WH Scrambles To Walk Back Biden’s Coal Remarks
WH Scrambles To Walk Back Biden’s Coal Remarks
It’s a well-known fact, Biden will say something and within minutes/hours/day, the WH scrambles to walk the comment or statement back. This time it was Biden’s remarks about coal plants on Friday.
President Biden said Friday that coal plants are too expensive to operate, and “we’re going to be shutting these plants down all across America” in order to shift to wind power in a comment that drew criticism from the Republican National Committee.
“I was in Massachusetts about a month ago on the site of the largest old coal plant in America,” Biden said at an event in Carlsbad, California, on Friday. “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 existence of the plant.
“So it’s going to become a wind generation. And all they’re doing is it’s going to save them a hell of a lot of money and using the same transmission line that they transmitted the coal-fired electric on, we’re going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar power, also providing tax credits to help families buy energy efficient appliances, whether it’s your refrigerator or your coffee maker, for solar panels on your home, weatherize your home, things that save an average, experts say, a minimum of $500 a year for the average family.”
Baloney. What is costing coal plants money is the overregulation by the federal government and all the green mandates. Furthermore, all the new green incentives crammed into the Inflation Reduction Act won’t save families or homes one dime as the ROI is years if not decades long. Not only that, but wind and solar are hideously expensive to produce and our power grid flat out can’t handle it.
Biden’s statements shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. He campaigned on shutting down the coal, oil and gas industries. He’s been demonizing those industries for a couple of weeks now and accusing them of price gouging rather than own up to his own responsibility concerning today’s crappy economy and the inflation we are dealing with.
Well, it seems that Joe spoke out of turn or something? The WH scrambled to put out a walk back of sorts earlier today after Joe Manchin called him on the carpet.
My statement on comments President Biden made about shutting down coal plants: pic.twitter.com/LEeqrGdwqm— Senator Joe Manchin (@Sen_JoeManchin) November 5, 2022
Manchin is correct, the President, ANY President has no right to be so cavalier about the livelihoods of a significant group of Americans. Yet, just days before the midterm election, Joe Biden told coal miners and the folks who work in coal plants to go pound sand… I’m sure that is playing well in Pennsylvania today where there are over 20 plants across the state!
However, Manchin ALSO brought this on himself. Why? Because he caved and voted FOR the Inflation Reduction Act that has a job/industry killing provision in there concerning coal mines and plants.
Biden's words were disgusting. So was Manchin's decision to vote for the "Inflation Reduction Act," which not only increases inflation but accelerates the end of coal.— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 5, 2022
"The IRA is the most significant climate legislation in United States history." -Forbes https://t.co/syTe7iD3HM
What is also interesting is that Biden is insisting he wants coal plants shut down, while many coal plants around the world, and here in the U.S. are actually ramping UP production, reopening, or delaying closures because of the energy crisis!
Several U.S. states, including Indiana, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Nebraska, have announced the delay of planned closures of their coal-fired plants, until as late as 2025, citing concerns about energy shortages among other issues.
Never mind that. The Biden team stepped in for Grandpa Joe and issued this walk-back explainer.
Jean-Pierre replied that Manchin is “a tireless advocate for his state and the hard-working men and women who live there” and praised coal country workers as people who built America and “powered its steel mills and factories, kept its homes and schools and offices warm.”
You see, we just didn’t HEAR him correctly, according to the WH.
The President’s remarks yesterday have been twisted to suggest a meaning that was not intended; he regrets it if anyone hearing these remarks took offense. The President was commenting on a fact of economics and technology: as it has been from its earliest days as an energy superpower, America is once again in the midst of an energy transition. Our goal as a nation is to combat climate change and increase our energy security by producing clean and efficient American energy. Under President Biden, oil and natural gas production has increased, and we are on track to hit the highest production in our country’s history next year. He is determined to make sure that this transition helps all Americans in all parts of the country, with more jobs and better opportunities; it’s a commitment he has advanced since Day One. No one will be left behind.
Oh but let’s please ignore the fact that Biden has drained the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Let’s ignore the fact that after shutting down the Keystone Pipeline, the Administration’s response was to tell the men and women in the industry that they should ‘learn to code.’
But Biden returns to the same point: "Anybody who can throw coal into a furnace can learn how to program, for God's sake!"— David Weigel (@daveweigel) December 30, 2019
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