Biden Says He’d ‘Transition’ America Away From Oil And Gas, In What Would Cost Country Thousands Of Jobs

( Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden made a remarkable claim during Thursday night’s debate. He said he would “transition” away from America’s dependence on oil, which could ultimately lead to the death of the industry.

While speaking on environmental policies during the debate President Donald Trump asked Biden directly whether he would “close down the oil industry.”

Biden responded: “I would transition from the oil industry, yes.”

After Trump said, “that’s a big statement,” Biden responded by saying:

“It is a big statement, because … the oil industry pollutes, significantly. It has to be replaced by renewable energy over time. And I’d stop giving to the oil industry — I’d stop giving them federal subsidies. [Trump] won’t give federal subsidies to solar and wind. Why are we giving it to the oil industry?”

Following the debate, Kate Bedingfield, a spokeswoman for the Biden campaign, clarified that the former vice president doesn’t want to do away with the oil and gas industry altogether. He only wants to end the federal subsidies that are given to the industries.

Still, Biden’s comments didn’t make some Democrats happy, including Oklahoma Representative Kendra Horn. Following the debate, she tweeted:

“Here’s one of the places Biden and I disagree. We must stand up for our oil and gas industry. We need an all-of-the-above energy approach that’s consumer friendly, values energy independence and protects [Oklahoma] jobs.”

Horn tried to prove her allegiance to the oil and gas industries by reminding voters that she received an endorsement from Steven C. Agee. He is a dean of the Meinders School of Business at Oklahoma City University, and once served as president of an exploration company in the oil in gas industry.

In 2018, Horn barely edged challenged Steve Russell, a Republican, for the seat representing the 5th congressional district in Oklahoma. In doing so, she became the first Democrat to represent the district, which includes Oklahoma City, since 1975.

The ironic thing is that voters in that district overwhelmingly supported Trump in the 2016 presidential election.

Even more ironic is that Horn’s record doesn’t jive with her comments on Twitter that backed the oil industry.

Back in August, when the Washington, D.C., business lobby the Chamber of Commerce endorsed Horn, Republicans in the state criticized Horn’s record. Chad Warmington, who is the president of the State Chamber of Oklahoma, wrote to the D.C. lobby:

“I question how the U.S. Chamber could endorse a candidate who consistently voted against the largest industry in Oklahoma, employing over 90,000 workers throughout the state.”

Say what you will about integrating more renewable energy sources into the country, but moving away from oil and gas would be a tremendous economic loss for America. It’s a huge industry that employs hundreds of thousands of people (if not more) in the U.S.

It’s also an industry that has a heavy presence in some midwestern and southwestern states that Biden is looking to win in the presidential election. So, maybe pandering to his progressive friends isn’t such a good idea if he’s looking to gain more votes.