Rick Perry reveals how Biden could lower gas prices: ‘Partner with the energy industry’

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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg was torched Monday after explaining the White House does not have a “dial” to control gas prices, as they spiral above $5-per-gallon in many states across the country. The former mayor of South Bend, Indiana claimed that companies in the sector, including ExxonMobil and Sunoco, are seeking to maximize profits, thereby contributing to the current crisis.

After those remarks, and President Biden invoking the Defense Production Act (DPA) to double down on green energy production, former Energy Secretary Rick Perry said it is clear the White House could have prevented the crisis while still focusing on their green goals.

” I have a question for the transportation secretary: What’s the “emergency” in the renewable industry that would make it worthwhile to use the DPA? he asked, adding the green sector only produces “at max” 20% of the energy pie. “I find it a bit absurd that they would use the DPA in both the solar and wind sectors. “

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“If you really wanted to make a difference, what you would have done is sent the message early on in this administration, and said ‘listen, we’re going to be a partner with the energy industry’ — But what they did is they sent the clear message that we don’t like the fossil fuel industry, we don’t like the nuclear industry. “

Perry added that in many cases the green energy sector has a big problem with the “NIMBY/Not-in-my-backyard” mindset of many people including windmill and solarfarm proponents.

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An oil pumpjack operates in the drive-thru of a McDonald's in Bradford, Pennsylvania.

A McDonald’s drive-thru worker in Bradford, Pennsylvania is an oil pumpjack.
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“When you start putting in big wind farms or you start putting in big solar facilities, the local community stops them,” he said.

In one notable 2017 case, opposition from Cape Cod residents including the Kennedy family successfully killed the “Cape Wind” project offshore from Massachusetts. Fox News reported that it would have “spoiled the maritime views from Kennedy’s estate.”

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On “Hannity,” Perry said that overall, there cannot be a functioning United States without a strong fossil fuel industry. “If you don’t support fossil fuels, and if your country doesn’t support nuclear energy, then you will be in a fool’s errand trying to fuel this country and the world,” Perry said.

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“They’re getting it wrong in so many different ways. It’s stunning. “

Charles Creitz is a Fox News Digital reporter.

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