Report: Biden’s actions on American oil and gas developments could cost as many as one million jobs

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WASHINGTON, D.C.- On Saturday, January 23rd, the senior vice president of Policy, Economics, and Regulatory Affairs at the American Petroleum Institute (API) made an appearance on SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Saturday with host Matt Boyle.

During his appearance, Vice President Frank Macchiarola said that if President Joe Biden puts a permanent ban on oil and gas development on federal waters and land, it could cost 1 million American jobs.

Boyle asked Macchiarola specifically about the significance of President Biden revoking the permit or the Keystone XL Pipeline and putting a 60-day pause on federal land leasing in his first few days in office. Macchiarola responded by saying:

“I think the first four days of the Biden Administration have give a clear picture of what the next four years could look like. President Biden comes into office with a real economic headwind and a difficult labor market, but at the same time he inherited an energy landscape that’s stronger because of America’s shale revolution.”

He added:

“We’ve produced lower household energy costs as a result of U.S. energy and less reliance on foreign energy sources. The president has a choice to make: He can maintain U.S. leadership and maintain and support our economic recovery with American energy or he can pursue policies that destroy jobs and at the same time increase energy imports.”

He reiterated:

“The first few days should concern all Americans because the administration is clearly taking actions that are going to harm the economy and cost Americans jobs.”

According to reports, shutting down the Keystone XL pipeline will cost 11,000 jobs directly and as many as 60,000 indirected jobs. Mike Sommers, president and CEO of trade group API, said that Biden’s announcement was:

“A slap in the face to the thousands of union workers who are already a part of this safe and sustainable project.”

He added:

“This misguided move will hamper America’s economic recovery, undermine North American energy security, and strain relations with one of America’s greatest allies.”

Macchiarola said that the federal ban presents and even more staggering number of job loss. He said:

“The full scale ban of development on federal lands you can bet the impact could be up to a million jobs in the United States.”

He added:

“Two of the major components of the inauguration address and of the priorities of the new administration, No.1 is rebuilding alliances and No.2 strengthening our economy. With this decision that heads in the opposite direction on both of those priorities.”

The Keystone decision also affects the relationship with Canada and the U.S. economy and it could cost the U.S. $2 billion in wages. Macchiarola then spoke to the potential for Biden’s policies to endanger U.S. energy independence.  He said:

“This shale revolution has unlocked resources that we never thought we’d be able to get to and that’s meant more jobs in the United States, lower energy costs, and greater energy security.”

He added:

“For the first time in 2019 in 67 years, the U.S. became a net exporter of energy rather than net importer. That’s a huge deal and abandoning federal leasing heads in a different direction.”

In an example, he said that federal land and waters accounted for 22 percent of oil production and 12 percent of natural gas production in 2019. He added:

“That’s the different between energy independence and energy security and reliance on foreign sources.”

He went on to cite the irony of Biden’s nomination of Rep. Deb Haaland (D-NM) to serve as secretary of the Department of the Interior. He said that half of the energy produced in New Mexico comes from federal land and two thirds of the natural gas in the state comes from federal land.

In 2019, API produced a study that showed a federal land ban could cost up to 5 percent of all jobs in the state. Macchiarola said:

“These decisions are sweeping. They’re broad and they will really have negative impacts on our economy and our labor market at really the worst possible time.”

He added:

“If Biden’s priority is to bring back jobs in the United States and to grow our economy then they really need to rethink these policies, particularly the policy with respect to a leasing ban on federal lands for oil and gas development.”

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We were warned: Biden administration picks reportedly have deep ties to Chinese Communist Party

January 21st, 2020

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WASHINGTON, DC- What could possibly go wrong? President Trump warned about Biden’s ties to the Chinese, yet somehow “80 million” people “voted” for him. Well, we are about to find out exactly how much we’re going to be compromised. We warned you. 

Bill Burns, Biden’s pick to head the CIA has been president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, which has enjoyed a decade-long relationship with the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), the National Pulse has reported. The foundation dates back to at least 2009.

CUSEF is part of the Chinese Communist Party’s United Front, which seeks to “co-opt and neutralize sources of potential opposition” while encouraging other foreign interest to “adopt positions supportive of Beijing’s preferred policies.”

CUSEF has sponsored trips for CCP officials to speak at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the outlet reports.

For example, in 2009 CUSEF brought in the former mayor of Shanghai who also served as vice-chairman of the CCP’s Political Consultative Conference for a keynote speech, a trip that was paid for by CUSEF.

Moreover two years later, the founder of CUSEF Tung Chee-hwa spoke at a Carnegie event. He chairs the so-called “highest-ranking entity” which oversees China’s United Front.

The South China Morning Post reported that the Carnegie Endowment received “money from” CUSEF, and the two organizations often worked together on projects seeking to facilitate U.S.-China collaboration.

