Catsimatidis Critical of Biden Energy Plan, ‘Seriously Considering’ Mayoral Run

February 24, 2021

NEW YORK – Greek-American billionaire John Catsimatidis in an appearance on Fox Business Network’s Kudlow on February 19 said that President Joe Biden’s plan to combat climate change will hurt "every consumer" in America.

The show’s host, Larry Kudlow, “began the interview by noting that the U.S. formally rejoined the Paris Agreement earlier Friday, with Biden demanding the country get to ‘net-zero’ emissions by 2035,” Fox Business reported.

“What’s even worse, Larry, is that oil went from $45-$50 a barrel to over $60 a barrel,” said Catsimatidis, CEO of Red Apple Group and owner of United Refinery, a Pennsylvania-based gasoline refining company, New York's Gristedes Supermarket chain, and WABC-AM radio, Fox Business reported.

“What does that mean? It means every consumer, the poor, the middle class, gets hurt, and they are paying more for their food and they are paying more for their gasoline and paying more for everything, so it’s a tax on the consumer,” Catismatidis told Kudlow, adding that “America has 100 years worth of oil between Canada and the United States. China and Asia have no oil. Europe has no oil… What they are trying to do is they are conning the American people to believe that we should go that way too,” referring to China and Europe's reliance on electric cars and green energy, Fox Business reported.

“But that’s not the right way to go. If you listen to what the scientists have to say, those electric cars are more dangerous than living under an antenna. They put out so much radiation to the people that are inside the cars than anything else,” Catsimatidis said, Fox Business reported, noting that Catsimatidis “admitted that people ‘should always be more careful with our environment, but let’s look at the Paris Accord.’”

“They want us to cooperate tomorrow morning, and the Chinese don’t have to cooperate until 2035 which is crazy, because they’re putting out five to 10 times more emissions than we are, so it should be what’s fair for everybody,” he said, Fox Business reported.

Catsimatidis also “acknowledged that he was ‘seriously considering’ running for mayor of New York City, something he attempted in 2013 as a self-described ‘Republican-Liberal’ candidate,” Fox Business reported.

“We love New York. I could fix New York in 90 days if I became mayor,” Catsimatidis told Kudlow, and then urged “the viewers to question anyone who runs for public office as to their stance on law and order and support for police,” Fox Business reported.


Ambassador Dimitrios Tsikouris (JD, MA) has a 36-year-long career in the Greek Diplomatic Service with assignments in Germany, the United Nations, New Orleans, Washington, DC, NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy, Iran, Belgium, Indonesia, Malaysia, and ASEAN.

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