Sen. Ed Markey: GOP’s ‘biggest lie’ is that drilling for more oil and gas is the path to energy independence

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Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey, a Democrat, has claimed that, despite an abundance of evidence showing that “clean” energy is currently neither as reliable nor as efficient as traditional energy, America should invest in it right now instead of the latter.

He made this bold but dubious assertion while delivering a speech this weekend at the Democrat National Committee’s winter meeting.

“Republicans and their oil-soaked cronies … want to feed the American people one of the biggest lies of all – that drilling for more oil and more gas is the path to energy independence,” he said during his speech.

“Republicans say that they have an all-of-the-above plan, but it’s really an oil-above-all plan. The GOP always has stood for the gas and oil party. And its argument of drilling equals energy independence is leakier than an old oil tanker.”


His remarks are being intensely bashed because, for one, they make little sense.

Critics have noted, for instance, that former President Donald Trump had achieved energy independence, only to have his policies rolled back by his successor, current President Joe Biden.

Critics have also noted that the Biden administration’s current plan of thwarting domestic drilling and instead purchasing oil/gas from tyrannical rulers in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia makes very little sense.

They have also pointed out that several European countries already tried going the “clean” energy independence route and are now paying a steep price for that decision.

They’ve become so dependent on foreign oil, according to Adam Pankratz, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business, that were their supply to be cut, people would “start dying because they can’t heat their homes.”

Pankratz’ quote was originally reported here.

Despite the results in Europe, the Biden administration and its Democrat allies in Congress remain inflexibly committed to promoting “clean” energy at the expense of traditional forms of energy.

As for soaring gas prices, the administration has simply recommended that Americans purchase an electric vehicle. Such vehicles average around $50,000, but that doesn’t seem to be a concern for Democrats.

The administration has also tried to blame soaring gas prices — which Republicans say are the result of Democrats’ anti-gas/oil policies — on the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Yet the evidence once again runs contrary to their claims, as demonstrated below:

The evidence consists of data and polls showing that prices were on the rise long before Russia invaded Ukraine.

Republicans are not alone in their push for more oil/gas investment. Even Elon Musk, the billionaire entrepreneur renowned for his successful development and promotion of “clean”/”green” technology and solutions, has argued that oil and gas investments are mandatory at this juncture in time.

Everyone, it would appear, recognizes this point except for Democrats, who keep doubling down on “clean” energy, even as the American people double down on their complete disgust with what they say are controlling party’s skewed priorities.


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