Granholm laughed recently when asked about her plans to increase American oil production, saying “that is hilarious” and explaining that oil is a “global market” controlled by OPEC – which she said had decided not to increase oil production.
McDowell fired back, saying the United States “controlled the price until you took a chainsaw – you and your liberal nuts – to one of our most valuable industries, and took a chainsaw to our global security. You handed power to nations that hate us. …And she can laugh about that, too.”
“Is it too much to ask that the secretary of energy actually understands how the energy sector works and how energy production works?” McDowell asked. “Is it too much to ask for her to give at least a small, cold, damn about the suffering that all Americans are facing as they try to say, ‘Oh, do I eat spaghetti for dinner? Or do I buy a steak because I’ve got to fill up my car tomorrow morning?'”
“The Five” co-host further explained that under former President Donald Trump, the U.S. “control[led] the global price of oil” because it “had so much spare production capacity.”
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm attends the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), in Glasgow, Scotland, Britain, November 4, 2021. (REUTERS/Phil Noble/File Photo)
Gas prices are seen after U.S. consumer prices surged in April, with a measure of underlying inflation blowing past the Federal Reserve’s 2% target, in Beverly Hills, California, U.S., June 2, 2021. (REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson)
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter reacts as his wife Rosalynn Carter (not pictured) speaks during a reception to celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary in Plains, Georgia, U.S. July 10, 2021. (John Bazemore/Pool via REUTERS)
Co-host Jessica Tarlov agreed “[i]t’s not a good idea to laugh at voters” and co-host Lawrence Jones noted the irony of the Energy Secretary for a self-proclaimed “empathetic” president laughing in the face of Americans suffering under high gas prices and the steepest inflation in 30 years.
Co-host Jesse Watters ripped President Biden, “You just got on your knees and begged OPEC to increase [oil] production, and they just gave Joe the middle finger.”
“Wait until winter comes…,” he continued. “You know how expensive home heating prices are going to be? You’re going to have high home heating prices, high inflation, high gas prices. That hasn’t happened since the ‘70s. Remember what [former President Jimmy] Carter said in the ’70s? ‘If you guys are cold in your house,’ he said, ‘put a sweater on.’”