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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

The Biden administration is taking the rare step of releasing oil from the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to address rising gas prices ahead of the holiday season, the White House said in a statement Tuesday. As part of the move, the Department of Energy will make available 50 million barrels of oil to lower prices and address the mismatch between consumer demand and supply amid the pandemic, the White House said.


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President Barack Obama directed the released of 30 million barrels in 2011 to offset supply disruptions caused by Libya's civil war; President George W. Bush released 11 million barrels in 2005 to help refiners hurt by Hurricane Katrina; and President George H.W. Bush in 1991 released 17 million barrels in response to the Gulf War.


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Dumb. I thought Biden cared about the climate?

He only cares about re-election and political concerns, not the environment. I won't be voting for this Liar again. If a little price increase on gasoline is enough to make him upend climate policy for short term gain politically he's stupid as well as venial. Next the keystone pipeline will be reinstated, and other fossil fuel based initiatives will be declared.

No different on this issue than any repuke.

Why did I vote for this?

#1 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-23 09:12 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Good luck getting all those climate change initiatives, laws and funding passed when the GOP holds the WH, the House and the Senate, which partisan gerrymandering by GOP governors and state level politicians are working 24/7 to make happen.

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-11-23 09:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why did I vote for this?

#1 | POSTED BY EFFETEPOSER AT 2021-11-23 09:12 AM

Because you caved to Lies and peer pressure.

At a minimum, you should have thrown the middle finger and voted 3rd party in protest.

#3 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2021-11-23 09:29 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Both parties are the same except for culture war nonsense and aesthetics. Trump is crude and ugly. The Dems try to be more genteel when they lie and do the same ---. In the end,policy never changes on the big issues. Militarism,Climate policy,Israel. Both parties are in lockstep on these issues.

I want to REVOLUTE.

#4 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-23 10:24 AM | Reply

Oh and monetary policy, the Fed, and banking laws and regulations. No difference there either. Both parties are in the thrall of Big Money.

#5 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-23 10:28 AM | Reply

#3 or because Trump is a dangerous, corrupt, incompetent moron followed by gullible fools.

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2021-11-23 11:29 AM | Reply

"I want to REVOLUTE."

If you've been very nice, Santa will leave an AK in your stocking!

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-23 11:33 AM | Reply

I voted against Trump, not For Biden. So I guess I get what's coming. It's not like I didn't already know what Biden was; A corporate shill.

I want my vote back. I want my 2016 vote back too. Lesser evil voting is still voting for evil.

In America it's always bad or worse. Never good or better. I want the first space shuttle out of This Sh*th*le country. I want to live someplace that's actually civilized.

#8 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-23 12:12 PM | Reply

#8 - just move the f**k out already. Go ahead. We have plenty of malcontents trying to destroy this country.

#9 | Posted by YAV at 2021-11-23 01:01 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

At a minimum, you should have thrown the middle finger and voted 3rd party in protest.

That's just giving the finger with extra steps.

#10 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-23 01:11 PM | Reply

Giving the finger is why we got Trump. Ever ask yourself why half the country Wants to Burn it all down? The two party system represents no one but the oligarchs. We have no democracy Now. We have oligarchy and it's becoming more obvious to everyone every year. Both parties are tools of the morbidly rich. Neither can say NO to their baleful demands for policy and regulatory deference. Trump was a light overture to the real unrest to come. Smug comfortable people never see it coming. It's the elites on one end and the basement of society on the other that recognize the truth about the changes to come.

The vast middle have too much to lose and too much stake in maintaining the status quo to perceive the danger we're really in.

The Elites want it all. The dregs have nothing to lose. As more in the middle fall in status the pitch of unrest will intensify.

Our whole civilization could be lost.

That's not hyperbole.

#11 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-23 01:27 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

The 90% Degrowth demanded by science discards most of civilization and compresses it all into pin dots on a map. That's not hyperbole. Very few people want that and are more than happy to spend on any other measures.

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-11-23 01:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Then billions will die. Also not hyperbole. Humanity is not exempt from the laws of biology. Exponential population growth usually leads to exponential population loss. Our supply chains and distribution networks are frail. Mass die off is worse than loss of lifestyle improvements and expectations,ya think?

Maybe we really don't have much choice but are still in total denial about the true situation?

Maybe we'd rather die en mass than give up our toys and ways of life? Especially if we think it's the other guy that's gonna die, not us.

