Passionate Republican voters have once again been betrayed by the Biden administration’s Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm. At the annual SXSW conference in Austin, Texas, Granholm praised China’s efforts to tackle climate change, saying the communist country “has been very sensitive, and has actually invested a lot in their solutions, to achieve their goals.”
Let’s be clear, China is not a model for the United States to emulate on climate change. The Chinese Communist Party is not known for its transparency or adherence to environmental regulations. In fact, China has been the world’s top polluter for years and shows no sign of changing course.
Moreover, Granholm’s comments came at a time when China recently hit its coal-production record last year, with “55% of China’s energy” coming from coal “compared to 11% in the U.S.” It is unbelievable that a U.S. energy secretary would praise a country that is going in the wrong direction on energy production.
Republicans are rightfully outraged by Granholm’s comments. Rep. August Pfluger, R-Texas., called them “unserious and harmful,” and Rep. Larry Buschon, a Republican from Indiana, went so far as to say that she should resign. He called Granholm “delusional” for siding with China against American energy producers.
It’s clear that Granholm is out of touch with the Republican party’s core values. We need an energy secretary who understands that America’s energy independence is essential to our national security and economic prosperity. We cannot allow China to be a model for the United States when it comes to energy policy.
The Biden administration needs to wake up and realize that China is not a friend of the United States. The Chinese Communist Party is actively working to undermine America’s economy and military strength, and we should not be praising them for their supposed efforts on climate change.
Rep. Ashley Hinson, R-Iowa, had it right when she said that the Biden administration should “stop taking China’s lies at face value & hold them accountable.” We cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to China’s influence on the world stage.
In conclusion, Jennifer Granholm’s comments praising China’s efforts to tackle climate change are an insult to Republican voters and a betrayal of American interests.
We need an energy secretary who understands that America must lead the way in the fight against climate change while also maintaining our energy independence. The Biden administration needs to take a hard look at its priorities and stop cozying up to China at the expense of American energy producers.