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Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) joined Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” Thursday and explained to host Brian Kilmeade that the hyperactive push toward so-called “green” energy has only served to make European countries like Germany wholly dependent on Russia for their energy needs.
That same rabid effort to blindly jump out of fossil fuels into technologies that can hardly be considered “clean” or efficient by any objective standard is one of the reasons the U.S. is now forced to deal with Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine, the senator said.
A long-held belief of European leaders is that Russian President Vladimir Putin has spearheaded a disinformation campaign for years in cahoots with far-left environmentalist groups in order to discourage fracking and energy independence, thus making them reliant on Russia for oil and natural gas and generating billions a day for those at the top of the Soviet food chain.
“The Russians actually fund some of the most rabid environmental groups in Europe because they sic them on the energy projects that aren’t Russian,” James Carafano, who is the vice president of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at the Heritage Foundation, told Fox News Digital in an interview over the phone.
“We don’t go into the details of discussions among allied leaders, but Russia has been using a mix of hard and soft power in its attempt to recreate a sphere of influence, including through a campaign of disinformation on many issues, including energy. In general, the potential for Russia using energy supplies as a means of putting pressure on European nations is a matter of concern. No country should use supply and pricing terms as tools of coercion,” an unnamed NATO official told the Guardian back in 2014.
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm said during a meeting of the minds concerning the goals of the American Clean Energy Leadership Act that war in Ukraine provides America the perfect opportunity to – you guessed it – fix the climate and save the planet through congressional action.
Kilmeade remarked on the lack of feasibility of such alternative energies, given they are as yet not powerful enough, efficient enough, nor are they affordable.
Sen. Paul concurred and offered his critique on Granholm’s lack of logic and awareness:
Completely nonsensical and tone-deaf. When the left talks about more clean energy it’s really code for less coal, less fossil fuels, less nuclear, and [Energy Secretary Granholm] should at least realize this is what got us in the predicament or got Europe in this predicament. Germany dramatically eliminated coal from their energy and dramatically eliminated nuclear almost overnight, over the course of a couple of years, and they’re almost entirely dependent on Russian oil and natural gas now because of the green movement.
The green movement has put Europe under the thumb of Putin and under the thumb of Russia. So she’s got it completely upside down and wrong, but every American ought to know from a gut feeling, we should be producing more of all types of energy. I’m not against windmills or solar power, but if you want energies for large populations, you have to have other forms of energy as well.
Paul also dismissed the fallacious notion from the Left that corporate greed is responsible for inflation and pointed out that corporations did not suddenly become self-interested and driven to make money. Rather, that is precisely what they exist to achieve.
“The price of something in a free market is supply and demand crossing [each other.] It has nothing to do with your personal morality or your feelings about making a profit,” Paul said.
The segment also included a discussion of Paul’s authoring of a bill to rescind mask mandates on public transportation, namely the ridiculous argument for keeping them in place on commercial aircraft which are fitted with superior air filtration systems and provide human beings some of the purest air they could ever want to breathe.
Naturally, President Biden said he will veto the bill if it reaches his desk. Some airline CEOs have questioned the continued insistence on mask mandates, with at least one Texas attorney general filing suit against Biden in the hopes the president will be blinded with science and see the light.
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