TV host and writer Mike Rowe of “Six Degrees with Mike Rowe” and numerous other popular shows is ever the diplomat and gentleman. But that didn’t stop him from pointing out that “energy can’t be the enemy” in response to President Biden’s shutting down of the Keystone Pipeline for his ‘green’ agenda. He’s also not keen on John Kerry telling workers that they can just go make solar panels.
It’s not just that we depend on fossil fuels for gas for our cars and heating for our homes, we also depend on them for endless other things such as “yoga pants,” as Rowe pointed out to Fox Business host Stuart Varney. It not only affects jobs, but every aspect of our lives.
“The conversation I think we ought to be having involves the degree to which 330 million Americans are truly reliant on petroleum products and fossil fuels,” Rowe said on Fox Business’ “Varney and Co” Monday. “Not just at the pump. It’s not just oil and natural gas or clean versus dirty. It’s the yoga pants. It’s the plastic on the keyboard.”
Rowe also stated that “energy can’t be the enemy” in America. But that is exactly what the Democrats are portraying it as, at least when it comes to oil, natural gas, and coal.
(Source: Fox Business)
“Even if our government turns its back on fossil fuels, the country can’t,” Rowe emphasized. “No matter what we want, we can’t do it.” That is a concept the left seems to not understand. If fossil fuels go away as they say they want them to, then almost everything we have will as well. There’s a domino effect at play here and it is disingenuous to claim we can just go ‘green’ and that there will be no ramifications from it financially or otherwise.
It’s true that those who were building the Keystone Pipeline for the most part are skilled workers, many of whom belong to unions. They will find other jobs even if they have to wait on a list for a period of time. But that doesn’t mean they won’t lose their homes or have to relocate. In fact, it is probable that they will have to do just that.
Rowe acknowledged that some energy jobs will be lost because of what Biden is mandating. But workers will adjust and will find a way as they always do. He also pointed out that due to the coronavirus, we’ve all had to do that over the last ten months.
“It’s unfortunate, but a lot of people over the last 10 months, have had to adapt or die,” Rowe said. “We’ve all had to pivot in virtually every industry.” Americans are resilient and can do that as no other country in the world can. That pivot just shouldn’t be forced upon us by politicians with an agenda.
Rowe stands out among so many out there on TV. He has selflessly raised and given away millions through his charity, The Mike Rowe Foundation. He believes that those looking for good jobs should consider the trades and he helps get them training and then work if he can. That would include plumbing, electrical, and carpentry, among other trades. Anyone interested in trade work can apply for a “work ethic” scholarship that may be granted through the foundation.
“From a foundation standpoint, the thing that I tried to focus on for the last 13 years is making sure people have a skill that’s in demand and a willingness and ability to go to where the work is,” Rowe added. “I don’t say that to sound glib or in any way dismissive of what’s happening in this industry.”
There is always an opportunity as any industry adapts, and Rowe is quick to point that out.
“Fossil fuels, as I understand it, is one of the leading investors in alternative fuels,” Rowe pointed out. “So we can’t just separate two sides of the same coin and expect to come out on the other side.” Instead, he believes we all have to work together on it. That sounds a lot like unity.
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