Joe Biden’s staff must have had their heads in their hands during the last debate when the Democrat candidate for president insinuated that he would move to destroy the American oil and gas industry over the next 15 years.
Everyone who follows American politics knows that swing states are the key to winning elections. It just so happens that some swing states’ economies are heavily reliant on the oil and gas industry, for example: Pennsylvania.
As predicted by anyone with a brain, (which eliminates liberals) when Joe finally exited his bunker to campaign in PA he was finally forced to answer questions about his plan to force a ‘transition’ from petroleum based energy to so called ‘renewable’ energy sources. Up until now Biden has faced almost no hard questions, not even to clarify the outlandish things he has said. Despite a man with so much filth and allegations of graft surrounding him, it is incredible how much scrutiny he has avoided.
After the debate the Washington Examiner explained:
‘Democratic nominee Joe Biden said he would transition away from the oil and gas industry over time as part of his climate plans, opening the door to Trump campaign criticism in the election’s final stretch.
“I would transition from the oil industry, yes,” Biden said during back-and-forth sparring with President Trump over climate change during Thursday night’s debate.
“That’s a big statement,” Trump said in response.
“It is a big statement,” Biden added. He then said that oil “pollutes significantly” and “has to be replaced by renewable energy over time.” Biden also said he would end federal subsidies for oil.’
Today, Biden tried to ‘clarify’ or, in my view ‘walk back’ his comments after reporters actually asked him real question, not about the allegations of graft or being owned by the Chinese, but about fracking and the gas industry. Fox News reported that Biden said:
“Look I’m from Scranton, Pennsylvania. My great grandfather was a mining engineer. So I come from coal country. And I’m not talking about eliminating fracking, I just said no more fracking on federal lands,” Biden told CBS Philadelphia. “With regard to gas, oil, coal all of it, the transition is taking place having nothing to do with anything I’m proposing. The fact is that the fastest growing industries in the country are solar and wind. We can move in a direction where the transition takes place, so that people are not left behind, and we we got to invest in the new technologies.”
In an interview with NBC affiliate WBRE in Wilkes-Barre PA, on the very same day, Biden repeated the same message, vowing to cut subsidies and tax breaks for petroleum companies.
“I will not ban fracking, I said no fracking on federal land. I will not ban fracking, number one,” Biden said. “Number two, the coal and, excuse me, the natural gas industry, and oil is not going to be fundamentally changed. They’re already in transition. What I’m saying is that we will not continue to subsidize, give tax breaks to the oil companies which amount to $40 billion. They will not get that, and that money will be put into research and development to figure out how to carbon capture what’s coming off of gas and oil.”
Biden provided some additional detail when he spoke to Scranton ABC affiliate WNEP.
“What I said was, we’re gonna stop the subsidies for oil, which is about $40 billion. We’re going to take that money, invest it in new technologies for what they call carbon capture. We’re going to still need oil. We’re gonna still have combustion engines, We’re still going to need oil for many things, but what’s happening is you have to do it, and we can work toward getting it done so you can capture the carbon that comes from that gas and that oil. That’s what has to be done.”
If you recall, President Trump absolutely dunked on Biden over the comments when he made them at the debate:
“Will you remember that, Texas?”—@realDonaldTrump
As a Texan, the oil industry is a KEY component to our economy.
Yes Mr. President, we will remember that Joe Biden wants to destroy that industry, & we will fight to make sure he never gets the chance to.pic.twitter.com/AuUX93wMDp
— Tommy Hicks (@TommyHicksGOP) October 23, 2020
“That’s maybe the biggest statement in terms of business … because basically what he said is he is going to destroy the oil industry,” the president said. “Will you remember that, Texas? Will you remember that Pennsylvania, Oklahoma?”
Biden has been promising to destroy America’s energy industry for a long time (my words, not his), all while the United States has finally become nearly energy independent under President Trump. Even leftist ‘fact checkers’ were forced to admit that ‘it is true that in the final months of 2019, ‘the US gradually moved into being a net exporter of crude and products’ he [Trump] said, meaning the country exports more than it imports.’
Biden wants to undermine this success and the national security being a net exporter of crude brings, to try and force the market to ‘transition’ to ‘renewable energy,’ which sounds like a great idea. However, if the technology was there, the market would already have adopted it.
It is not only Republicans who were astounded by Biden’s comments. Vulnerable Democrats have distanced themselves from Biden’s incredibly irresponsible plans. If China were to ask for one thing from the United States to give them a military advantage, it would be to shut down our top energy source. No one in this day and age can wage a war without oil and gas, no one.
Vulnerable Democrats who are up for reelection are running from Biden, Forbes has explained ‘Vulnerable Democrats Break With Biden Over ‘Transition’ From Oil Industry’
‘Rep. Kendra Horn (D-Okla.), one of the most endangered House Democrats, affirmed Trump’s reaction, calling Biden’s stated position “one of the places Biden and I disagree,” and declaring: “We must stand up for our oil and gas industry.”’
Another vulnerable freshman Democrat, Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D-M.N.) warned against “demonizing” the industry and stated she would “continue to stand up to my party when they’re out of touch with the reality on the ground.”’
At this point, unless enough people have made up their minds that they believe the media and that Donald Trump is Satan, I do not see how they vote for Biden. Between the allegations about China, Ukraine and his shady business dealings, to his open admission that he will try to essentially end the oil and gas over the next 15 years or so, Biden’s goose is cooked.
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