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Ukraine Bureau: Joe’s Perverse Energy Ask

The Biden administration has reportedly urged Ukraine to stop attacking Russia’s energy infrastructure, scoffed Jonathan Sweet & Mark Toth on The Hill: It appears the White House is “more concerned about the sub-$85 keeping global and domestic oil prices in an election year” than stopping “Russian aggression in Ukraine.”

“It is absurd” to ask Ukraine to “stop attacking Russia’s wartime energy capabilities,” all because “paying a ‘Zelensky tax’ on gasoline during Biden’s re-election year is apparently not acceptable.”

“This is a terrible sight for the Biden administration” – especially because “the West has no effective response” to Putin’s aggression, while “Ukraine does have one.” And “more of the same” from Biden and Brussels will not work, “because Putin will not give up.”

Green Watch: The EPA’s Electric Car Fantasy

The Environmental Protection Agency itself admits that new CO2 standards will require electric vehicles to make up more than half of new car sales by 2032, note Jonathan A. Lesser & Mark P. Mills in The Wall Street Journal.

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Sorry: “That won’t happen anytime soon,” because it “would require an unprecedented and staggeringly expensive expansion of local power grids.”

That would include a “massive increase in electrical transformer production” and “more power plants and transmission lines to produce and deliver the energy,” more than the country can likely produce.

Millions of homes will also need charger upgrades.

EPA EV proponents assume that market forces will solve all this, but the mandate is really just “another green fantasy.”

Libertarian: The Global War on Free Speech

“A report from The Future of Free Speech” on “speech regulations in 22 democracies since 2015” finds “a grim situation,” warns Reason’s JD Tuccille.

Canada’s ruling Liberal Party is pushing for “the Online Harms Act, to regulate speech on the Internet;” then “there’s Australia’s crackdown on alleged disinformation, the UK’s Online Safety Bill, the European Union’s Digital Services Act, Denmark’s renewed blasphemy ban, Italy’s libel rulings against government critics, France’s restrictions and Germany on pro-Palestinian protests, and more.”

“Restrictive legislation and empty assurances from authorities that they will use their authoritarian power wisely are far more the global norm than American-style speech protections. We complain about government attempts to muzzle, but overt censorship is increasingly common in other countries.”

Eye on Gaza: Biden’s still mysterious pier plan

Although President Biden promised weeks ago to build a pier on the Gaza coast, says Conn Carroll of the Washington Examiner, he had “no answers” ​​on key issues.

“Just this week, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant reached an agreement with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin” that the IDF “will provide a ‘security bubble’” for American personnel.

Such “details should have been established before Biden announced the project.” Big questions remain: “Who will load the food from the pier, bring it to Gaza and then distribute it?”

“If Biden had a stronger track record,” such “unanswered questions might not be so alarming,” but “this is the same administration that ignored multiple warnings” from Pentagon officials that leaving Afghanistan “would endanger American lives.”

Beating Albany: NJ’s COVID Lessons for NY

“A recently published independent review of New Jersey’s pandemic response has lessons for New York,” reports Bill Hammond of the Empire Center.

It sheds “indirect light” on New York’s “‘must yield’ order that forces nursing homes to accept discharging Covid-infected patients from hospitals.”

Statistical analysis shows a “significant correlation between the number of patient transfers under the policy and higher death rates in the homes that adopted it” in New York.

Despite health officials in both states issuing nearly identical policies, New Jersey officials “minimized the harm by communicating the policy more directly,” “allowing facilities to opt out” and, most importantly, “changing course when they acknowledged their mistake” in just two months. to soften.

New York State “has not yet provided a reliable record” of its decision-making.

– Compiled by The Post Editorial Board


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