In an interview with Fox News on Wednesday, Sen. Ted Cruz blasted “climate czar” John Kerry for a press conference he held earlier in the day in which he suggested that workers in the fossil fuel industry are buying into a “false narrative” about the harms Democrats are doing to their livelihood.
At the press conference defending President Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL project, Kerry said that workers shouldn’t believe the Trump/conservative lie that green policies will be coming for their jobs.
“They have been fed the notion that somehow dealing with climate is coming at their expense,” Kerry said. “No, it’s not. What is happening to them is happening because of other market forces are already taking place.”
There’s some truth to that statement, of course, but “market forces” would not require Biden to take any action at all. The Keystone XL pipeline wouldn’t even be an issue because no one would be interested in it. No one would want crude oil from Canada if we could power our homes and cars with wind farms in Palm Springs.
But Kerry continued, explaining that workers should be making the smart choice to slide into a greener job.
“You look at the consequences of black lung for a miner, for instance, and measure that against the fastest-growing job in the United States, which before COVID was the solar power technician,” Kerry said. “The same people can do those jobs, but the choice of doing the solar power one now is a better choice.”
This coming from a guy who hasn’t worked a real job since…well, we’re not entirely sure he’s ever held one.
“What an arrogant, out-of-touch statement for a centimillionaire to say,” Cruz said. “You know, ‘You little people, I don’t like the choices you’re making, and so your jobs go away,’ as John Kerry said right there. Quelle surprise that the Democratic elites have decided that blue-collar workers, that union members, that men and women with calluses on their hands, they’ve made the wrong choices, in John Kerry’s words.”
Cruz said that, unfortunately, Kerry is hardly alone in his view of blue-collar workers.
“I’ve asked multiple Biden nominees what they would say to the union workers who just lost their jobs because Joe Biden decided they didn’t deserve a job,” Cruz said. “And essentially nominee after nominee after nominee has said, ‘Well, tough luck.'”
And if Biden can’t eliminate all the good blue-collar jobs with his climate agenda, he’ll certainly do it with his immigration policies. John Kerry will come out all right either way.
As for you and your family…who cares?