Hannity’s Arizona “Town Hall” Puts Big Oil Lies on Primetime

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Tonight, Sean Hannity hosted a town hall with Kari Lake and Blake Masters to amplify some of Big Oil’s biggest lies ahead of the midterm elections. What was billed as a town hall to offer Arizonans an opportunity to learn more about where Republican candidates for governor and senate stand on key issues, was really an hour-long rant riddled with disinformation. 

This comes as Arizonans face record-high energy prices driven by corporate greed and price gouging, as well as the increasingly costly and devastating impacts of the climate crisis. Yet, neither Lake nor Masters offered any meaningful solutions to cut costs for working people or protect them against the changing climate. Instead, they spent an hour spreading fear and lies in hopes of tricking Arizonans into voting for out-of-touch candidates who care more about aiding and abetting wealthy Big Oil executives and their shareholders than ordinary people.

Here are some key moments from the town hall:

This so-called town hall left voters without answers to critical questions just two weeks from Election Day. Lake and Masters owe it to voters to answer the following questions related to climate action, lowering gas prices, and creating good-paying jobs in the already-booming clean energy industry:

  1. The Inflation Reduction Act, which you’ve labeled a “disaster,” is estimated to save the average Arizona homeowner 18.1% on their utility bills and invests over $4 billion in large-scale clean power generation and storage. What exactly is a “disaster” about lowering energy costs, addressing climate change, and creating millions of clean energy jobs?
  2. While Arizonans face sky-high prices at the pump, with gas in the Phoenix metro reaching more than $5 a gallon again, oil and gas companies are raking in tens of billions in record profits. Earlier this year, the U.S. House passed legislation prohibiting oil and gas companies from profiteering at the pump. Would you support similar price gouging legislation in the Senate?
  3. Arizona sits on the frontlines of the climate crisis as dangerous extreme heat and historic drought fuel devastating wildfiresWhy do you think climate change is not a problem and repeatedly question its science?
  4. Clean energy industries are projected to see significant growth over the coming decade. How would you work to bring clean energy jobs to Arizona and ensure Arizonans are well-positioned to compete for these new jobs?
  5. Drought-stricken Arizona’s water crisis continues to sink to new levels with its biggest allotment from the Colorado River basin being cut another 21% next year. How would you assist Arizonans, particularly those whose livelihoods depend on water access, from these massive water cuts?
  6. From residents in southwest Phoenix experiencing adverse health impacts from toxic air pollution to tribal nations facing a severe shortage of clean water, marginalized communities across Arizona bear the brunt of environmental injustice. Do you support legislation like the Environmental Justice for All Act that addresses the disproportionate effects of federal laws and programs on communities of color, low-income communities, and tribal and indigenous communities?