Democrats’ Energy Policies Are Unpopular With Americans Dealing With Surging Gas Prices

Democrats’ Energy Policies Are Unpopular With Americans Dealing With Surging Gas Prices
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Another poll is showing Democrats are out of touch with what American voters want – especially when it comes to addressing gas prices. A Morning Consult/Politico survey analyzed, among other things, how voters feel about energy independence and the best ways to lower the price at the pump.

The majority of respondents indicated they favor the federal government opening public lands for oil drilling as a strategy for reducing gas prices. About 56 percent said they would favor such a solution, with 32 percent saying they would strongly support it. Only about 30 percent of participants said they opposed the idea.

Under the Biden administration, the price of oil has risen drastically, and the nation has seen a sharp increase over the past few weeks. In response, President Biden and Democratic lawmakers have proposed moving away from fossil fuels towards green energy as a way to become energy independent. This proposal has received criticism because it would take decades for the nation to get to the point where it is no longer dependent on fossil fuels for most of its energy needs — meaning America would remain dependent on other nations, instead of drilling for its own oil.

With the assistance of the activist media, President Biden has attempted to deflect blame for increased oil prices. The White House has attempted to persuade the public that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the reason why Americans are paying more for gas. However, it does not appear that people are buying what the administration is selling. People still view Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline, and otherwise limit efforts to produce our own oil, as the primary contributor to increased energy prices.

The survey revealed that 64 percent of Americans support the federal government releasing oil from the nation’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). Only 19 percent opposed the idea.

Even further, the vast majority of respondents indicated they would support the government asking United States producers to pump more oil. A whopping 72 percent favor this idea, while a paltry 14 percent oppose it. Most Americans (72 percent) also wish to see a reprieve from paying federal and state gas taxes to relieve the pain at the pump.

So far, the administration seems to be at a loss for dealing with this crisis. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg suggested that Americans who are dealing with high gas prices purchase an electric vehicle. Vice President Kamala Harris attended an event with Buttigieg in which they touted the value of green energy, while Americans are suffering from inflation due, in part, to the skyrocketing price of gas.

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, who once laughed when discussing rising gas prices last year, called on oil and gas companies to increase their output to meet the heightened demand. Last Wednesday at an energy conference, she said America is “in an emergency,” and that “we have to responsibly increase short-term supply where we can right now to stabilize the market and minimize harm to American families.”

“I hope your investors are saying these words to you as well: In this moment of crisis, we need more supply … right now, we need oil and gas production to rise to meet current demand,” she added.

However, the oil and gas industry has accused the White House of hampering its ability to produce more oil with “unfriendly policies,” according to CNBC.

This is yet another area in which this administration has shown that it is not up to the task of dealing with the myriad of problems America faces today. The Biden White House has mishandled crisis after crisis, and its ineptitude seems to be having Americans longing for the days of mean tweets and petty feuds. To make matters worse, Democratic officials seem to be in lockstep with Biden’s agenda, which has been shown to be against the will of the public over and over again.

The only thing mildly surprising about this whole affair is that despite the fact that these issues are causing an incalculable level of political damage to the left, they still persist, and Republicans have reason to be hopeful because of it. But to be fair, it is probably too late for Democrats to finally come to their senses. The damage is done. We can only hope Republicans are up to the task of repairing it when they have control of the government again.

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