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Why is Biden selling US oil abroad, asks … House Dem

by ED MORRISSEY Jul 07, 2022 at HotAir:  

How it started:

Rep. Ro Khanna a Democrat from California, has a different strategy. Instead of hiding from the bad news at the pump, he says, Democrats should go on the offensive and identify a culprit of its own: the oil and gas industry. “I don’t think it’s enough to have a message of ‘blame Putin,’” Khanna told me on May 3. “Someone is going to get blamed in American politics… and that blame should fall on the big oil companies.”

How itwasgoing:

Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) is calling on President Joe Biden to stop exporting oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to other countries and to step up domestic oil production in the United States.

Khanna told Fox Business’s “Mornings with Maria Bartiromo” on Thursday…

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They keep coming!

I see one woman who is on her cell phone!

Treasury faces mounting scrutiny for giving Hunter Biden ‘cover’ with new rule for document requests

Media, Jean-Pierre avoids Hunter Biden 'like the plague': Piro

Published July 07, 2022

By Houston Keene

House Oversight Committee ranking member James Comer, R-Ky., torched the Biden Treasury Department for running “cover” for Hunter Biden with a new rule for financial document requests.

Comer laid into the Biden administration over the new rule requiring majority consent in Congress to obtain Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) protected under the Bank Secrecy Act, saying the department was doing so to protect Biden.

The Kentucky Republican requested the first son’s SARs on Wednesday, but his request was denied with the Treasury claiming the top House Oversight Republican would need Democrats, the majority party in the House, to sign onto his request.

YELLEN MUST PROVIDE INFO ON HUNTER BIDEN’S SHADY FOREIGN BUSINESS DEALS: GOP REP. COMER

The Treasury Department told Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., he would need support from Democrats for his request to obtain Hunter Biden's Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs). 

The Treasury Department told Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., he would need support from Democrats for his request to obtain Hunter Biden’s Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs).  (Jonathan Ernst-Pool/Getty Images)

“The Biden Administration changed the rules to severely restrict Congress’ access to suspicious activity reports in the dark of night and with no explanation,” Comer told Fox News Digital on Thursday. “We now know Hunter Biden and other Biden family members have racked up at least 150 suspicious activity reports for their shady foreign business deals.”

“The Treasury Department’s sudden change of longstanding policy appears to be a broader pattern by the Biden Administration to run cover for Hunter Biden and possibly hide information about whether Joe Biden benefited financially from the Biden family’s business transactions,” he continued. “The American people deserve answers and the Biden Administration must comply with congressional oversight.”

Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Texas, a member of the House Oversight Committee, called the agency’s stance “unacceptable” and said the Biden administration has been denying Comer’s SARs requests for the younger Biden for “weeks.”

“It’s simple – Hunter Biden is a threat to our national security and Americans deserve to know if his business transactions put our country’s well-being at risk,” Fallon said in a Thursday statement to Fox News Digital. “For weeks, the Biden Administration has denied Ranking Member Comer’s access to Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) surrounding Hunter Biden’s business endeavors.”

“This is unacceptable,” he continued. “This Administration must drop the political charade immediately and allow Congress access to any bank violations that may have been made by the Biden family and their associates.”

The Treasury Department is running "cover" for Hunter Biden, seen here, according to House Oversight Committee ranking member James Comer, R-Ky., citing a new rule for financial document requests.

The Treasury Department is running “cover” for Hunter Biden, seen here, according to House Oversight Committee ranking member James Comer, R-Ky., citing a new rule for financial document requests. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

A spokesperson for the Treasury Department told Fox News Digital on Thursday that the department’s new rule follows a standard process in place of past practice that was more ad hoc.

The spokesperson also said the process is to ensure the department is responding appropriately to Congress while protecting the information’s confidentiality.

Additionally, the spokesperson did not answer Fox News Digital’s question as to whether the new rule would be extended to the next Republican administration.

The Treasury's new rule could have longstanding negative effects on how future congressional requests are handled. 

The Treasury’s new rule could have longstanding negative effects on how future congressional requests are handled.  (REUTERS/Clodagh Kilcoyne)

The Treasury’s new requirement for the majority party’s support on a congressional request for SARs severely affects how Congress conducts its oversight on sensitive financial records and could have longstanding negative effects on how future congressional requests are handled.

