A LETTER TO PRESIDENT BIDEN

BEHIND THE WHEEL: BIDEN'S ANTI-ENERGY POLICIES

President Joe Biden

1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Washington, DC 20500-0003

 

President Biden,

Allow me to introduce myself, I am a survivor of your 50-year political-career war on fossil fuels, so the past 18 months are far from my first rodeo. When you joined Congress in 1973, I was a junior studying Civics for my SATs (I scored 99 percentile in Science, 92 in Math, 93 in English and 88 in Civics), and I knew how the teacher said Government was supposed to work wasn’t reality because of lobbyists, crony capitalism and nepotism. Sure enough, you fell in lock-step with the left and voted to curtail domestic energy production in favor of  “stable sources” like OPEC nations and Russia, enriching the very countries that wanted to kill the USA and West. You voted for several Wilderness bills and the Endangered Species Act to undermine President Teddy Roosevelt’s US Forest Service legacy of providing natural resources and recreation opportunities to all generations of Americans.

Those bills banned drilling and most recreation from former USFS and BLM public lands. When I joined the woodworking-force with a bachelor’s in forestry in 1978, your and President Carter’s boots were on the neck of America, choking the fossil-fuel life-blood of a free-market economy. I found work in a sawmill making dimension lumber for housing and construction to feed and house my family. By 1979, the Carter/Congress anti-energy policies saddled Americans with long gas lines and soaring gasoline and diesel prices, spiking inflation and driving up costs of everything shipped by semis, especially food and everything needed to build houses. A third of the woodworkers lost their jobs, including me.

March 16th 2022 Santa Clarita, California. Rising diesel prices spawned Biden-flation, with many food products going up 30-40 percent, not 8.5.

Within 15 months, my career in natural resources was done. I was collateral damage. My family barely survived on Unemployment and Food Stamps, and I was desperate when Unemployment ran out. I applied for a Mudlogger position thinking it involved dragging logs out of the East Texas swamps, but it turned out to be an oilfield-service job. I took it knowing that your war on carbon would place me squarely in the cross-hairs, and I would most be likely be looking for a new career within five years. But November 1980 gave Americans a chance to replace Carter with President Ronald Reagan and later Bush 41.

Your Congressional carbon war escalated with ever-more Green/donor-written Wilderness bills, Clean Air and Water Act Revisions, and the Corporate Average Fuel Economy Act, which mandated that auto makers build lighter and less-safe autos to meet higher gas-mileage standards. Your war on carbon soon grew an American body count of 3500 extra traffic deaths a year due to CAFE, including women and children. Your power and influence grew with rank, committee appointments, a Senate seat, and many years on the Senate Judiciary Committee and Foreign Relations, and your votes and bills continued to put America last and make us more reliant on foreign oil.

By 1985, I had made five years in my second resource-extraction career but was stuck in the Permian Basin. Reading every issue of Dirt Bike Magazine cover to cover, I came upon an article about DBM Editor Rick Sieman and attorney Louis McKay fighting the US Government over reviving the Barstow to Vegas Desert Classic. Further back, I came upon an ad about Hi-Torque needing editors. That was my call to fulfill a longtime dream of becoming a moto-journalist, and it also meant being a oil-war correspondent and OHV activist fighting the left’s war on carbon fuels and access to public lands! I got the job, and when President Clinton and VP Gore took power, your war on carbon regained new life and power. But no matter who was in the White House, you waged war on carbon fuels.

When President Obama took over, he reversed several Bush 43 policies and again strangled the economy with onerous regulations, cancelled oil/gas leases on public lands, and raised CAFE standards. Yet the Federal limo fleet grew by 73 percent during his first two years, and, instead of ordering hybrid Prius limos, gas-guzzling Cadillac DTS and Escalades and 60,000 other vehicles cost $1.9 billion and consumed 963,000 gallons a day. Talk about hypocrisy – rules for thee but not for me! Fuel costs spiked during your/his eight years, impoverishing poor people and enriching our Russian and OPEC enemies, and Russia invaded Georgia and Crimea in a time of US weakness. In 2016, Americans fought back by electing President Donald Trump.

