Energy independence for the United States is something we’ve been pushing for as a nation for decades. In recent years, we’ve reduced our dependence on the Middle East and helped maintain stability in the market. But both Saudi Arabia and Russia are producing enough to drive the prices down in an effort to destabilize the market and bankrupt American energy companies.
The coronavirus crisis has reduced energy use, particular oil and natural gas, across the globe. As a result, energy prices have gone down. That’s a good thing, right? Gas prices are at levels lower than we’ve seen in over a decade. But what many do not realize is that prices that go too low have a very negative effect on the overall economy, including the potential for the loss of a large number of jobs.
Senator Ted Cruz and others in states that are energy producers met with the Saudi ambassador to discuss the price wars happening in the energy industry today.
“It was the most bare-knuckled, candid conversation I’ve ever had with a foreign leader in eight years in the Senate,” Cruz said. “No state in the union does more business with Saudi Arabia than Texas. And right now, you’re taking advantage of a global health pandemic to try to screw and bankrupt people across Texas, and it is devastating.”
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“The thirteen of us who signed onto the letter as a matter of national security have consistently been allies of the Saudis,” Cruz continued. “Saudi is an important counterpart to Iran, Iran and the Ayatollah are really dangerous for national security, but I said, ‘Listen, we’ve been with you, but you’re now trying to bankrupt people in my state, and that is not going to stand.”
Saudi Arabia and OPEC are fighting a multi-front war as their dominance in the world oil market has been threatened in the last decade. They realize the commodity is no longer completely in their control and they’ve been working to diversify their economy, but they still hope to maintain as much dominance as possible for as long as they can.
When the Senator sought an explanation from the Saudi ambassador, he said, “But Russia, but Russia!”
It was the wrong approach to take with Cruz who is no friend of the Russians.
“Russia’s our enemy. We know that,” he said. “They behave like our enemy. We treat them as our enemy. You’re supposed to be our friend. You want us to treat you like Russia, fine. You want to be our enemy, how about we pull up all our soldiers out of Saudi Arabia, we pull our Patriot Missiles out there, because every time someone screws with you in the Middle East, you pick up the phone to call the American military to say, ‘Save our asses.'”
In the latest episode of “Verdict with Ted Cruz,” Michael Knowles and the Senator talked to Quantum Energy Partners founder Wil VanLoh about the challenges the energy sector currently faces and how it impacts every American.
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Will America-First News Outlets Make it to 2023?
Things are looking grim for conservative and populist news sites.
There’s something happening behind the scenes at several popular conservative news outlets. 2021 was bad, but 2022 is proving to be disastrous for news sites that aren’t “playing ball” with the corporate media narrative. It’s being said that advertisers are cracking down, forcing some of the biggest ad networks like Google and Yahoo to pull their inventory from conservative outlets. This has had two major effects. First, it has cooled most conservative outlets from discussing “taboo” topics like Pandemic Panic Theater, voter fraud, or The Great Reset. Second, it has isolated those ad networks that aren’t playing ball.
Certain topics are anathema for most ad networks. Speaking out against vaccines or vaccine mandates is a certain path to being demonetized. Highlighting voter fraud in the 2020 and future elections is another instant advertising death penalty. Throw in truthful stories about climate change hysteria, Critical Race Theory, and the border crisis and it’s easy to understand how difficult it is for America-First news outlets to spread the facts, share conservative opinions, and still pay the bills.
Without naming names, I have been told of several news outlets who have been forced to either consolidate with larger organizations or who have backed down on covering certain topics out of fear of being “canceled” by the ad networks. I get it. This is a business for many of us and it’s not very profitable. Those of us who do this for a living are often barely squeaking by, so loss of additional revenue can often mean being forced to make cuts. That means not being able to cover the topics properly. Its a Catch-22: Tell the truth and lose the money necessary to keep telling the truth, or avoid the truth and make enough money to survive. Those who have chosen survival simply aren’t able to spread the truth properly.
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