Not Optimistic About Plans By the Biden Administration

My sincere hope is that the Biden administration is successful. I define success as that which is best for all Americans. More specifically, success would be a secure nation, safe communities, a strong military deterrence and sustained economic growth.

Am I optimistic? Not yet. Let’s look at a few of the policies that are likely to be, or are already being implemented.

Immigration Reform: President Biden said, “I will send an immigration bill to the United States Senate with a pathway to citizenship for over 11 million undocumented people in America.” Four things bother me about this. Eleven million is an old number. Experts tell us the real number is a lot closer to 22 million. Problem is, we don’t know who they are, where they live or how long they have been here.

So, if the real number is over 20 million and Biden says 11 million, how does he deal with the number’s discrepancy?

Two, how does he sort out the hard-working, law-abiding illegals from the gang members, drug dealers, criminals and those who have become totally dependent on social services?

Three, precedent in government policy is a powerful force. It is likely that amnesty will become a green light for millions more illegals to overpower the border and get in line for a second round of amnesty.

Immigration reform is the finishing touch to a long-standing Democratic plan to establish a new identity voting block consisting of tens of millions of newly naturalized citizens. Is this best for America?

Open Borders: Biden will not call it “open borders” but there is every reason to believe he will at least revert to the Obama/Biden policy of catch-and-release. Under that policy, illegals crossing the border would actually seek out border patrol agents so they could get “processed” and be on their way, never to be contacted again.

As I write this, there are caravans of thousands forming up in Central America. Why? They want to be here when amnesty is announced. This is good for Americans?

Shutter Deportation for 100 Days: Of the 85,958 illegal aliens removed from the U.S. in 2019, more than 75 percent, 64,991, had criminal convictions. Another 13,498 had pending criminal charges.

On average, ICE deported 215 criminals per day in 2019. At that rate Biden’s 100-day shut-down will keep 21,500 criminals in our communities who could have been/should have been deported. In 2020, 92 percent of all deportees had criminal records.

Democrats campaigned on elimination of ICE; in all likelihood the 100-day shutdown is a prelude to more drastic action. Is this best for safety in our communities?

Oil Independence: For decades U.S. policy for the Middle East had been complicated and difficult. The proposed solution to every issue was predicated on consideration of our need for oil imports from the Middle East.

President Trump’s oil/natural gas independence has allowed us to interact in the Middle East without fear that our oil supplies could be cut off or cause gas prices to surge adversely affecting everyone and every business.

Biden has already declared a halt to new oil, gas and coal leases on federal lands and waters. Three issues here. First, in eight western states, 97 percent of the oil and gas extraction is from federal lands. So, nearly every oil and gas drilling lease comes into play.

Second, since the federal government owns nearly half of the land in the 11 western states, the economic possibilities of Biden’s plans “are devastating,” according to Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon.

A return to importing oil will have an enormous negative impact on every American, every business and drag down the entire economy.

A third point: Biden’s pronouncements on oil and gas production pander to global warming proponents. But the fact is that restricting production from federal lands does not reduce consumption, and consequently, does not reduce emissions.

My intent was to come to some early conclusions about which way the wind is blowing on early key issues for the Biden administration and whether they will be what is best for the all American.

I wish for the best, but if the first few days are an indication of things to come, I am not optimistic.

Lt. Gen. Marvin L. Covault, U.S. Army (ret.), is the author of “Vision to Execution,” a book for leaders and the author of a blog, WeThePeopleSpeaking.com.

(24) comments

Peyton Cook

This is from today’s Wall Street Journal: “The policy point here is that an electricity grid that depend increasingly on subsidized but unreliable wind and solar needs baseload power to weather surges in demand. Natural gas is crucial but it also isn’t as reliable as nuclear and coal power.

Politicians and regulators don’t want to admit this because they have been taking nuclear and coal plants off line to please the lords of climate change. But the public pays the price when blackouts occur because climate obeisance has made the grid to fragile. We’ve warned about this for years, and here we are.” This clearly sums up the continued need for carbon-based fuel for the future.

