Tommy Tuberville: Big government uses climate change warnings to “grow their own power”

Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

On Tuesday, U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville spoke on the U.S. Senate floor to denounce climate alarmists and encourage increased production of American energy. Tuberville said that alarmists who claim that “we’re near the edge of a climate cliff” are making “a prediction they know is impossible to prove and has never come true.”

Tuberville said that American energy is significantly cleaner than the majority of notable energy producers in the world and that the United States should expand domestic energy production to support our economy and lower energy costs for American families.

“We should be doing everything we can to fix the problems created by the government and get Americans back on their feet by unleashing our economic potential and opening doors of opportunity,” Sen. Tuberville said. “Unfortunately, too many here in Washington are still focused on growing the size of government and adding regulations they say will save the environment. However, very rarely does making the government larger benefit the American taxpayers.”

“For decades, fans of big government have used climate change warnings to grow their power,” Tuberville continued. “They have claimed we’re near the edge of a climate cliff — a prediction they know is impossible to prove and has never come true. Of course, they claim, the only solution to this cooked-up crisis is for you — the American taxpayer — to sacrifice even more of your freedoms to tackle this so-called climate dilemma.”

“Well, I think I speak for most Americans when they say, ‘no way.’” Tuberville argued. “We should say no to overpriced electric cars that are made with cobalt processed and sold by China — and plugged into a charger that’s powered by fossil fuels anyway…No to fake meat products that taste as bad as their price and will eventually kill our livestock producers’ way of life…We say no to unreliable energy sources and the skyrocketing utility bills we’re seeing today because America cannot operate and achieve economic success without fossil fuels… And no to trillions and trillions of taxpayer dollars spent on an agenda that’s based only on the rantings of failed candidates like Al Gore and John Kerryglobal elites at a ski resort, and a European teenager.”

“Some may call me a climate change denier, so I want to be clear,” Tuberville added. “As a conservative, I believe in protecting our environment, conserving our natural resources, and doing what we can to make sure Americans live in a clean, safe environment in communities that will last for generations to come. But I do not believe that we need to give up our livelihoods, our way of life, our access to affordable food and energy because of false claims that we are years — just a few years away — from extinction.”

Tommy Tuberville is serving his first term representing Alabama in the United States Senate after 40 years as a coach, teacher, and broadcaster. Tuberville is a member of the Senate Armed Services, Agriculture, Veterans Affairs, and HELP Committees.

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