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Why are Republicans still supporting fossil fuels?

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With the rise of green energy over the last few years, many people are wondering why America is still relying on fossil fuels, considering that it is not only destructive to the environment, but also more expensive than green energy and we might be the last country on earth to completely rely on it. Well, the answer is that Republican politicians refuse to accept anything other than fossil fuels.

Unfortunately for them, the American people are starting to accept that climate change is not a hoax and that the transition from fossil fuels to green energy is necessary. Because of this shift in the public mind, politicians who support fossil fuels are starting to get desperate and clinging to any excuse they can think of. This resulted in a laughable quote from Rick Perry this past November.

Rick Perry and sexual assault

“But also from the standpoint of sexual assault,” Perry said. “When the lights are on, when you have light that shines, the righteousness, if you will on those types of acts. So from the standpoint of how you really affect people's lives, fossil fuels is going to play a role in that. I happen to think it's going to play a positive role.”

That is the Secretary of Energy claiming that fossil fuels prevent sexual assault. Ignoring the fact that green energy is more efficient than fossil fuels in terms of street lights, that is just a really bizarre claim to be making. That’s like saying that flying pigs will prevent bank robberies. There’s literally no correlation between the two.

By this logic, one can assume that we have a moron as our Secretary of Energy. But, he has a Bachelor of Science, which is not easy to achieve coming from a person who has one. If that’s the case then why did he make that claim at all?

Trump and coal

The best way to answer this is to look at one of Trump’s biggest supporters: coal miners. During the 2016 presidential campaign, President Trump held a rally in West Virginia, the audience of which was connected to the coal industry. After putting on a hard hat and hilariously acting out what he thinks mining is, he said that he’s going to bring the coal jobs back.

“If I win, we’re going to bring those miners back,” President Trump said. “For those miners, get ready, because you’re going to be working your asses off.”

By saying something that even CEO of Murray Energy Bob Murray wouldn’t even say, that’s going to rack up some supporters. In fact, Trump won most of the states that have coal mines during the 2016 election.

Why this needs to change

If he’s able to get that much support by supporting coal, then that’s showing how powerful they are in the vote. The problem is that supporting the coal industry like this is preventing a necessary transition that, once again, the majority of Americans support. There is even a good chunk of laid-off miners who are refusing to accept jobs in green energy because they think that Trump is going to bring coal jobs back.

If politicians did care about coal miners, they would support agencies that would help get them jobs in the green energy sector. Making excuses for continuing to support fossil fuels is something that needs to stop, because not only are these politicians sinking to new lows for votes, they are straight up lying to the American people, which is completely immoral.