Energy Secretary Claims Biden Did Not Pledge To End Fossil Fuels

 January 27, 2024

In a recent CNBC interview, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm made a statement that directly contradicts video evidence of President Joe Biden's stance on fossil fuels.

In the interview, Granholm denied knowledge of Biden's 2019 pledge to "end fossil fuel," despite clear video evidence to the contrary.

During the discussion, the topic centered around the Biden administration's recent move to pause approvals of liquefied natural gas (LNG) export projects. This decision has sparked debate about the administration's approach to energy policy and its commitment to combating climate change.

Granholm's Statement Raises Questions

Host Joe Kernen pointedly referenced a 2019 statement by then-candidate Biden, where he assured an environmental activist that he would "put fossil fuels out of business."

Energy Secretary Granholm responded to this reference by claiming ignorance of such a statement, saying, "I did not hear him say that."

This denial has raised eyebrows, as Biden's 2019 declaration was widely publicized and remains easily accessible. Joe Kernen countered Granholm's claim by suggesting, "Just look at YouTube," pointing to the ease of finding the video evidence.

A Look Back at Biden's 2019 Pledge

Back in 2019, Biden's conversation with an environmental activist was a significant moment in his campaign. He stated emphatically, "I want you to look at my eyes. I guarantee you. I guarantee you. We’re going to end fossil fuel."

This statement, captured on video, has become a pivotal reference point for discussions on the current administration's energy policies, Breitbart reported.

Granholm's recent claim contradicts not just the evidence of Biden's past statement but also the broader narrative of the administration's energy policy. The Energy Secretary emphasized a "managed transition" away from fossil fuels, acknowledging their necessity through 2050, in line with guidance from the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Transitioning to Cleaner Energy Sources

The Biden administration's energy policies have been a subject of contention, balancing environmental concerns with economic and geopolitical realities. The recent pause in LNG export approvals underlines this complex balancing act.

Granholm, in her 2023 interview, elaborated on the Department of Energy's efforts, stating, "We are working every day at the Department of Energy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and that means making sure we manage carbon emissions, We reduce carbon emissions, we have the technology associated with the oil and gas industry."

Her emphasis on managing and reducing carbon emissions reflects a nuanced approach to the issue, one that considers the continued role of fossil fuels shortly.

The Ongoing Debate Over Energy Policies

The discrepancy between Biden's 2019 statement and Granholm's recent denial highlights the ongoing debate over the U.S. energy policy's direction. This debate is not just about policy specifics but also about communication and public perception.

Granholm's claim of not hearing Biden's 2019 statement adds a layer of complexity to the administration's narrative on energy and climate policy. It underscores the challenges the administration faces in aligning its messaging with its policy actions.

As the United States moves towards a future where renewable energy plays a more significant role, the path is fraught with political and practical challenges. This recent interview sheds light on these challenges, especially in terms of public communication and policy consistency.

Energy policy, particularly in the context of climate change, remains a contentious and vital topic. The administration's approach to managing this transition will be closely watched by both domestic and international observers.


The recent CNBC interview with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm has brought to the forefront the complexities and challenges of the U.S. energy policy, especially in the context of transitioning away from fossil fuels.

The discrepancy between President Biden's 2019 pledge and Granholm's recent statements raises questions about the administration's stance and its communication strategy.

As the world moves towards a more sustainable energy future, the path forward for the U.S. remains a subject of intense debate and scrutiny.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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