After President Joe Biden doubled down on his anti-fossil fuel agenda, How America Works host Mike Rowe responded during a Fox & Friends town hall Monday before Tuesday on how that message is resonating with the U.S. oil and gas industry midterm -Choice.
“I guess they obviously find it annoying,” Rowe told the crowd. “On a practical level, it’s just bad news for your personal economy.”
President Biden said Friday at an event in California that coal-fired power plants are too expensive to run and “we’re going to shut down these power plants across America” in order to switch to renewable energy sources.
“I was in Massachusetts about a month ago at the site of America’s largest old coal-fired power plant,” Biden had said. “You know what? It cost them too much money. They can’t count. Nobody builds new coal plants because they can’t count on them. Even if they’ve guaranteed all the coal for the rest of the plant’s existence… So it will.” a wind turbine.”
Rowe responded to those comments, arguing that Biden could only get away with saying such things if he believed “that the world is really and truly coming to an end.”
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“Is the world really ending? If we can’t answer that with a straight face, then we’re probably going to have these bizarre conversations where words don’t mean what we thought,” Rowe said. “It’s like that scene from ‘The Princess Bride,’ right? You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means.”
Earlier Monday on Fox & Friends First, a former Keystone XL pipeline worker said Biden’s energy policies were “extremely aggravating” to listen to, arguing the government was doing nothing to support energy production.
“If you’re a voter and you’re not out of early voting and you’re going to vote tomorrow, I hope that’s an issue you’ll look at because as far as promises go, that’s a promise that Biden kept has: He destroyed energy in this country,” said Neal Crabtree, “and I hope that some of the voters will look to the candidates there who recognize how important energy is in this country, and more importantly, how energy bound to inflation.”
A report from the Department of Energy released this summer showed massive job losses in the fuel industry following Biden’s presidential campaign, in which he vowed to steer the country away from fossil fuels.
Crabtree called the Biden administration’s “foolishness” in encouraging pipeline workers to find new renewable energy jobs.
“Our industry is focused on keeping the pipelines and refineries that we have running because we know how important they are,” Crabtree said. “But the scary part is that we haven’t added capacity as demand for oil and gas increases.”
When asked by a viewer on Monday what the first thing he would do if he were elected president, Rowe noted that “it’s out of the way [his] Lane,” but he would enforce the laws that were in the books.
“Look, we need to have some mechanism by which Americans can see this unfolding,” said the How America Works host, “and if we don’t have that, we’re just setting ourselves on fire.”
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On the 2020 campaign trail, candidate Biden suggested that miners facing an economy where their jobs may be phased out should “learn to code.”
“Anyone who can go 300 to 3,000 feet in a mine can certainly learn how to code,” Biden had said said in New Hampshire at an election campaign event. “But that’s not how we see it. Anyone who can throw coal in a blast furnace can learn to code, for Christ’s sake.”
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Andrew Miller of FOX Business contributed to this report.