by Greg Walcher, E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow
As appearing in the Daily Sentinel

A tyrannical Tsar once said, “I do not rule Russia. Ten thousand clerks do.” Funny, even a despot like Nicholas I knew he couldn’t control everything. I sometimes wish more government officials were big enough to admit that.

This week many pundits are making hay of Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm openly laughing at a question about high gasoline prices. While attending a climate conference in Glasgow, she spoke on Bloomberg TV about Biden Administration’s energy policies. Asked what her plan was to increase American oil production, she laughed out loud. “That is hilarious,” she hooted. “Would that I had the magic wand on this.”

Then in a more serious if somewhat condescending tone, she explained, “Oil is a global market, it is controlled by a cartel, the cartel is called OPEC, and they made a decision (not to increase production.)”