MO AG Eric Schmitt Blasts Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm Over Skyrocketing Diesel Prices – Opinion

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt isn’t shy about taking on the Biden Administration and its harmful policies. He’s battled the administration in court over vaccine mandates and its efforts to sidestep the Trump Era Remain in Mexico policy. More recently, Schmitt challenged the administration over the proposed “Disinformation Governance Board.”

Schmitt again took aim Tuesday at the government, this time sounding alarm about the rising price of diesel fuel.

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In a letter directed to U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Schmitt outlined the recent history of diesel prices along with the negative impact the Biden administration’s policies have had on those prices.

We can see that diesel prices have increased due to the decreased supply caused by the decline in diesel oil. This reduction in oil refining to diesel is the result of the constant attack on fossil fuels from Washington D.C. and the Biden Administration’s Department of Energy. Just last week, the Administration announced its plan to only potentially allow new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico completely prohibiting leases in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Artic Oceans. This is a major shift in the wrong direction from President Trump’s plan that made America energy independent.

With the war on fossil fuels taking shape through threats of tougher emission standards, a mountain of regulations on refineries, and incentives to move to “clean energy,” oil companies cannot afford to keep refineries running. The United States continues to see a decline in refinery capacity and levels. US refineries produce less than 18million barrels of oil per daily, which is more than a million fewer since the COVID pandemic. By comparison, though, China is becoming the leading oil refiner in the world by continuing to increase their refining capacities – refining as many as 20 million barrels of oil per day by 2025.

America is now at serious risk due to a decrease in diesel supply. The reduction in diesel fuel supply has reached the point that one hurricane can cause a shortage of diesel fuel, which could lead to a slowdown in economic growth. Without fuel, farmers will have no crops and livestock, which can lead to food insecurity. Truckers cannot transport an incalculable number of goods across the nation if they don’t have enough fuel. The Biden Administration’s policies created supply-chain issues, but the diesel shortage could bring the supply chain to a halt.

To make matters worse, the Department of Energy’s plans to convert diesel-powered machinery to electrical-powered machines is a complete fantasy considering the status of current battery and electrification technology. An August 2021 article from the Energy News Network explains this clearly: “Modern agriculture depends on a fleet of heavy-duty vehicles and machinery, from pickup trucks and small utility vehicles to massive tractors and combines that can weigh from a few tons up to as much as 15 tons, plus attachments. All that weight, along with dawn-to-dusk workdays and multiple worksites, adds to the challenges of electrification.”

Schmitt also highlighted the dangers this poses to economic stability in Missouri as well as across the nation.

You see, the price of diesel “out here” matters. Diesel is vital to the economy of the American heartland. A large proportion of farm machinery is powered by diesel fuel. For tilling, diesel is required. It is necessary to plant crops. To harvest the crop, diesel is required. Diesel is necessary to provide food for livestock. It is necessary to irrigate the crops with diesel. Missouri is a major supplier of soybeans and cattle as well as cotton, rice wheat, potatoes, corn, and other agricultural products. We have the greatest agricultural diversity in the United States. Due to rising diesel prices, all of these products have become more difficult to produce.

The rising costs of diesel fuel are also contributing to an unsustainable increase in inflation. Food production is affected by the rising cost of diesel fuel. Trucking companies have imposed fuel surcharges to their customers in order to transport goods between states due the high cost of diesel fuel. Truck drivers have become more profitable because of the rising cost diesel fuel. So with a reduction in truckers available, the cost of shipping increases even more – but it is all caused by the rising price of diesel. Inflation is caused by the rising cost of diesel.

To suggest that farmers and other heavy equipment operators should “just” buy electric vehicles and equipment is downright silly. You have no idea how America actually works. The energy provided by batteries is only 15% that of diesel. This means the battery would need to be recharged many times daily as the truckers and farmers travel across the country. Each time the batteries have to be recharged, time’s a wastin’ and time is money.

Do you think the government will heed these warnings.  There’s been no indication thus far that they will. Rather, they appear hellbent on pursuing destructive energy policies — to the country’s peril.

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2022.7.5.Ltr.dept Energy, by Susie Moore at Scribd

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