Better Be Prepared for the Perfect Transportation Storm
November 2, 2022
We’ve all heard of the game “Where’s Waldo?” Well, I’ve got a better question. As we look upon the hordes of federal parasites dedicated public servants, where’s Pete? We’re seeing the convergence of some dangerous circumstances — a perfect storm, if you will. But it’s not a convergence of weather patterns, but problems with the transportation infrastructure. Yet Pete (Buttigieg) is nowhere to be found — at least not anywhere near the problems he’s supposed to prevent.
Loaded ships are still waiting off the coast of California because there aren’t enough trucks that meet the state’s emission standards to unload them — and it’s going to get worse in 2023, when more rules kick in. The ports are choked with cargo containers while perishables spoil and store shelves run empty. It’s a government-created problem. What is the government’s solution? Mandate that port employees work overtime loading the trucks that aren’t there. It’s government problem-solving 101.
The airline industry is plagued with cancelations and late flights. And it’s not because of climate change (bad weather) or mechanical failures. It’s because they don’t have enough pilots. When we tried to control a virus by closing the country, pilots retired, others refused to comply with the vaccine mandate and were fired, and some unknown number took the vax and found they could no longer pass their physicals. But this time, Pete is on the case. He’s told the airlines that the Department of Transportation will fine them if they don’t hire more of the pilots that don’t exist. That should light a fire under their executive tails.
But the deadliest transportation storm front is the approaching railroad strike. The Biden administration averted a strike in September by brokering a last-minute deal with the railroad unions. Now Joe and Pete just need all 12 of the unions to approve the deal to avoid a strike — by November 19. There’s just one problem. It’s an “all or none” situation, and two unions have already rejected the deal.
If the deal falls through, 33 million tons of cargo per week will not be delivered. That’s a lot of baby formula and toilet paper. Factories will close, store shelves will run empty, power plants will go offline, and construction will stop. Joe’s administration is lining up alternatives to trains if the railroads shut down. They assure us that if they fumble this — and they may — we’ll just ship everything by truck. But there’s a problem with that also. It would take an additional 460,000 trucks to move the freight that trains move. Bumper to bumper, that number of trucks would stretch across America — twice. It may take Freightliner a few days to crank those out.
Even if we had those trucks, they would use five times more fuel than trains (see this and this). That would be the fuel we don’t have, because Joe decided to wage war on the industry that produces the fuel — because he thinks he can control the weather that way. Are you following that logic?
And speaking of fuel, that’s another problem. As we move into winter, we are facing a diesel fuel shortage that is becoming critical. The Energy Information Administration has issued a report stating that as of October, we have only a 25-week reserve of fuel, and shortages are expected this winter. That’s the lowest reserve America has had in 14 years.
If we run out, crops won’t be harvested, and supplies won’t be delivered — even if the trains are still running. We’re just one natural disaster away from petrochemical Armageddon. What steps is the government taking?
- Canceling pipelines
- Stopping the drilling on public lands
- Restricting fracking
- Selling our strategic reserve to China
But the Biden administration has a solution for the fuel shortage. Buy electric cars, which run on electricity generated by burning the fuel Biden’s trying to eliminate.