Capitol Briefing – Gabe Firment

In a press conference last week President Biden’s Special Presidential Envoy for the Climate, elitist swamp dweller John Kerry, advised that American workers in the oil and gas industry who “are seeing an end to their livelihoods” due to some of Biden’s absurd executive orders should “go to work to make the solar panels”. The condescending tone and patronizing disdain for the common man spewing from Kerry’s lips immediately reminded me of Pharaoh’s command in Exodus chapter 5 for the Israelites to make bricks without straw in response to Moses’ message from God that Pharaoh “let my people go”. The president’s executive order halting new oil and gas leases on federal lands and his revocation of the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline sent a clear message that this administration has declared war on the industry that has been the economic lifeblood of our state for many decades.

Industry experts project that Biden’s ban on federal leases in the Gulf of Mexico alone could cost Louisiana 48,000 jobs and nearly $100 million in tax revenue. It is obvious that President Biden has embraced the radical environmentalism of AOC, Bernie Sanders, and the Far Left who have openly called for the end of fossil fuels as an energy source and implemented policies to achieve that end. The new administration’s policies could not come at a worse time for the industry which was already struggling with low oil prices and the economic downturn caused by the Covid-19 crisis.

I am concerned that in District 22 LaSalle and Red River parishes will be especially hard hit by the Marxist economic policies of the Biden administration who seek to destroy the oil and gas industry in the name of “environmental justice” and climate change. The success of the oil and gas industry is critical to the prosperity of LaSalle and Red River parishes, as well as to rest of District 22 and the entire state of Louisiana. As your state representative, I will continue to support policies that will help this important industry survive and thrive, including ending legacy lawsuits and lowering the nation’s highest severance tax.

The fight for energy independence and economic freedom will not be easy. Unlike the ancient Israelites we will have no heavenly manna to sustain us as we wander through the wilderness of socialism and executive authoritarianism for the next four years. Pharaoh Joe has released his own set of 40 plagues couched as executive orders that fund abortion, force our children to accept a radical transgender agenda, open the floodgates for illegal immigrants, and kill high-paying jobs in the energy sector. However bleak the situation may appear now, hope in a free and prosperous future remains. Although no present day Moses has appeared to lead a free people to the Promised Land, our faith lies in the same Sovereign God who provided a pillar of fire and cloud to guide His people through the wilderness. If we stand strong there will soon come a day when we cross the symbolic Jordan and see the Jerichoan walls of socialism, media bias, censorship, and identity politics torn down and the American dream restored.

Gabe Firment
District 22 State Representative

23 thoughts on “Capitol Briefing – Gabe Firment

  1. At some point, liberals need to listen to the conservative groups of this country. Liberals want to go full speed ahead, all the while not thinking everything through. There are downfalls that will hurt the nation and it’s people without looking at all aspects of what Biden wants. Remember around election time, old Joe said he would reach across the aisle to work with Republicans. Right now, he doesn’t even seem to be working with his own party. He and Bernie seem to be making a lot of decisions on their own, and he is signing more Executive Orders than any president has done in the first week of office. WHY? Why is he doing this. Have we all been sold down the river? As I see it, there is no reason for him to do this, he has both houses and can pretty much have what he wants. But next week, the Impeachment Hearings are supposed to start. There can be no other business going on during that time, that is the law. Does he have his cabinet in place? Why hold hearings to impeach a man who no longer is the president, what are they going to do, fire the former president. They might get enough votes to prevent him from running again, but then again, maybe not. There it is again, another time spent trying to take Trump down, so much money being spent, no work getting done and it’s all a nightmare. More illegals coming into the country, bringing COVID and other diseases with them. Then wanting to make so many changes, right now, not talk, just do it. It feels like we are on a highway to hell and there is nothing we can do about it. All of the things happening in DC now almost make no sense. RUSH, RUSH, RUSH in to everything, and when it involves so much money and people losing jobs, wouldn’t it be best to talk, talk about the pros and cons of what Biden wants to do. It’s exactly what Bernie wants, so I have to wonder just exactly who is really sitting in that chair in the oval office. Could we possibly be in an episode of the Twilight Zone?

    • Nope. That episode is thankfully over.
      If you check back even as far as George W’s adm, it was Repubs that didnt have the votes to pass immigration reform. It’s the same as it is now. You won’t work, we will.

      • No, you think you know it all and won’t listen. Even when you see it ruined as Biden is doing now, you call it working and doing the right thing! You are blind to your own screwups because you are so vain and full of your mistaken view of your intelligence! Haven’t you noticed on here how few people you agree with, and it’s always you are right, the others are wrong. You think you are right when you don’t make any sense, which is often. You are what we have long called a know it all.

  2. Executive orders, whether by former president Trump or current president Biden, make a splash in the news media, but they are neither as good as their proponents claim nor as bad as their opponents claim. A lot of bipartisan work will be needed.

