US Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette assured the public Monday that the country will remain energy independent after the coronavirus pandemic passes, he said during an interview with Fox Business host Stuart Varney on Monday.
“I have to remind you and the viewers we are in fact in a different position than we were just 10 or 15, 20 years ago, certainly. Imagine if this pandemic had happened in 1973 or in 1974 when we were wholly dependent upon nations for the importation of oil,” Brouillette explained.
He added, “The fact that we are able to produce the amounts that we are able to produce today, place the United States of America, place this President at a position of strength in order to bring this deal together.”
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries member countries reached a deal over the weekend to cut oil production to nearly 10 million barrels per day in response to low demand amid the coronavirus global economic crisis. However, Brouillette said the cutback is “only half the story” siding with President Donald Trump who earlier tweeted that OPEC+ is cutting “20 million barrels a day, not the 10 Million that is generally being reported.”
“There are over 100 countries that produce oil all around the world and what we will see is production declining over the next few months as the world deals with this COVID-19 pandemic. So when you add up all of the production cuts around the world, we’re gonna be much closer to 20 million barrels per day coming off the market, which represents roughly 20 percent of the production just a month or a month and a half ago,” the Secretary said.
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In the world of Democrat delusion, they think $5 billion is necessary, at this point in time, to make bike paths and widen side walks. You cannot make this up. They have approved $40 billion in aide to Ukraine in a heartbeat under President Biden, while having rejected former President Trump’s request for a mere $5 billion to secure our border.
The news also comes as fentanyl and the drug overdoses are the number one cause of death in the U.S. There’s also an increase in human smuggling and extortion to pay to cross the border. But no; let’s make some bike paths and widen sidewalks. That is an immediate emergency.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg announced Monday that money will be used over five years under his department’s new “Safe Streets & Roads for All” program. The $5 billion ini federals funds will be used “to slow down cars chia more speed cameras, carve out bike paths and wider sidewalks and urging commuters to public transit” reports Daily Mail.
“The aim will be to provide a direct infusion of federal cash to communities that pledge to promote safety for the multiple users of a roadway, particularly pedestrians and bicyclists.” The announcement also coincides with the six-month anniversary of President Biden’s infrastructure legislation, and the beginning of the 2022 “infrastructure week.”
The desire to fix roads is a noble one, as “road traffic injuries also are the leading cause of death among young people aged 5-29. Young adults aged 15-4 account for more than half of all road deaths” reports Daily Mail, which adds:
Still, much of the federal roadmap relies on cooperation from cities and states, and it could take months if not years to fully implement with discernible results – too late to soothe 2022 midterm voters unsettled by this and other pandemic-related ills, such as rising crime.
The latest U.S. guidance Monday invites cities and localities to sketch out safety plans in their applications for the federal grants, which are to be awarded late this year.
It cites examples of good projects as those that promise to transform a high-crash roadway, such as by adding rumble strips to slow cars or installing speed cameras, which the department says could provide more equitable enforcement than police traffic stops; flashing beacons for pedestrian crosswalks; new ‘safe routes’ via sidewalks or other protected pathways to school or public transit in underserved communities; and other ‘quick build’ roadway changes designed with community input.
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