DeSantis argued that the root cause of California’s high gas prices was the state’s green energy policies dictated by the government. This point was made amidst Newsom’s inability to provide a factual rebuttal, which was noted by observers as him resorting to a smarmy smile rather than engaging with the substance of the debate.
The debate took a humorous turn when the U.S. Oil and Gas Association chimed in, focusing on the importance of oil in everyday products like hair gel, a nod to Newsom’s reputation as “Gov. Hair Gel.” They pointed out that hair gel, and many other products, rely on petrochemicals and are made possible by the oil and gas industry. This witty retort underscored the irony in Newsom’s stance on oil and gas, considering his reliance on products derived from them.
Katy Grimes, editor of the California Globe, expanded on this point by highlighting the broader implications of radical leftist policies on industries and the economy. She emphasized that such policies often overlook the essential role of oil and gas in numerous critical products and sectors.
Overall, the debate and subsequent reactions highlighted the complex and often contentious discourse surrounding energy policies, environmental concerns, and economic impacts in the United States. While Newsom’s approach focused on green energy and allegations of price gouging, DeSantis and others pointed to the broader implications of such policies and the essential role of the oil and gas industry in the economy and daily life.