Fox News’s Tucker Carlson said during his opening monologue Tuesday that the Biden administration tacitly approves of the current shutdown of a major pipeline that supplies nearly half of all gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel to the East Coast because it hastens the carbon reduction objectives of the so-called “Green New Deal.”
Carlson was responding to the effects of a ransomware attack launched last week by a hacker collective believed to be based in Russia, which led to the closure of Colonial Pipeline’s vital fuel artery which extends from Texas to New Jersey. As the company scrambles to get the pipeline back in operation, several states are already experiencing gasoline and diesel fuel shortages, with some gas stations being forced to close after running out of supply.
The host maintained that what is playing out is by design.
“A lot of unprecedented things happening, but not all of them are shocking. For example, it probably shouldn’t surprise you that, once they got their hands on real power, the same lunatics who don’t believe in human biology immediately made a serious mess of our economy,” Carlson began.
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“It took them less than six months to do it,” he added, ticking off several commodities including lumber, food, and gas that have risen dramatically in price since January, mostly in response to Biden administration policies.
“Corn prices, to name just one example of a staple commodity that’s now out of control, have risen by 50 percent just since January. But that wasn’t bad enough. The lunatics then decided to make it worse than that. They paid millions of Americans more than they make at work, to stay home and do nothing. To justify doing this, they used the word ‘COVID’ quite a bit, but it had nothing to do with the pandemic. They just wanted to break the system. And so they did,” Carlson said.
Carlson then played video clips showing long lines at gas stations in East Coast states, while mentioning a New York Times story claiming such lines did not exist.
Colonial Pipeline, a vital U.S. fuel artery that was shut down by a cyberattack, said it hoped to restore most operations by the end of the week. Since the shutdown, there have been no long lines or major price hikes for gas.
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After noting that the country’s energy secretary, former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, denied that there is a fuel shortage, Carlson went on to play a clip of Anne Neuberger, the Biden administration’s deputy national security advisor for cyber and emerging technologies, who said the White House was remaining aloof of the situation with Colonial Pipeline.
“As a matter of principle, the White House doesn’t get involved in the affairs of private companies, not unless of course, its employees were to use the wrong pronouns in a sentence, in which case the FBI would arrive with a swat team and make televised arrests,” Carlson continued.
“But in cases where the mere fuel supply of the entire Eastern Seaboard is at stake, Anne Neuberger and her friends at the White House strongly prefer a hands-off approach. They’re situationally libertarian that way,” he added.
“What is this about? Well, you know. On some level — let’s be honest about it — the White House approves of this disaster,” he said.
Carlson went on to predict that at some point in the near future, the administration will adopt policies that would result in the shuttering of all gas stations in order to enact by executive and regulatory fiat portions of the Green New Deal. He noted that President Joe Biden has already begun by shutting down construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and ending new oil and gas leases on federal lands.
The result, Carlson said, has been that the U.S. went from being totally energy independent after just four years of the Trump administration to now running out of gas in a repeat of the shortages of the early 1970s and the resultant price increases associated with shorter supplies.
“This is the result of policy decisions made by the new administration. This is the Green New Deal. We’ve got it already. And if you love gas shortages and electricity blackouts and $80 plywood, this is the program for you,” he said.
The host also said he would not be surprised if the administration’s Consumer Price Index figures, due out on Wednesday, showed that there are no inflationary pressures.
“If tomorrow’s Consumer Price Index number is flat, people on TV will tell you it’s proof that inflation isn’t real. Should you believe them? Well, before you take their word, take note of what is not included in the official consumer price index. Lumber, for example. Because no one in America buys building materials,” he said.
“None of this is an accident. Just as it wasn’t an accident when the power went out in Texas over the winter. It wasn’t a cold snap that did it, it was a federal policy that encouraged the state to rely on windmills that don’t actually work,” said Carlson.
“So, it’s not a natural cycle,” he added. “Somebody did this to us on purpose.”
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