If workers in states that have oil and gas leases are fearing for their jobs, it appears they have good reason to do so after President Biden’s energy nominee Jennifer Granholm admitted in her confirmation hearing on Wednesday that some jobs may be “sacrificed.” The loss of jobs will ostensibly be a casualty of Biden’s sweeping $2 trillion climate agenda. Instead, Democrats are claiming that it will create new jobs in an echo reminiscent of the Obama administration.
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) put Granholm’s feet to fire over potential job losses in states such as New Mexico, Wyoming, and Colorado. For him, it’s personal. He is the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and Wyoming is heavily reliant on the oil and gas industry for jobs in that state. Pausing leases on federal lands the way that Biden has just mandated has the potential to cost many, many jobs in numerous states just as canceling the Keystone XL oil pipeline will do.
“A long-term ban on oil and gas leasing would cost about 62,000 jobs in New Mexico … about 33,000 jobs in Wyoming, and about 18,000 jobs in Colorado,” Barrasso stated before addressing Granholm on exactly what this all means for the nation.
“I’m just curious how a long-term ban consistent with the president’s goal of unifying our country and putting Americans back to work and helping our economies grow, how is that all consistent?” he asked the former Democratic governor of Michigan who seemed to blanch at the question.
Granholm struggled to answer but gave it a try anyway and gave away the truth in the process: “I think the president’s plan of building back better would create more jobs in energy, clean energy, than the jobs that might be sacrificed.”
She quickly tried to recover after realizing how she had phrased her answer: “But I will say this, no job — we don’t want to see any jobs sacrificed.”
Then came the justifications and the side-stepping: “For those states that have these jobs in abundance is something we’re going to have to work on together to ensure that people remain employed.” But many wonder if that would ever be the case since unity is in such short supply these days.
Trying to appear empathetic, Granholm attempted to appease those who may lose their jobs due to the climate agenda: “I totally get the concern about job losses. Totally,” she assured those at the hearing.
This is a recurring theme being pushed by the left since Biden was inaugurated.
Climate envoy John Kerry tried to pacify oil and gas workers by telling them that even if they lose their jobs, they will have “better choices” in the future, such as manufacturing solar panels.
Transportation secretary nominee Pete Buttigieg also mirrored those sentiments in his confirmation hearing. He proclaimed that they “are very eager to see those workers continue to be employed in good-paying union jobs, even if they might be different ones.”
“I’m thinking they have a SWAT team to take out jobs,” Republican Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana stated concerning President Biden and the Democrats.
“If you’ve lost a job that’s putting food on the table now, it’s cold comfort to know that years from now — perhaps in a different state with a different training within which you have — there’ll be another job available,” Cassidy darkly mused.
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