  3. Indeed we have seen a dictatorship in the last 4 years. Very ugly sight. No thanks.
    Conservationists have talked about climate change caused by mankind. We are losing glaciers at an alarming pace causing a more rapid water rise and land loss. This is due to greenhouse gasses increasing. I’m sure most of you know what is causing the increase. Now is the time to start turning to alternative fuel sources, finally. Denial doesn’t help. The planet continues to grow hotter.


    • If we stopped all emissions that are causing all the damage to the ozone, it would still suffer damage. You talk as if the USA is causing all the damage. Your knowledge is lacking. It has long been known that other countries are the ones doing most of the damage. Do your homework Vicki, don’t just parrot what your party says. Find out for yourself. Be brave, step out snd see if you can make a decision on your own.

      • Of course it isnt just the US. I’ve been driving fuel efficient cars since the early 70s. I am a conservationist..have been all my life. Some at least make attempts while others just turn their back. Which are you?

        • You do realize it is not only cars causing the problem. There are more fuel efficient cars being produced now. There are bigger problems, so I see you didn’t even try to answer the question. The car I drive is presenting no problem to the atmosphere.

          Tell me, what do you think will happen when all the illegal immigrants cross that border down South. You know most of them are untrained workers with families, making minimum, and no matter what that minimum wage is, even if it is $15/hr they will only be able to buy old clunker cars. Those cars produced before the fuel efficient cars were in production. Now those old cars are going to spit, sputter and have black smoke billowing from them. Now those are the cars that are part of the problem. What are you going to say to the drivers of those cars Vicki? Will you be as rude and hateful to them as you are to us? You are unbelievable, thinking you are the only one who conserves our natural resources. Well, you could do better you know. No one needs 2 houses, and even though your car is supposedly efficient, you still drive between your two homes, causing more problems to the ozone layer. Just think Vicki, you are contribute more to the problem than I do. What do you know, and here you were really getting off on being better than all of us. That is a good one!

          • Vicki, no I suppose I don’t get what you are trying to do, but then again you don’t get what I am trying to do. You have been trying to save the planet for 50 years by stopping the emissions from autos, which is well and good. But before we can save the planet, we better start looking at how we can save our country. I know that you don’t agree with me, and you don’t listen to what I have to say, ever, but just this once, please, read and think about what I’m writing here. I’m not against you, I believe that we must first and foremost save the United States and our freedoms. We have to protect what we have. Our country has worked for years and years to build what we have, then make better what we built. Perhaps we have prospered too much, so now everyone wants to come here, because of our freedoms and our prosperity. But you know that we already have unemployment, which just went through the ceiling because the XL pipeline construction was shut down. Now the guys working on the pipeline made good money, because they were good at their jobs, and knew what to do to build it safely. You do know there has been a pipeline where the XL is going. They are not digging up, and in your eyes, ruining new ground. The old was there already, and did you hear of a lot of problems because it was there? I didn’t. So look at how do we transport oil normally? Trucks, trains, ships. How many times in the last 15 or 20 years have you heard of disastrous accidents using these methods to transport oil. A lot. These huge accidents cause pollution to our God given resources. They kill wildlife, they pollute the soil so things won’t grow. These methods of transportation destroy our natural resources for years and years, and why would we want to continue to use those methods. It is foolish to do so, when the pipeline, put right by another one, is so much safer. Plus there is no pollution from the ships, trains, and trucks that have been the carriers for years.

            You talk about our cars and the fact that you have been driving fuel efficient cars for years. Most of us who have new cars do drive fuel efficient cars. So I’m sure you got angry with me when I mentioned the illegals coming across the border, and I would like to tell you the many ways letting all of them in will affect the US, meaning you and I. First of all, none of these people are vetted, we have no idea of what kind of person they are. You know gang members want a better way of making more money, just like the innocent father of 5 children. I talked about the unemployment rate going up because of all the pipeline workers losing their jobs. They were told by the president to go get training for another job. Does he not realize that there are kids coming out of college and trade schools that are going for these jobs already. There will not be enough jobs for all the layoffs and the illegals coming in. So what happens? We have to support them, either by unemployment or welfare. Plus when they are ill, they don’t have insurance, so we, the people have to make sure that is taken care of. That means more taxes. Now with the pipeline shut down, we will have to go to those Middle Eastern countries again to buy oil, and prices will go sky high. Are you ready for $4 to $6 per gallon gasoline, so even if you do drive a fuel efficient car, traveling any distance will cost a fortune. And we are already paying higher taxes in order to pay the unemployment and welfare of all those not working. Then because the illegals don’t have training for jobs, they can’t afford a decent car, so they buy a junker, an old thing that burns gas and oil, and spits black smoke into the air. And what does that do. It cancels out any good you are trying to do save the planet by ending all the emissions. And now you and I, because of higher taxes to pay for unemployment and welfare, our lives are changed and not for the better. Why did we work so hard all those years to have a little something when we retired. We worked hard to get what we have, we earned it, and it’s going to be taken away.

