'Net-Zero': Some People Are Sounding The Alarm Over Biden's Potential Energy Policy

Written By BlabberBuzz | Monday, 23 November 2020 23:00

August Pfluger, an Air Force veteran, recently elected to serve an oil-rich Texas district said President-elect Joe Biden's plans on taxes, and the oil and gas industry are "extremely alarming."

Pfluger, a former national security consultant to President Trump, said American energy freedom is a key security preference, and he'll advocate for oil and gas jobs as a Republican member of Congress.

"We're going to do everything we can to continue to fight for things like energy independence," Pfluger, the former fighter pilot said. "...It is job No. 1 for me that we fight against anything that we see from a Biden administration or executive order."

Pfluger, a new politician from San Angelo, was chosen Nov. 3 to represent Texas's 11th District, after the resignation of GOP Rep. Mike Conaway. The 29-county district extends throughout west-central Texas and includes the oil-producing Permian Basin. Pfluger calls his district "an instrument of national security."

Traveling to Washington recently for congressional orientation, Pfluger, 42, said Biden's agenda could hurt his district and hamper affordable energy.

"When you look at the 2017 tax reform and [Biden] wanting to increase taxes on Day One," Pfluger said. "When you look at the statements that he's talked about ... absolutely denying permitting for federal lands or federal waters for drilling. There's a number of things I think are extremely alarming that would affect our district and the ability to provide that affordable, reliable energy."

Biden was skeptical at the final presidential debate when he said he wished to “transition” away from oil in favor of renewable energy. He later explained that he didn't suggest putting an end to the oil industry.

Biden wants America to grow to a "100% clean energy economy" and become the world's clean energy superpower, creating millions of jobs in the process.

Pfluger, a husband and father of three girls, said the Green New Deal, sponsored by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., doesn't take into account that everyday lives are environed by things made from byproducts of fossil fuels, such as cell phones.

"We have just ignored the market forces and what the energy has actually done for the world when we look at a Green New Deal," Pfluger said. "There is no doubt that we want our air to be clean, our water to be clean. Natural gas has done that around the world. We have done that. We have provided clean, inexpensive energy."

Democrats spent a lot of time and money in trying to overturn Texas blue this term but came up short on the presidential side and in key swing congressional races.

"Texas voted its conscience," Pfluger said. "Rejected socialism. Stood up for oil and gas, and said that our values are not for sale."

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