Millions of young children face food insecurity every day; in fact, food insecurity is one of the greatest threats they can face. Here’s why: 50% of fruits and vegetables, 40% of roots and tubers, and 20% of grains are lost before they ever reach in the market in developing countries—in Africa specifically.
But it’s not just happening in developing countries. It’s here.
Headlines are awash in news of food and fuel shortages across that world, which are due in large part to the insane policies of the Biden administration that have slowly cut off our ability to prosper.
In 483 days, we went from being the No. 1 exporter of oil and gas to facing record high gas prices and warnings of shortages across the nation.
President Biden cancelled oil and gas leases in Alaska and the Gulf, signaling to the market the accumulating crisis of low fuel supplies.
Diesel is at a record nation average, at $5.56 per gallon. Trucking companies are already increasing fuel surcharges and passing rising fuel costs on to consumers, increasing the cost of and jeopardizing every American family’s ability to put food on the table.
Women and babies across the nation are experiencing a truly terrifying food insecurity: a 43% shortage nationwide of baby formula and no immediate solution. Families are pouring money into their gas tanks as they drive greater and greater distances hoping to find formula, only to find more expensive brands and sizes of formula not covered by the WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) program.
And it’s not just formula. High oil and gas prices put limits on farmers and drive up the price of everything else. In fact, “over half of wheat’s inflation, for example, is a direct result of higher prices for natural gas, the fuel needed to make fertilizer.” Last year, farmers spent a total of $7.1 billion on diesel, and diesel is up 60% from a year ago. The unaffordability is causing a crisis.
So, whose fault is it? Most big media outlets— including CNN—blame Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, but while it has caused a problem in some countries, Russia is not to blame for France’s or Brazil’s shortages of fertilizer and decreasing crop yields. Instead, let’s look at the timeline of events, beginning in March 2020.
In March 2020, the pandemic depressed demand because no one was going anywhere. Operational capacity for oil and gas production dropped drastically, with production dropping 8%.
In January 2021, Joe Biden did exactly what he’d promised to do on the campaign trail, “…no more drilling on federal lands, no more drilling including offshore, no ability for the oil industry to continue to drill, period” and “no new fracking.” His actions have halted the progress of the industry completely, cancelling leases and decreasing refining capacity and increasing our dependence on imported foreign oil. In less than two years the Biden administration has completely reversed our energy dominance achieved under President Trump.
From January 2021 to today, President Biden’s chief work has been to disrupt our economy in the name of climate alarmism, and the ripple effects of his policies are just beginning. Lower- and middle-class families are feeling the economic strains the most as they make difficult decisions about what is most important, electricity or food, food or fuel to get to work, and on and on.
For a president who declared that “America is back,” he has most certainly pulled the rug out from under every American. It’s time to sound the alarm before it’s too late and the United States has catapulted into its own demise.
The avalanche is mounting, and the only way to stop it is better policy. President Biden needs to cancel his “whole of government” attack against fossil fuel producers so that American energy companies can produce the energy the world needs and curb the impending crises. In fact, we all need to encourage the use of fossil fuels to promote human flourishing in America and beyond.