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  1. Mar 2023
    1. Yet we shouldn’t act as if there is zero reason for Biden’s turnabout. He understands, like every president before him, that surging gasoline prices are an enormous political liability in a society where the vast majority of workers still require the dirty fuel to get to work. As long as Biden acts as if his administration is helpless in the face of fossil fuel price volatility — and only increased supply will bring the price down — political viability will continue to hinge on cheap fossil fuel prices.
      • The hands of politicians are always bound.
        • by the fossil fuel interests that power the ordinary person's lives
      • The current dependency of the ordinary person on fossil fuels
        • is still the greatest barrier to system change.