The two organizations also collaborated in 2012 on a project that sought to investigate the “views of the public and elites in five distinct categories—government, business, academia, the military and the media—regarding a number of national security issues, among them the nature of American and Chinese power both worldwide and in Asia to how each nation viewed each other.”

A collaboration was also developed with the China Strategic Culture Promotion Association (CSCPA), the leader of which is a former Chinese Navy officer who pushes a “strong” Chinese military.

The report, numbering 62 pages included a bevy of “recommendations for U.S. and Chinese policymakers, including the recommendation to ‘emphasize cooperation over competition’ and to ‘prevent the Taiwan issue from derailing broader cooperation.’”

As we said, what could possibly go wrong?

CUSEF produced a quarterly journal entitled “China-US Focus.” A number of Carnegie Endowment leaders have contributed to the publication, including a number under Burns’ leadership, who have contributed at least six articles to the publication together with Chinese Communist Party officials and People’s Liberation Army leaders.

That isn’t the only connection between the Carnegie Endowment and the CCP; introducing the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center, based in Beijing. A number of those associated with the institute have worked at the Chinese government-funded university as “guiding scholars.”

In addition, two of the senior fellows have significant, explicit ties to the CCP, including a man named Tong Zhao, who worked for the Office of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality, and Yan Xuetong, a member of the Consultation Committee of China’s Ministry of Commerce.

Not to be outdone, Tsinghua University is CCP leader Xi Jinping’s alma mater. It has a “clear connection” to the Chinese “state administration for technology and industry in discussions on what they can do to hep the national security,’ said former Senior Intelligence Officer and State Department official Nicholas Eftimiades.

That school was responsible in part for cyberattacks against the United States government and partners with such “news” outlets such as CNN and the New York Times for its “Marxist journalism” program, the Pulse said.

In addition, the center has hosted a number of American lawmakers as part of its desire to boost U.S.-China collaboration.

Those officials include former House Speaker Paul Ryan, former Secretary of State and US Senator John Kerry, and Elaine Chao, President Trump’s former transportation secretary and wife of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. How weird is that?

Biden’s “China problem” has a lot of conservatives and Republicans concerned. And unfortunately it doesn’t stop with Burns.

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The National Pulse is also reporting that Biden’s pick for Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission delivered a keynote at the American Chamber of Commerce in China’s 2016 business conference held in Beijing.

Gary Gensler spoke at the group’s 2016 Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce (APCAC) Business Conference.

A press release publicizing the event read:

“The theme of this year’s conference addresses China’s shift toward a new stage of economic development. Discussion topics will cover the wide range of challenges and opportunities that are affecting US business in Asia, the future of Asia as a financial hub, China’s regional engagement, the “One Belt, One Road” initiative and the regional trading environment.”

The conference also included speakers from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), including the Ministry of Commerce’s Trade Representative, high-level leadership from state-run universities, think tanks and media outlets. American interests included corporations such as PepsiCo which were trying to access Chinese markets and…wait for it…DLA Piper, the firm where the husband of vice president Kamala Harris works. Another coincidence!

And the connections to Democrats don’t end there. Former Ambassador to China Max Baucus, a former United States Senator who was appointed by Barack Obama now consults for Chinese government-linked firms. 

Baucus, who leveraged his ambassadorship into that arrangement, also gave an “off the record” keynote which identified the “environment and opportunities for US businesses operating throughout the Asia Pacific.”

Gensler meanwhile spoke at a luncheon which was entitled “China and the Global Economy: Slowing Growth, Increased Volatility and Implications for American Business.”

A group called AmCham China is a pro-Chinese Communist Party lobbying group, the leadership of which is comprised of American companies—investment banking firms, law firms, technology companies and so on—all invested in getting market access and outsourcing American jobs to China.

AmCham says:

“As a primary pillar in our pursuit of improving the business environment and helping American companies succeed in China, AmCham China’s advocacy efforts address a wide scope of industry needs and extend from the central government to the local municipality levels.

AmCham China advocates on behalf of our members ‘evolving needs in the ever-changing China business landscape through a host of central and subnational government engagement efforts, large events such as the Annual Appreciation Dinner, and ongoing policy analysis and recommendations.”

Meanwhile, AmChan’s chairman has praised Huawei, a company which has collaborated with the Chinese military for years and was labeled a national security threat by President Trump and his administration.

The company’s ties to the Chinese Communist Party has raised concerns not only in the United States, but also in the UK and Sweden, which banned the use of the company’s equipment in their 5G networks. It is believed that Huawei uses its technology as a spying tool on consumers and governments.

Gensler is a typical Washington swamp creature of the type President Trump spent four years trying to eradicate from government.

He was Chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission under Obama, Chief Financial Officer of Hillary Clinton’s failed 2016 presidential campaign, and led Biden’s Federal Reserve, Banking and Securities Regulators Transition Team efforts, the Pulse reported.

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