Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) humiliated David Turk, the U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary, by asking him simple questions about how much taxpayer money would be required to reach the Biden regime’s carbon neutrality goals.
During a meeting for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development, Sen. Kennedy grilled Turk on the costs versus benefits of going carbon neutral by 2050, as his department is striving for. Turk, however, was unable to provide any direct answers to Kennedy’s questions.
Even as Turk tried to talk around all the questions, Kennedy continued to grill the supposed “expert.”
“Give me your best estimate – just an estimate, I know, of how soon you think the United States of America would be carbon neutral,” Kennedy requested of Turk.
“So, uh, I think according to the climate scientists around the world and certainly the cutting edge scientists that we need to rely on here in the U.S., we’ve gotta get carbon neutral by 2050, and I’m very comfortable with that target and I think that’s the appropriate target,” Turk said.
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“Which is only 27 years,” he added. “That is not a long time away.”
“And how much will that cost?” asked Kennedy.
Avoiding the question, Turk replied, “So, the cost that I focus on even more is all the costs that are gonna happen if we don’t get our act together.”
Not taking this as an acceptable answer, Kennedy reiterated his question, saying, “No, the total cost. How much will it gonna cost to get us carbon neutral?”
“It’s gonna cost trillions of dollars, and it will cost tens of trillions of dollars if we don’t get our act together,” Turk said, again trying to give a vague answer.
Kennedy continued to push for a straightforward answer, asking, “How many trillions?”
“I don’t have the estimate or the numbers in front of me,” Turk admitted. “I’ve seen a variety of different estimates, but it’s a large amount. Fundamentally transforming our energy economy is a big deal.”
Again, not accepting a vague answer, Kennedy asked Turk to share some of the estimates he claims to have seen. Turk said he didn’t have the numbers with him.
“So you’re advocating that we become carbon neutral, but you don’t know how much it’s gonna cost?” Kennedy asked. “You’re the deputy secretary. You’re the expert. Give me an estimate of how much it’s gonna cost.”
Without any answer to Kennedy’s question, Turk tried to talk around the question again.
“I know with a certainty of all the experts I’ve spoken about, it’s cheaper to get our act together than it is to not get our act together on climate change,” Turk said.
“You don’t have a cost? You want us to get there but you can’t tell the American taxpayer how much it’s gonna cost? Is that your testimony?” asked Kennedy, almost laughing in disbelief.
Already looking like a fool, Turk continued to stumble over Kennedy’s questions.
“It’s going to cost trillions of dollars, there’s no doubt about it,” said the DOE Deputy Secretary.
“Some of your colleagues estimate $50 trillion, and it disappoints me that you’re not willing to give the estimates,” Kennedy said, calling Turk out directly. “I hope you’re not telling me you have no idea how much it’s gonna cost, that creates a whole new host of problems.”
Kennedy then posed the question: “If we spend $50 trillion to become carbon neutral in the United States of America by 2050… give me your estimate of how much that is going to reduce world temperatures?”
As Turk continued to not answer the question, Kennedy had to repeat himself four times before finally giving up and obliterating the deputy secretary for his inability to come up with a suitable response.
“You don’t know, do you?” asked the Louisiana Senator. “You just want us to spend $50 trillion, and you don’t have the slightest idea whether it’s going to reduce world temperatures. Now, I’m all for carbon neutrality, but you’re the Deputy Secretary of the Department of Energy and you’re advocating we spend trillions of dollars to see carbon neutrality… and you can’t tell me how much it’s gonna lower world temperatures? Or you won’t tell me?”
All Turk could say, who was now completely humiliated due to his own incompetence, responded that he believes in his “heart of hearts” that the U.S. has to be the world leader in climate change initiatives.
Biden official: It's going to cost trillions of dollars. There's no doubt about it.⁰⁰
Me: So, if the U.S. spent $50T to become carbon neutral by 2050, how much is that going to reduce world temperatures?⁰⁰
Biden official: *No answer* pic.twitter.com/6u8QmeJRdq
— John Kennedy (@SenJohnKennedy) May 4, 2023