Daniel Greenfield, First they came for coal, and I said nothing, because I wasn’t a coal miner. And then they came for the oil industry.
Curiously, Biden had tried to previously deny that he was going to end fracking, despite having previously said it, only to go much bigger at the final debate.
But that’s partly because Biden’s talking points are to focus on ending oil and conventional energy as a process. The idea is it won’t happen overnight and there’ll be lots of imaginary green jobs and free college for all the displaced workers.
This isn’t a new talking point. This particular song and dance routine dates back to at least the Clinton administration.
So the exchange between President Trump and Biden went with the former asking, “Would you close down the oil industry?” and Biden replying with, “I would transition from the oil industry, yes.”
Transition was a favorite Obama euphemism for eliminate.
If you recall, Obama Inc. described its elimination of many private health insurance plans as “transitioning”. Because it sounds better. Much like, “We took away your house and forced you to live in a tiny apartment in an urban hellhole” doesn’t sound as good as, “We transitioned your living opportunity to consolidate space and services.”
Bottom line though is Joe Biden did say it and that’s going to affect a whole bunch of votes.
Energy (the actual kind, not the green scam) has been one of the few industry success stories of the last two decades. Depending on whose estimates you go with, we’re still talking about millions of jobs. The API is hardly an unbiased source, but neither is the media, so we can hear the industry’s estimate. Industry supports 9.8 million jobs or 5.6 percent of total U.S. employment, according to PwC. In 2012, the unconventional oil and natural gas value chain and energy-related chemicals activity together supported more than 2.1 million jobs, according to IHS – a number that’s projected to reach 3.9 million by 2025.
In fact, due in large part to the oil and natural gas industry, the Texas Comptroller estimates that Texas has recovered 100 percent of the jobs lost during the Great Recession and has added 597,000 above the previous peak in August 2008.
Biden is back to promising better “green jobs”, but the only jobs the ecohoaxers create is for their own investors and consultants in San Francisco.