Sen. Ted Cruz ripped into “centimillionaire” John Kerry over comments the former secretary of state made on Tuesday regarding future employment for oil-and-gas industry workers recently made jobless by executive fiat.
During a White House briefing, Kerry, who is serving as President Joe Biden’s climate change czar, was asked what “message” he has for energy sector workers who are out of a job following the cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was done via executive order.
“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,” he continued. “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.”
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“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,” he said. “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. What is happening to them is happening because of other market forces are already taking place.”
Cruz, a Texas Republican, expressed shock at Kerry’s casual aloofness over the realization that Biden’s order cost more than 11,000 good-paying, skilled-labor jobs they spent years learning and perfecting.
“What an arrogant, out-of-touch statement for a centimillionaire to say,” he told Fox News Primetime.
Kerry acquired most of his wealth after marrying multimillionaire Teresa Heinz following the death of her ketchup magnate husband, Sen. John Heinz III (R-Pa.), in a plane crash in 1991.
“You know, ‘You little people, you know, I don’t like the choices you’re making, and so your jobs go away,’ as John Kerry said right there. Quelle surprise that the Democratic elites have decided that blue-collar workers, that union members, that men and women with calluses on their hands, they’ve made the wrong choices, in John Kerry’s words,” Cruz said.
He went on to note that none of Biden’s Cabinet picks who have appeared before the Senate thus far for confirmation have had good answers for Americans displaced by the president’s unprecedented spree of executive actions, many aimed at the oil-and-gas industry.
“I’ve asked multiple Biden nominees what they would say to the union workers who just lost their jobs because Joe Biden decided they didn’t deserve a job,” Cruz told host Maria Bartiromo. “And essentially nominee after nominee after nominee has said, ‘Well, tough luck.’”
After Bartiromo noted that there are a lot of jobs tied to the oil-and-gas sector that have nothing to do with exploration, extraction, and refining, Cruz went on to point out that of all the major industrialized nations, the U.S. reduced its carbon emissions the most last year, despite its increased fossil fuel production.
He also said returning to old left-wing energy policies embraced during the Obama administration will once again make the U.S. more reliant on other countries and less self-sufficient, which would benefit China.