Either way your arguments are based on a lack of awareness of the true peril we're in.

Just. Like . Our. Leaders.

#13 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-23 01:41 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Funny you should mention that. We are all supposed to be dead already, from The Population Bomb.

Turns out Ehrlich's doomsday science was fundamentally flawed.

#14 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-11-23 02:21 PM | Reply

Biden continues his attack on domestic oil and gas production.

#15 | Posted by visitor_ at 2021-11-23 03:57 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

"Giving the finger is why we got Trump."

If that's the case, why do you want to keep doing it?

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-23 04:18 PM | Reply

The population bomb is slower coming to a head that's all it is. The timing, not the facts on the merits. You just don't get it. But you Will.

#17 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-23 06:35 PM | Reply

I'll add you to the wiki, what's your date for the apocalypse?

#18 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-11-23 07:17 PM | Reply

I have no date and it won't be an apocalypse. It will be manafested as wars over water and arable land and the poor dying in great numbers early in life. Higher death rates above the rate of natural increase. Like air being let out of a balloon. Big demographic changes. More difficulty feeding people properly. Possibly a sudden die off,but not necessarily.

Our fellow man in the form of War may be a great killer worldwide as nations scamble to supply themselves.

Societal unrest in the form of demagoguery.

Sound familiar? It's not just resource depletion,it's social unrest and breakdown.

History has seen this before.

#19 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-23 07:42 PM | Reply

And the world, nor mankind ended.

You should get therapy, that level of cynical depression is unhealthy.

#20 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-11-24 07:36 AM | Reply

Maybe. I am depressed. My judgement is not as clear as it could be. Your point is taken. But that doesn't mean I'm wrong either. We just don't know. It hasn't happened yet. I hope it never does.

#21 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-24 09:53 AM | Reply

#21 The numbers are closer to what you say. We're already at 1.5C. On the current trend and factoring in everything we're doing to mitigate, 4.5C by 2100 isn't unreasonable.

Largely because we just keep emitting more and more CO2.

Also, if we reduced emissions to Paris levels, the temp increase doesn't go away. It just stays put for 250-ish years.

On the bright side, all this wealth we're creating by warming the globe should see human population plateau around 13 billion in the latter half of this century. At which point we really will require a new economic paradigm, if civilization still stands, because the human growth which drives Capitalism will have come to an end.

#22 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-24 10:02 AM | Reply

Denial will kill us all. Nobody wants to see a catastrophe looming. "It's never happened before so it can't happen now". Wrong. It will be non-linear. Not closely related in an obvious way to inputs. That's why nobody is taking it as seriously as they should be.

In a rational world minus the denial. We would be Raising gas prices. Banning certain types of vehicles. Limiting air travel to essentials.

Actually trying to CUT the total amount of Co2 emitted and not just slow the increase. It's obvious to me that policymakers are not really serious or aware of the danger we face.

We should be mobilizing like it's a foreign enemy, not acting like it's a minor inconvienence that makes costs go up.

I really don't think we're gonna do what's required and our entire civilization will go Poof. Oh well.

#23 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-24 10:49 AM | Reply

That's the thing your negative bias is overlooking. The denial issue isn't much of one anymore. Globally the politics moved on and now we are at Mitigation. We're allegedly at 8 billion of Wilson's 10 billion max. Wilson's calculations for Earth's carrying capacity has the same fundamental flaw of Ehrlich's work. It presumes people are stupid and do not adapt.

#24 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-11-24 11:04 AM | Reply

We'll eat the biosphere. Just to have more humans packed in. No elephants, tigers, giraffes, millions of species in the tropics snuffed out so billions of people can cover the entire world. A monoculture of humanity, all wanting cellphones and cars and lavish living space. Then, like varying hares and lemmings and other breakout species, our population will crash by 90+% but the damage to the earth will already be done. The extinctions and environmental damage will be permanent even after we're Gone.

#25 | Posted by Effeteposer at 2021-11-24 11:13 AM | Reply

We're allegedly at 8 billion of Wilson's 10 billion max. Wilson's calculations for Earth's carrying capacity has the same fundamental flaw of Ehrlich's work. It presumes people are stupid and do not adapt.

I saw E. O. Wilson speak in Seattle, he's the one who said peak of 13 billion around 2070-ish.

#26 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-11-25 06:43 PM | Reply

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