Despite President Biden’s enigmatic statement that the U.S. economy has “zero inflation,” individuals, families and businesses alike are seeing dramatic cost increases across the economic spectrum. According to the Wall Street Journal, the month of June showed the fastest pace of U.S. inflation since 1981, with a Consumer Price Index increase of 9.1 percent compared to the same month in 2021. Things have then slightly improved as the CPI for July rose with 8.5 percent compared to the same month last year.
Ironically – when taking President Biden’s statement into account – Democrats have pushed through legislation called the Inflation Reduction Act, a mammoth $739 billion bill that the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office estimates will cost the American middle class $20 billion. The bill also includes $369 billion in spending on “energy security and climate change” – plus the hiring of an unprecedented 87,000 new IRS agents, which critics say is for targeting the middle class.
COST OF RAISING KIDS
In the U.S., the cost of raising a child through high school has risen to over $300,000 due to inflation, according to the Brookings Institution. The study estimates that it will cost a married, middle-income couple with two children $310,605 to raise the younger child, born after 2015, until the child turns 17. That’s $26,000 more than just two years ago.
"A lot of people are going to think twice before they have either a first child or a subsequent child because everything is costing more. You also may feel like you have to work more,” Brookings Senior Fellow Isabel Sawhill told the Wall Street Journal.
“BUY SOLAR PANELS”
American consumers facing unprecedented energy costs are recommended to buy solar panels and get tax credits. "If you are moderate income, today you can get 30% off the price of solar panels. Those solar panels can be financed, so you don't have to have the big outlay at the front … it's a significant incentive," Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm told Fox News Sunday.
Granholm faced severe backlash from Republicans for her comments. “Families are struggling under an energy crisis and inflation crisis. Instead of fixing these crises, the Biden Administration is more focused on pushing pricey solar panels and their radical Green New Deal agenda,” Congresswoman Debbie Lesko wrote in a tweet.
IN FOR A COLD WINTER
On Monday, the price for natural gas soared to the highest it’s been in 14 years. The Biden administration has blamed “Putin’s war” for rising energy costs; however, a more correct analysis would be that the West’s sanctions on Russia are backfiring, enabling the country to hold Europe hostage by reducing energy exports – resulting in regular people having to bear the brunt of the political games played by their leaders. Russia has throttled the volume of natural gas currently flowing to Germany through the Nordstream 1 pipeline – this time due to “unscheduled maintenance.”
Due to the shutdown of nuclear power plants, the introduction of less efficient energy sources such as wind power, along with other measures taken over the past decades in order to comply with “sustainability” requirements and “climate change goals,” Western European countries like Germany and Sweden have issued warnings that their populations might be in for a cold winter – even inside their own homes. The biggest landlord in Germany announced plans to reduce heating during the night, and public buildings are turning down the thermostats. According to Bloomberg, about 25 percent of Germans have slipped into energy poverty, which means that costs for heating and lighting impact their ability to cover other expenses.
Despite the fact that German electricity prices set a new record on Monday, jumping to over 700 euro ($695) per megawatt hour – 14 times the average over the past five years – the German government is firmly set on following through with shutting down its three remaining nuclear power stations.
The climate agenda is being pushed across the West, threatening food security as farmers in the Netherlands face government expropriation of their lands due to plans of cutting nitrogen and ammonia emissions. According to the Dutch government, which has allotted $24.6 billion for the project, livestock production must be cut to protect nature areas that are part of protected habitats for “endangered plants and wildlife.”
“The Netherlands is a pilot project for the globalists’ Great Reset. These policies do not originate from Dutch politicians – they’re part of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the World Economic Forum’s agenda. With these policies, 50 percent of Dutch farmers will go out of business. And the Dutch government doesn’t seem to budge an inch, despite the country-wide protests. The politicians won’t listen to their own people since they’re actually being controlled by the globalists,” Dutch legal philosopher and political commentator Eva Vlaardingerbroek explains to The Florida Standard.
“NO CLIMATE EMERGENCY”
The research that politicians and corporations rely on to push the new “Green” policies has hardly been conclusive, although governments and mainstream media alike want to make us all think so. When the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report for 2013 came out, scientists were pressured to hide the fact that the planet’s temperature had not risen for 15 years. The report prior to that one, published in 2007, was also subject to controversy, and the authors had to correct the claim that the Himalayas would melt by 2035.
As Western nations squeeze their own populations under the auspices of climate goals and the end to fossil fuels, some scientists voice their disagreement with the conclusions that lay the foundation to this agenda. In a global initiative led by Norwegian Nobel laureate Professor Ivar Giaever, 1,107 top scientists have signed the World Climate Declaration, stating that a climate emergency doesn’t actually exist.
The signatories write: “To believe the outcome of a climate model is to believe what the model makers have put in. This is precisely the problem of today’s climate discussion to which climate models are central. Climate science has degenerated into a discussion based on beliefs, not on sound self-critical science.”