Joe Biden enters House chamber for joint session of Congress

Ted Cruz mocked after sending another misleading tweet about Paris Agreement

While the Texas senator was in attendance at the US Capitol, his official Twitter account sent out real-time rebuttals to President Biden’s remarks

Louise Boyle
Senior Climate Correspondent, New York
Thursday 29 April 2021 03:46

Ted Cruz used President Biden’s first address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday to once again willfully misinterpret the Paris Agreement in a misleading tweet.

While the Texas senator was in attendance at the US Capitol, his official Twitter account sent out tweet after tweet as seemingly scheduled, real-time rebuttals to President Biden’s remarks.

Mr Biden used a portion of his speech to address the climate crisis, saying: “For too long, we have failed to use the most important word when it comes to meeting the climate crisis - Jobs.

“For me, when I think about climate change, I think jobs.”

The President went on to say that in order to “win” the 21st century, America would need to compete on new technologies like renewables and electric vehicles with China.

“There’s no reason the blades for wind turbines can’t be built in Pittsburgh instead of Beijing,” Mr Biden added.

In an apparent response to that statement, Mr Cruz tweeted: “The Real State of the Union: Joe Biden chose Paris over Pittsburgh. Rejoined the Paris Climate Agreement. Blocked the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, eliminating 11,000 jobs. Blocked new oil and gas leases and drilling permits.”

On the first day of his presidency, Mr Biden issued an executive order canceling the Keystone XL pipeline, which was planned to carry roughly 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Canada to the Gulf Coast in Texas.

Sen Cruz has frequently repeated the claim that Keystone XL would provide 11,000 jobs. However, according to multiple fact-checks by the Washington Post, and others, those jobs were in temporary construction work. In the long-term the pipeline would have provided 50 permanent roles. (A 2014 State Department report also broke down the job figures).

The good news is that, according to a non-partisan report from business leaders and investors, the clean-energy sector now employs more than 3 million American workers.

Soon after he entered the White House, Mr Biden also signed an executive order rejoining the Paris Agreement, the international pact to cut greenhouse gas emissions to avoid catastrophic global heating.

It’s widely understood that international treaties and conventions often take the names of the locations where they are signed. The Paris Agreement was named for the French capital where it was adopted in December 2015 by almost every nation on Earth.

The naming practice stretches back centuries. The Treaty of Berwick in 1526 was an agreement to establish peace between Scotland and England, and more recently, the St Andrew’s Agreement, signed in the Scottish town in 2006, was negotiated to bring peace to Northern Ireland.

Sen Cruz was also captured on camera appearing to fall asleep during Mr Biden’s remarks.

Host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, tweeted: “Looks like Ted’s eyes are hooked up to his state’s power grid.”

Meena Harris, niece of Vice President Kamala Harris, also posted: “Of course Ted Cruz is SLEEPING.”

Freak storms in Texas this February left millions of Texans without power after the grid buckled under the excess need. During that time, Sen Cruz left his home state and took a family vacation to Cancun, Mexico.

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