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In remarks Wednesday that were panned as “pompous,” “condescending” and “elitist,” Biden administration official John Kerry essentially told the countless oil/gas workers who’ve been robbed of their livelihoods to “learn to code.”
Not in those exact words, granted, but the message was still the same.
During a White House briefing on climate change, Kerry, who serves as U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (a made-up position that never existed prior to President Joe Biden’s administration), was asked what his “message” is to the oil/gas workers who’ve had their jobs destroyed by the administration’s policies.
In response, Kerry delivered a lecture about how it’s up to the men and women who’ve spent years — perhaps even decades — learning how to earn a living in the oil/gas business to just miraculously learn overnight how to be solar and/or wind turbine technicians, and all without any substantive help from the Biden administration.
Listen to his remarks below:
“With respect to those workers, no two people, in this room, are more concerned about it and the president of the United States has expressed in every comment he has made about climate, the need to grow the new jobs that pay better, that are cleaner,” Kerry began.
“That, I mean, you look at the consequences of black lung for a miner, for instance, and measure that against the fastest growing job in the United States before COVID was solar power technician. The same people can do those jobs, but the choice of doing the solar power one now is a better choice. Similarly, you have the second fastest growing job pre-COVID was wind turbine technician,” he added.
Note how he tried to hide his clear-cut lack of empathy by claiming that solar/wind technician jobs would be “safer” and “better” for America’s now-unemployed oil/gas workers. To be clear, only a dictator thinks he has the right to determine what risks are acceptable to an individual worker who’s just trying to pay his/her bills.
Regardless, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, workers in the solar energy industry “are potentially exposed to a variety of serious hazards, such as arc flashes (which include arc flash burn and blast hazards), electric shock, falls, and thermal burn hazards that can cause injury and death.”
The same holds true of workers in the wind energy industry: “Wind Energy workers are exposed to hazards that can result in fatalities and serious injuries. Many incidents involving falls, severe burns from electrical shocks and arc flashes/fires, and crushing injuries have been reported to OSHA.”
“This is happening. Seventy-five percent, seventy percent of all the electricity that’s come online in the United States in the last few years came from renewables, not … Coal plants have been closing over the last 20 years,” Kerry continued.
Coal plants shutting down on their own is a natural cause of supply and demand. But coal/oil/gas plants being forced shut by the government is authoritarianism.
“So what President Biden wants to do is make sure those folks have better choices. That they have alternatives. That they could be the people who go to work to make the solar panels. They were making them here at home,” Kerry added.
This argument would hold more weight if there was a shred of proof that the Biden administration is doing something — anything — to help the estimated 1,000+ Americans who’ve already been left unemployed by President Biden’s revocation of the construction permit for the Keystone XL oil pipeline.
On Twitter(dot)com you can watch people’s individual lives be destroyed as Joe Biden costs them their jobs.
And this is still technically day one. 🌈 pic.twitter.com/I8cc3TS4Oe
— crabcrawler (@crabcrawler1) January 21, 2021
Continuing his lecture, Kerry then slammed the Trump administration for allegedly feeding oil/gas workers a “false narrative.”
“That is going to be a particular focus of the Build Back Better agenda. And I think that unfortunately, workers have been fed a false narrative. No surprise, right? For the last few years. They’ve been fed the notion that somehow dealing with climate is coming at their expense. No, it’s not,” he said.
The left’s desired tactics for dealing with the alleged threat of man-made climate change do in fact require sacrifice and suffering from working class Americans. But to be fair, they certainly require no sacrifices from the likes of Kerry.
“Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records indicate that the family of U.S. Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry owns a private jet, despite his position on combating fossil fuels in the new administration,” Fox News reported Wednesday.
It must be nice …
Listen below as President Biden refuses to answer when asked about the increasing number of sacrifices he’s demanding only working class American make:
Kerry concluded his lecture by reiterating how Biden is just trying to do what’s allegedly best for American workers.
“I think that workers are going to see that with the efforts of the Biden administration, they’re going to have a much better set of choices. And frankly, it will create more jobs than stuck where we were,” he said.
While members of the left predictability hailed his lecture, members of the right lashed out in righteous defense of Americans who’ve already suffered or are slated to suffer because of the policies of President Joe Biden:
John Kerry—who flies in private jets, owned a 76-foot yacht and several mansions—has the carbon footprint of a small nation.
Yet he tells energy workers to “make solar panels” when the Biden administration kills their jobs. pic.twitter.com/QhK2FVykxU
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) January 27, 2021
Unbelievable—John Kerry told oil and gas workers who will soon see their livelihoods destroyed by Biden’s policies to just find another job.
Democrats’ disdain for the forgotten men and women whose families and communities are supported by our oil and gas industry is disgusting. https://t.co/RVyl6W7VO8
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) January 27, 2021
John Kerry – worth hundreds of millions – telling blue-collar workers to just “go to work to make the solar panels.”
By the way, solar will pay on average $20K less than oil and gas jobs.
John Kerry thinks you should just shutup and accept it.
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) January 27, 2021
I’m sure all those Wisconsin workers laid off bc Biden halted Keystone XL last week are super relieved to hear that at some indeterminate point in the future when govt regs and market forces align they’ll be back at work making solar panels and wind turbines. https://t.co/xquHnCCt8S
— John Daniel Davidson (@johnddavidson) January 27, 2021
— Matthew Betley 🇺🇸 (@MatthewBetley) January 27, 2021
Democrats are very open about the society they feel entitled to impose onto you.
For your own good, naturally. https://t.co/zin7PNZooM
— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) January 27, 2021
Every single one of those newly unemployed oil workers is more honest, more genuine and more skilled than this pompous, smarmy swamp creature. https://t.co/qvwzz5WNns
— Gerry Callahan (@GerryCallahan) January 27, 2021
Don’t worry if you just lost a job in the oil and gas industry. John Kerry says you can learn a new trait, start at the bottom and likely suffer from financial ruin as you try to dig yourself and your family out. But at least you will feel better about not damaging the climate.
— Drew Berquist (@drewberquist) January 27, 2021
John Kerry is a man of simple tastes. He likes to warn you about what a serious problem climate change is while flying all over the world in private jets to negotiate deals that kill American jobs and strengthen Iran.
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) January 27, 2021
Kerry reportedly also owns a 76-foot sailing yacht.
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