President Joe Biden’s cabinet nominees were subjected to pointed questions on Wednesday after the president signed a slate of executive orders aimed at stopping climate change. The orders, which could result in the loss of thousands of jobs in the fossil fuel sector, inspired Republicans to grill Energy Secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm about how the Biden climate agenda dovetails with the president’s commitment to revive the economy.
“I’m just curious how a long-term ban consistent with the president’s goal of unifying our country and putting Americans back to work and helping our economies grow, how is that all consistent?” asked Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY).
Granholm basically said that we should all trust in Biden and his quasi-Green New Deal.
“I think the president’s plan of building back better would create more jobs in energy, clean energy, than the jobs that might be sacrificed,” Granholm said. “But I will say this, no job — we don’t want to see any jobs sacrificed.”
You could see her correct course mid-sentence there. She was about to say that “no job would be sacrificed,” which would have of course been a blatant lie, especially seeing as how Biden eliminated an estimated 11,000 jobs on his first day in office when he torpedoed the Keystone XL pipeline. His subsequent limits on oil and gas drilling will only drive that number into the stratosphere. Oh, but don’t worry, these workers can always learn how to install solar panels.
Or perhaps learn to code.
But later, Granholm suggested that workers thrown out of their fossil-fuel industry jobs could just pick and move somewhere else. Asked by Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) about the Biden administration’s plan to put those people to work in alternative industries, Granholm explained how they used to do things in her home state.
“I completely understand what you are saying,” Granholm said. “What I can tell you is from my experience in Michigan is that when we focused on providing incentives for job providers to locate in Michigan in clean energy they came.”
Mmhmm. Sadly, no one followed up on that response with a “came from where?” Louisiana? Or Guatemala?