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During his administration, President Obama started a war on U.S. energy independence and manufacturing jobs, hitting the Midwest especially hard — now Joe Biden wants to finish it.

During the second Democratic presidential debate in Detroit, the former vice president revealed that his radical environmental agenda would not only build on Obama’s promise to “bankrupt” the U.S. coal industry, but would also train the federal government’s destructive sights on numerous other industries that collectively employ millions of American workers.

“My plan calls for 500,000 charging stations around the country so by 2030 we’re all electric vehicles,” Biden explained, later adding that he would also “end any subsidies for coal or any other fossil fuel.” When CNN’s Dana Bash asked him to clarify whether there is “any place for fossil fuels, including coal and fracking, in a Biden administration,” he quickly replied that the answer is “no.”

“No, we would — we would work it out,” Biden insisted. “We would make sure it’s eliminated and no more subsidies for either one of those, either — any fossil fuel.”

In an apparent effort to soften the blow of eliminating all those jobs, Biden also promised to invest $400 billion in technology research — a move he claims would create some 10 million U.S. jobs. Of course, this is a thoroughly misleading claim considering that there are only 6.3 million Americans currently looking for work — meaning a Biden economy would have to hemorrhage nearly 4 million jobs before his promise of creating 10 million jobs would even be feasible.

No matter what promises Biden makes about renewable energy, his radical environmental agenda will have devastating consequences for the American people. He is more than willing to usher in an era of fewer jobs and higher energy bills in order to appease the radical Democrat base. Biden is not proposing a job-creating alternative to President Trump’s pro-growth economic policy — he is peddling a scam that will destroy the American economy.

Remarkably, though, most of the Democrats who participated in the presidential debates this week didn’t think Biden’s unhinged agenda went far enough. Governor Jay Inslee of Washington, for example, argued that Biden’s plan was too little too late, while Senator Kamala Harris insisted that Washington must adopt the $93 trillion Green New Deal.

In 2008, President Obama promised that his plan would put U.S. coal out of business and raise electricity costs across America. “If somebody wants to build a coal-fired power plant, they can,” he warned. “It’s just that it will bankrupt them.” This wasn’t just an empty threat either — the coal industry was nearly destroyed under his regime, losing tens of thousands of jobs.

Thanks to President Trump, the coal industry and the millions of Americans who rely on it for good-paying jobs and affordable energy were saved. But if Joe Biden, or indeed any Democrat for that matter, is handed the reins of power, the war on coal will be renewed and expanded to include the entire fossil fuels industry.

-Kelly Ruh, of De Pere, is the 8th Congressional District chair for the Republican Party of Wisconsin.

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