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Chip Shortage Stymies Biden Administration Consideration Of Distributing Gas Rebate Cards

Chip Shortage Stymies Biden Administration Consideration Of Distributing Gas Rebate Cards

Biden once crowed he would be “doing away with” fossil fuels. Now he is eating crow.

During his campaign, Biden crowed that he was going to do away with fossil fuels.

Gas prices have doubled since Biden took office. J.P. Morgan analysts predict $6 a gallon by August. And experts warn this crisis will continue even after Biden’s term ends because he’s dismantling fossil fuel production.

When Biden was running for president, he promised to shut down oil producers: “No ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period.” He pledged to put the country on “an irreversible” path toward “doing away with” fossil fuels.

Biden is now eating crow, as his poll numbers are collapsing into a massive blackhole of voter resentment and nobody is blaming Putin for the escalating gasoline prices.

His handlers have clearly determined it is time for a new tactic. So, the administration is considering plans to send out rebate cards to struggling Americans.

A White House official told FOX Business that the administration has not ruled out the distribution of gas rebate cards. The cards would hypothetically subsidize the price of gas for Americans – many of whom are struggling to make ends meet with fuel now priced at the level of a luxury good.

“The president has made clear that he is willing to explore all options and hear all ideas that would help lower gas prices for the American people,” the official told FOX Business.

Like every other Biden plan, this one is riddled with problems.

One of the concerns is logistics. Officials said they’re concerned about how they would be able to make sure the cards are just used for gas or don’t get stolen from the mail.

There’s also worry it would make the demand for oil even worse and drive prices even higher.

Experts also noted that making the cards would require millions of chips amid an ongoing chip shortage.

Despite the concerns, some officials said they like the idea because they believe it would be popular with families grappling with surging prices.

Clearly, the release of fuel from the Strategic Petroleum didn’t pan out as hoped.

Biden has already released millions of barrels of the US’ strategic oil reserve to help bolster supply, and has put pressure on the world’s largest oil companies to increase supply.

But those measures have done little to abate high gas prices, highlighting the political challenges for the White House as the 2022 midterms near and voters are increasingly concerned over rising prices and dissatisfied with Biden’s handling of the economy.

Finally, the plan to pump money into this economy to counter inflation is totally on-brand for an administration that is on track to be remembered as the worst in history.


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The perfect political storm – forecast brownouts caused by their policies leading to EVs, the salvation of mankind, stalled on the side of the road, or in traffic. Hybrid vehicles make sense. But we do not have the national electrical production or EV charging infrastructure to support large numbers of EVs. Hopefully, we will have it by 2030 or, per climate experts Greta and AOC, it will be too late.

    randian in reply to jb4. | June 19, 2022 at 8:33 pm

    Hybrid vehicles make sense

    No they don’t. The unnecessary weight of the batteries decreases fuel economy of the ICE and impairs vehicle dynamics. The battery system greatly increases costs, is too small for meaningful range, and is a fire risk made worse by the fact that there’s combustible fuel on board. It’s the worst of all worlds.

      MattMusson in reply to randian. | June 19, 2022 at 8:59 pm

      There is going to be a Civil War between Naturalists and Climate Alarmists. Naturalists object to Clear-cutting the Amazon for Balsa wood scaffolding to Wind Turbines. Alarmists think it’s okay. Naturalists object Clear-cutting the Indonesian Rainforest in order to strip mine Nickel for EV batteries. Alarmists think it’s okay. Naturalists don’t believe in child slave laborers being forced to mine Cobalt. Nor, do they appreciate Solar Cells coming out of Chinese Muslim Concentration Camps. Alarmists don’t have a problem with either.

        franciscodanconia in reply to MattMusson. | June 19, 2022 at 10:38 pm

        MattMusson, of course. Anything to achieve their ends.

        Wars will soon be fought over rare earths and other materials needed for their green utopia.

      taurus the judge in reply to randian. | June 20, 2022 at 12:16 pm

      Well, Hybrids do “make sense” and have a legitimate place and can actually do some good.

      ( yes, that’s coming from a PE who is all but adamantly opposed to all things green energy as the scam it is but the answer does require precision usage in context.)

      I’m defining a “hybrid” in terms of purpose. A hybrid is a vehicle with the primary role of small load commuting ( lots of start/stop driving with a payload say roughly maxed at 50% of a comparable ICE).

      In that specific market defined by those elements- a true “hybrid” would be an economical, cost beneficial solution in many areas over the typical ICE. ( defined as the textbook mid line small car)

      They would be cheaper ( purchase and ownership cost) with an acceptable service life in urban areas specifically.

      Outside of those constraints, the hybrid loses in every area very quickly.

      If you are one of the people in that niche however, they are worth investigating.

        I once had a hybrid when I had a 25 mile commute each way to work. It was 20 miles with cruise control set at 70mph and the rest mostly at 45mph possibly interrupted at 6 stop lights.

        I only kept it two years because gas cars were more efficient in that scenario.

          healthguyfsu in reply to CaptTee. | June 20, 2022 at 10:38 pm

          1. Have you looked at a hybrid lately? The advances to batteries benefit hybrids more than EVs because EVs suck at high speeds but outperform ICE in stop and go. Hybrid is best of both worlds and is winning right now.

          2. I hate how there are mobs on this site that try to stifle discussion. Let us not be the progressive cultists that we hate. Discussion is good for the sake of finding common and rational ground.

          taurus the judge in reply to CaptTee. | June 21, 2022 at 8:35 am

          Cant speak to your specifics (and I am certainly no fan whatsoever with anything EV for the most part or “green” in general) but..

