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

YORK, Penn. – Last night, Sean Hannity hosted a town hall with Dr. Oz, Doug Mastriano, and other hardline conservatives to amplify some of Big Oil’s biggest lies ahead of the midterm elections. What was supposed to be a town hall to offer Pennsylvanians 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 Pennsylvanians 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 Oz nor Mastriano 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 Pennsylvanians 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 less than three weeks from Election Day. Oz and Mastriano 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. 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 Pennsylvania homeowner 13.5% on their utility bills, and invest $270 million in large-scale clean power generation and storage?
  2. What steps would you take to protect Pennsylvanians threatened by extreme weather, and how can voters trust anything you say on the topic when you’ve made discredited claims about climate change throughout your campaign?
  3. 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?
  4. Clean energy industries are projected to see significant growth over the coming decade, adding to Pennsylvania’s already robust clean energy sector. How would you work to bring clean energy jobs to the Keystone State and ensure Pennsylvanians are well-positioned to compete for these new jobs? 
  5. Pennsylvanians face rising home energy costs, with an average low-income family in the state spending 8-10% of their income on home energy costs. What efforts would you support to help lower these costs for Pennsylvania families?  
  6. Do you support legislation like the Environmental Justice for All Act — co-sponsored by Senator Casey  – that addresses the disproportionate effects of federal laws and programs on communities of color, low-income communities, and tribal and Indigenous communities?