‘Fueling America’s freedom’: Ron DeSantis rolls out energy policy

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The Florida Governor talked oil and gas in a Texas speech.

Gov. Ron DeSantis visited Texas’ Permian Basin to roll out energy policy proposals for his 2024 presidential campaign after having promised recently to cut gas prices back to “$2 a gallon.”

DeSantis was in the heart of oil country in Midland, where he told supporters that he wanted more domestic oil and gas production and less focus on electric vehicle mandates, promising a dramatic break from the policies of the Joe Biden administration.

Wearing a suit jacket and jeans, the Governor reprised his “$2 in 2025” promise behind a sign that promoted “fueling America’s freedom,” saying the way to do it is “achieving American energy dominance.”

Saying Biden policies have “exacerbated inflation” due to increasing energy costs, the Governor said the simple act of canceling the Keystone Pipeline cost $10 billion, lost 59,000 jobs and was a benefit to America’s rivals.

“We have the cleanest and most advanced energy technology in the world,” DeSantis said.

Describing “waning” American influence, with Russia “exporting record amounts of energy” and China building reserves, the Governor promised “to use our energy dominance to deny our enemies revenue.”

“Instead of liberating the American oil industry to increase production, the Biden administration has throttled the industry,” DeSantis lamented, saying America has the power to “lower gas prices” and “lower costs” for Americans while working to “restore” the country’s Strategic Reserve.

The Governor also promised to “save the traditional American automobile,” vowing to reverse Biden-era mandates and subsidies for electric vehicles.

DeSantis also couldn’t resist bragging on Florida’s power restoration after Hurricane Ida, saying only extracted resources were suitable.

“I can’t rely on windmills. I need oil and gas to get it done,” DeSantis said.

DeSantis offered a big-picture take down of environmentalism soon thereafter, and its “fear tactics” designed to convince people “that the world is going to end” unless the “agenda” prevails.

“This is part of an agenda to control you and control your behavior. They are trying to limit your choices as Americans. They’re trying to circumscribe your ambitions,” DeSantis said.

The Governor’s policy speech is the public-facing highlight of a week heavy with fundraisers.

Dallas businessman G. Brint Ryan will host an event Sept. 21 in Dallas, one the Dallas Morning News says will charge couples up to $13,200, with individual contributions topping out at $6,600.

On Sept. 22, DeSantis will be in Alamo Heights near San Antonio at a luncheon hosted by former U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith and current U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, per San Antonio Reports. Roy is one of the few members of Congress endorsing DeSantis, who served three terms in the House representing constituencies south of Jacksonville.

The Governor’s week in Texas comes as his worst numbers in the state ever were just released.

The Defend Texas Liberty PAC Texas Statewide 2024 Likely Republican Labor Day Issue Poll shows Donald Trump ahead of the Florida Governor, 61% to 10%, among the 406 likely voters surveyed by CWS Research.

This is by far Trump’s biggest lead over DeSantis in the state. DeSantis was at 13% in July, 19% in June and 23% in May, meaning the Governor has lost more than half his support in the last few months.

DeSantis’ 10% matches the share of undecided voters, and puts the Governor ahead of the non-Trump field, including Nikki Haley and Mike Pence, tied for third place with 5% each.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • My Take

    September 20, 2023 at 12:01 pm

    He should have promised Texans abundant cheap water.

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  • FloridaPatriot

    September 20, 2023 at 12:30 pm

    I live in Florida and never lost power and I use solar. He is full of shit and only parrots right wing nonsense.

  • Michael K

    September 20, 2023 at 12:42 pm

    Still pandering to the fossil-fuel industry…
    Can’t wait to see more drilling off the coast of Florida!

  • WhatNow

    September 20, 2023 at 12:44 pm

    Moron thinks everyone’s dumb enough to actually believe his b.s. US gov doesn’t have the authority or power to control the price of oil and therefor gas, to that extent, dictate the type of propulsion the auto manufacturers utilize in their products (no this putz would NOT succeed in halting or reversing the phase-out of car gas engines), and areas such as Florida’s very own Babcock Ranch have *proven* that he’s flat-out lying about the “necessity” of relying on fossil fuels to power through natural disasters such as hurricanes. How much lower can this guy possibly sink in his quest for votes, *any* votes?

