Last week, Saudi Arabia announced, in conjunction with OPEC+, that it would cut oil production in the face of falling prices. The move came despite White House Biden lobbying for increased production, which included a sycophant visit by President Joe Biden to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. In response to the Saudi announcement, the White House quickly announced that the United States would reassess its relationship with the Kingdom.
Meanwhile, the White House announced it would “prepare to reduce sanctions” against Venezuela’s tyrannical regime, according to the Wall Street Journal. The goal: to increase the oil production of the Marxist dictatorship via relaxed restrictions on pumping for Chevron. The White House also continues to keep channels open with Iran’s mullahs, seeking concessions from the same regime that shoots women in the streets for not wearing Islamic head coverings properly.
There is an obvious question to be asked in the face of this random and chaotic non-strategy: why, precisely, does the Biden administration not just increase energy production by unleashing the power of the American oil industry? After all, America is still the world’s largest supplier of oil and natural gas. And we have billions of dollars of pending investments; refineries have gone offline and energy companies have moved away from the precise forms of fuel that actually power the world.
The answer is just as obvious: this administration is much more tied to its ideological predilections than to reality. In fact, the reality actively makes angry this administration: when it promotes a senseless policy and predictable results follow, the response of the administration is thwarted by this causal relationship. This administration pursues the green energy boondoggle while begging energy from America’s enemies, watches those enemies hold Europe hostage amid a possible nuclear standoff – and then, of course, shouts at how cruel our enemies are for cutting off the energy supply to our allies. It’s both unproductive and geopolitically foolish.
But at least the leaders of the free world are feeling warm and confused inside. And if America’s enemies gain comparative power, we will at least have the comfort of lecturing those enemies on the certainty of their political isolation; as Amos Hochstein, the State Department’s senior energy security adviser, recently said, “low-income countries have seen that Saudi Arabia and Russia are colluding against them.”
Strange, then, that low-income countries side disproportionately with Russia and Saudi Arabia. It may have something to do with the Western wealthy’s continued attachment to the proposition that the most effective energy policy for getting out of poverty should be removed – that the ladder of prosperity should be pulled behind the rich. European nations in the name of sophistry spouted by Swedish teenagers who specialize in derisory intergenerational disregard.
The West has abandoned a wise policy – or even just a non-suicidal policy – in favor of allegiance to chimeras. Then we wonder why reality seems to keep crashing down on us like an abandoned house.
–Ben Shapiro, 38, is a graduate of UCLA and Harvard Law School, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and editor of DailyWire.com. He is a three-time New York Times bestselling author; his latest book is “The Authoritarian Moment: How The Left Weaponized America’s Institutions Against Dissent”. To learn more about Ben Shapiro and read articles by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.