Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has been on a four-day fundraising and campaign stop in Texas this week. He’s attending fundraisers with the same George W. Bush/Karl Rove RINOs in the Texas House of Representatives who just impeached MAGA Attorney General Ken Paxton on false charges. (Paxton was acquitted by the Texas state Senate.)
The big, triumphant moment of the DeSantis trip was supposed to happen on Wednesday, when he unveiled his 2024 energy plan in Midland, Texas. Like everything with the DeSantis campaign, it didn’t go as expected.
As for the DeSantis energy plan, it was so-so. DeSantis says he wants to increase oil exploration to the point where it gets the price of gas back down to $2 a gallon in 2025.
“I will ensure that this country does not have to rely on hostile nations for its energy needs ever again,” said DeSantis.
That’s all well and good, but how is that any different from the energy plan of almost every other Republican candidate in the past 40 years (except one obvious one)? George W. Bush or Bob Dole or even Ronald Reagan could have given that speech.
As DeSantis was giving that speech in Midland, the Oil and Gas Workers Association headquartered in Odessa, TX—just a few miles down the road—was endorsing Donald Trump as their candidate for 2024. Ouch.
OGWA President Matt Coday said during the announcement, “Governor DeSantis says a lot of the right things, right, but his track record isn’t there.”
Trump’s record, on the other hand, involved pulling the US out of the disastrous Paris Climate Agreement, which would have gutted oil and gas jobs while impoverishing the United States even further. He pulled out of Iran’s nuclear deal. Plus, Trump fought to preserve oil and gas jobs in America. President Trump also go the Keystone XL Pipeline construction back on track, until Joe Biden torpedoed it (enraging our Canadian allies in the process).
We could go on and on about Trump’s track record when it comes to oil and gas, but you get the point. He has an established track record on energy. DeSantis does not.
When he was in the House of Representatives, DeSantis wanted to end the ethanol industry in the Midwest. Ethanol is a huge industry in states like Iowa and Nebraska, because of their corn crops. DeSantis has since flip-flopped and now says he supports fuels with higher ethanol blends.
And contrary to popular belief, DeSantis was not a supporter of President Trump’s America First energy policies. In 2019, DeSantis signed an executive order declaring that he would “oppose all off-shore oil and gas activities off every coast in Florida.” In that same executive order, he vowed to oppose all fracking in Florida.
In 2020, the DeSantis administration bought 20,000 acres of land in the Florida everglades to permanently set them aside and “protect” them from oil exploration. DeSantis says a lot of good things, but as always, the actions of a politician are what you have to watch.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has drained the Strategic Petroleum Reserve from 650 million barrels to about 300 million barrels. Every time he drains the reserve and sends oil to China, it causes the price of gas to drop a little bit. This simply proves that if we drill for more oil, it will make gas cheaper. Not that we expect Joe Biden to do anything differently. He’s determined to bring about Klaus Schwab’s “Great Reset” which will eliminate all personally owned, gas-powered vehicles. Only the people who can afford an electric car will have vehicles by 2035 if we don’t stop Team Biden in next year’s election.
The polling, of course, shows us that Donald Trump is the one Republican candidate who can do that. Trump is polling four points ahead of Biden in head-to-head matchups, while DeSantis trails Biden by several points. A lot of that difference is from independent and Democrat voters who prefer Trump over Biden—the “secret Trump supporters” who were a huge phenomenon in 2016.
Energy is the big cornerstone of President Trump’s America First economic system. Cheap energy drives everything else, and Donald Trump is ready to implement that plan all over again. It works, and the oil and gas industry knows it works. As Trump says in every rally, the plan is to “Drill, baby, drill!”