Now, under the Treasury’s new majority support rule, the minority party in Congress will be unable to obtain sensitive, potentially important documents without the blessing of the party in control.

This means that the next time Republicans are in control of the White House, should the rule extend into that administration, Democrats will have to get GOP support to obtain SARs and other documents protected under the Bank Secrecy Act.

The new rule — and other new restrictions — doesn’t appear to be sitting well with some Democrats already, with House Financial Services chairwoman Maxine Waters, D-Calif., advancing a bill to committee markup to ensure Congress has access to the documents.

Houston Keene is a politics reporter for Fox News Digital.  Story tips can be sent to Houston.Keene@Fox.com and on Twitter: @HoustonKeene 

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/treasury-faces-mounting-scrutiny-giving-hunter-biden-cover-document-requests.print

It’s better to be judged by 12 than carry by 6

China poses ‘biggest long-term threat to economic and national security,’ FBI Director Wray warns

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Brooke Singman

FBI Director Christopher Wray on Wednesday said China poses the “biggest long-term threat” to the economic and national security of the United States and Western allies, and warned that Beijing is “trying to shape the world” by interfering in politics, business and more.

Wray’s warning comes just months after the Biden Justice Department, which oversees the FBI, ended the Trump-era “China Initiative” program aimed at preventing spying by the Chinese Communist Party. The Biden administration, instead, replaced it with a broader approach to counter “nation-state threats.”

Wray, during a speech focused on “common threats” the U.S. and the United Kingdom face at the MI5 building in London Wednesday, said the FBI has “no closer partner than MI5” and the two agencies work together on “almost every mission” they confront, from “countering terrorism to cybertheft and transnational repression to espionage.” 

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Wray pointed to the “complex, enduring and pervasive danger” that China poses to both nations, and other Western allies.

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“We consistently see that it’s the Chinese government that poses the biggest long-term threat to our economic and national security, and by ‘our,’ I mean both of our nations, along with our allies in Europe and elsewhere,” Wray said, adding that “it is the Chinese government and the Chinese Community Party that pose the threat we’re focused on countering – not the Chinese people, and certainly not Chinese immigrants in our countries – who are themselves frequently victims of the Chinese government’s lawless aggression.”

Director Christopher A. Wray speaks to the media during a news conference at FBI headquarters, on June 14, 2018, in Washington.

Director Christopher A. Wray speaks to the media during a news conference at FBI headquarters, on June 14, 2018, in Washington. (Mark WIlson/Getty Images)

Wray warned that the Chinese government “poses an even more serious threat to Western businesses than even many sophisticated business people realize,” and said the “danger” from China is “complex and growing.” 

“The Chinese government is set on stealing your technology – whatever it is that makes your industry tick – and using it to undercut your business, and dominate your market,” Wray said. “And they’re set on using every tool at their disposal to do it.”

Wray warned that Beijing uses intelligence officers to target valuable private sector information, multiplying their efforts by working extensively through scores of “co-optees,” people who aren’t technically Chinese government officials but assist in intelligence operations.

But it isn’t just large corporations China is keen on targeting. Wray said the CCP “wants to target companies in big cities to small towns, from Fortune 100s to start-ups,” specifically those in aviation, artificial intelligence and pharmaceuticals.

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Wray said the FBI has “even caught people affiliated with Chinese companies out in the U.S. heartland, sneaking into fields to dig up proprietary, genetically modified seeds, which would have cost them nearly a decade and billions in research to develop themselves.”

But Wray said those efforts “pale in comparison to their lavishly resourced hacking program that’s bigger than that of every other major country – combined,” warning that Beijing views cyber as “the pathway to cheat and steal on a massive scale.”

Meanwhile, Wray also warned of China interfering in elections, pointing to one example in New York this spring.

“The Chinese government went so far as directly interfering in a congressional election in New York, because they did not want the candidate – a Tiananmen Square protester and critic of the Chinese government – to be elected.”

