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Senator Kennedy: Biden’s Energy Agenda Going To ‘Gut’ My State, ‘Hurt America.’ Will ‘Destroy Our Energy Independence.’

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 15: Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) makes a statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the fourth day of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 15, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away in September.
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Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) slammed President Joe Biden’s left-wing climate agenda during an interview with Fox News on Tuesday, saying that Biden’s plan will harm the country and families.

Kennedy, who made the remarks during an interview with Fox News host Trey Gowdy, also said that Biden was caving to the far-left wing of the Democratic Party when it came to issues related to immigration and predicted that it would backfire.

“Well, let me say a word about President Biden’s executive orders on oil and gas,” Kennedy later added. “They are in measurably foolish, they’re going to gut Louisiana like a fish. One third of my state’s GDP is related to oil and gas. And our state is not alone. His war on oil and gas is going to hurt America. It’s going to destroy our energy independence. Here’s President Biden’s New Energy Policy. We’re not going to produce our own oil. Instead, we’re going to buy oil from countries that hate us. So they’ll have more money to buy weapons to try to kill us. It’s in measurably foolish.”

“Most Americans support an all of the above energy policy, oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal, hydrogen,” he continued. “But they also understand that we can’t run the greatest economy in all of human history without oil and gas, not now and not probably for a long time. I don’t know about you, Trey, but my car doesn’t run off fairy dust. My car doesn’t run off unicorn urine. And … and I think once again, President Biden has given in to the left wing crazies who … who say none of us except them care about the planet. That’s not true. And who, when they break a shoelace, they blame it on climate change. You know, they’ve taken a specific discrete scientific problem. Is our climate changing? How’s it changing? What do we do about it? And they turned it into a religion. And President Biden appears to be sucking it up like a Hoover Deluxe.”

Kennedy later noted the difficulties that Americans will face who work in the oil and gas industry, saying, that Biden administration officials were “living in la la land.”

“I mean, you’re gonna tell a 50 year old woman who’s been working for an oil and gas company who’s developed extraordinary expertise, who has kids in school, who’s got a mortgage to pay, just to quit your job, because we’re gonna fire you anyway, and go back to school and then you can go work in a green job, but we haven’t told you which one yet?” Kennedy said. “I mean, you know, put down the ball. That’s just not realistic.”

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TREY GOWDY, FOX NEWS HOST: What is the answer when it comes to immigration? We’ve been grappling with it for 35 years. You’re a smart man. What’s the answer?

JOHN KENNEDY, SENATOR FROM LOUISIANA (R): Trey, I don’t understand why the issues is perceived to be so complicated. To me, it’s pretty simple. Americans overwhelmingly support legal immigration. That’s why our country invites over a million of our world’s neighbors every year to become American citizens. That’s more than any other country on the planet. I’m flattered that people want to come to America. Other than North Korea, and North Koreans When’s the last time you heard of somebody trying to sneak into China? They want to come here. But unless you have the IQ of a swath, you know the difference between legal and illegal immigration. Illegal immigration is illegal. Duh. Vetting people at the border as every country does, is not racist. It’s prudent. It’s how we enforce our immigration laws. I looked at President Biden’s executive orders. I support his efforts to try to reunite kids with their parents. I mean, who wouldn’t? But the rest of his executive orders don’t seem to make a distinction between the legal and illegal immigration. His executive orders are designed to roll back the efforts of the Trump administration, which did more four years to stop illegal, not legal, but illegal immigration than any other president in my lifetime. And I think, I hate to say this, but I think President Biden has decided to adhere to the to the to the edicts of Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez who worships at the altar of open borders. And I think it’s a big mistake and I don’t think the American people will support it.

GOWDY: Senator, you represent a state that is a tremendous energy producer, and you have neighbor states that are also. What do you make of the climate change agenda of this new administration? And what impact is it going to have on workers in your state and throughout the country?

KENNEDY: Well, let me say a word about President Biden’s executive orders on oil and gas. They are in measurably foolish, they’re going to gut Louisiana like a fish. One third of my state’s GDP is related to oil and gas. And our state is not alone. His war on oil and gas is going to hurt America. It’s going to destroy our energy independence. Here’s President Biden’s New Energy Policy. We’re not going to produce our own oil. Instead, we’re going to buy oil from countries that hate us. So they’ll have more money to buy weapons to try to kill us. It’s in measurably foolish. Most Americans support an all of the above energy policy, oil, gas, wind, solar, nuclear, geothermal, hydrogen. But they also understand that we can’t run the greatest economy in all of human history without oil and gas, not now and not probably for a long time. I don’t know about you, Trey, but my car doesn’t run off fairy dust. My car doesn’t run off unicorn urine. And and I think once again, President Biden has given in to the left wing crazies who who say none of us except them care about the planet. That’s not true. And who, when they break a shoelace, they blame it on climate change. You know, they’ve taken a specific discrete scientific problem. Is our climate changing? How’s it changing? What do we do about it? And they turned it into a religion. And President Biden appears to be sucking it up like a Hoover Deluxe.

GOWDY: Yeah, and former Senator Kennedy, former Senator Kerry rather said that they should go by they should go build solar panels, which I’m all for people building solar panels, but I don’t think that helps the state of Louisiana or Texas right now.

KENNEDY: Well, no disrespect to Secretary Kerry, but he’s living in la la Land you need. I mean, you’re gonna tell a 50 year old woman who’s been working for an oil and gas company who’s developed extraordinary expertise, who has kids in school, who’s got a mortgage to pay, just to quit your job, because we’re gonna fire you anyway, and go back to school and then you can go work in a green job, but we haven’t told you which one yet. I mean, you know, put down the ball. That’s just not realistic.

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