President Joe Biden rightly announced a ban on Russian energy imports on Tuesday, but only after a bipartisan group in Congress twisted his arm. Biden had resisted the move, despite the purchases funding Vladimir Putin’s death invasion of Ukrainefeared it would further boost gas prices (and further weaken its vote).
But he does a lot to push prices up here at home through his policies. On Monday, its own Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to enact new regulations for tractor-trailers, buses, vans and removal vehicles. The regulations aimed at reducing nitrogen oxide and carbon pollution will not only make life harder for working-class truck and bus drivers, but ours as well essential backbone already exhausted from COVID fatigue – they will hit all American buyers hard.
As Climate Depot’s Marc Morano put it, “US climate sanctions on Americans have more impact than US sanctions on Russia.”
The EPA’s move toward “zero-emission vehicles in the heavy-duty fleet” will drive up mileage costs just as transportation professionals face a fuel crisis. It will make everything in the supply chain more expensive when we are already seeing record inflation. The Independent Women’s Forum follows a Cart with typical family goods every month, and we’ve seen food costs skyrocket over the past year: bacon is up 18%, beef is up 16%, eggs are up 13%, and bread is up 6%.
Poor and middle-class families suffer most from Biden’s failed energy policies and obsession with the Green New Deal. You spend a higher percentage of their family budget on consumer goods carried by these trucks. Families just below the poverty line spend 10.2% of their budget on groceries at home, while households earning more than $150,000 spend just 5.4% on it.
Team Biden simply doesn’t care that it will harm poor and middle-class families at a vulnerable time. Former Obama-Biden Treasury official Mark Mazur said the quiet part loudly last month: “We don’t want lower prices for fossil fuel buyers, we prefer higher prices” to meet “climate targets”. Mazur was referring to a possible gas tax holiday, but his comments apply to a number of Biden policies.
the The EPA claims this new rule prevent “up to” 2,100 premature deaths, 18,000 cases of childhood asthma and 78,000 days lost each year. But his assumptions are based on highly controversial cost-benefit analyzes that overstate the catastrophic risks assumed and underestimate consumer harm.
And of course environmentalists, some of the most violent activists alivesay the EPA isn’t going far enough and is demanding that it push for even more regulations to not only penalize gas-powered trucks but encourage electric-powered ones.
Andrea Vidaurre, co-founder of the People’s Collective for Environmental Justice in Southern California, told the Washington Post she was angry at Biden “for Pushing for more hours of service in the Port of Los Angeles amid supply chain bottlenecks.” Yes: A liberal coastal elite is furious that the plebeians are clamoring for relief as their hard-earned dollars shrink before their eyes while the cost of everything soars.
Similarly, Biden’s Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, touted a $5 billion taxpayer-funded electric vehicle charging network, claiming “rural, urban, and suburban communities can all benefit from the gas savings of driving an electric vehicle.” What a Marie Antoinette let them eat cake moment. The Kelley Blue Book average transaction price for an electric vehicle is $56,437, well above that median per capita income of $34,103.
Biden’s EPA move coincides with his continued attacks on North American oil and gas producers: deterring domestic fracking, shutting down the Keystone pipeline, banning new oil and gas leases on public land. Meanwhile, at the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, the Prez is imploring foreigners to extract more oil. as Nick Freitas, a member of the Virginia House of Representatives, put it“Obviously buying oil from countries that hate us is ‘green’.”
While squeezing Putin as hard as he can is commendable – and heartening to see our British and continental allies committing to halting Russian energy imports as well, albeit too slowly – Biden shows he is not walking and chewing gum at the same time can chew. Don’t hit your truckers and bus drivers with Green New Deal regulations while they suffer from record high energy price spikes. Let common sense rule the day.
Carrie Sheffield is Senior Policy Analyst at Independent Women’s Voice.
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