Jim Tomashoff

The problem in Texas was due to the fact that the coal, oil, and nuclear power plants all went down or had to reduce their output of electricity. It had nothing, nothing, to do with "subsidized but unreliable wind and solar needs..." Can't you read! Moreover, "...climate obeisance has made the grid to(sic) fragile" was not the problem, Texas' state-run power grid was the problem. El Paso does not get its power from the Texas grid and its power never went off or was reduced. So once again, you're wrong. Further, to the best of my knowledge no one disagrees that there will be some need for carbon-based fuels well into the future. That straw dog won't hunt, to coin a phrase I'm sure you're familiar with.

Peyton Cook

Electricity generation will depend in the foreseeable future primarily on coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear. Wind and solar will continue to play a minor part because both are unreliable and more expensive. Now the global warning ground is saying the frigid conditions in Texas is climate change. The climate is always changing and always will. If man can’t control the weather how can we control climate change? In addition China is building more coal fired electricity plants.

Jim Tomashoff

Peyton writes: "Wind and solar will continue to play a minor part because both are unreliable and more expensive." Not so. "For comparing different methods, it is useful to compare costs per unit of energy which is typically given per kilowatt-hour or megawatt-hour. This type of calculation assists policymakers, researchers and others to guide discussions and decision making but is usually complicated by the need to take account of differences in timing by means of a discount rate. The consensus of recent major global studies of generation costs is that wind and solar power are the lowest-cost sources of electricity available today."

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cost_of_electricity_by_source

Kent Misegades

Fossil fuels are the ultimate renewable resource. Plants and animals die, are converted to fossil fuels. Reservoirs replenish themselves - proven. The technology behind fossil fuels exceeds that of anything. US-invented directional drilling and fracking eclipse the sophistication of spacecraft and provide millions of good jobs. Wind turbines are as old the ancient Egyptians. Solar cells were invented in the late 19th century. Both on average deliver at most one third of their rated capacity and cause serious issues to the grid.. Without subsidies and the terrible mandates forcing consumers to pay for the wildly expensive and terribly unreliable wind and solar farms, no one in their right mind would want them. Travel across our state lines I to states without the horrible mandates in NC and you won’t find solar or wind farms. Germany, which blindly abandoned sage, stable nuclear and coal power for windmills and solar panels now have the highest power costs in Europe and rolling blackouts. Its industry and export-based economy is collapsing and the quality of life is on the decline there.

Barbara Misiaszek

Re: wind farms,you obviously haven't traveled by road from here to Chicago or spent any time in Western or Upstate NY.

John Misiaszek

Jim Tomashoff

Kent writes: "Plants and animals die, are converted to fossil fuels. Reservoirs replenish themselves - proven. " I guess Kent plans to live a few more million years for said fossile fuels to convert. This is perhaps the most ludicrous thing he has ever asserted, and he has asserted a plethora of ludicrous things. He goes on to assert: "The technology behind fossil fuels exceeds that of anything. US-invented directional drilling and fracking eclipse the sophistication of spacecraft and provide millions of good jobs." Says who? Drilling is more sophisticated then spacecraft? Don't think so. I'm sure we'd all like to find his sources for this assertion. Fracking and directional drilling creates millions of good jobs. So what. Significantly increasing the construction of wind turbines and solar cells and their deployment will also create millions of jobs.

"The most rapid renewable energy job growth has come from the solar and wind sectors, which rose by 24.5 percent and 16 percent, respectively, from 2016 to 2017. Solar and wind energy jobs outnumber coal and gas jobs in 30 states, including the District of Columbia." The coal industry, which has been declining, now employs 160,000 workers, less than a quarter as many Americans as the renewable energy industry. https://www.edf.org/energy/clean-energy-jobs#:~:text=The%20most%20rapid%20renewable%20energy,including%20the%20District%20of%20Columbia.

And then there's this little fact that Kent chooses to ignore. "Economics are driving both sides of this equation: Building new renewable energy is cheaper than running existing coal plants and prices get cheaper every year. By 2025, almost every existing coal plant in the United States will cost more to operate than building replacement wind and solar within 35 miles of each plant." The source for this little factoid, that far-left magazine, Forbes. Kent is simply incapable of seeing past his alt-right radical libertarian ideology.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/energyinnovation/2019/04/22/renewable-energy-job-boom-creating-economic-opportunity-as-coal-industry-slumps/?sh=d4e704736654

Kent is simply incapable of seeing past his alt-right radical libertarian ideology. Like his former President, when facts don't buttress his argument, simply make-up your own and call them "alternate facts."