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Wray detailed their efforts, including the CCP hiring a private investigator to dig up derogatory info and derail the candidate’s campaign.

“But when they couldn’t find anything, they decided to manufacture a controversy using a sex worker, and when that didn’t work out, they even suggested using violence, such as arranging for the candidate to be struck by a vehicle and making it look like an accident,” Wray explained.

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“The Chinese government is trying to shape the world by interfering in our politics, and those of our allies,” Wray said. “All of that is to say – China poses a far more complex and pervasive threat to businesses than even the most sophisticated company leaders realize.”

Wray encouraged business leaders to coordinate with the FBI and MI5 in order to protect themselves.

President Joe Biden meets with China's President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit from the White House, Nov. 15, 2021.

President Joe Biden meets with China’s President Xi Jinping during a virtual summit from the White House, Nov. 15, 2021. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

But Wray also warned that China is emboldened by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, with regard to its ambitions to take Taiwan.

“When it comes to the threat against Taiwan… I’m confident in saying that China is drawing all sorts of lessons from what’s happening with Russia and its invasion of Ukraine,” Wray said, noting that the FBI has seen China “looking for ways to insulate their economy against potential sanctions” to protect themselves from “harm if they do anything to draw the ire of the international community.” 

“In our world, we call that kind of behavior a clue,” Wray said.

Wray warned that “if China does invade Taiwan,” Western allies could see “supply chains and relationships disrupted.” 

But Wray said the U.S. and the U.K., together are “confronting this threat and winning important battles.” 

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“All of us in America, in the U.K., and across the free world, are in this together,” Wray said. “And together, we’re an awfully formidable team.”

CIA FORMING MISSION TO COUNTER CHINA, ‘THE MOST IMPORTANT GEOPOLITICAL THREAT WE FACE’

As for Taiwan, in March, the intelligence community annual threat assessment was released with data through January. It warned that China is increasingly a “near-peer competitor, challenging the United States in multiple arenas – especially economically, militarily and technologically – and is pushing to change global norms and potentially threatening its neighbors.”

The intelligence community warned that Beijing is using a coordinated approach to compel neighbors to “acquiesce” to its preferences, “including its territorial and maritime claims and assertions of sovereignty over Taiwan.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Kremlin in Moscow, June 5, 2019.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at the Kremlin in Moscow, June 5, 2019. (Reuters/Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool)

“Beijing will press Taiwan to move toward unification and will react to what it views as increased U.S.–Taiwan engagement,” the IC states. “We expect that friction will grow as China continues to increase military activity around the island and Taiwan’s leaders resist Beijing’s pressure for progress toward unification.”

In April, CIA Director William Burns issued a similar warning to Wray’s – also noting that China has been “a silent partner” in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s aggression in Ukraine.

Burns, at the time, said China is “in many ways, the most profound tests the CIA has ever faced,” calling China a “formidable competitor lacking in neither ambition nor capability.”

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Meanwhile, as for the DOJ’s move to abolish the Trump-era “China Initiative,” Justice Department officials were concerned that the program stoked anti-Asian bias after receiving input from the Asian American community.

The DOJ replaced the program with the “Strategy for Countering Nation-State Threats,” saying the “current threat landscape” demanded “a broader approach,” and cited not just China, but Iran, Russia and North Korea.

“These nations seek to undermine our core democratic, economic and scientific institutions,” Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen of the DOJ’s National Security Division said in March. “And they employ a growing range of tactics to advance their interests and to harm the United States. Defending American institutions and values against these threats is a national security imperative and a priority for the Department.”

Olsen, though, insisted that the new approach does not mean that the agency is losing sight of the threat China poses.

“Make no mistake, we will be relentless in defending our country from China,” Olsen said.

Brooke Singman is a Fox News Digital politics reporter. You can reach her at Brooke.Singman@Fox.com or @BrookeSingman on Twitter.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/china-poses-biggest-long-term-threat-economic-national-security-fb-director-wray-warns?intcmp=tw_fnc

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TEXAS TOUGH: Abbott Signs Order Allowing Nat’l Guard to Take Illegal Migrants Back to Border

www.thefirsttv.com

By The First

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has had enough of Biden’s broken border; the Lone Star State lawmaker has sign an executive order that will allow his National Guard to return illegal migrants to the border.

