After President Joe Biden doubled down on his anti-fossil fuel agenda, “How America Works” host Mike Rowe weighed in on how the messages are impacting the U.S. oil and gas industry Monday in a town hall on “Fox & Friends” before Tuesday’s the day: by-elections
“I doubt they’re worried about it, obviously,” Rowe told the crowd. “On a practical level, it’s just bad news for your personal finances.”
President Biden said at an event in California on Friday that coal plants are too expensive to operate and “we’re going to close those plants across America” to switch to renewable energy sources.
“I was in Massachusetts about a month ago at the site of America’s largest old coal plant,” Biden said. “Guess what? It cost them too much money. They can’t count. No one is building new coal plants because they can’t rely on it. Even if they have all the coal guaranteed for the rest of the plant’s life. … So it will become the generation of the wind.”
Rowe responded to the comments, arguing that Biden could only get away with saying such things if he believed that “the world is really, really coming to an end.”
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“Is the world really coming to an end? If we can’t answer that with a straight face, my guess is we’ll continue to have these weird conversations where the words don’t mean what we thought they meant,” Rowe. said: “It’s like that scene in A Princess Bride, isn’t it, you keep using that word? I don’t think it means what you think it means.
On “Fox & Friends First” earlier Monday, a former Keystone XL pipeline worker said he had heard Biden’s energy policy “extremely depressing,” arguing that the administration is doing nothing to help energy production.
“If you’re a voter and you haven’t gone through early voting and you’re going to vote tomorrow, I hope this is a question you’ll look at because in terms of keeping promises, this is one promise. He has destroyed energy in this country, and I hope that some voters will look at the candidates out there who understand how important energy is in this country, and more importantly, how much energy is involved. to inflation.”
Department of Energy report released this summer showed massive job losses in the fuel industry after Biden’s presidential campaign, in which he promised to wean the country off fossil fuels.
Crabtree called out the “stupidity” of the Biden administration in encouraging pipeline workers to find new jobs in renewable energy.
“Our industry is focused on maintaining and operating pipelines and refineries because we know how important they are,” Crabtree said. “But the horror of it is that we haven’t added any capacity when demand for oil and gas is growing.”
When asked by an audience member Monday what the first thing he would do if elected president, Roe said it was “get out. [his] lane,” but he will enforce the laws that are written on the books.
“Look, we have to have a mechanism where the American people can see the consequences of what’s happening,” the “How America Works” host said, “and if we don’t have that, we’re just gassing ourselves.”
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Back on the campaign trail in 2020, candidate Biden suggested that coal miners facing an economy where their jobs are potentially shut down should “learn to plan.”
“Anyone who can go down 300 to 3,000 feet in a mine can definitely learn how to program,” Biden said. said in New Hampshire during a campaign event. “But we don’t think so. Anyone who can throw coal in a furnace can learn how to program, for God’s sake.”
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FOX Business’ Andrew Miller contributed to this report.