OPINION: US President Joe Biden’s administration finds itself in a quandary. It wants more oil and gas production to satisfy US consumers before the November mid-term elections, but nobody — from the president on down — seems to have the ability to get along with the people it needs to have on its side.

A jumble of mixed messages from the White House has made the task more difficult.

The Biden administration has had icy relations with domestic producers from the off, and things are little better with longtime allies in the Middle East.