On Feb. 15, Thuman returned with a segment that relied on Mike Sommers, president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API), for comment. During the report, Sommers suggested that renewable energy wasn’t reliable enough and that “you’re going to need natural gas to sustain it. The wind doesn’t always blow, the sun doesn’t always shine.
But the idea that renewable energy isn’t reliable enough to form the backbone of an energy grid is a myth easily debunked by this December column published by the Yale School of the Environment, which showed that the Germany – with its heavily renewable electricity grid – – had much better grid reliability than the United States And, as the Texas freeze in early 2021 showed, natural gas-fired power plants are also not reliable in all situations. Additionally, the American Petroleum Institute has funded organizations that oppose efforts to combat global warming and has worked to sow doubt about climate change.
Sinclair bizarrely attacked Biden for promoting electric vehicles
On the February 8 evening edition of Sinclair’s The national office, broadcast on 65 Sinclair stations across the country, the show’s presenter and one of his correspondents bizarrely criticized President Joe Biden for encouraging investment in the construction of new electric vehicle charging stations while gasoline prices are high. Anchor Meagan O’Halloran complained: ‘Instead of offering solutions to ease pump pain and rising energy costs, the President is today doubling down on his commitment to expand vehicle use electricity here in the US” Correspondent Ryan Smith echoed that complaint, accusing Biden of “failing to deal with rising energy costs, instead pushing his plan to get more drivers to go green.” .
What this stupid review ignored is that technologies that reduce our dependence on oil, like electric vehicles, are some of the best solutions for the pain Americans are feeling at the gas pump. A 2020 Consumer Reports study found that EV owners who do most of their charging at home can save up to $1,000 a year on fuel costs. The study based its cost savings analysis on a price of $3.02 per gallon over the next decade, which is significantly lower than the current average gasoline price of $3.61 per gallon, which which means EV owners should expect much greater short-term savings.
Additionally, the Biden administration has released oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve in an effort to drive down gas prices on several occasions — though whether that actually helps remains open to question. The president also urged the Federal Trade Commission to investigate “anti-consumer” behavior by oil and gas companies that could drive up prices. (In fact, oil drillers in the United States refused to ramp up production last year amid soaring profits.)
Sinclair pushed conservative claims that climate and renewable energy infrastructure spending is a ‘bait and switch’
During a Feb. 1 report on infrastructure spending, Thuman spent part of his segment pushing the misleading conservative claims of a “bait and switch” in Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure bill, the law on investment and employment in infrastructures. The objection is that the Biden administration is prioritizing spending on climate-resilient transportation projects, electric vehicle charging stations and renewable energy over expanding traditional transportation infrastructure, such as new roads and highways.
But before the bill passed Congress in November, other news outlets made it clear that the legislation provided major funding for renewable energy projects and more traditional infrastructure. The Associated Press reported in August that the Senate’s version of the bill “includes more than $150 billion to boost clean energy and promote ‘climate resilience’ by making schools, ports and other structures better able to withstand extreme weather events such as storms and wildfires.” And a June New York Times article explained that the bill “provides funding for public transit, passenger rail and freight vehicles, electric buses and electric vehicle charging stations, all designed to try to reduce pollution from passenger vehicles and trucks.