            Now I believe in helping people, I truly do. I have helped families going through rough times, children need clothes for school, they need Santa to come so the little ones can continue to believe in the fantasy and fun of childhood. But I also know we cannot help our own, our neighbors, our friends, our extended family if we are trying to take in huge numbers of illegal immigrants. We are still sending huge amounts of money to foreign countries so that women who want abortions can get them. WHY? If we are sending money, why isn’t it for vaccines, medicine to save lives, schools to teach? That is why you and I don’t see eye to eye. You just want to do it, help the people, help the countries, and fix the cars, but you fail to see how so many things are all tangled together. If we do this, this happens, then this, then this. It can’t all be done. We can’t help every person who comes to the border and wants in. What should be done instead is maybe teach them and help them fix their own country. They love their home country and then they want us to be that country, but better. I don’t want to be that country, I want to be the USA.

          • I need to correct one portion of my previous comment. The XL pipeline, for a very long stretch, is going in where the Keystone is. There is a portion of the XL that does not follow the same route. I’m sorry to have left this portion out of my comment, it was not intentional.

  4. Awesome.
    We need to be attuned to climate change, but I do not see this as a matter of urgency. If we replace fossil fuels, than we need to do this slowly, and with caution. We need energy almost as much as we need water.

    After Laura and having no power except poorly functioning generators, I can say that we are powerless without power. To be energy dependent, wind energy has its problems. I have a son who lives where they have miles and miles of hundreds of these massive, loud turbines. He tells me they do not supply all the power his area needs. I’ve read elsewhere concerning the large amounts of oil needed for lubrication of these windmills. . He said the one thing his area has is wind. Lots of wind. When I told him that was where we are headed, he said “Mama, there isn’t enough wind in Louisiana”. (he lived in Louisiana growing up).

    So do we need more research into this alternative power? Should we look at, and take care of windy areas of the country first? Will wind power construction jobs be any where close to what our oil field jobs have provided financially?

    Then when the state budget tanks in Louisiana, just how serious will this be for us? What will crumble and fall? Hasn’t Louisiana had enough examples of this in the past?

    Are we beginning to see the start of how it is to live where there is only one radical political party taking us into a dictatorship?

    May the Lord help us all!

    • I agree with you 100% Old RN. The technology is there, but unreliable. It needs to be a gradual transition into a tested and reliable renewable source used in conjunction with traditional sources. This urgent push to blindly change will have serious consequences. Imagine the impact this would have on our country. I could continue with what it would be like with rationed power but what’s the point? Don’t get me started on these “green” electric cars. People seem to forget fossil fuels are used to charge their batteries. Not to mention the cost to maintain these vehicles. Some just want to argue instead of working together for the people to help sustain our country. And I mean both parties not just Democrats, including myself. There comes a point where adults just have to set aside their differences for the sake of everyone. Politicians seem to forget for the people by the people. As long as personal agendas dominate our capital we will continue on a downward spiral.

      • the world begins its large-scale transition toward low-carbon energy sources, it is vital that the pros and cons of each type are well understood and the environmental impacts of renewable energy, small as they may be in comparison to coal and gas, are considered.

        In two papers — published today in the journals Environmental Research Letters and Joule — Harvard University researchers find that the transition to wind or solar power in the U.S. would require five to 20 times more land than previously thought, and, if such large-scale wind farms were built, would warm average surface temperatures over the continental U.S. by 0.24 degrees Celsius.

        • Clean energy policies that reach low or zero carbon emissions in the electricity sector by 2040 to 2050 are achievable at a cost of about 15% above baseline and generate climate and health benefits that far exceed the moderate policy costs.
          Just a paragraph from Harvard 2020 Clean Energy report.

    • Of course we do it slowly. Some have been trying for decades and decades to start moving in the right direction. Too many times they’ve been blocked by big oil and gas and big auto companies. Now is the time to step things up. Dont you want your grandkids or greats to see a forest? To have clean water or clean air? At least clear air and water… I would think that you would know since you quote the Bible so often, that we were given dominion over all of this. To take care of it. To preserve it for generations to come. Our ancestors did. Why won’t you?

      • two papers — published today in the journals Environmental Research Letters and Joule — Harvard University researchers find that the transition to wind or solar power in the U.S. would require five to 20 times more land than previously thought, and, if such large-scale wind farms were built, would warm average surface temperatures over the continental U.S. by 0.24 degrees Celsius.


        • You start out fine, the the yelling starts. There is no conversing with you. Calm yourself and I can respond. When you yell, I dont hear a word you say.

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