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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.”
.@SenMarkey: “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. […] The GOP always has stood for gas and oil party.” pic.twitter.com/rE5RKngowo
— The Hill (@thehill) March 13, 2022
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.
Yes, drilling for oil overseas then having huge oil tankers ship it back to us is definitely the way to go.
— HerculePoirot (@LauraLynn1960) March 13, 2022
Because using our own massive resources clearly won’t free us from foreign control of…..wait….yeah, it totally would
— jman172 (@jman4955) March 13, 2022
Yes! Oil and gas is key to strength and security. Germany believed the Greenies and now depend on Russia.
— Carol B (@CarolB03096584) March 13, 2022
gee Markey seems simple enough to me, this country produces more oil, we are no longer dependent, oil prices go down and we can supply Europe,
under Trump gas was $2.50 gallon,
don’t get how you figure it
— pepps (@peppslugs) March 13, 2022
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.
Biden shares tone-deaf plan to ensure ‘no one will have to worry about gas prices’ https://t.co/MREj8UNvmE pic.twitter.com/oNMcIW6AIZ
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 9, 2022
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:
Democrats will try to blame historic gas prices on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. But the facts show otherwise:
On Day 1, Biden halted the Keystone Pipeline and issued a moratorium on new oil and gas permits on federal lands. Then he gave the green light on a pipeline for Putin. pic.twitter.com/lexxG3ZJUb
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 7, 2022
Contrary to media narrative, gas prices were on the rise well before the invasion of Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/OE9EuZ7JgT
— Jorge Bonilla (@BonillaJL) March 8, 2022
New AP-NORC poll:
85% have seen higher than usual prices for both groceries & gas in recent months
57% have had to pay more for electricity.
51% have not purchased an appliance in recent months. Among those who have, 75% report paying a premium for ithttps://t.co/hO0AIbmVDr pic.twitter.com/vVDIqqX7K6
— Christy Lewis (@Cavalewis) December 9, 2021
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.
Elon Musk calls for immediate increase in domestic oil for good of US, against his own business interests https://t.co/AznRps9PNd pic.twitter.com/UackuRyiTd
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 5, 2022
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.
‘Gut-punching’ poll shows ‘big red flags’ for Democrats, behind in nearly every major issue https://t.co/9xVuGsXmMT pic.twitter.com/GDLXuwrL57
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) March 12, 2022
“Should the U.S. government encourage increased oil and gas production to reduce America’s dependence on foreign sources of oil and gas?”
– YES –
All Voters: 70% pic.twitter.com/OKGv0IaUwi
— Rasmussen Reports (@Rasmussen_Poll) March 11, 2022
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