There was a lot of snark the other day when Trump said on Twitter that he was putting America First by cutting Saudi Arabia some slack in order to maintain cheap gas prices:
You just can’t win with the Fake News Media. A big story today is that because I have pushed so hard and gotten Gasoline Prices so low, more people are driving and I have caused traffic jams throughout our Great Nation. Sorry everyone!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 22, 2018
Oil prices getting lower. Great! Like a big Tax Cut for America and the World. Enjoy! $54, was just $82. Thank you to Saudi Arabia, but let’s go lower!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2018
Gas really is cheap right now.
No one is complaining about it either after being crushed in the 2000s. This has more to do with US production which has shot through the roof over the past five years. President Trump was also panned in Europe by Macron for pulling out of the Paris climate agreement.
Maybe Trump hasn’t been given enough credit for cheap gas prices. He also issued some executive orders on offshore drilling. That’s still years away, but the US energy picture is much brighter than it was in the W. and Obama years at the height of the Peak Oil scare. ACKSHUALLY, drill, baby drill worked. Sarah Palin was mocked for it, but when you drill for oil the price comes down.
Meanwhile, while we are sitting pretty in the United States, it is like a scene out of Mad Max: The Road Warrior right now in Macron’s France:
“French police locked horns with thousands of angry protesters who stormed the streets with placards wearing yellow vests before hurling objects at riot police and starting fires. Shocking images show demonstrators waving an array of flags and ramming metal barriers into police, with some being dragged away from the scene by officers. Paris is currently under a fog of tear gas, with demonstrators also being targeted with water cannons to fire at police. Officers are also seen edging closer to protestors using a wall of their shields.
A trailer was set on fire and exploded on the Champs Elysees and a man who tried to attack fire fighters was overpowered by some of the demonstrators themselves.
On the nearby Avenue de Friedland, police fired special rubber balls at protesters to control rioters.
Riot police arrested 22 people in Paris and at protests in other parts of the country. …
A poll this week indicated that 73 percent of people in France have expressed support for the protests, which have been characterised as a grassroots movement lacking in clear leadership.
Mr Macron admitted failing to “reconcile the French with their leaders” and had “not given them enough consideration” but is standing firm and refusing to back the fuel taxes.
Interior Minister Christophe Castaner accused far-right leader Marine Le Pen of fanning the protests in the capital.
He said: ”The ultra-right is mobilised and is building barricades on the Champs Elysees. They are progressively being neutralised and pushed back by police.”
In a message on Twitter, Le Pen said she had questioned why no protests were being allowed in the area. …”
It is due to Macron’s globalist energy policies. “France of the periphery,” which is to say, the real French people who live outside of Paris and have to drive to work are rebelling:
“The protest may be amorphous, but the anger is real enough.
Its heartland is what’s become known here as the France of the periphery: that is, the thousands of small towns across the country where people depend heavily on cars to get to work and to shop – and feel their values are ignored by the sophisticated rule makers of the capital.
The price of diesel, the most commonly used fuel in French cars, has risen by around 23% over the past 12 months to an average of €1.51 (£1.32; $1.71) per litre, its highest point since the early 2000s, AFP reports.
World oil prices did rise before falling back again but the Macron government raised its hydrocarbon tax this year by 7.6 cents per litre on diesel and 3.9 cents on petrol, as part of a campaign for cleaner cars and fuel.
The decision to impose a further increase of 6.5 cents on diesel and 2.9 cents on petrol on 1 January 2019 was seen as the final straw.
The president has blamed world oil prices for three-quarters of the price rise. He also said more tax on fossil fuels was needed to fund renewable energy investments. …”
Yeah, I don’t think it is due to world oil prices:
Macron’s government is blaming Marine Le Pen for the protests.
There is talk that Marine Le Pen is resurgent in France. The next presidential election is still years away, but Marine Le Pen will need a new issue to breakthrough the mainstream cartel. For Donald Trump, it was the devastation of the Midwest that put him over the top and in the White House.