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“Biden Would Destroy Our Fossil Fuel Industry”


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Clouds of smoke and fire emerge during a controlled burn in an effort to clean up oil in the Gulf of Mexico following the Deepwater Horizon explosion. Justin Stumberg/U.S. Navy

Published on July 20th, 2020 |
by Johnna Crider

July 20th, 2020 by Johnna Crider 


Photo by Justin Stumberg/U.S. Navy.

Vice President Mike Pence has made it very clear that the Trump administration is in favor of the fossil fuel industry. Hailing it as a job creator and painting it as a good thing, he uses Biden’s approach to clean energy to paint Biden as a destroyer of jobs — even though clean energy has created far more jobs than fossil fuels in the past few years, and certainly the past decade. Pence recently made a speech at Ripon College, and in his speech on the “Dangers of Socialism,” he said:

“Joe Biden would destroy our fossil fuel industry, return to the war on coal, prevent the development of America’s immense energy reserves, and impose a regime of climate change regulations on literally every new building in the United States — every home, every business — that would drastically increase the cost of living for families — and the cost of business, at the cost of jobs.” 

He also bragged that President Trump was the one who pulled us from the “job-killing Paris Climate Accord,” and said that he saved thousands of American jobs.

What wasn’t mentioned was the 22 million Americans lost their jobs recently or the fact that, right now, many Americans are being put out on the streets because they are about to lose their unemployment — that news came from a few people I know who are going through that. One of my friends told me that their job closed permanently and their unemployment ran out even though she had worked at that job for 29 years. She is now facing eviction.

The Trump Administration Puts More Value On The Fossil Fuel Industry Than It Does The American People

In his pretty speech that hyped up the idea of jobs and “America first,” Pence made it seem like the fossil fuel industry, which is dying, will be our savior. If that is true, then we are definitely screwed. I don’t believe that is true, though. What I believe is that Trump and his team are “money first” (for themselves), not America first. And Trump’s loyalty isn’t with America, but fossil fuel industry supporters who have given him money.

Exhibit A. Taking Money From Taxpayers

Back in April, CleanTechnica shared how the fossil fuel industry is extracting money from American taxpayers. While we were all sheltering in place, polluting industries were pushing rollbacks on public safety measures, financial responsibilities, and government oversight. They were trying to see just how much they could get away with.

Exhibit B. Bailing Out The Oil Companies

President Trump suggested that the federal government…



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