Kent Misegades

The Biden Effect - gas prices are up 20% since he was installed behind his razor wire and military junta. Gun and ammo sales are through the roof. Biden - the Great Divider.

Jim Tomashoff

Once again actual facts prove that Kent is an habitual liar. Biden's presidency has had nothing to do with increased gas prices. According to the Far-Left (I'm being sarcastic here people) Fox Business cable channel "The national average for gas prices could rise as much as 10 to 20 cents per gallon in the coming weeks as a result of the "extreme cold shutting millions of barrels per day in refinery capacity" in Texas, according to GasBuddy's head of petroleum analysis Patrick De Haan. How much we ultimately see will depend on how quickly or slowly the affected refineries can get back online, De Haan told FOX Business. Prices continued to climb on Tuesday, with West Texas Intermediate crude oil rising rose 58 cents, or 1%, to settle at $60.05. Natural gas climbed 22 cents, or nearly 7.5% -- due in no small part to the freezing temperatures that have slammed the country from the Ohio Valley to the Gulf Coast."

Part of the reason for the increase in prices according to De Haan is "improving demand in the United States," and noted that the increase has "nothing to do with who sits in the White House, but rather how many motorists are filling their tanks on a daily basis."

Source: foxbusiness.com/markets/gas-prices-could-increase-as-much-as-20-cents-per-gallon-as-texas-oil-refinery-capacity-shuts-down-due-to-storm

Roger Davis

Wouldn't need razor wire around the Capital if you arm the guards with M-16's

tell them Trump's misguided followers are not welcome in mass.

Peyton Cook

President Biden has already severely damaged his campaign promise of “unity”. He has caused job losses through canceling the continued building of the Keystone XL pipeline, and halting oil leases on public lands. He has has halted the continued erection of the border wall and ending deportation of criminal aliens. Wall definitely work. The drug cartels, human traffickers, those carrying COVID-19 to beer the nation. He supports a $15.00 minimum wage which will mean more job losses. These examples are just the beginning of the third term of the Obama policies, but on steroids.

Barbara Misiaszek

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free." Remember that?

Have you noticed that every auto manufacturer is planning to be almost entirely EV by 2035?

John Misiaszek

Mark Hayes

" Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free." That coming from one that is living in a fenced, gated, guard shack, and guard protected, where codes are required to enter designated areas, just seems a bit what one could take as , well, hypocritical. As for the EV projected date, that also could be problematic, going to a charging station, replacing batteries, pretty much control the limits of travel. We can always depend on those wind turbines and solar power to replace the need for fossil fuels, weather permitting. right ? With the expected numbers of illegal immigrants coming from South America, and Mexico, finding accommodations for them may prove something you could assist them in. With that empty lake, those overgrown fairways, those would be a perfect setting for singlewide trailers, or even some low cost housing. Remember that ?

Barbara Misiaszek

I do remember all of that. Believe me, I'd just as soon the guard shacks come down.

I also remember what my grandfather and grandmother accomplished as 15 and 13 year old,unaccompanied immigrants from Poland in 1915.

John Misiaszek

Barbara Misiaszek

And,now that you mention the empty lake,overgrown fairways,etc. let me remind you this community is now paying,annually, $450,000 less to the County in property taxes,yet County revenues have not gone down.Guess who's picking up the difference - you.

John Misiaszek

Peyton Cook

Wind turbines can replace natural gas after what has happened in Texas. They freeze. I am a Texan, and do nat remember this kind of weather, ever. I bet Texans will reconsider having 23%. of their power coming from renewables. Crank up those oil and natural gas wells!

Barbara Misiaszek

If you'd follow the news on this you would know the largest part of the problem in Texas is from the natural gas and coal facilities that froze.

John Misiaszek

Jim Tomashoff

Well I guess you didn't hear that the fossil fuel sources on energy in texas all went down as well.

"Failures across Texas’ natural gas operations and supply chains due to extreme temperatures are the most significant cause of the power crisis that has left millions of Texans without heat and electricity during the winter storm sweeping the U.S.

