Joe Biden’s Chief of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Samantha Power has signaled that a global food shortage will be a reason for the government to push farmers to “green energy” resources more quickly.
Power appeared on the Sunday broadcast of ABC’s “This Week” and told host George Stephanopoulos that the federal government must “never let a crisis go to waste.”
She said that the Russian invasion of Ukraine will lead to fertilizer shortages that will give farmers the “opportunity” to speed up their transition from industrial fertilizers to natural resources.
She said that because Russia is a “big exporter” of fertilizer a shortage is inevitable. Power said that fertilizer as a product is not subject to U.S. economic sanctions but insisted that there is less being exported. She said the Biden administration is working with other nations to “think about natural solutions” like manure and composted material.
Power added that the crisis might “hasten transitions” that would have been in the interest of agriculture anyway.
She also claimed that the $33 billion Biden asked Congress for in additional military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine is somehow necessary to “meet emergency food needs.” Without those taxpayer funds, she said the “cascading deadly effects” of the war will extend to “Africa and beyond.”
Biden’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm made similar statements recently, demanding Congress use the Russian invasion as a reason to “wean” America off of fossil fuels and enact new “clean energy” legislation. She said the Russian invasion presents a “moment when we should be acting.”
Biden laid the groundwork for the narrative at a NATO meeting in March, warning Americans that food shortages are going to be “real” as a result of U.S. sanctions.
As domestic energy production remains stifled by Biden administration policies, the average price of a gallon of gas in the U.S. stands at $4.21.
Geneticist Razib Khan responded to Power’s comments by observing that many Americans are “totally detached from the realities of agriculture and world food production.”