Energy Sec. Jennifer Granholm Beclowns Herself Again After Failing to Know U.S. Oil Consumption Rate
Real numbers are important.
The last time we checked on Biden’s repellent Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, she laughed hysterically at the idea that Americans are suffering or that America has any control over gas prices.
She beclowned herself again today at a press conference, given to announce the release of 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.
…Biden announced Tuesday that his administration was releasing 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to help combat rising gas prices — hours before millions of Americans are expected to hit the road for Thanksgiving.
“American consumers are feeling the impact of elevated gas prices at the pump and in their home heating bills, and American businesses are, too, because oil supply has not kept up with demand as the global economy emerges from the pandemic,” the White House said in a statement. “That’s why President Biden is using every tool available to him to work to lower prices and address the lack of supply.”
The White House said the release had been coordinated with at least five other major energy-consuming nations — China, India, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom — and followed “weeks of consultations.”
Now 50 million barrels may seem like a great deal until you calculate the daily US oil consumption rate. You might think that an involved Energy Secretary would have that number memorized.
But this is the Biden administration we are talking about, where any competency displayed by an appointee is purely coincidental.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm was left scrambling Tuesday to explain the positive impact of releasing 50 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve — admitting at one point she had no idea how many barrels are used by Americans each day.
“I’m curious if you know, how many barrels of oil does the US consume per day?” CBS News reporter Ed O’Keefe asked Granholm during the White House briefing.
“I don’t have that number in front of me, sorry,” Granholm replied.
“Some suggest it’s about 18 million,” O’Keefe responded, “which would suggest you are releasing less than three days’ supply from the petroleum reserve. Why is that enough?”
Team Biden also blamed rising oil costs on everything but its halting of pipeline development on the escalating energy costs.
Biden’s pressure on 14-nation OPEC and Russia to pump more supply into the global market has so far had little effect. The administration has blamed higher prices in part on the effects of the economy recovering and restarting from the COVID-19 pandemic. It has also singled out energy companies for alleged anti-competitive behavior. Biden last week asked the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether “illegal conduct” is driving up prices at the pump for Americans.
And while this 3-day move ahead of the slow news Thanksgiving holiday may be a play for better poll numbers, it appears Biden’s questionable popularity is shrinking rapidly.
Take, for instance, this analysis in Politico:
Following the House’s passage of the social spending package on Friday, one Democratic strategist who advises major donors said, “Too late. We’re f—ed.”
The findings in Virginia fall in line with public and private polling nationally in recent weeks. Biden’s approval rating, a measure closely tied to a party’s performance in the midterms, has fallen to below 43 percent, according to the FiveThirtyEight polling average. That’s far worse than Barack Obama’s was at this point in his presidency, prior to the Democrats’ midterm wipe-out in 2010.
Generic ballot tests, pitting unnamed Republican candidates against unnamed Democrats, are also shifting in the GOP’s favor. More than 6 in 10 Americans say things generally are off on the wrong track, and similar majorities rate the state of the economy as bad.
That’s a poisonous environment for Democrats, and the remedy — if one even exists — isn’t clear.
How bad must it be if Biden has already lost Politico?
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