From frozen natural gas wells to frozen wind turbines, all sources of power generation have faced difficulties during the winter storm. But Texans largely rely on natural gas for power and heat generation, especially during peak usage, experts said. By some estimates, nearly half of the state’s natural gas production has screeched to a halt due to the extremely low temperatures, while freezing components at natural gas-fired power plants have forced some operators to shut down."

https://www.texastribune.org/2021/02/16/natural-gas-power-storm/

It was also noted that most of Texas has its own, state-owned power grid, created so as to avoid Federal Government regulations. That gird had tremendous problems too. While in the far west of Texas, El Paso, which is not on that grid, did not suffer any loss of power during the storm whatsoever.

Peyton, doesn't it get tiring to almost always be wrong?

Jim Tomashoff

More evidence that Peyton is wrong regarding "...what has happened in Texas."

"Republican lawmakers and right-wing pundits opposed to the Biden administration’s clean energy policies leaped at the chance to blame the Lone Star State’s burgeoning use of wind power for the outages.

But while the output from all sources of electricity plunged in Texas, frozen instruments at coal, nuclear and natural gas power plants, coupled with a limited supply of natural gas, were the main cause of the rolling blackouts, Dan Woodfin, a senior director for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, told Bloomberg News on Tuesday. (ERCOT is the state’s main grid operator.) " So apparently they tried to "Crank up those oil and natural gas wells," Peyton, but they didn't work. Probably Obama's fault, right?

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/texas-blackouts-wind-turbines_n_602c4e16c5b62767c0aaa263

Kent Misegades

Laughable. That verse was the winning poem in a contest, certainly not the intent of the creators of the statue - America is open to law-abiding people who learn our English language, respect our history, our Christian faith and obey our laws, especially immigration. Electric cars - you mean coal and gas powered cars, the two primary sources of electricity that charge the batteries in those goofy cars. Battery powered cars have been around for over a century and will never beat good old fossil fuels. I’ll wave to you as I pass you at the 3-hour charging station.

Barbara Misiaszek

QS, building batteries that will recharge in 15 minutes. Re:learning English,my Grandmother never learned English until the late 1940's,but she and her similarly "uneducated" friends knitted warm weather gear for my uncle and his group while he was fighting in the Battle of the Bulge.

John Misiaszek

Dan Roman

One would think anyone with an ounce of common sense and any capability for strategic, long term thinking would realize that the best course for the USA to achieve energy independence (particularly independence from foreign fossil fuel sources) is based on renewable energy sources (wind, solar, geothermal, hydroelectric, tidal & bio-fuels) supplemented as necessary nuclear. Fossil fuel is a limited resource., an old, dead end technology, and a substantial source of pollution. One would think...

Conrad Meyer

To quote Dan, "or whatever his name really is" Roman, one would think we would already have an energy plan for this country. The simple fact is that the Department of Energy was created under the Carter Administration to do just that. They have failed miserably and appear to have morphed into a department that simply keeps track of what is going on, generates lots of fancy charts, and leaves all the strategic thinking to the politicos like AOC and the green new deal.

This country deserves far better from the Department of Energy - AWOL as usual.

Roland Kidd

No power no charge. Sitting in the cold

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR CAPS LOCK.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Comments that violate any of the rules above are subject to removal by staff.

Thank you for reading!

Please purchase a subscription to continue reading. Subscribe today and support local community journalism.

Digital Only Subscriptions

The Pilot

Get unlimited digital access and support award-winning local journalism, for just $5 a month. This includes access to the electronic replica edition of The Pilot.

Starting at
$5.35 for 30 days

Already have a Print Subscription? Get Digital Access Free.

The Pilot

As a print subscriber, you also have unlimited digital access. Connect your account now. Or, call customer service at 910-693-2487 for help.

 

Our system has been updated, if you are a current print subscriber and cannot obtain your unlimited access, please contact customer support 910-693-2490. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Home Delivery

The Pilot

Our best deal: Get all the news of Moore County delivered to your home each Wednesday and Sunday — and receive unlimited digital access to thepilot.com.

Starting at
$27.82 for 90 days