REPORT: White House Ban on Fossil Fuel Conferences

By Jerry McConway, updated on October 2, 2023

Joe Biden would appear to be turning up the screws on fossil fuels once again.

Reports surfaced early Monday morning that official travel to fossil fuel conferences is now prohibited without prior approval.

Talking Points…

  • The ban
  • Biden's war on fossil fuels
  • My Two Cents…

The Ban

Joe Biden has once again allowed his administration to go rogue when it comes to fossil fuels.

Deputy Secretary of Energy David Turk issued guidelines to agency staff in a memo dated September 15, 2023.

The memo stated:

"This guidance sets out a presumption that agencies and departments will pursue international energy engagement that advances clean energy projects. It also outlines a process for seeking limited exceptions to pursue carbon-intensive engagements on a justified geostrategic imperative or energy-for-development/energy access basis.

"The guidance rules out any U.S. Government ‘engagement related to unabated or partially abated coal generation.' Carbon-intensive international energy engagements are those 'directly related and dedicated to the production, transportation, or consumption of carbon-intensive fuels that would lead to additional greenhouse gas emissions.'"

The memo further goes on to define carbon-intensive fossil fuels as coal, oil, and natural gas.

Biden's War on Fossil Fuels

One would think that Biden would want his officials to attend these conferences on a regular basis to get the latest updates and to see how fossil fuels are working to lower carbon emissions.

Industry experts are not fools, and they know if they do not figure out a way to go clean, they will eventually be run out of business.

There is also the fact that if we abandon fossil fuels altogether, we make our nation weaker, a point made by Daniel Turner, the founder and executive director of Power the Future.

Turner stated:

"The Biden Administration cannot continue to treat the fossil fuels industry as an enemy. Millions of people are employed in this industry which powers our entire nation, our military, our national security, and allows Joe Biden to jet off every weekend to his beach house.

"This war on American fossil fuels is making us poorer, weaker and more reliant on China and OPEC for our energy. These petty, [hyperpartisan], childish games should end before it is too late."

My Two Cents…

I have nothing against renewable energy. In fact, I have always supported its development.

My problem is that I think renewable energy sources and fossil fuels should be working in conjunction with each other, not declaring war against each other.

Furthermore, fossil fuels have been working to become a cleaner source of energy, something this war by Biden will only prohibit.

There is also the fact that renewable energy is undependable at this point, as we often see in California when the grid is shut down. This is something we simply cannot afford, especially with our military, as Biden has proposed.

We were energy independent under Trump, but now we rely far too heavily on countries like China.

The idiocy of the current administration's policies literally does nothing to curb overall carbon emissions. The only difference is that those emissions originate in countries like China and Canada instead of the United States, still putting the same amount of carbon into the atmosphere.

At the same time, it is forcing Americans to pay more for energy because we are importing it rather than developing it within the United States.

I have said it many times before… as long as China and India are not on board, this is all smoke and mirrors.

It also makes any agenda tough to swallow when people like Barack Obama are having weekends on Steven Spielberg's superyacht, which probably consumes more diesel than a fleet of 18-wheelers.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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