Abbott also references Article IV, § 4 of the U.S. Constitution.

“WHEREAS, President Biden’s failure to faithfully execute the immigration laws enacted by Congress confirms that he has abandoned the covenant, in Article IV, § 4 of the U.S. Constitution, that “[t]he United States . . . shall protect each [State in this Union] against Invasion,” and thus has forced the State of Texas to build a border wall, deploy state military forces, and enter into agreements as described in Article I, § 10 of the U.S. Constitution to secure the State of Texas and repel the illegal immigration that funds the cartels.”

“While President Biden refuses to do his job and enforce the immigration laws enacted by Congress, the State of Texas is once again stepping up and taking unprecedented action to protect Americans and secure our southern border,” said Governor Abbott. “The cartels have become emboldened and enriched by President Biden’s open border policies, smuggling in record numbers of people, weapons, and deadly drugs like fentanyl.”

“I have authorized the Texas National Guard and Texas Department of Public Safety to begin returning illegal immigrants to the border to stop this criminal enterprise endangering our communities,” continued Governor Abbott. “As the challenges on the border continue to increase, Texas will continue to take action to address those challenges caused by the Biden Administration.”

Abbott shared the announcement on Twitter:

I issued an Executive Order authorizing the Texas National Guard & Texas Dept. of Public Safety to return illegal immigrants to the border.

Cartels have become emboldened by Biden’s open border policies.

Texas is taking unprecedented action to STOP this criminal enterprise. pic.twitter.com/ag08ACYP3Y

— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) July 7, 2022

https://www.thefirsttv.com/texas-tough-abbott-signs-order-allowing-natl-guard-to-take-illegal-migrants-back-to-border/

Higher gas prices hurt pockets, make small dent in emissions

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SETH BORENSTEIN and TOM KRISHER Associated Press

As Congress and now the Supreme Court stymie the Biden administration’s efforts to curb climate change, one thing the president doesn’t want – sky high gas prices – actually is nibbling away at emissions of heat-trapping gas.

Gas prices in much of the United States shot past the $5 a gallon mark last month before a slight drop, and Americans have responded by driving a bit less, two sets of data show. June gas sales are about 5% below pre-pandemic 2019 levels and 2.6% below a year ago, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Americans in April, the last month data was available, drove 6% fewer miles than the same month in 2019, according to transportation analyst Michael Sivak, a former University of Michigan professor who is a long-time tracker of driving and car-buying habits. That 6% drop is tiny compared to the 40% plunge in driving miles in April 2020 as the pandemic kicked in.

Yet, a 6% drop in driving roughly translates to only a 1% drop in overall U.S. carbon emissions, Sivak said. The U.S. climate goal is to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030 compared to 2005 levels.

“High fuel prices are a really difficult thing because they’re a double-edged sword,” said Samantha Gross, director of the energy security and climate initiative at the centrist Brookings Institution. “So prices that are high and expected to stay that way have more of a longer term ability to cut demand and my guess is the administration wouldn’t mind seeing that, but the problem is that people hate it.”

High gas prices are “unequivocally” good for fighting climate change because people use less fossil fuel and emissions go down, but the poorest people, who don’t have other options also “suffer the most,” said climate economist Solomon Hsiang, director of the Climate Impact Lab at the University of California, Berkeley. Carbon emissions are causing harm, especially to future generations, but for decades cheap gas has meant “no one is paying for that harm,” he said.

Now people are paying more when they hit the gas station and some are changing their habits.

Richard Gowan, 56, of Brighton, Michigan, used to commute 26 miles to his Ann Arbor workplace twice per week in a 2021 Ford F-150 pickup. But with gas close to $5 per gallon, he’s cut one-quarter of the truck trips. “That one doesn’t come out of the driveway near as much as it used to,” he said while pumping gas near work.

To save money, he has subbed a small Jeep Renegade SUV, which gets substantially better fuel economy than the 24 miles per gallon he gets with the pickup, which he bought to tow a travel trailer. The towing still takes place because he doesn’t want to give up family vacations, Gowan said.

