Gas and energy prices are a significant issue today in the U.S. midterm election. On the campaign trail this weekend, Presiden Biden said this of coal plants:
“We’re going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar.”
This did not go over well and the White House has been walking it back like a moonwalk. White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre said that the President’s words were twisted and “it was loud and hard to hear, I think, or maybe not exactly what was being said.”
No, we heard it just fine, thanks.
West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin responded to the words he heard on Twitter, saying that the comments were “divorced from reality” and “the reason the American people are losing trust in President Biden.” He said that “politicizing our nation’s energy policies would only bring higher prices and more pain for the American people.”
This is true everywhere, but the environment is being politicized. Now Democrats are starting to signal that they think China should pay for the environment like Republicans think that Mexico should pay for the wall. We’ll have to see if voters lock on to that.