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DeSantis Criticizes Biden, Kerry, and Obama on Climate Change in Iowa Debate

During a debate in Iowa, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis addressed the issue of climate change and criticized prominent Democrats, including President Joe Biden, John Kerry, and former President Barack Obama.

Lack of Consistency

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DeSantis questioned the consistency between their words and actions, highlighting what he sees as a gap in their approach to climate policy.

DeSantis Challenges Biden’s Stance

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Governor DeSantis challenged President Joe Biden’s statement that global warming is a more significant threat than a nuclear war. He pointed out what he perceives as a contradiction, given that Biden’s administration still needs to take substantial actions to address climate change.

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John Kerry’s Private Jet

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DeSantis specifically called out John Kerry, Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, for continuing to use private jets for his travel despite his advocacy for climate change mitigation. Kerry has faced criticism from conservatives for this inconsistency.

He said, “Here’s the thing, you know, they talk about, Joe Biden has said that global warming is worse than a nuclear war — and I’m just thinking, well, gee, John Kerry hasn’t given up his private jet.”

Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard Mansion

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DeSantis also mentioned former President Obama and his ownership of a seaside mansion on Martha’s Vineyard, saying, “Obama hasn’t given up his Martha’s Vineyard seaside mansion.”

Hunter Biden’s Role

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Governor DeSantis raised questions about Hunter Biden’s financial dealings with China. He said, “I haven’t seen Biden do anything to hold China accountable except making sure that Hunter gets money. So these guys talk out of one side of their mouth and then they behave in another way. And I think that’s wrong.”

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Impact on Iowa Communities

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DeSantis expressed concern that liberal climate change policies, if implemented, could have a devastating impact on communities, particularly in Iowa. He emphasized the importance of reliable energy sources.

DeSantis Highlights Florida’s Approach

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The Florida Governor cited his state’s success in reducing emissions. He claimed  “Florida has had a massive decline in emissions, wasn’t because of a single mandate. It was because of innovation, because a lot of natural gas has replaced coal. We do have market-based solar, and it’s a compliment, but we cannot walk away from reliable energy.”

The Role of Reliable Energy

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DeSantis stressed the importance of maintaining reliable energy production to prevent potential rolling blackouts, which could occur if the focus shifts away from dependable energy sources.

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Criticism of Left’s Approach

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Governor DeSantis criticized what he perceived as the left’s desire to curtail personal freedoms and increase costs for individuals, suggesting that such policies may not be in the best interest of the American people.

Kerry’s Response

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John Kerry previously denied personal ownership of a private jet and faced criticism for his travel choices despite his climate advocacy.

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