Not shy about criticizing the Biden administration for failing to make Pennsylvania a powerhouse of energy independence, job creation and prosperity, Republican U.S. Senate candidate Carla Sands wants voters to consider in the May 17 primary elections.
In Williamsport on Tuesday to visit friends and dine at James’s Restaurant, the lifelong Republican got to know and worked to elect former President Donald Trump and backed the “America First” agenda.
No stranger to the city and region
“I go back and forth to Williamsport all the time,” said Sands, who said she traveled about a year ago at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to see the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, but had no unable to do so due to security measures.
Her disappointment at not seeing a Little League game lingered to watch Democratic policies destroy the state, she said.
“Pennsylvania is no longer a manufacturing powerhouse,” Sand said.
At one time, a single wage earner could support a family, but those jobs are overseas, largely because the federal and state governments encourage their production plants to be in foreign countries, many of which are not pro-US, she noted.
Not only was the Pennsylvania worker affected, but the shareholders of those companies were affected, Sands said.
Appointed ambassador to Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands from 2017 to 2021 by Trump, Sands was one of the few women named to serve on his economic advisory board.
“We need to bring back pharmaceuticals, steel production, factories that process minerals from the earth and don’t allow China to dominate the production of materials used in cellphones, defense equipment and batteries. electric cars”, Sand said.
Sands observed the success of the “cracker factory” in western Pennsylvania. The plant creates ethylene, a component of plastics, by breaking down oil and gas molecules.
“This state needs four to five of these factories,” she says.
“We also need to find new energy sources such as hydrogen and carbon separation and store the carbon in the ground,” she says.
As Ambassador, Sands worked with NATO, the US Department of Defense, the Departments of Interior and Treasury, and the White House to “strengthen relations with allies who had ceded their energy dependence to Russia and China.”
Democrats want to see programs like the Green New Deal, which she says negatively impact farmers by over-regulating their water, land and determining how much methane their cows emit, she said. declared.
Overregulation of the energy sector is akin to “renting an apartment and the owner did not hand over the keys,” Sand said.
The United States should not source fuel from places like Venezuela, she said.
More recently, Sands, who spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), backed a back-to-energy dominating plan – “Operation Warp Speed”, a type of Marshall Plan (an American plan named after General George Marshall to rehabilitate 17 countries to create stable conditions in the aftermath of World War II).
“We need to harmonize regulations at the state level and lay a pipeline and ship the product to Philadelphia and ship it to our allies in Europe so they don’t need Russian gas,” she says.
Many countries in the European Union “foolishly turned its back on clean and safe nuclear, clean coal and relied on wind turbines, solar and importing Russian gas”, she says.
While serving as Ambassador, Sands said she worked to free these nations from this dependency and, while acknowledging that American fuel (gas and oil) had a higher price, she said: “It is the price of freedom.”
As ambassador, Sands worked with European allies to set up terminals and ports to receive US-produced fuel in countries including Croatia, Latvia and Poland.
“Pennsylvania alone has the energy resources to power the United States for 300 years,” Sand said.
During her tenure as Ambassador, she helped Denmark, for example, increase trade and exports to the United States by more than 43%, which attracted foreign investment, increased pension funds, provided jobs in the country and opened real estate opportunities.
As ambassador, Sands proposed and helped establish the U.S. consulate in Nuuk, Greenland, and helped resolve the Thule Base maintenance contract dispute.
She facilitated partnership agreements between the United States and the people of Greenland and the people of the Faroe Islands and expanded the United States mission in Denmark to include the United States Coast Guard.
In January 2021, Sands was awarded the Department of Defense’s highest civilian honor, the Distinguished Public Service Medal, for his work to increase security in the High North while countering Russia and China.
For those hoping to see less inflation and policies that fuel inflation, Sands asked for their vote.
“For those who don’t know who they want to vote for, consider Carla going on the offensive for them,” she says. “I will fight for working families, for the elderly and for the working people of Pennsylvania – who have not been well served.”
“They haven’t had a champion, and they need one.”
Sands grew up in Camp Hill. Her father, Jack, continued to develop his chiropractic practice at Camp Hill alongside his own father, while her mother, Barbara, raised her with her six siblings. Sands developed a strong work ethic and found a passion for service early on in her time in the Girl Scouts, learning from her parents’ Christian ministry service and serving on the student council at Cumberland Valley High School. She developed a love for the Pennsylvania outdoors, spending summers at Christian Camp Hebron in Halifax and winters there. Sands’ first jobs were teaching art at the local college on weekends and after school and working in Hershey Park.
Sands studied biology and chemistry at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Elizabethtown College before earning her Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College. Sands continued to follow in the footsteps of her father and grandfather, being the third generation of her family to practice chiropractic in Pennsylvania. In 1999, she married the love of her life, Fred Sands. After Fred passed away in 2015, Carla stepped in to run his business and became the first woman to serve as Vintage Capital Group’s CEO.