Industry Insiders on Real Story Behind High Gas Prices: Structural Problems, Hostile Policies, and Inaction

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High gas prices successful America are caused by a mismatch betwixt U.S. lipid accumulation and refining, atrocious policies oregon governmental hostility, and the Biden administration’s inaction, according to experts and lipid manufacture insiders.

Inflation successful the United States has been moving precocious since March erstwhile the yearly Consumer Price Index (CPI) reached 8.5 percent, the highest level since 1981.

A melodramatic summation successful vigor prices has drawn peculiar attention.

Between May and August, vigor prices raised betwixt 20 percent to 40 percent annually.

President Joe Biden and the Democrats person projected antithetic solutions to the precocious vigor prices, including a windfall taxation for lipid companies, urging state stations to chopped prices, imposing an lipid export ban, and allowing countries to bargain Russian lipid with a terms cap.

However, lipid manufacture insiders and experts said astir of those projected measures either volition not enactment oregon won’t little the state prices successful America permanently.

Michael Wirth, president and CEO of U.S. lipid elephantine Chevron, rejected the thought of taxing lipid companies’ profits.

“Windfall profits taxes person been tried earlier successful this country. They didn’t execute the extremity that was desired. It is beauteous basal that if you privation much of something, you thin not to taxation it. If you privation little of something, you enactment taxes connected it,” helium said during an interrogation with CNN connected Sept. 13.

Oil Export Ban Could Be Disastrous

As ostentation soared, Democrats person been calling for the White House to enforce an lipid export ban. But experts and a refinery proprietor warned this volition not chopped state prices and whitethorn bring disastrous results.

U.S. crude lipid exports person been expanding since 2011, and decreasing lipid imports during the aforesaid clip play caused nett crude lipid imports to decrease.

However, astir of the lipid successful the caller export surge is airy saccharine lipid which is besides known arsenic “shale oil.” However, the refineries successful the United States were designed to refine dense crude oil, aka accepted oil, Senior Vice President of American Energy Alliance Dan Kish told The Epoch Times.

According to an investigation by the Dallas Federal Reserve, the United States exported connected mean 3 cardinal barrels of chiefly airy saccharine crude lipid per time astatine the extremity of November 2021 and imported much than 6 cardinal barrels of mostly heavier crude oils from Canada and different overseas suppliers each day.

The U.S. refiners don’t person the capableness to process the exported crude oil, the authors of the investigation said.

Even if the U.S. bans lipid exports, which are mostly shale oil, it’s intolerable for refineries to update their facilities to refine shale lipid aft decades of governmental hostility against the lipid industry.

Updating the facilities means the refineries request to put billions of wealth and get other emission-related permits.

It’s an intolerable task nether the Biden administration, Kish said.

“They’ve made the fossil substance concern successful North America the force of the people, that’s wherefore the prices support trending up,” helium said.

Epoch Times Photo John Catsimatidis, president and CEO of the Red Apple Group, astatine his bureau successful New York City connected Sept. 27, 2022. (Adhiraj Chakrabarti for The Epoch Times)

John Catsimatidis, a billionaire who is besides an oil refinery owner, holds a akin view.

“Why should anybody walk a billion, 2 billion, 3 billion, if you’re not definite of the argumentation of the state you’re doing concern successful the adjacent five, 10 years? Because you person to get a instrumentality connected investment. So it’s the mode the United States succeeds, the mode companies succeed, if you person assurance successful Washington, if they person assurance successful the medication that if they walk a cardinal dollars oregon 2 cardinal dollars, that there’s going to beryllium instrumentality of investment,” helium told The Epoch Times.

Kish warned that an lipid export prohibition volition person disastrous results.

“If there’s a prohibition connected exports, what would hap is we would extremity up with endless amounts of lipid successful the Gulf Coast. The lipid couldn’t efficiently beryllium utilized by our refineries. In bid to marque those refineries instrumentality that benignant of oil, we would person to put immense amounts of wealth which would thrust up the terms of the gasoline and the diesel connected the pitchy fuel,” helium said.

The 2 biggest lipid companies successful the United States, Exxon Mobil and Chevron, already voiced objections to the projected lipid export ban.

“The hazard successful an enactment similar that has unintended consequences. And, successful fact, the U.S. is some an exporter and importer of products. An export prohibition runs the hazard of taking supplies that are needed successful different parts of [the] satellite and reducing those, which tin thrust lipid prices up, which past tin impact the terms of imports into this country,” Wirth responded to a telephone for banning lipid exports from Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and legislature Democrats.

Exxon CEO Darren Woods besides rejected the telephone for an lipid export prohibition successful a missive to the Energy Department citing the aforesaid reasons, reported The Wall Street Journal.

The lone ones who would temporarily payment from an lipid export prohibition are those refiners who specialize successful refining airy saccharine crude oil, according to the Dallas Federal Reserve.

However, “as the terms of domestically produced crude lipid declines and retention fills, it would not beryllium agelong earlier immoderate home lipid producers go unprofitable and cease operations,” reads the analysis.

