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

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Tonight, Sean Hannity hosted a town hall with Adam Laxalt and other hardline conservatives to amplify some of Big Oil’s biggest lies ahead of the midterm elections. Laxalt has been notoriously afraid of the media during his campaign, shying away from real journalists who will push him on the issues. When he joined Big Oil cheerleader Sean Hannity, he was given a platform for an hour-long rant riddled with disinformation and name-calling, denying Nevadans  an opportunity to finally learn more about where Laxalt stands on key issues.

This spectacle comes as Nevadans 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, Laxalt did not offer any meaningful solutions to cut costs for working people, create new jobs in booming industries, or protect against the changing climate. Instead, Laxalt and Hannity spent an hour spreading fear and lies in hopes of tricking Nevada 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 with only two weeks until Election Day. Laxalt owes 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. Can you explain your opposition to the Inflation Reduction Act, which experts say will create millions of clean energy jobs over the next decade,save the average Nevada homeowner more than 16% on their utility bills and invest  $2.7 billion in large-scale clean energy and storage?
  2. Nevada will lose 8% of its Colorado Water river allocation under new drought restrictions in 2023. The basin is facing significant shortages thanks to persistent megadrought conditions. How would you assist Nevadans, particularly those whose livelihoods depend on water access, contending with rising temperatures, severe drought, and mandatory water cuts? 
  3. Clean energy industries are projected to see significant growth over the coming decade. How would you work to bring clean energy jobs to Nevada and ensure Nevadans are well-positioned to compete for these new jobs? 
  4. Nevadans are facing rising home energy costs, with an average low-income family in the state spending 6-8% of their income on energy bills. What efforts do you support to help lower these costs for Nevada families?
  5. As Nevadans face sky-high prices at the pump, with gas in the Las Vegas metro reaching more than $5.50 a gallon, oil and gas companies are raking in record profits. You’ve accepted more than $200k in campaign contributions from Big Oil and Gas for your race. Earlier this year, the U.S. House passed legislation prohibiting oil and gas companies from profiteering at the pump. If elected, would you be willing to stand up to the powerful oil and gas lobby and support similar legislation in the Senate? 
  6. From rising temperatures to toxic air pollution – marginalized communities across Nevada bear the brunt of the climate crisis and environmental injusticeDo 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?