U.S. Representative Kendra Horn, already under fire from her re-election campaign for a string of strong votes she cast last year, distanced herself from Democratic President Joe Biden’s pledge on Thursday to “transition away of the petroleum industry “.
In a tweet from his campaign account Thursday night, Horn said, “This is one of the places Biden and I disagree. We must defend our oil and gas industry. We need a comprehensive energy approach that respects consumers, values energy independence and protects good jobs. I will continue to fight for this in Congress.
“At the same time, we can and must fight climate change.”
State Senator Stephanie Bice, Horn’s Republican challenger for the 5th District Congressional seat, jumped on Biden’s line in the last presidential debate, saying Horn supported the former vice president and was herself- even “repeatedly voted against the oil and gas industry”.
“We cannot rebuild the Oklahoma economy if Joe Biden and Kendra Horn want to kill these jobs of our friends and neighbors,” Bice said.
During part of Thursday night’s debate focused on climate change, Biden said, “I would transition away from the oil industry, yes.”
He said: “The oil industry pollutes significantly. It must be replaced by renewable energies over time. “
President Donald Trump, who accused Biden of pushing for a ban on hydraulic fracturing (hydraulic fracturing), replied, “Basically what he’s saying is he’s going to destroy the oil industry. Will you remember this Texas? Pennsylvania? Oklahoma? Ohio?”