President Biden and his administration have not been honest with the American people about why energy is scarce and so expensive. Even fellow Democrats who support the president are beginning to have a hard time with it.

One example is a liberal journalist and former Democratic California gubernatorial candidate Michael Shellenberger, who voted for Biden in 2020, went after president Biden and his administration for “lying” to the American people about energy policy.

Shellenberger is just being honest about what he is seeing.

In his video, on his YouTube channel, he goes after recent claims about domestic energy from Biden and his administration calling the claims factually inaccurate and, perhaps, deliberately misleading.

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In the video, which you can watch below, Shellenberger goes after statements that claim lackluster investment in domestic oil production and refinement capacity have been the result of corporate greed rather than the administration’s policies.

He points out that in a June 15 letter to oil executives President Biden accused them of deliberately restricting refining capacity for profit.

[They] 'have an opportunity to take immediate actions to increase the supply of gasoline, diesel, and other refined product you are producing and supplying to the United States market,' the President argued.

Shellenberger notes that American refineries are operating at 94% capacity.

Biden claims that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the reason for high prices and claimed that “this idea that they [American oil companies] don’t have oil to drill, is simply not true.”

Shellenberger notes that the administration has killed numerous proposals to bring more oil to refineries.

The Biden administration killed a proposal for new drilling in Alaska, with the Interior Department claiming that there “wasn’t oil industry interest in the area.”

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski said that she’s spoken with a number of executives that have, in fact, expressed interest.

Biden’s director of the National Economic Council recently noted that 94% of oil executives say it is something other than “government regulations” that is keeping them from investing in new drilling infrastructure.

Deese omits, however, that government impacts national drilling capacity in more ways than just regulation.

In this election year, the Democrats and the president will have a hard time convincing voters to keep them in power if even liberal journalists are now calling them out for not being truthful.

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