John Kerry Tells Workers Who Lose Jobs Under Biden: ‘Go Make Solar Panels’
Former secretary of state makes ignorant remarks to energy sector workers
The former secretary of state-turned-special presidential envoy for climate, John Kerry, has made ignorant and out of touch remarks to Keystone XL Pipeline workers who lost their jobs under Joe Biden.
Kerry dismissed the concerns when asked about the massive job losses resulting from the Keystone XL Pipeline permit being revoked by Biden’s executive order.
“What President Biden wants to do is make sure that those folks have better choices, that they have alternatives, that they can be the people who go to work to make the solar panels,” Kerry said.
“They were making them here at home."
John Kerry is asked what his message would be to oil and gas workers who "see an end to their livelihoods":— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 27, 2021
"What President Biden wants to do is make sure that those folks have better choices... That they can be the people to go to work to make the solar panels." pic.twitter.com/i9TYXlD9Jg
"That is going to be a particular focus of the ‘Build Back Better’ agenda, and I think that, unfortunately, workers have been fed a false narrative, no surprise, for the past few years," Kerry added.
“They’ve been fed the notion somehow that dealing with climate is going at their expense. No, it’s not.”
The comments, which many critics have branded condescending, were also blasted by Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton, who said that Kerry has “the carbon footprint of a small nation.”
Cotton wrote in a Twitter post:
“John Kerry—who flies in private jets, owned a 76-foot yacht and several mansions—has the carbon footprint of a small nation. Yet he tells energy workers to ‘make solar panels’ when the Biden administration kills their jobs."
John Kerry—who flies in private jets, owned a 76-foot yacht and several mansions—has the carbon footprint of a small nation.— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) January 27, 2021
Yet he tells energy workers to "make solar panels" when the Biden administration kills their jobs. pic.twitter.com/QhK2FVykxU
The move to cancel the Keystone pipeline is now resulting in the loss of union jobs.
Kerry condescendingly told workers to simply get jobs in renewable energy, which shows how out of touch he really is.
#Pipeline construction has been a lifeline for many #LIUNA members across the country. The anticipated decision to cancel the #KeystonePipeline will kill thousands of good-paying #UNION jobs! #pipelinesarelifelines #energy pic.twitter.com/p0BxD1vPHV— LIUNA (@LIUNA) January 20, 2021
Despite Kerry's role as Biden's climate czar, his family still owns a private jet, according to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records.
Aside from the private jet, Kerry's family owns multiple luxury homes, yachts, and cars.
The FAA's registry shows a Gulfstream Aerospace jet is still owned by a company in John Kerry's wife's name.
While it's unclear exactly how much Kerry benefited from his wife's company, private jets have been estimated to emit upward of 40 times as much carbon per passenger as commercial flights.
"We look forward to the anti-carbon lectures from a guy who travels the globe on private jets and luxury yachts," read a New York Post editorial last year.