  • Earl Pitts "Political Genious" American

    September 20, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    Good afternoon America,
    Once The Ronald and The Lovely Casey get settled into the White House we are going to issue an Excutive Order taking custody of all bank accounts, Real Property, invested funds, Joe’s Corvette, and anything else we can get our hands on from everyone in The Notorious Biden Crime Family.
    America this includes Brother Jim, wife Jill, all Biden grandchildern … any Biden.
    Then, America, The Ronald and The Casey will use all that Biden ill-gotten gain to off-set a portion of every American’s fuel costs and utilitiey bills.
    Then we will take a look at the Notorious Clinton Crime Family and see if they still have any of their ill- gotten gain.
    If any Dook 4 Brains Lefty’s dont want any of Biden’s or Clinton’s ill-gotten gain they can submit an “opt-out request” and will not have to “GET PAID” like the rest of America.
    Thank you
    Thank you America,
    Earl Pitts “Working Hard For You” American
    Thank you America,

    • Joe The Plumber

      September 20, 2023 at 2:07 pm

      Great plan Earl,
      This could come to aproximently $4637.72 for each American. I dont feel too many will opt out.
      However, Earl, it brought a subject up in my head wondering why Trump did not take back The Clinton Crime Family’s ill gotten gain while Trump was in office?
      This totally disqualifies Trump from running for POTUS ever again. Joe

      • Silly Wabbit

        September 20, 2023 at 2:11 pm

        You too.

      • Tom

        September 20, 2023 at 2:27 pm

        I assume you know that joe the plumber died on August 27th right? You know rhonda won’t be happy when dead people start voting for him. He’s got the special ‘dead people who vote’ police squad in place and ready to go.

    • Silly Wabbit

      September 20, 2023 at 2:10 pm

      You dook.

      • Silly Wabbit

        September 20, 2023 at 2:11 pm

        Earl dook.

        • Earl Pitts "Political Genious" American

          September 20, 2023 at 8:56 pm

          I like you Wabbit I, Earl Pitts American, am recruitng Wabbit to come work for me after the election. Wabbit you and me will make beautiful music and a lot of money together.
          I dont like that Dook 4 Brains JD though. Wabbit we will not be hiring that meany old sour puss JD.
          Thank you beloved Wabbit,
          Earl Pitts American

          • JD

            September 21, 2023 at 10:11 am

            That’s fine you don’t like me.

            But know, your BBQ and cornbread sucked and most of the time so did the blues players at your restaurant.
            This should have been a prelude to your political prowess and ideological advice ability. Stick to your lane.

            EarL Shitts, with the big “L” for loser.

            I might look like a dook for 4 brains supposed leftist, but that’s only because the needle for right has moved so far right and the left stayed the same.

      • Silly Wabbit

        September 20, 2023 at 2:12 pm

        Joe dook.

    • JD

      September 20, 2023 at 5:47 pm

      Your boy keeps dropping in the polls Shitts. All that sage advice you have doesn’t seem to be working.

      Perhaps you need to examine your life choice and pack it in. Maybe you can get a job as a radio character. Lord knows you have the face for it.

  • Joe

    September 20, 2023 at 3:13 pm

    Also Desantos: “I’m a liar!”

  • PeterH

    September 20, 2023 at 4:20 pm

    Instead of a strong desire to be a model environmental nation state …. DeSantis wants to re-capture a 1950’s moment in history!

    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!

    Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • woke to the yolk

    September 21, 2023 at 7:39 am

    Two dollars a gallon, that’s BS. Gas should be free just like Rona’s hot air! As for freedom, how about letting us smoke pot or decide whether or not to have a baby, Rona? Speaking of freedom, why can’t we decide whether or not to allow Covid infected people on our private property? Or love whoever we want? As far as I am concerned, Rona belongs in Texas. He can volunteer his time to build the wall. But I suggest that it be on the State’s Northern border to keep the crazy Texans in. Please be sure to wear your white boots Rona!

  • Michael K

    September 22, 2023 at 5:53 pm

    I think Ron and his family should move next door to an oil refinery just to prove how beautiful and safe it is.

    I’m sticking with solar panels.

  • Tom Palmer

    September 22, 2023 at 7:39 pm

    Environmentalists are not claiming the world will end, but simply that it will be a less pleasant place to inhabit,

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