Andy Puzder tears up WH’s tale of peak gas: “How does using OPEC instead of the US prevent emissions?”
The Biden administration is executing an erroneous and costly energy policy against a backdrop of widespread inflation, and its explanation for a reduction in U.S. energy production makes no sense, even in terms of preventing climate change, according to former CEO of CKE Restaurants, Andrew Puzder.
During her interview on “The Story” on Friday, host Martha MacCallum cut White House press secretary Jen Psaki off, responding to a question from a reporter about Biden’s new dependence on OPEC while its administration blocks American energy production.
Psaki said part of the oil problem is linked to the effects of Hurricane Ida on the Gulf Coast of Mexico, while adding that “short-term supply issues” must be taken into account with “l ‘long-term impact of the climate’ – further explaining that it is important to now focus more on the production of renewable energy.
In response, Puzder – whose former company is the parent company of Carl’s Jr and Hardee’s – said the White House’s current increased reliance on OPEC is counterintuitive, given that the exploration Oil in the Middle East has environmental impacts just like national speculation.
“How on earth does it help prevent carbon emissions if we use oil from OPEC and Russia instead of our oil?” Asked Puzder.
“It doesn’t make sense. If you use oil, it’s the same carbon emissions,” he said, adding that US production had fallen 15% since “before the pandemic”.
“If we need more oil now to keep prices low – and we do, inflation is raging, in part because of energy prices – it’s all down to Biden’s policies,” a- he declared.
Puzder added that the best way to bring prices down is instead to continue encouraging domestic production on federal lands during the Trump era as well as reverting to the Keystone pipeline project between Alberta, Canada and Port Arthur, in Texas, which was canceled by Biden on his first day in office.
“[S]top begging Russia and Saudi Arabia to give us oil – it makes us pay more for our energy costs. “
On “The Story”, Puzder also commented on the release of the latest employment figures, in which the actual numbers have exceeded Labor Department expectations by more than 300,000.
MacCallum reported that the figure was around 194,000 – well below the projected 500,000 – in a labor market simultaneously suffering from high unemployment and a high number of job openings.
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Puzder told MacCallum that this scenario is a unique economic conundrum:
“The problem is… we don’t have a shortage of jobs as your numbers showed at the start of the show. We have nearly 11 million vacancies and 7.7 million unemployed. The problem is not a shortage of jobs: it is the workers, ”he added. he said.
“So if the programs [the administration] proposes are government spending to create jobs, we don’t need to create jobs. We have the jobs. The other thing you spend on is discouraging people from working by providing benefits to people who are not working, you are actually harming the problems, exacerbating the problem of lack of workers, ”Puzder added, expressing concern that the White House has yet to “tackle” the real problems facing the economy.