President Biden appeared to go off script during his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, saying that the U.S. would need oil and natural gas for many years to come.
“We are still going to need oil and gas for a while,” Biden said during his speech.
Biden’s comments were quickly met with a mixed reaction as some Republicans appeared to cheer the remarks.
The president then told an anecdote in which an oil executive asked him why his company should invest in fossil fuel projects in light of the negative business atmosphere for oil and gas projects. Biden said he responded that oil and gas would be needed for years to come.