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I stand by energy workers as they provide affordable energy for America. You can protect the environment without punishing the economy. Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle oppose what @POTUS is trying to do because these actions will hurt America. pic.twitter.com/3nsv5YeUDP
Why This Matters: It is really rich to call ending subsidies and other government goodies for fossil fuel companies an “attack” on kids and the economy. It also ignores the market forces that are at work — clean energy is creating more jobs than it is supplanting. Just like the COVID stimulus, clean energy policies that address climate change are very popular with the public. Similarly, the only trick is to not move so far to the left that Senator Joe Manchin, who represents coal country, can’t go along.
Here’s a sample of the lies and hyperbole the Republicans were spouting about the Biden climate policies.
It’s Divisive: Senator John Barrasso in a USA Today op/ed said, “We need unity, but handing out pink slips won’t unite red states and blue states. And Biden’s orders won’t have measurable impact on climate change.”
It’s Risky To Energy Industry: Senator Lisa Murkowski said in a tweet, “President Biden’s recent EOs targeting resource development puts the energy industry at great risk.”
It Threatens Our Energy Security: Senator Kevin Cramer said in a tweet, “@POTUSbanning energy development on federal lands would increase the deficit, hurt state and tribal budgets, and make the United States more reliant on foreign producers. Our bill with @SenLummissupports schools and workers, and protects America’s energy security.”
It Hurts Conservation Funding: Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith tweeted, “@POTUSactions to stop oil & gas production will cut well-paying jobs & royalty revenues that allow states like MS to fund conservation projects. The Conservation Funding Protection Act would protect jobs, energy exploration & conservation efforts along the @msgulfcoast.”
Increase Energy Costs and Accidents: Senator Kevin Cramer said in a tweet, ” Eliminating the Keystone XL Pipeline will raise emissions, energy costs, the risk of transportation accidents, and the number of Americans without a job.”
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