Your Green New Deal will destroy the middle class, Mr. President! You haven’t even started converting the federal fleet to electric.

Trump reversed everything and made America the Number One energy producer by the end of 2020. When the Democrat National Convention started, I traveled to Dallas, where regular unleaded was $1.89 and diesel was $1.99 a gallon. I got to my hotel, turned on Fox News, and saw a Krylon saying, “Chinese Communist Party newspaper endorses Biden for President.” When you took office, you immediately opened our southern border and closed down the XL Keystone Pipeline and drilling on public lands including ANWR. Oil, gas, propane and heating oil prices immediately jumped, and inflation rose to new levels. I returned to Dallas during the second week of the Russian Ukrainian invasion, brought on by your enriching Putin and showing weakness on Nordstream II and Afghanistan. In Dallas, gas was then $3.69 and diesel was $4.59 – more than doubled! When I returned to LA, diesel had jumped from $5.69 to $6.19 in four days! It was $7.29 by the end of the week.

Where are the electric semis with USPS logos? Or e-replacements for the 190,000 mail delivery Jeeps?

Your proposed  Green New Deal mandates all-electric autos by 2035, at an average cost of $60,000 each. Most people can’t afford that, and their trade-in will likely be worthless. The USPS has a fleet 230,000 vehicles, with 190,000 mail trucks and 40,000 semis. I’ve never seen an electric or hybrid one. Why not lead by example instead of riding in “The Beast,” a 11-ton behemoth that sucks a gallon of diesel every 8 miles?

In June 2019, Nikola announced an all-electric semi with a hydrogen-to-electric option, electric UTVs including an Reckless military e-UTV, and even an electric watercraft. You and Obama mandate that our military conduct operations with fighting climate change a priority, so where are the contracts for Reckless UTVs? Anheuser-Busch ordered 600 electric semis, why not order the USPS to replace its diesel fleet with Nikolas? If all of America has to go electric by 2035, why not lead by example and show us how? C’mon, Man!

The Nikola Reckless is an all-electric autonomous military UTV with autonomous-firing top machine gun. Lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles wage war on the environment, though.

It has been said that the definition of insanity is doing something over and over again and expecting a different result. The definition of evil is not caring about all the pain and suffering your policies are causing the American people, especially the poor and lower middle class.

 

Sincerely,

Tim Tolleson

Degreed forester

Former oil-field service hand

Magazine editor, writer, and photographer

Dog-faced pony soldier

PS – CFact.org reports that “The typical EV battery weighs 1,000 pounds. It contains 25 pounds of lithium, 60 pounds of nickel, 44 pounds of manganese, 30 pounds of cobalt, 200 pounds of copper, and 400 pounds of aluminum, steel, and plastic. Inside are over 6,000 individual lithium-ion cells. It should concern you that all those toxic components come from mining. To manufacture each EV battery, you must process 25,000 pounds of brine for the lithium, 30,000 pounds of ore for the cobalt, 5,000 pounds of ore for the nickel, and 25,000 pounds of ore for the copper. All told, you dig up 500,000 pounds of the Earth’s crust for just one battery. Both human-rights abuses and environmental degradation are directly connected to mining for exotic materials and metals that are required to manufacture wind turbines, solar panels and EV batteries.”

To which I add, the nickel and other minerals and metals take a complete lap around the world by diesel-powered ships from North America to Europe to China to Japan and back to America during the EV-battery manufacturing process. Considering that each ship burns 1000s of gallons of diesel a day, I can drive my 2004 F250 Super Duty diesel another 540,000 miles and still not pollute as much as globe-trotting EV batteries. Nothing, not one product on this planet, gets made or grown without fossil fuels, so your war on said fuels is a war on capitalism and a free-market economy/society.

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