"Will you remember this Texas?" The moment of the Trump / Biden debate when Biden realized he had just made a promise to destroy the jobs of millions of oil workers
Guest essay by Eric Worrall
Following Biden's promise to end the oil industry, President Trump signed an executive order to protect fracking. However, some Biden supporters claim that even Pennsylvanians are not interested in fossil fuel jobs.
Inside Clean Energy: Biden's comments on the oil industry were not a political blunder
Republicans thought they could use the Democratic candidate's remarks to scare voters in states like Texas and Pennsylvania. Polls suggest they were wrong.
October 29, 2020
During the final presidential debate last week, Joe Biden said he would "move out of the oil industry," a statement that was immediately taken up by President Donald Trump and oil industry groups and viewed as a political gaffe that would harm Biden in Texas. Pennsylvania and other battlefield states.
It wasn't a gaffe. And the reaction showed that Trump and others don't know how public opinion has changed.
Before I get into the numbers that show this, you should know that I have experience managing the separation between perception and reality in the energy industry. I gathered energy for The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio for about 10 years, and spent much of that time thinking coal mining would be a major source of jobs for much of the state.
So I was surprised to learn that the state had fewer than 2,500 miners in 2015, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's fewer than the number of florists, to name just one of many examples of industries that have far less influence than coal despite having more jobs.
This shift in the labor market is coming along with a wider shift, with a majority of the public recognizing the threat of climate change and supporting the transition to clean energy.
Yost found this to be the case in his March 2018 poll from his Pennsylvania office, in which 67 percent of respondents said the state should "definitely" or "probably" do more to address climate change-related issues.
Read more: https://insideclimatenews.org/news/28102020/inside-clean-energy-biden-oil-industry-comments
Presiden Trumps Executive Order;
Donald Trump signs order to protect the fracking industry
October 31, 2020
President Donald Trump on Saturday announced the signing of an executive order to protect the fracking and oil and gas industries after former Vice President Joe Biden promised to "move out of the oil industry."
"I have just signed a regulation to protect fracking and the oil and gas industry," the president wrote on Twitter. “This means JOBS, low energy costs and ongoing AMERICAN ENERGY INDEPENDENCE! Sleepy Joe would ban fracking and destroy American energy jobs! He has no idea !! "
Read more: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/10/31/donald-trump-signs-order-to-protect-fracking-oil-and-gas-industries/
The full statement from President Trump can be found here.
I think Inside Climate News writer Dan Gearino and Joe Biden are making a huge mistake.
For starters, I don't trust surveys on climate protection measures. The surefire way when a stranger calls and asks your opinion on polarized political issues is to agree with the caller. Few pollers have the communication skills to hide their personal opinions.
Promises of green jobs sound amazing. But until these green jobs show up, they're just another empty government promise. From September this year;
… Payton Wilkins is National Director of the Black Union Coalition Education Center. The coalition has approximately 8,000 members and has recently approved Biden – this is only the third time since it was founded in 1972 that it has selected a candidate. Although the coalition is "quite radical" in support of climate justice, members get angry when discussions arise about compensation for displaced persons, Wilkins said.
“Some call it socialism, others call it communism. Many people are put off by the idea of a universal basic income but want to know what their income will be during a transition (to a cleaner economy), ”added Wilkins, noting that black workers also face an additional burden: the American stereotype that they are lazy.
“Members understand the relationship between health and the workplace. But We do not want to trade the public health crisis of exposure to pollution for an economic crisis in which we cannot put food on the table." he said. …
Read more: https://www.politico.com/newsletters/the-long-game/2020/09/01/unions-fracture-over-climate-490237
Mining jobs may be down in Pennsylvania, but it's a big leap to conclude that people don't care. Nobody wants their neighbors, friends and family to lose their jobs. Many other jobs depend on well-paying mining jobs. And nobody wants regular blackouts like California.
If Joe Biden came up with a credible and inexpensive transition plan that did not involve massive new public debt and provided a clear roadmap showing how people can maintain their standards of living during the major transition, union leaders like Payton Wilkins would likely be more supportive.
However, such a plan is not possible.
At least President Obama has been honest about the dire cost of renewable energy.