Cornyn Blasts Kerry’s Solar Panel Suggestion as an “Insult” to Texas Energy Workers

Cornyn Blasts Kerry’s Solar Panel Suggestion as an “Insult” to Texas Energy Workers

Isabel Webb Carey
Isabel Webb Carey
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January 28, 2021

Today, U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) addressed U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry’s suggestion for energy workers to seek employment in solar panel manufacturing.

In response to questions about the impact of President Joe Biden’s climate plan on fossil fuel industries on Wednesday, Kerry insisted that energy workers had been “fed a false narrative” about what environmental policy changes would do to their livelihoods. He argued that people working in energy sectors affected by climate change efforts will have “have better choices” and can “go to work to make the solar panels.”

The Democrat cited culminating market forces as responsible for the rapidly deteriorating industries and argued that the President is seeking to provide people currently working in traditional energy jobs with “better choices.” 

The President has vowed to put the issue “at the center” of U.S. national security, domestic and foreign policy. Cornyn, who is a senior member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, has expressed his vehement concern over Biden’s climate agenda. He particularly attacked Biden’s moratorium on drilling and cancelation of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline.

Cornyn responded to Kerry’s statement in an interview in Fox News’ America’s Newsroom.

“This is really more of an ideological statement by the Administration, but it’s so hopelessly out of touch,” he stated. “This idea that the people who are put out of work by, let’s say canceling the Keystone Pipeline, can go to work making solar panels is really an insult to the people who work day in and day out providing for their families.”

“There are clearly things we can do to make things better when it comes to emissions, but this whole idea that we are going to immediately transition to the Green New Deal, put millions of people out of work, is just fantasy.”

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Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey

Isabel Webb Carey attends the University of Texas at Austin in the Plan II Honors Program with a certificate in Core Texts and Ideas. Her interests include education, local governance, sustainability, and equity. Isabel enjoys dancing, hiking, and live music. She is also a staff writer for the Texas Orator. Email her at isabelwebbcarey@gmail.com
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