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Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., on Tuesday said President Joe Biden's executive order on the Keystone XL Pipeline "take(s) us back to the '70s" regarding energy policy, bringing with it higher oil prices, inflation, loss of jobs, and national security implications.

Daines ridiculed Biden, and Democrats as a whole, on Newsmax TV for their stance on the pipeline and other energy issues, saying the party is beholden to radical leftists.

"Many of us remember what happened back in the 1970s, back when we were dependent on the Middle East for oil," Danes, 58, told "Spicer & Co." "Thank God for American energy innovation that has allowed us to reverse that. And now we are independent.

"But the actions of the Biden administration take us back to the '70s: higher oil prices, inflation, loss of jobs, but the national security implications can't be overstated. We're in such a strong position as a nation because of independence in relation to energy.

We're no longer dependent on the Middle East. This reverses that course."

Daines, a chemical engineer by training, derided those who claim the pipeline is harmful to the environment, especially compared to other means of transporting petroleum. He said it has the least amount of carbon dioxide emissions as any transportation method.

"This is all about a radical agenda of the left, the Green New Deal," said Daines, a Republican elected to the Senate in 2015. "It is Biden appeasing that side of his party. Here's the sad part, though: That's now the center of gravity for the Democrats the fringe side of the Democrats. That is where they're at. That's their center of gravity. This does not bode well for our economy, our national security, for jobs, and the price of gasoline."

He said changing the course will be difficult, because Democrats are virtually universal in opposing any compromise.

"We need Democrats to get on board," he said. "That's the problem, they wind up embracing this Green New Deal.

"It's hard to find a Democrat who wants to find common ground on common sense balanced energy portfolios."

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Now they are telling people where to work.

'You little people, you know, I don't like the choices you're making,  and so your jobs go away,'

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, ripped Biden climate czar and former Secretary of State John Kerry on "Fox News Primetime" Wednesday over what Cruz described as degrading comments about blue-collar workers whose jobs were abruptly cut when President Biden canceled the Keystone XL Pipeline permit.

At a White House press conference earlier Wednesday, Kerry claimed industrial and energy sector workers are victims of a "false narrative" based in Trump-era economic policy. "They have been fed the notion that somehow dealing with climate is coming at their expense," Kerry said. "No, it's not. What is happening to them is happening because of other market forces are already taking place."

"It is not a unifying message, and it is not doing the job we should be doing [in] fighting for working men and women in this country," said Cruz.


Kerry went on to explain that the workers at risk of losing their jobs should have considered more appropriate jobs in areas that are more likely to be helpful to a future green economy.

"You look at the consequences of black lung for a miner, for instance, and measure that against the fastest-growing job in the United States, [which] before COVID was the solar power technician," Kerry said. "The same people can do those jobs, but the choice of doing the solar power one now is a better choice."

"I've asked multiple Biden nominees what they would say to the union workers who just lost their jobs because Joe Biden decided they didn't deserve a job," Cruz told host Maria Bartiromo. "And essentially nominee after nominee after nominee has said, 'Well, tough luck.'"

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