McKinley Questioned the Democrats’ Climate Agenda and Its Impact

Energy and Commerce Committee Hearing Focused on Clean Energy Proposals

WASHINGTON D.C. – Today Congressman David B. McKinley, P.E. (R-W.Va.) questioned the viability of clean energy proposals and highlighted how many suggestions from Democrats would put millions of hard-working Americans out of work:    

 

“I guess the issue is can America decarbonize? Absolutely. I would agree, it can, but what’s the cost to families, communities, and businesses that are reliant on fossil fuels? This report that everyone is referring to was silent about Hazard, Kentucky, Gillette, Wyoming, Cadiz, Ohio. There are no transitional employment opportunities in those areas.”

Listen to Representative McKinley’s Full Five Minutes of Questions

Later McKinley questioned Mr. Richard J. Powell, Executive Director of ClearPath Inc, about more “pragmatic” approaches that the United States could adopt in order to save the economy and keep fossil fuels in the energy mix. Mr. Powell agreed that the U.S. should be “focusing on reducing emissions not eliminating fossil fuels.”


McKinley: “Wouldn’t America be better off, better advised if they had adopted a more pragmatic approach to capturing carbon through advanced innovation and deployment?”

Powell: “We should, we should be focusing on reducing emissions not eliminating fossil fuels.”

McKinley: “Thank you. So wouldn’t that approach protect the economy, reduce carbon emissions, and develop a technology that we can export around the world, for other nations that are offensive in their emissions? Wouldn’t that be the better approach rather than just doing away with fossil fuels?”

Powell: Prioritizing carbon capture so that we can make the breakthroughs that the rest of the world can then use to decarbonize should really be at the top of the list of our energy and innovation priorities.”

Listen to Representative McKinley’s Full Five Minutes of Questions

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