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Joe’s new green-energy crisis, Ron’s bogus charisma ‘problem’ and other commentary

Conservative: Joe’s New Green-Energy Crisis

President Biden’s “green-energy policies” are “increasing demand for transformers and the specialized electrical steel to manufacture them” while also making it harder to produce them, warns The Wall Street Journal’s Allysia Finley. That forces increasing reliance on imported transformers, including from China, “which presents cybersecurity risks” and costs more, due to tariffs. Yet Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act subsidies “supercharge demand” for electricity when “we can’t even maintain” the existing grid, boosting the “risk of blackouts.” Plus, new “efficiency standards” proposed for distribution transformers will only “ensure” that such problems “get worse.” Biden’s “climate policies are working at cross purposes, which might be comical if the consequences weren’t so grave.”

From the right: Everyone Demands FBI Reform

In the wake of the Durham report, “63% of all Americans” want either “serious congressional reform” of the FBI or “closing it down and rebuilding from the ground up,” reports Issues & Insights’ Terry Jones off a new I&I/TIPP poll. Only “15% of Americans” want nothing done; “the agreement that the FBI needs serious reform was strongly bipartisan.” Yes, “Congress is beginning its own investigation of sorts, with the House Judiciary Committee pressing the FBI on recent investigations.” But: “Truly significant reforms will depend on the 2024 election, and even then only if Republicans control at least one branch of Congress and take back the White House.”

Windy City journal: Carnage . . . & Silence

“For two weekends in a row,” Chicago’s seen “a double-digit number of people killed in shootings around the city,” notes the Washington Examiner’s Jack Elbaum. Yet the (at least) 52 shootings and 10 deaths to start June were “apparently not worth a single headline from a national outlet. Is consistent human carnage supposed to be considered normal?” And “out of 682 murder victims in Chicago over the past 12 months, 489 have been black,” yet the “NAACP has decided to spend time attacking Florida.” Indeed, the continued violence “has been met with silence from” new mayor Brandon Johnson, who’s “acting as if everything is normal and going according to plan,” and “the local Black Lives Matter chapter,” which “continues to advocate defunding Chicago police” while also promoting — “I have no idea why — anti-Israel protests.”

Gadfly: Ron’s Bogus Charisma ‘Problem’

“The people who are most eager to tell you about DeSantis’s allegedly crippling lack of charisma were never going to vote for him in the first place,” smirks National Review’s Jim Geraghty. Indeed, “a charisma deficit is the perfect candidate weakness to argue about because it is subjective and difficult to measure with any precision.” Yet “if DeSantis were the boring black hole of personality” his critics claim, “you’d figure that at some point it might have impeded his rise to where he is now” — i.e. “starting in second place in the GOP presidential primary.” And his “campaign war chest of $110 million as of late April” is likely “an indicator that a whole lot of Republicans are watching DeSantis and concluding, ‘Eh, he’s charismatic enough.’ ”

Antisemitism watch: Biden’s Ominous Omission

“It’s much harder to fight hatred if we aren’t clear about who or what we’re fighting,” explain Douglas E. Schoen & Saul Mangel at The Hill, yet Team Biden’s new plan to fight antisemitism dodges defining it, “an omission that underscores the complexities of fighting one of the world’s oldest forms of hatred, particularly when it emanates from the far left.” It doesn’t embrace the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance definition, which says “criticisms of Israel are antisemitic when driven by underlying anti-Jewish sentiments — namely, denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, claiming that the existence of Israel is a racist endeavor,” etc. This shields lefty Jew-haters, though “antisemitism on the far left is uniquely dangerous because of how ingrained it has become in mainstream society under the guise of anti-Zionism.” That’s especially true on “college campuses, where antisemitic incidents have tripled between 2014 and 2021.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

This story originally appeared on NYPost

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