Tim Pearce on May 14, 2019
President Donald Trump called the Green New Deal a “hoax” while touting American energy at a speech in Louisiana on Tuesday.
The rally was held at the site of a new liquefied natural gas export terminal, the Cameron LNG Export Facility. The terminal will employ roughly 7,000 workers and export up to 15 million tons of LNG annually, enough to cover a quarter of the European Union’s LNG demand in 2018, Trump said.
“The Green New Deal is a hoax, like the hoax I just went through. I’m not even sure, it might be a bigger one, and mine was pretty big,” Trump said, comparing Ocasio-Cortez’s resolution to the Russian collusion conspiracy busted by special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
“Under that deal, everyone in this room gets fired. All of the thousands of guys and women standing on these [stages] gets fired, they go home. Because under the Green New Deal, they don’t like clean, beautiful natural gas,” Trump continued. “They don’t like anything. They don’t know what they like. They sort of like wind even though it kills all the birds.”
Trump also touted successes of his “America First” energy policy, such as approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline even though the pipeline’s actual construction has been stopped by environmentalists through lawsuits.
The president spoke about recent jobs numbers released by the Department of Labor and the rate of the economy’s growth in the first quarter of 2019, which took experts by surprise. The U.S. economy added 263,000 jobs in April and the unemployment rate fell to 3.6 percent.
The Department of Commerce estimated in April that the U.S. economy will grow at a rate of 3.2 percent over the course of 2019, much higher than experts’ predictions of 2.3 percent in January.