(CNSNews.com) – As President Joe Biden concluded his stump speech at Sarah Lawrence College in Yonkers, New York on Sunday, he paused to answer a shouted question.
The question was not picked up by the microphone, but Biden’s answer was clear: “No more drilling,” he said.
“There is no more drilling. I haven’t formed any new drilling,” Biden said.
Republicans say more oil drilling, and oil self-sufficiency is the way to lower inflation and get the U.S. economy back in shape.
Biden, speaking on Friday in Carlsbad, California, said he plans to shut down coal plants “all across America.”
“Folks, it’s also now cheaper to generate electricity from wind and solar than it is from coal and oil. Literally cheaper. Not a joke,” Biden said:
“I was just — and so we can accommodate that transition. I was in Massachusetts about a month ago on the site of the largest old coal plant in America. Guess what? It cost them too much money. They can’t count.
“No one is building new coal plants because they can’t rely on it, even if they have all the coal guaranteed for the rest of their existence of the plant. So it’s going to become a wind generation.
“And all they’re doing is — it’s going to save them a hell of a lot of money, and they’re using the same transmission line that transmitted the coal-fired electric on. We’re going to be shutting these plants down all across America and having wind and solar.”
Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) issued the following blistering response to Biden’s remarks about coal:
“President Biden’s comments are not only outrageous and divorced from reality, they ignore the severe economic pain the American people are feeling because of rising energy costs. Comments like these are the reason the American people are losing trust in President Biden and instead believes he does not understand the need to have an all in energy policy that would keep our nation totally energy independent and secure.
“It seems his positions change depending on the audience and the politics of the day. Politicizing our nation’s energy policies would only bring higher prices and more pain for the American people.
“Let me be clear, this is something the President has never said to me. Being cavalier about the loss of coal jobs for men and women in West Virginia and across the country who literally put their lives on the line to help build and power this country is offensive and disgusting. The President owes these incredible workers an immediate and public apology and it is time he learn a lesson that his words matter and have consequences.”
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