          As a professional in the business and speaking objectively with only facts/data ( no feelings or opinions) and only considering the “modern” current hybrid…

          There are some scenarios where it is the superior choice overall ( defined as total cost of ownership rated against a specific usage model) in some applications compared against the same class ICE.

          henrybowman in reply to CaptTee. | June 21, 2022 at 2:43 pm

          “I hate how there are mobs on this site that try to stifle discussion.”

          Let’s just say that I’m not a big fan of technologies that tend to turn me into a “free gas station” for my visitors. My electric bill is high enough, thank you.

    taurus the judge in reply to jb4. | June 20, 2022 at 8:37 am


    Here’s a quick newsflash

    The sun will never rise on the day we have an EV recharging infrastructure for a numerically significant number of them on a national basis.

    That’s a fantasy

    4fun in reply to jb4. | June 20, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Are you assuming you will be allowed to travel unfettered?

JackinSilverSpring | June 19, 2022 at 7:48 pm

How do rebates solve the problem? It does not reduce demand, in fact it will increase demand by subsidizing it. In the end, it will wipe out any effect of the subsidy, so to the individual the price net of the subsidy will be close to what it would have been without the subsidy. Leave it to Brandon to make a sub-optimal choice.

    Subsidies always aid producers, not consumers. Producers will raise their prices by at least the amount of the subsidy.

      JackinSilverSpring in reply to randian. | June 19, 2022 at 9:57 pm

      You are correct, but not because suppliers want to capture the subsidy. It’s because demand increases without a concomitant increase in supply. If supply increased somewhat in response to the increase in demand, then the subsidy would be share between the demanders and the suppliers. In this case, though, with Brandon not allowing supply to increase, so almost the entire subsidy, if not all of it, will end up in the pockets of the suppliers. Brandon will then yell about how suppliers are price gouging. What insanity has been thrust on us.

      And once the subsidy ends, the consumers will be left with the higher prices. Indefinitely.

Well, I hate to count on reality to slow down this idiot and his moronic ideas but it worked this time.

The price is what rations the short supply to the most efficient uses. If you subsidize the cost then the cost just rises more to achieve the same rationing. On the other hand the voters love you.

Instead of being concerned with the gas shortage our attention is now being deflected to a chip shortage. If we just had more chips……

Biden’s real problem, however, is neither a shortage of gas nor chips, but rather a shortage of viable brain cells.

    taurus the judge in reply to Peabody. | June 20, 2022 at 10:07 am

    Again, respectfully no. Don’t buy the lie

    This is not about Brandon ( or any of them being stupid)- they are NOT STUPID.

    These “solutions” are nothing more that PR ops designed to let the Lemmings believe that the administration is “trying”. ( whatever that means)

    These are not solutions to anything nor were they ever intended to be.

    This is not accidental.

      I’ll let Taurus be the Judge of that.

        taurus the judge in reply to Peabody. | June 20, 2022 at 12:03 pm

        Its a statistical fact.

        Nobody can be 100% wrong in every decision ( assuming the stated goal is improving) and then nobody can devise “fixes” that are equally 100% ineffective with all of them making things worse. ( especially when the fixes are well known and established)

        To blind and falsify that- even a stupid person would “accidentally” do something right at times ( the blind hog scenario).

        This is deliberate, calculated and managed while using “stupid” as an excuse to keep people from realizing the truth.

Wouldn’t it be easier to suspend the gasoline tax for a while?

Who’s worse: this corrupt, incompetent boob or his trailer-trash wife in on the scam?

When you’ve broken the country so bad you can’t even make the tools to break it some more.

I suppose he could just go all Bernanke on the economy and start shoving cash out the door of helicopters.

Great news! Biden is successfully lowering the price of Gas, And, all it took was driving the US into a deep, dark recession. The Price is going down because producers expect the consumption to go down when pe0ple are thrown out of work.

Why does this sound like a minor subplot from Atlas Shrugged?

If you want more of something, subsidize it. This defeats the objective, misguided though it be, of what they are trying to achieve.

Democrats may be the biggest concentration of truly stupid people in the history of the world.

    henrybowman in reply to Owego. | June 20, 2022 at 5:36 pm

    I’d have to give my vote to the Shakers, who taught that all sex was sin. Way to perpetuate your faith, Bunkie.
    Shortest religious sect ever.
    At least there ARE still Democrats.

There is no problem so bad that Joe Biden can’t make it worse…

There may be a chip shortage, but with the Brandon administration on the job, there is definitely not a dip shortage.

Even d/prog are taking notice of what happens when domestic manufacturing is exported.

Potatus Brandon is heading to Saudi Arabia to, if he doesn’t forget, loudly demand that they ship more oil to the US at the old prices. If they don’t, he will impose high import tariffs! Damn those Russians!

SeiteiSouther | June 20, 2022 at 10:59 am

Let’s not to forget to mention that releasing the oil from the SPR is only one step. You then have to refine the oil, and our refining capacity has dropped by nearly 40%. No new refineries have been built in 45 years. People say that there’s more capacity now, but they also fail to realize that adding more refineries = more capacity.

I finally figured out what Mr. Magoo’s first name is. Joe.

henrybowman | June 20, 2022 at 5:40 pm

Releasing the petroleum reserve.
Gas rebate cards.
Adrian Norman’s tweet is right on the money.

There’s a popular anecdote about a state full of Bible Belt legislators who passed a law setting the value of pi to 3.0 because that is what is written in the Bible (1 Kings, 7:23). Everyone laughs at their ignorance, because we recognize that the laws of mathematics do not bow to the laws of man.

But our political class continues to believe that the laws of economics are entirely theirs to alter. They feel qualified with the same ignorant impunity to pass disastrous laws intended to “reform” them. Agricultural subsidies, price floors, wage and price controls, minimum wages, health insurance premiums, mortgage risks, TARPs, you name it. They push on one side of a balloon and act simply shocked when another side bulges… which it does, every single damn time.