Biden Suspended Critical Infrastructure

On his archetypal time successful the White House, President Joe Biden signed an enforcement bid to revoke President Donald Trump’s licence for the Keystone XL Pipeline.

It turned retired to beryllium 1 of the astir fatal moves for U.S. vigor information and state terms stableness due to the fact that Canada is 1 of the astir important sources of the accepted crude lipid that astir U.S. refineries tin grip and the Keystone XL pipeline is what is needed to transport the Canadian crude oil.

“Keystone XL pipeline was going to proviso astir 800,000 barrels a time of Canadian lipid and astir 100,000 barrels a time of North Dakota oil, which is the close lipid [heavy oil],” Kish said.

Epoch Times Photo Pipelines utilized to transportation crude lipid are shown astatine the terminal of Enbridge Energy successful Superior, Wis., connected June 29, 2018. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

The logical happening to do, if the Biden medication is intending to little state prices, is to summation the lipid supplies from Canada and Alaska that enactment successful U.S. refineries.

Both Catsimatidis and Kish pointed retired the Alaska pipeline is cardinal to expanding lipid supplies quickly—as it tin transport 2.1 cardinal barrels a day—but is presently lone moving 500,000 barrels a day.

“It’s three-quarters empty,” Kish said.

Catsimatidis besides emphasized that—to little the state prices successful America—the cardinal is to “open up North America.”

“If we unfastened up North America for much crude oil, we’re susceptible of producing 20 to 21 cardinal barrels a time with Canada,” helium said. “Why are we begging Saudi Arabia, begging Russia, begging Iran, begging Venezuela for different 100,000 barrels a time erstwhile we person it present successful North America? Nobody tin recognize wherefore Washington is doing that.”

Another botched determination against North America’s lipid proviso by the Biden medication is banning caller lipid and earthy state leasing connected national lands, which besides nutrient a needed benignant of crude lipid for the home market.

The prohibition was lifted by a U.S. appeals tribunal successful August.

Kish said a imaginable compromise could beryllium the Biden medication expanding lipid supplies from Canada and Alaska and designating the other capableness for home usage only.

Catsimatidis believes if Biden opens lipid accumulation successful North America, ostentation volition spell down with the vigor prices and the Federal Reserve whitethorn not request to instrumentality hawkish moves.

Then the U.S. system could debar a recession.

“From oil, you marque fertilizer which affects food; from oil, diesel substance that runs our factories, diesel substance that runs our trucks that present to the supermarkets. That’s what is creating the rising cost, if the terms of crude lipid goes down due to the fact that you [Biden] unfastened up, conjecture what? Within 90 days, everything other volition travel down,” helium said.

During this period, the Federal Reserve should beryllium patient.

“During COVID, we were cautious not to usage COVID to destruct the country. Well, close present they’re destroying the country,” Catsimatisdis said referring to the caller hawkish involvement complaint hikes by the Federal Reserve.

Biden’s Intent Questioned

Kish warned the worst concern hasn’t yet travel for U.S. consumers, arsenic vigor inventories tally debased and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) proposes cutting production.

OPEC and its confederation are considering cutting output arsenic they program to conscionable successful idiosyncratic successful Vienna connected Wednesday, Reuters reported.

Biden tin hole precocious state prices facing American consumers, Kish and Catsimatisdis suggested, but lone if he’s consenting to bash so.

They uncertainty Biden truly has the intent to little state prices.

“If a idiosyncratic is dispassionately and objectively looking astatine this contented and saying ‘we would similar to get prices down for Americans,’ we would spell and look astatine wherever the problems are and effort to lick them,” Kish said. “That’s not what we’re doing astatine all. In fact, it’s conscionable the opposite. We’re closing refineries. We’re making it harder for refineries to run here. We’re offshoring our refining capableness to different places, some India and China person been gathering refineries similar mad.”

Catsimatisdis is acrophobic that the volition of the Biden medication is to beforehand an “incredible transition” from fossil substance to electrical vehicles, arsenic Biden suggested in May.

“When it comes to the state prices, we’re going done an unthinkable modulation that is taking spot that, God willing, erstwhile it’s over, we’ll beryllium stronger and the satellite volition beryllium stronger and little reliant connected fossil fuels erstwhile this is over,” Biden said.

Catsimatisdis said the thought is “crazy.”

“You person to laughter astir it due to the fact that it’s crazy. You know, we don’t person the minerals to marque the batteries,” helium said.

He disquieted that Biden’s docket is bringing the Americans down a unsafe path.

“I invited caller technology. But possibly you bash it implicit 30 years, implicit 40 years. And marque definite it works earlier you enactment everything other retired of concern … and past we find retired it doesn’t work,” helium warned.

Allen Zhong


Allen Zhong is simply a long-time writer and newsman for The Epoch Times. He joined the Epoch Media Group successful 2012. His main absorption is connected U.S. politics. Send him your communicative ideas: [email protected]