Granholm says US has no ‘moral authority’ over China

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Which team is she playing for again?

Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm has sparked a furor by saying the US doesn’t “have much moral authority” to criticize China over its energy policies. 

During a roundtable conversation with Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) and North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum, and other energy leaders in Grand Forks, North Dakota last Thursday, Granholm spoke on diversifying the state’s energy infrastructure and investing carbon capture. 

“You know, we’ve got a global problem and China is a big contributor to that — we are, too,” Granholm said. “And we don’t have much moral authority to say you should be doing this if we are not taking action and deploying the technology that we need to deploy.”

The energy secretary’s comments surfaced on Twitter on Monday, sparking backlash from Republican lawmakers who slammed them as “embarrassing and wrong.” 

“Embarrassing and wrong: @SecGranholm in North Dakota likens America’s climate standards to China, saying we lack the “moral authority” to call them out for polluting unless we pass President Biden’s radical, liberal climate agenda,” Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) said in a tweet.

Following his initial post, Cramer said that China emits 27 percent of global emissions while the US is only at 11 percent, citing the BBC. The Republican emphasized that China’s emissions are continuing to rise while in the US they are going down. 

“Despite what liberals like @SecGranholm want you to believe, our innovators have made significant strides in reducing our carbon footprint,” he said in a followup tweet. “The Chinese Communist Party has not, and it’s shown no real interest in doing so.”

Her comments come one month before the UN Climate Summit in Glasgow, where the Biden administration plans to flood the zone with 13 high level cabinet members and officials to meet with other world leaders on creating more commitments to limit global warming, while emphasizing what the US is doing to lower its own greenhouse gas emissions. 

Granholm, the former governor of Michigan, is one of those 13, according to a report by CNN. They will be joined by Biden for part of the summit. 

Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm
Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm received backlash from Republican lawmakers on Twitter.
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Senator Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.) echoed Cramer’s opinion, saying “The U.S. absolutely has the moral authority to call out Communist China for its predatory actions—and we must do so. Communist China is our strategic adversary, and we have a duty to confront them from a position of strength.”

The Republican House Select Climate Committee also pushed back against Granholm’s comments, noting decreased emissions in the US.

“Really, @SecGranholm? Since 2005, the United States has decreased emissions by a billion tons while China has INCREASED by 5 billion tons – leading the world in emissions growth,” the committee’s official twitter account posted. “Not to mention, China’s green energy supply chain is built on the backs of slave labor.”

Former US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley saw Granholm’s comments as “embarrassing” for the nation.

“Good grief. Can the Biden administration go just one day without embarrassing and insulting America?” 

Others took to slamming President Biden and his administration as a whole for his secretary’s remarks.

“We have all the moral authority in the world. #china is a repressive dictatorship. The USA is the greatest, noblest country on the face of the earth. Biden is a failure as president in large measure because he’s forgotten that,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) wrote. 

Rep. Mary Miller (R-Ill) took it a step further and bashed the whole Democratic party.
“Democrats are pushing the “Green New Deal” to punish Americans and enrich China. China is building 43 new coal plants and laughing at these fools in the Biden admin,” she tweeted.





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