NOTE: the following article is satire, not a statement of fact. Treat it as such.
During a recent press briefing, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accused the GOP and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy of “holding America” hostage by not backing Biden’s “clean air” agenda, saying:
President Biden has done more than any prior President to tackle the climate crisis, and today he’s making clear that he’s not done yet.
In the Rose Garden this afternoon, with environmental justice leaders and climate advocates, President Biden will sign an executive order making environmental justice part of the DNA of every federal agency. His order will mean cleaner air and water, reduced risk of asthma and cancer, and better access to safe and affordable housing, and clean transportation for communities across the country.
The President’s bold climate and environmental justice agenda could not stand in starker contrast to the dangerous proposals MAGA House Republicans are putting forward.
As you can see from the slide behind me — here you go — while President Biden is fighting to clean up toxic pollution and lower costs through clean energy tax credit, Speaker McCarthy unveiled a ransom note holding our economy hostage. It’s a 320-page plan to kill jobs, fill our cities with smog, and give asthma to our children.
The proposal would repeal the Inflation Reduction Act’s green energy tax credits, sending thousands of jobs back to China. It would make it easier for oil companies to use toxic chemicals that cause severe burns, damage people’s eyes, and quite literally melt bones.
It would severely weaken the Clean Air Act, sending us back to the times when cities across the country filled with heavy smog that dirties our air and poisons the lungs of our children.
Well, what is it that Speaker McCarthy included in his “ransom note,” as KJP described it? He refused to back the Administration’s plan to ban gas-powered cars by 2025.
Speaking about that to reporters in the halls of Congress, Speaker McCarthy said, “Now, look, look, this is just insane. What is it that I’m not supporting? A plan to ban gas powered cars in just two years! Two years to ban like 90% or more of the cars Americans drive! How are we supposed to move supplies around? What is the military supposed to use? Are we really going to destroy our auto industry and fossil fuel industry? Doing so would be not only absurd, but absolutely idiotic. So no, I won’t support that, even if “smog,” or whatever is slightly increased by my refusal to do so.”
KJP, when pressed on McCarthy’s claims during the next day’s press briefing, called any criticism of her “racist” and that by “improving diversity” America could overcome the “gas-powered hurdles in the auto industry.”
According to an insider, the plan was promoted by a Chinese EV producer that paid off Hunter Biden’s gambling debts.