Florida Rep. Byron Donalds defends the First Amendment rights of America’s energy producers.
Every American consumer is feeling the pain of historically high gasoline prices, which do not look to be declining any time soon.
Laughably, one of the bluest blue areas is hardest hit.
Prices for gasoline in one of nation’s major cities reached an all-time on Thursday— the highest average price ever recorded in the United States, according to fuel savings platform GasBuddy.
Average prices for the fuel in the San Francisco metro area reached a new all-time high of $4.75 a gallon, breaching the previous record of $4.743 that was set in 2012, GasBuddy reported Thursday.
However, schadenfreude is no comfort, as the rising fuel prices are hurting struggling Americans who do not support the super-green policies that have driven up costs.
To distract the public, and to keep the eco-activists happy, the Democrats in Congress decided to grill petroleum industry executives over alleged lies relate to “climate science.”
Top executives of ExxonMobil and other oil giants denied spreading disinformation about climate change as they sparred Thursday with congressional Democrats over allegations that the industry concealed evidence about the dangers of global warming.
Testifying at a landmark House hearing, ExxonMobil CEO Darren Woods said the company “has long acknowledged the reality and risks of climate change, and it has devoted significant resources to addressing those risks.´´
The oil giant´s public statements on climate “are and have always been truthful, fact-based … and consistent” with mainstream climate science, Woods said.
Democrats immediately challenged the statements by Woods and other oil executives, accusing them of engaging in a decades-long, industry-wide campaign to spread disinformation about the contribution of fossil fuels to global warming.
“They are obviously lying like the tobacco executives were,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee.
This tactic did not come off quite as effectively as the Democrats hoped. Florida’s Republican Rep. Byron Donalds slammed the Democrats during the inquiry, and it was glorious.
“First of all, to the witnesses, the leaders of Exxon, Chevron, BP, Shell. I know that the climate activists in Twitterworld, which Dave Chappelle says doesn’t exist, and he’s right; because it’s just people who have nothing better to do but type on their keyboards,” Donalds said during a House Committee on Oversight Reform hearing titled, “The Fossil Fuel Industry’s Climate Change Disinformation Campaign.”
“And we do it too here in Congress,” Donalds continued. “But let’s be very clear, you need an apology. Because what I witnessed here today was just rank intimidation by the Chair of this committee. Trying to get you to pledge on what you are going to spend your money on is a gross violation of the First Amendment.”
Another Republican nailed the real purpose of the panel.
Kentucky Rep. James Comer, the top Republican on the Oversight panel, called the hearing a “distraction from the crises that the Biden administration’s policies have caused for the American people,” including higher gasoline prices.
“The purpose of this hearing is clear: to deliver partisan theater for primetime news,” Comer said.
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