A gas price is displayed at a filling station ahead of the Independence Day holiday weekend in Philadelphia, Friday, July 1, 2022. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

He blamed the high gasoline prices on President Joe Biden’s policies. He wants Biden to open up more drilling and predicts that engineering will eventually solve climate change.

In San Diego, where gasoline runs more than $6 per gallon, Simmi Paul said her family also has reduced driving. Her daughter, a college student, now walks 10 minutes to work and takes public transportation to school rather than driving.

Even though the July 4th holiday weekend saw record number of people on the road, they were not driving as far “because they can’t afford the cost of gas,” said American Automobile Association spokesperson Devin Gladden. People who must drive, he said, “are trying to find ways they can combine some of their errands or perhaps if they are able to carpool for work they’re finding ways to reduce the amount of gas they have to buy and put in their vehicles.”

Biden has frequently said he doesn’t want high gas prices, attacked oil companies ‘ multi-billion dollar profits, proposed new offshore oil and gas drilling despite campaign promises and proposed a gas tax holiday, which congressional leaders said won’t fly. Asked whether conservation should play a greater role in adjusting to high prices, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said: “Americans are going to do what they feel is right for themselves and for their family. That’s not something for us to make a judgment on.”

Biden confidants know high gas prices hurt people and the president politically.

“The fact is there’s been a lot of studies on this — it’s just psychologically that how people tend to view the economy is through inflation,” said John Anzalone, a Democratic pollster who has worked for Biden. “People tend to focus on the pain points.”

Look at the pump for the pain point.

It’s about $200 a week for Pat Blevins, 42, a carpenter from Waterville, Ohio, who was filling the tank of his 2016 Chevrolet Silverado at a gas station west of Toledo, Ohio, on Tuesday. “It likes to eat gas,” he said of his truck, which he said gets around 15 miles per gallon.

When gasoline went past $4 per gallon in the summer of 2008, American auto buyers quickly switched away from pickup trucks and large SUVs to smaller, more efficient vehicles. But when it hit that level again in early March, there was little impact on new-vehicle sales in the U.S., where about three-quarters of vehicles sold are SUVs and trucks.

“Even at $5 per gallon, it’s hard to find evidence of changing habits” and buying smaller gas-efficient cars, said Jeff Schuster, president of global forecasting for the LMC Automotive consulting firm.

It’s partly because of the global computer chip shortage. Automakers have been sending the chips they get to factories that build larger, more profitable vehicles, Schuster said.

Still, if smaller cars and SUVs were more readily available, Schuster says he is confident that people would buy them.

Blevins said he will look at the new electric Silverado to replace his gasoline model “if it’s worth the expense and if it can perform like a gas (truck) can.”

Sivak thinks $5 a gallon gasoline is for the moment the price that changes Americans’ car habits, still much lower than the price paid in Europe and much of the rest of the world.

“When you talk about the real outcomes of the energy transition (to less carbon pollution) some of this does mean that things will get more expensive and we need to come up with better solutions on how we finance and ensure that everybody can participate in the energy transition and it’s not just for the wealthy or privileged few,” AAA’s Gladden said.

Some economists, such as Hsiang, have called for a carbon tax of 25 cents to 50 cents a gallon above market price “to address the harm from climate change” and reduce carbon pollution by cutting demand, but with proceeds partly returned to people and partly used for green energy projects. But at the same time, he said, “higher gas prices hurt poorer families more,” so the government should send them financial help but not subsidize cheap gas.

Biden’s proposed gas tax holiday “is a subsidy, it’s paying people to pollute,” Hsiang said.

Brookings’ Gross said Republicans are falsely blaming Biden for the gas shortage because he cancelled a pipeline that has little to do with gas prices. She said the worldwide spike in gas prices is mostly due to pent-up post pandemic demand and supply issues and the Ukrainian war.

“I really feel for Biden because he’s in this situation where he wants to do climate stuff and his base is like ‘yeah we want climate stuff’ and he ran on it and he feels strongly about it personally I think,” Gross said. “But he’s in this situation where he’s getting hammered on high gas prices.”

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