Watch: GOP Sen. John Kennedy Roasts Biden Energy Secretary On Climate Change
‘You just want us to spend $50 trillion, and you don’t have the slightest idea whether it’s going to reduce world temperatures,’ the senator says
Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), a ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, grilled Biden Energy Secretary David Turk during hearings this week.
Video clips of Kennedy questioning Turk are going viral online with Twitter users saying the GOP politician destroyed the administration’s global warming proposal.
“Give me your best estimate, just an estimate, of how soon you think the United States of America will be carbon neutral?” the senator began his questioning.
Turk answered, “So, I think, according to the climate scientists around the world, and certainly the cutting-edge scientists that we need to rely on here in the U.S., we’ve got to get carbon neutral by 2050, and I’m very comfortable with that target, and I think that’s the appropriate target.”
When Kennedy asked how much it would cost the nation to be carbon neutral by 2050, Turk couldn’t answer despite the senator repeatedly trying to pry a cost amount from him.
At some point, the energy secretary admitted the cost would at least be in the trillions of dollars.
After Kennedy told the Biden administration official some of his colleagues have estimated it could cost $50 trillion for the country to become carbon neutral by 2050, he asked how much that would lower global temperatures.
Turk again failed to provide an estimate regarding how much a carbon-neutral America would reduce temperatures around the world.
After Turk repeatedly danced around the answer, Kennedy cut him off, asking, “You don’t know do you?”
The senator continued, “You just want us to spend $50 trillion, and you don’t have the slightest idea whether it’s going to reduce world temperatures. Now I’m all for carbon neutrality, but you’re the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy, and you’re advocating we spend trillions of dollars to seek carbon neutrality and you can’t—and this isn’t your money or my money, this is taxpayer money—and you can’t tell me how much it’s going to lower world temperatures or you won’t tell me? You know, but you won’t.”
In a separate video being shared on Twitter, Kennedy asked Solar Energy Industries Association President Abigail Hopper why the government has to pay people to drive electric cars if they are “so swell.”
Hopper argued the government incentivizing citizens to buy electric vehicles isn’t “paying them to drive” but Kennedy suggested the tax breaks they get do just that.
This is the type of pushback our elected representatives are supposed to engage in when given the opportunity to question government officials.
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