Exclusive – Zinke criticizes Biden’s energy policies: “Fairy Dust and Hope”

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Republican U.S. House Congressional candidate for Montana’s 1st congressional district, Ryan Zinke, has criticized the Biden administration’s energy policies as driving up inflation, worsening supply chain problems and endangering the national security of the United States, during an exclusive interview with SiriusXM. Breitbart News Saturday.

“If you had to describe what a bankrupt nation would look like, we live in 3D. We are failing abroad with Afghanistan, Ukraine, maybe Taiwan. We fail at the national level – inflation of energy costs, no borders, and we fail at the cultural level. The triad of failure is here, it is at the feet of Biden, it is the radicals who want to take over this country and fundamentally destroy our values ​​that have made this country prosperous, strong, united and free,” Zinke said. to the show’s host and Breitbart News Washington. Bureau Chief Matthew Boyle.

Zinke, who served as interior secretary in the Trump administration, explained why Biden’s energy policies are harmful to the economy and national security, and how his Democratic opponent, Monica Tranel, is wrong to embrace them.

“When I was [interior] secretary, I walked in and we were at 8.3 million barrels per day of crude production as a nation and declining. We were taken hostage by the Saudis. Our supply chain was disrupted. After two years, two years of letting America run, we were at 12.5 million barrels a day,” he said.

“We were the biggest energy producer. We were exporting energy. Oh, and by the way, we’ve reduced overall emissions. And we had the best safety record in the history of this country. When you let America run. You let America do what it does best. Innovate, think outside the box, produce. No one can touch us. But this administration is only concerned with crushing the hydrocarbons. And you can’t tell the difference with pixie dust and hope,” he said.

He added: “We have to have a proper mix. I am all for all of the above. But it should be affordable. Because energy is the key to any economy. When energy prices rise, fertilizers rise. This means food increases. This means that delivery costs increase. This means that your mining costs increase. And those morons who think we’re going to run on batteries. What is the answer about the disposal of batteries? What is the answer that 90% of solar cells are not recycled? They get thrown into a landfill like everything else, which adds a huge amount of toxic material. Now the idea that you’re going to run an economy with pixie dust and hope. You see the results — out-of-control inflation, out-of-control prices at the pump. It doesn’t have to be that way. We can do better,” he said.

Zinke went on to discuss the limits of green power:

There are limitations on solar cells. There are limits to the wind. There are limits to energy production. I am a great defender of nuclear energy. Over time, we have seen technology improve. I was in the navy as a Navy SEAL for 23 years. I’ve been around a lot of submarines, and they’re wonderfully safe. They are small. They have nuclear installations on a submarine. You know, we can take this model, you know, flip it.

But you have to consider energy as the heart of the economy. And when when the Biden administration, Monica Tranel, who’s involved in you know, ‘Leave it in the ground, leave it in the ground’, how are you going to pull cadmium, how are you going to pull nickel, how are you going to extract the cobalt, how are you going to extract the lithium?

The last point is the supply chain. We are vulnerable nationally on some of the key elements of our economy. Critical minerals SEALs go to war, special forces go to war. This, by the way, contains two dozen critical minerals that are all needed, and most of which are processed in China.

So fast forward to solar cells to the components that make up wind farms a lot of it comes from China and China as a market share on processing of course cobalt you know if you look the Democratic Republic of the Congo, you know, hiring kids to put rocks on their backs to mine cobalt. I don’t think that’s a good way to go.

Zinke said his race was a “must-have” seat to help Republicans take control of the House in November.

“We need five seats. Montana is one of those seats we need. It is therefore an essential seat. I will fill the void. We are working hard, but the race is tight. And you know, I’m up against an opponent who is radical left.

Zinke said Tranel’s “open approach” – his support for the Biden administration’s massive spending bills – will cost US$133 trillion.

“His economic plan, his opening move is $133 trillion with a T dollars,” he said. “When you add up Build Back Better, you add up the Green New Deal, you add up the Inflation Reduction Law, which should have been renamed China’s Inflation Stimulation and Acceleration Law, then the medicare for all – it’s 133 trillion and you’re just warming up,’ he said.

“If you look at the ‘Inflation Reduction Act’, [the] the tax bill comes to those earning $200,000 or less and our private insurance for health insurance increases,” he said.

Zinke touted his political action committee, SEAL PAC, which supports about two dozen veterans with combat experience.

“There are five SEALs, five Green Berets, and then combat support guys, EOD, who have significant combat experience. There are about two dozen of them, and I can tell you they are warriors coming to Washington,” he said.

“They will never flinch under the Constitution. You can’t harass them. You cannot intimidate them. It’s like bringing two fire crews of warriors to Washington because it’s time to take the country back,” he said.

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