Saturday, February 6, 2021

Biden's Agenda

 From The Western Journal:

Despite the pipeline being more efficient and less likely to cause spills than other methods like rail transfer, Biden shut down the project in the name of supposed climate change concerns. Next, Biden put the United States back into the flawed Paris Climate Agreement.

In 2017, The Heritage Foundation called it “essentially an agreement to put hundreds of thousands of middle-class American workers in coal, steel production, oil and gas, construction and manufacturing into unemployment lines.”

“Our Heritage Foundation colleague Nick Loris estimates that, over the next decade, the agreement will cost Americans an extra $30,000 per family of four in higher energy prices and some 400,000 lost jobs (200,000 in manufacturing alone),” they said.

Furthermore, they argue that while America’s participation in the agreement can be seen as mostly “symbolic,” Heritage Foundation colleague Nick Loris “estimates that, over the next decade, the agreement will cost Americans an extra $30,000 per family of four in higher energy prices) and some 400,000 lost jobs (200,000 in manufacturing alone). He likens the Paris Agreement to a $2.5 trillion global tax on American production. So the costs to America would be anything but ‘symbolic.'”

On top of that, it mentions that, “remaining in the pact commits the U.S. to reducing our carbon emissions by nearly 30% below 2005 levels — even though most of the world’s major polluters will continue to emit massive amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.”

In other words, the agreement fails to adequately address the real factors that are leading to changes in the climate. While countries like China and India continue to pollute the air, the United States gets punished.

Finally, Biden issued a Jan. 27 executive order to pause oil and gas leasing on public lands.

American Petroleum Institute president and CEO Mike Sommers warned of the potential consequences this decision might have back in September, according to Fox Business.

“Banning federal leasing and development on federal lands and waters would derail decades of U.S. energy progress and return us to the days of relying on foreign energy sources hostile to American interests,” he said.

If the ban becomes permanent, Fox Business said it could result in 1 million job losses by 2022. (Read more.)


From The Washington Examiner:

On the day President Biden was inaugurated in Washington, D.C., Laurie Cox wept. They weren't tears of joy. News had spread that morning that the incoming president would be pulling the plug on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. For Cox, the owner of the two-story Stroppel Hotel in Midland, South Dakota, news of a shutdown also meant her business would take a major hit.

"I had a real gut-sinking feeling and was watching little snips of the news and Facebook to see what was going to happen after the inauguration," she told the Washington Examiner. A few hours later, when news broke that Biden had revoked the pipeline's presidential permit, Cox's fear came into focus.

"It hit me like a ton of bricks," she said. "I was in shock for three days." Over the months, Cox had become somewhat of a den mother to the pipeline workers (welders, carpenters, and union laborers) staying at her hotel. She made them food, ran errands, and even drove two hours to get them groceries while they were at work. In a few months, they have become family. (Read more.)

From Our Sunday Visitor:

Within hours of being sworn in on Jan. 20, President Joe Biden issued an executive order on “Preventing and Combating Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation.” It was hailed by LGBTQ activists as “the most substantive, wide-ranging executive order concerning sexual orientation and gender identity ever issued by a United States president.” Conservatives, however, called it “radical” and “divisive,” and some feminists condemned it as an “unprecedented” threat to the rights and safety of females. A statement by five Catholic bishops, representing various committees from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, described the order as “misguided” and a threat to religious freedom — views echoed by evangelical leaders, as well.

The disparate reactions to Biden’s executive order represent more than America’s polarized politics; they hint at deeper conflicts over the nature of the human person and the common good — conflicts already playing out in American families and classrooms, on sports fields and in medical settings, in government offices and on social media. (Read more.)

From American Greatness:

Citizenship no longer means anything. To be counted as American depends on having the right opinions and belonging to the right identity groups, not on loyalty to the Constitution and this land, but to the Party, its social engineering, and the novel society it seeks to bring to life. 

Elections that do not go the Party’s way are not “legitimate” and must be reversed in the name of “democracy.” Views of which the Party does not approve are “hate speech.” But there are many inducements, both positive and negative, to the loyalty the Party inspires. The costs of dissent are potentially ruinous. On the other hand, those loyal to the Party can do more or less anything they want. They can even spy on the president of the United States and get away with it

In the name of unity, the “extremist” holdouts must abandon everything they believe and accept that they are to be treated with hostility from now on. America’s transformation into a borderless, genderless, Third World authoritarian dumpster is not to be questioned. 

Who is truly American, who are the rightful heirs to this land? They know who they are. Biden has reminded us constantly: immigrants, “people of color,” and other “marginalized classes.” They are America’s future. On the other hand, it is incumbent upon “oppressors” to hate themselves without reserve. Whites must apologize for their complicity in “whiteness,” which is to say, for being born. Conservatives must become liberal—or else. 

This is where things now stand. But to the undeceived, none of it was hard to predict. It was clear that Biden would govern as no “moderate,” and Trump supporters had every reason to fear their disenfranchisement. The only surprise is how quickly it happened. 

What Biden means by “unity” is subordination. It is an insult to pretend that his allies ever wanted anything else. After four years of being disparaged by Trump as the enemy of the people, America’s ruling class is out for revenge. (Read more.)

From Deal Hudson at The Christian Review:

But where are we now? The pope himself, Francis I, effusively congratulates the new president who immediately gives away millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood and cancels the Mexico City Policy. Pro-abortion Democrats like Pelosi and Durbin celebrate at the prospect of American Catholics embracing Biden’s example. Cardinal Wilton Gregory of Washington, DC, rolled out the red carpet for the president-elect as if he were some sort of political messiah.

How can any Catholic look at these men and women with anything but disgust? How can any Catholic not realize that they represent what the historic Church has become to be in 2021? The proudly pro-abortion Catholics are the norm, the establishment, of the Church in our day.  How can any Catholic not be scandalized and ashamed?

The way ahead is not leaving the Church or spending all your time lamenting how the historic Church has completely lost its bearings. The answer is precisely what Prof. Hitchcock wrote to me about in 1980 — we must detach ourselves spirituality from all the ‘facts on the ground’ that defile our faith and reaffirm daily the mystical communion which is our Church.

In that Church, stretching across two millennia, the truth of Catholic teaching has not changed: the innocent unborn are persons worthy of being treated with dignity and welcomed into life rather than being slain in the name of ‘choice.’ (Read more.)


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