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Amid rising gas prices, Yellen slammed for calling wind and solar ‘critical’: ‘Tone deaf to a new level’


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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is being criticized for saying during a Senate hearing on Tuesday that “the bottom line is that we become more dependent on the wind and the sun” amid rising gasoline prices.

Gas prices and energy bills have greatly increased since President Joe Biden took office.

Yellen received backlash on Twitter for her comments, including from prominent conservatives.

Ohio Rep. Bill Johnson tweeted, “Wind and sunlight can’t get into a gas tank. How does that help struggling Americans right now?”

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Gasoline prices above $6.00 per gallon are displayed at a Chevron gas station on May 20, 2022 in San Rafael, California. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Conservative commentator Jesse Kelley wrote, “The destruction is intentional. Those gas prices you’re mad about, the Democrats did it on purpose.”

Yellen’s remarks are “a good reminder that they CHOSE this transition, and the pain is the point,” Republican communications officer Matt Whitlock said.

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Steve Cortes, a former Trump administration official, called on Yellen to resign after admitting she shouldn’t have said inflation was transitory.

“Do you think, Madam Secretary? Cortes tweeted in response to his quote. “Now, after such a colossal failure, do the honorable thing and step down, Janet Yellen.”

Amid rising gas prices, Yellen slammed for calling wind and solar ‘critical’: ‘Tone deaf to a new level’

U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen delivers a speech at the United Nations COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Wednesday, November 3, 2021.

Some, like lawyer Viva Frei, have criticized Yellen’s argument that a green energy transition would make America less dependent on foreign players.

“The wind and the sun are not subject to ‘geopolitical’ disputes. Okay. But what about the materials needed for solar panels and wind turbines? Being dependent on foreign minerals and parts is just as bad. than being dependent on foreign oil,” Frei tweeted.

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“This takes tone deaf to a new level. Farmers and ranchers need affordable gas to power farm machinery and produce an abundant global food supply. What don’t they need? More talk about electric vehicles and wind/sun,” the House GOP Agriculture Committee said.


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