US presidential election: Republican Ron DeSantis wants to revive fossil fuels in case of victory

The American right is increasingly openly hostile to measures to limit CO2 emissions. The latest example with Ron DeSantis, governor of Florida and candidate in the Republican primary for the 2024 presidential election, announced Wednesday, September 20 his energy program. He wants to revive fossil fuels and minimize the dangers of global warming. A position that reflects the prevailing climate skepticism within the Republican Party.

Ron DeSantis, 2024 presidential candidate, announced from a Texas oil field, his energy program. Getty Images via AFP - BRANDON BELL

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With our correspondent in Miami, David Thomson

To announce his energy plan, Ron DeSantis put his microphone at the foot of a borehole in the middle of a Texas oil field. The first proposal of the candidate in the Republican primary concerns the revival of fossil fuel production and the cancellation of the climate goal set by Joe Biden, that is to say 50% of electric vehicles by 2030.


We will lift Biden's obligations and all subsidies for electric vehicles. In a nutshell, we're going to save the traditional American car," DeSantis said.

According to Ron DeSantis, humans have never been more immune to climate disasters than they are today. "We're not going to set zero-emission targets and stick to stuff like the Paris agreements," he says. His rival Donald Trump promises to revive hydraulic fracturing to lower inflation.

When it comes to energy, all the candidates in the Republican primary are in unison. "Climate change programs are a hoax," millionaire Vivek Ramaswamy went so far as to say the revelation of this primary during the last televised debate, summing up the general consensus within the Republican Party on the climate crisis.

40 years ago they told us an ice age was imminent. Now they tell us that global warming is an existential threat to humanity. Which is it? Neither. The climate change agenda is a hoax because it has nothing to do with the climate and everything with global "equity" - by letting...

— Vivek Ramaswamy (@VivekGRamaswamy) September 20, 2023

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