"The idea that we are going to eliminate fossil fuels is a pipe dream," Moore said Sunday during an appearance on "The Cats Roundtable" on WABC 770 AM-N.Y. "We're not going to go from 80% fossil fuels down to zero in the next 15 years, or else we will bankrupt our country."
Democrats are fighting for renewable energy, but Moore said America can provide the technology to develop and become better and more affordable as we use the resources that have made America energy independent under former President Donald Trump.
"We need to use the energy that we have," Moore told host John Catsimatidis. "We have more oil, more gas, and more coal than any other country. We've got 500 years' worth of coal. We have at least 200 years of natural gas. We’re not running out of this stuff."
Moore said Biden needs to get with the "program."
"Trump used to say to me, 'I don't want America to be energy independent; I want America to be energy dominant,'" Moore said. "And we should.
"We should be the energy-dominant country in the world."
Even the electric cars environmentalists are going to need the use of fossil fuels in generating the electricity, Moore said.
"I don't have a problem with electric cars, but people have to realize you have to have electric power to charge the batteries for electric cars," he said. "That takes coal and oil."
When a coal-fired power plant shuts down, those individual workers “probably just lost the best job they ever had and probably the best job they might ever have,” said Lee Anderson, director of government affairs for the Utility Workers Union of America, in a recent interview with the Washington Examiner.
Utility jobs tend to have relatively high union density, with some of the best working-class wages in the economy and benefits such as pension access and “solid” healthcare plans, he added.
“Those things were all the result of decades of collective bargaining,” Anderson said. “You don’t just get that back with the wave of your hand.”
He added that it is unrealistic to ask those workers, many of whom have families to economically take care of, to get a new education, too, possibly taking on student loan debt in the process.
“We don’t have a nonunion renewables sector. We have a nonunion economy because the labor movement has been basically destroyed over the course of the last several decades,” Anderson said.
“You don’t really move the needle on organizing the renewable industry until you move the needle on organizing the American economy,” he added.