenum for green energy technology like electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels. Gold. Not for us. Possibly one of the largest mines in the world.

Notable Quotables:

We had a chance to meet Deb Haaland  with Senator Manchin in the infamous Energy Hearing. She has been a very busy Indian Chief dispensing heap big wampum for her fellow Indian tribes. Better yet, she was planted in her position to restrict any further energy development, period.

 

Sen. Manchin asks Interior Secretary Deb Haaland about memo cancelling oil drilling leases.

MANCHIN: “It looks like you all are going to shut everything down.”

HAALAND: “I am sorry. I am sitting in this hearing…”

MANCHIN: “My God.”

 

 

That is just the beginning in creating the perfect storm to bring the U.S. to her knees. Mandating the requirements for all this green stuff and then shutting down anyway for the U.S. to get there.

A list of the mining and related projects the administration has shut down.

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President Biden invoked the Defense Production Act to increase domestic production of minerals used in making electric vehicles, such as nickel, lithium and cobalt. The president said that the country depended on unreliable foreign sources for many materials necessary for transitioning to the use of renewable energy and reports have stressed this for years.

The irony of the situation is that in January, the Biden administration revoked the federal leases for the Twin Metals mine in Minnesota that contains copper, nickel, cobalt, and platinum-group elements. Instead of producing these metals domestically, last June, President Biden indicated that he wants to import them. Yet, now he supposedly changed course, claiming he wants to produce them in the United States.

The Pebble copper and gold mine, 100 miles from Bristol Bay, Alaska had its permit application rejected in November 2020 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In January 2021, the Pebble Partnership requested the Army Corps of Engineers to reverse its denial of the proposed mine’s Clean Water Act dredge and fill permit. 

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Ioneer Ltd.’s lithium mine in Nevada, which could supply 22,000 metric tons of lithium annually—enough for about 400,000 electric cars, is being held captive by environmentalists, who claim the mine threatens Tiehm’s buckwheat, a rare flowering plant. The Trump Interior Department had refuted that after an extensive analysis, indicating that the culprit of the buckwheat was hungry squirrels.

The Resolution copper mine in Oak Flat, Arizona, which can meet about 25 percent of U.S. copper demand, is currently under federal environmental review. In September 2021, the House Natural Resources committee voted to include language in the reconciliation package to block the building of the Resolution copper mine

Recently, regulators suspended a right-of-way for a road in Alaska, previously granted by the Trump administration, which provided access to one of the world’s largest mineral deposits including zinc and copper.

Last year, President Biden said he wanted to import these critical minerals instead of mining them domestically, despite the United States having the most stringent environmental and labor standards. In his usual contradictory fashion, however, Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act to encourage domestic mining of these critical minerals. However, unless his administration starts approving leases and permits, nothing is going to change. It is just more rhetoric for voters to believe he is accomplishing something.

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Biden Mandates Increased Ethanol in Gas – Raises Corn Prices by 30 Percent

 

Smart. Burning your food to make “renewable” fuels that will raise the price of corn by 30 percent when there is a looming food shortage. Better, it will requirer more fertilizer which is in short supply and that price too is soaring. Best? Probably put smaller refineries out of business. And the coup de grace? Causes engine wear and damages your car. All this to force the issue of EV’s.

It is hard to think all this is not intentional. It’s odd that if EV was so great and everyone should be using them, why is the government so intent on (or even has to) coercing/forcing the public to move to EV by intentional destroying internal combustion any way they can. Meanwhile we sit on a boatload of fossils fuels that the world envies.

 

A fools game.

On Friday

Biden’s EPA Mandated the Most Ethanol Use Ever.

The EPA, after gathering comments since releasing it proposed blending requirements in December, said Friday it will require refiners to blend 20.77 billion gallons of ethanol, biodiesel and other renewable fuel this year.

Additionally, the oil industry must blend 250 million more gallons of renewable fuel, both this year and next, after a federal court found the Obama administration inappropriately reduced the 2016 blending requirements.

