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Scalise slams hypocrisy of Biden fossil fuel phase-out

The House GOP whip said phasing out fossil fuels domestically will only lead to industrial imports from countries that emit more carbon emissions than the U.S.

Updated: June 19, 2021 - 9:55pm

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House Republican Whip Steve Scalise is slamming the hypocrisy of President Joe Biden's plans to spend billions on green energy programs as part of his $4 trillion infrastructure proposal.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said this week that a budget reconciliation bill will incorporate elements of Biden's $2.25 trillion American Jobs Plan and $1.8 trillion American Families Plan that are not ultimately included in any bipartisan infrastructure legislation.

According to a White House fact sheet on Biden's jobs plan, a substantial portion of the $600 billion in modernizing U.S. transportation infrastructure includes renewable energy investments and $200 billion in electric vehicle-related spending.

Scalise said that phasing out fossil fuels domestically will only lead to heavy industry moving to countries that emit more carbon emissions than the U.S. 

"If you don't make steel in Pittsburgh, steel is still getting made," the Louisiana Republican said at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference in Florida on Friday. "You know who is making it? China is making the steel. China emits five times more carbon than if you made it in Pittsburgh, yet they are shutting it down here. You're emitting more carbon if you don't make things in America, so what is it really about? They have this religion that they say they hate fossil fuels, except they are hypocrites on this stuff."

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