Republicans target vulnerable House Democrats amid Biden fossil fuel crackdown

Biden's loyalty to international climate deals, hostility to U.S. oil industry threatens jobs in Democratic districts

1/27/2021 4:51:00 PM

Biden's loyalty to international climate deals, hostility to U.S. oil industry threatens jobs in Democratic districts

Republicans are already targeting vulnerable Democrats in states like Texas and Pennsylvania, where many jobs depend on oil or natural gas, as President Biden recommits to the Paris climate agreement and makes other reversals of his predecessor's environmental policy.

and conservative-leaning Heritage Foundation warned the climate accord could decimate jobs in the energy and industrial sectors. That was before the coronavirus pandemic created record-level unemployment rates."Based on regulations and emissions reduction targets set by the Obama administration, Heritage economists estimate that by 2035 there will be: an annual average loss of nearly 400,000 jobs, a total income loss of more than $20,000 for a family of four, and an aggregate GDP loss of over $2.5 trillion – all for a few tenths of a degree Celsius in abated warming," Heritage Foundation economist Nick Loris said in a 

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statement.Meanwhile, Biden is taking heat for revoking a key cross-border permit and effectively halting construction on the roughly 1,200 mile-long Keystone XL pipeline project.According to the Keystone XLwebsite, the project would sustain about 11,000 U.S. jobs in 2021 – including 8,000 union jobs – and generate $1.6 billion in gross wages.

In this Oct. 5, 2016, file photo, heavy equipment is seen at a site where sections of the Dakota Access pipeline were being buried near the town of St. Anthony in Morton County, N.D. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)It is unclear how the Biden administration plans to address the job losses, but his $2 trillion

clean energy infrastructure plan, with its goal of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest, aims to"create millions of good-paying jobs that provide workers with the choice to join a union and bargain collectively with their employers," according to his website.

The 2020 election was hardly a referendum on Biden's policies, DiSalvo said. Trump's and Biden's contrasting personalities were front and center instead of the issues."One might say that overall the 2020 election was a Republican year, leaving aside Georgia," DiSalvo said."At every other level, Senate, House, state, the GOP did well and defied expectations. ... Only at the presidential level could you say they underperformed."

Republicans may not be able to advance their own energy policies in Congress, but they will be able to block a lot of Democratic action, DiSalvo said."Certainly, Senate margins are very close so to really gum things up … even if the filibuster went away … Republicans would only need two or three Democratic members to prevent action," he said.

Fox News' inquiries to the offices of Spanberger, Gonzalez, Wild, Lamb, Cuellar, Allred and Vela were not immediately returned.Fox Business' Brittany De Lea and Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.-Get all the stories you need-to-know from the most powerful name in news delivered first thing every morning to your inbox

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I’m quitting Fios until they take you off the air. Biden approval rating today? How about jobs that will created in all areas of our country in an infrastructure needed and clean businesses and jobs going to be created. Already Plug Fuel cells going to create 300 jobs and wind turbines off of Conn? Upcoming midterm elections are going to be really messy for Democrats. Biden or whoever is pulling his strings will make sure of it.

evie, pookie, I'm not sure that you're all that super smart. what's with the phrase 'loyalty to international climate deals'? Oil doesnt work longterm. Gas doesnt work longterm. skillsets are easily repurposed to green energy creation