The agency also denied roughly 70 exemptions for small refineries, many of which had been granted under former President Donald Trump.

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Refiners Complain

But Chet Thompson, CEO of the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, said the blending requirement for this year is “contrary to the administration’s claims to be doing everything in their power to provide relief to consumers.”

“Unachievable mandates will needlessly raise fuel production costs and further threaten the viability of U.S. small refineries, both at the expense of consumers,” Thompson said.

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Now we go into the old “market credits.” We wonder why the price of gasoline is so high? Maybe Peter Doocy could ask our White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre about this. That would be a hoot.

The Wall Street Journal reported EPA Trims Ethanol Fuel Mandate for 2020-21 But Raises It for 2022

The Biden administration on Friday retroactively reduced the amount of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline for 2020 and 2021 but raised the level for 2022, saying the changes are aimed at helping boost domestic fuel supplies.

The agency can adjust these requirements retroactively, signaling to refiners how much they will have to spend to buy market credits that help them comply with obligations lingering from past years.

Both ethanol and corn prices have risen sharply, and cutting the 2022 mandate potentially could have lowered refiners’ business costs and led to lower prices at the pump, but likely by only a few cents a gallon, said analysts at research and consulting firm Rapidan Energy Group LLC.

Let’s get rid of the smaller refineries. Transportation Secretary Butt Boy complains about the big companies running things:

South Jersey refinery says cost-mandated fuel credits threaten its survival

New Jersey lawmakers waded into a long-running battle by independent oil refiners for reform of a federal mandate that the companies say is costing them millions of dollars and threatening their survival.

Both the Senate and Assembly unanimously passed a resolution urging President Joe Biden and the Environmental Protection Agency to allow waivers to the Renewable Fuels Standard that would ease financial pressure on refiners such as Parsippany-based PBF Energy which employs about 225 people at a facility in Paulsboro.

To comply with the standard, PBF and other refiners who are unable to blend biofuels such as ethanol with gasoline and diesel are required instead to buy credits called Renewable Identification Numbers, or RINs, that have recently surged in price because they are traded on the open market.

Prices for the credits jumped to a record high of almost $2 in June from only 10 cents at the start of 2020, the resolution said. They are now the second-largest expense for refiners like PBF, after crude oil. The document noted that 800 million fewer credits were issued last year than were needed to meet the 2020 standard.

The burden of the credits is worsened, the independent refiners say, by the fact that they buy them from larger competitors who have the technical ability to blend biofuels, and so earn the credits that they can then sell to the smaller companies. That amounts to the smaller companies effectively subsidizing their competitors, they say. Source

And our farmland?

Millions of acres are being pointlessly sacrificed just to grow corn to fuel gas-guzzling SUVs,” said Brett Hartl, government affairs director at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Meanwhile the EPA looks the other way as our ocean dead zones grow, water pollution worsens, and endangered species suffer.”

Expanded ethanol production under federal mandates raised corn prices by 30% and the prices of other crops by 20%, according to a report published earlier this year in the National Academy of SciencesThe report also said growing more corn for ethanol led to increased amounts of water pollutants from U.S. farms and negated ethanol’s climate benefits.

The Biden administration announced it will suspend a federal rule that bars higher levels of ethanol in gasoline during the summertime. The move is intended to lower fuel prices. However, that decision is to authorize year-round use of E15 or 15% ethanol.

Now the best part not to be missed.

 

EPA to Expand E15 Ethanol Fuel – Is Ethanol Bad For Your Car’s Engine?

 

 

 

A comment left:

My car SPECIFICALLY states NOT to use Ethanol fuel because it will damage the aluminum block. Almost every car’s block is corroded but ethanol and so extensively damaged by E-15 that the life of the vehicle is reduced by 60-75% so, a life of 5-7 years not 15-25 years. I smell a rat.

 

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