On Tuesday, Biden’s U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Deb Haaland, testified before the U.S. Senate Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, where she was pressed on her decision to shutter a Minnesota critical mineral mine, claiming there are too many jobs available to justify closing it down.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said, “Your decision to trade off our energy security in favor of a radical climate change agenda is making us more and more dependent on China. And, at the same time, you are blocking permits for mines in this country.”
“The jobs for blue-collar workers in this nation are valuable resources. The livelihood and well-being of American families are valuable resources. The ability of America to have our own industry and not be dependent on China is a valuable resource. Why should those things for millions of Americans be sacrificed in favor of your agenda for radical climate change?”
Haaland then claimed there were more jobs than applicants, telling Hawley, “Senator, I know that there’s like 1.9 jobs for every American in the country right now. So, I know there’s a lot of jobs.”
Hawley clapped back, “Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. You’re telling me we’ve got too many jobs in the country?”
The Interior secretary responded, “Well, I’m saying that we don’t have enough people. That’s why we are having a hard time finding folks to work at our department.”
The U.S. Department of Labor shows that there are currently 9.6 million job openings in the United States.
Hawley concluded, “They are blue-collar workers. And you’re sitting here and telling me that we have too many jobs in this country. Are you serious?” He added, “I want to take the strongest possible exception to that comment and that entire mentality which I think is very honest. I think it reflects the mentality of your administration, which is when it comes to blue-collar workers in this country, ‘you’re on your own. Good luck.’”