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President Biden said on Friday that coal-fired plants are too expensive to run and “we’re going to shut down these plants across America” ​​to switch to wind power in a comment that drew criticism from the Republican National Committee.

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“I was in Massachusetts about a month ago at the site of the largest old coal power plant in America,” Biden said at an event in Carlsbad, California on Friday. “Guess what? It cost them too much money. They can’t count. Nobody builds new coal-fired plants because they can’t count on it. Even if they have all the coal guaranteed for the rest of the plant’s existence.

“So it will become wind generation. And all they’re doing is saving them a hell of a lot of money, and by using the same transmission line that they used to run coal-fired electricity, we’re going to close these plants all over America and use wind and solar and also provide tax breaks to help families buy energy-efficient appliances, whether it’s your refrigerator or coffee maker, solar panels in your home, insulation in your home, things that save, on average, at least $500 a year for the average family, experts say.

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Biden’s comment caused a response from the GOP National Committee Twitter account, which reads: “Joe Biden honors coal-fired workers who have lost their jobs.”

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Biden added that “generating electricity from wind and solar is cheaper than from coal and oil.”

“Literally cheaper,” the president said. “Not a joke”.

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White House did not immediately respond to a Fox Business request for comment.

A Department of Energy report released this summer showed massive job cuts in the fuel industry following Biden’s presidential campaign, when he promised to move the country away from fossil fuels.

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The report says that 29,271 jobs were lost in the fuel technology sector in 2021, down 3.1% from last year, with most of them in the fossil fuel industry. Onshore and offshore oil companies lost 31,593 jobs, down 6.4%; the coal industry lost 7,125 jobs, down 11.8% from last year; and fossil fuel jobs declined by 12%.

“The Department of Energy’s jobs report not only reflects a broader slowdown in the pandemic, but also highlights an administration that has been working overtime to limit U.S. natural gas and oil production,” Independent Petroleum Association of America spokeswoman Jennifer Marsteller told Fox News Digital in an email. .

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During the 2020 presidential campaign, candidate Biden suggested that miners facing an economy in which their jobs are potentially shrinking should “learn how to code.”

“Anyone who can go down a mine 300 to 3,000 feet can fucking learn to code,” Biden said. said in New Hampshire at a campaign event. “But we don’t think about it that way. Anyone who can throw coal in a furnace can learn to code, for heaven’s sake.”

Thomas Catenacci of Fox News contributed to this report.