KEY POINTS

  • NPR first brought up Granholm’s appearance in the video
  • Granholm has drawn ire from Republicans after laughing off a question about oil prices and domestic oil production
  • The Biden administration has been urging other countries to increase oil production

The Biden administration's Energy Secretary, whose controversial answer and laugh when asked recently about rising fuel prices and domestic oil production plans, appeared in a 2018 video that focused on anti-fossil fuel advocacy and the end of gasoline.

NPR’s Camila Domonoske and Ailsa Chang recently discussed the movement to phase out gas cars, and as they tackled the topic on the government seriously considering the potential end of gasoline, Domonoske mentioned the appearance of the Energy Secretary in the video of the song “Gasoline, Gasoline “The World’s Aflame.”

Domonoske explained that the video “featured a cameo from a woman with a blonde bob, enthusiastically lip-syncing along about the urgent need to give up gasoline. That was Jennifer Granholm, better known today as the secretary of energy.”

The video was produced by environmentalist group Coltura in 2018, and the song called for phasing out fossil fuels as the world transitions to electric vehicle use. The song featured lyrics that called on people to “leave” gasoline “in the ground.” Granholm’s cameo in the video was revealed after she laughed off a question about the increase of oil production in the country.

In an interview with Bloomberg host Tom Keene about the surging prices of gasoline on the West Coast, Granholm said, “That is hilarious,” when Keene asked her, “What is the Granholm plan to increase oil production in America?”

In a video of the interview uploaded on Twitter, Granholm can be seen laughing as she answered Keene’s question. “[I] would that I had the magic wand on this,” Granholm added, continuously smiling as she explained that “oil is a global market” and is “controlled” by a “cartel” that the Energy Secretary said was “called OPEC.”

Some politicians did not take Granholm’s response to increasing gasoline prices well. Sen. Roger Marshall, R-Kan., said it was “no laughing matter,” Fox News reported.

“I don’t see anybody laughing when they’re at the pump,” Marshall argued. He further explained that in Kansas, there’s been difficulty securing financing for drilling.

Michigan GOP also tweeted that while “gas prices are at historic highs and hurting American families and their wallets daily” but that Granholm “thinks it is hilarious that someone dare ask her to elaborate on how she plans to fix this issue for Americans.”

Meanwhile, President Joe Biden continues to urge oil leader nations like the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia to step up production as prices continue to rise, the New York Times reported.

However, officials from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) as well as those in Russia, stood their ground earlier this month amid the Biden administration’s pressure.

Biden has said that the surge in prices “is a consequence of, thus far, the refusal of Russia or the OPEC nations to pump more oil.”

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has been nominated as Joe Biden's energy secretary Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm has been nominated as Joe Biden's energy secretary Photo: AFP / SAUL LOEB