LETTER: Generalizations need context
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A letter published in the June 23 Enterprise stated we need leaders to put our country and its citizens first in their actions and policies. The writer said Pres. Biden is demonstrating the opposite. He made generalizations that need more context and facts.
Canceling the Keystone Pipeline: It would transport oil from Canada’s oil sands, among the most greenhouse-gas intensive energy in the world. Opponents of the proposed route noted it would traverse ecologically sensitive areas and important sources of water.
Closing areas to drilling for oil: The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is home to many migrating polar bears, waterfowl and caribou — and it's warming twice as fast as any other region on the Earth due to climate change. Six major U.S. banks said they would not finance drilling in ANWR, because the U.S. energy sector is shifting to renewable energy.
Reluctance to deal with the border crisis: Vice Pres. Harris' trip to Central America signals that the U.S. is willing to engage in solving regional problems. Immigration does not begin and end with our southern border. To make real change, we must address the root causes of migration in Central America.
Reluctance to deal with the cause of COVID-19: Biden has ordered U.S. intelligence agencies to "redouble their efforts" to investigate the origins of COVID-19, including "specific questions for China." An initial report on whether the virus came from an infected animal or a lab incident in China was inconclusive, so he's asking for a second report in 90 days to "bring us closer to a definitive conclusion."
Dealing with the crisis in the Middle East: Soon after the cease-fire in Gaza, Biden warned Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu that Washington’s patience is running thin. Biden's administration says Palestinians and Israelis “deserve equal measures of security, freedom, opportunity and dignity.”
Taking a pro-Russia position: Biden told Russian Pres. Putin that interference in American politics and certain cyber actions are out of bounds. He rejected Putin’s attempt to equate democratic demonstrations in Russia with the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. He voiced U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
Taking a weak position with China: Biden's first 100 days in office show the U.S. will likely have a confrontational relationship with China, similar to Trump’s policy but with nuances. Biden emphasizes rebuilding partnerships with allies to counter China.
Eliminating Trump’s policy of energy independence: Recent oil production changes are driven by changes in global demand, rather than anything the White House has done. Experts say Biden's executive orders didn’t stop current production, and new production from the avenues he closed would take years to materialize. Climate change demands these actions toward cleaner energy.
Canceling favorable trade deals negotiated by Trump: Trump’s chaotic trade policies – putting tariffs on Chinese imports and threatening tariffs on our European allies – raised prices at home and lost export opportunities abroad. Biden announced at the recent G7 summit that America is back, ready to engage with its allies to tackle mutual problems.