by David Harsanyi
In anticipation of the virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, a two-day global gathering of more than 40 world leaders, President Joe Biden declared that the United States had a “moral imperative” to adopt an “ambitious” goal of cutting greenhouse-gas emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030 and 100% by 2050.
Such an effort, if we were serious about it, would entail massive destruction of wealth, a surrender of our international trade advantages, the creation of a hugely intrusive state-run bureaucracy at home, the inhibition of free markets that have helped make the world a cleaner place and a precipitous drop in the living standards of most citizens — especially the poor.
Of course, it should be said that those who oppose the expansion of fracking and nuclear energy — most elected Democrats, it seems — aren’t even remotely serious about “tackling” carbon emissions, anyway. Around 80% of American energy is generated by fossil fuels and nuclear right now. Around 20% is generated by “renewables” — predominantly wind and hydropower (which is unavailable in most places). Only around 2% of our portfolio consists of inefficient and unreliable solar power — this, even after decades of subsidies and mandates.
It’s always funny to hear people speak about solar panels as if they were some sort of cutting-edge technology. The discovery of the photovoltaic effect goes back to 1888. President Jimmy Carter declared a national “Sun Day” in 1978 and put 30 solar panels atop the White House. One of those panels is now on display at the Science and Technology Museum in China — not only the top producer of solar panels and carbon emissions but also the nation that would most benefit from the United States’ unilateral economic capitulation.
To reach Biden’s goal, the United States would need to envelop most of the nation in panels and windmills and then rely on enormous Gaian prayer circles — may she grant us sunshine and gale-force winds. We would be compelled to eliminate most air travel and cars — making new ones produces lots of carbon emissions — and retrofit every home, factory, warehouse and building in America to utilize this type of energy. We would need to dramatically cut back on our meat and dairy intake as well.
“The signs are unmistakable, the science undeniable,” Biden claimed. “Cost of inaction keeps mounting.” Now, I realize that people repeat these contentions with religious zeal, but the evidence is extraordinarily weak. For one thing, there is action. Market innovations keep creating efficiencies all the time. For another, we live in the healthiest, most equitable, most prosperous, most safe and most peaceful era in human existence. Affordable fossil fuels have done more to eliminate poverty than all the redistributionist programs ever concocted. By nearly every quantifiable measure, the environment is also in better shape now than it was 20, 30 or even 50 years ago. A lot of that is grounded by an economy that relies on affordable energy. Also, though every weather-related event is framed in a cataclysmic way, not that long ago, being killed by the climate was serious concern for most people. Today, it is incredibly rare.
Progressives, however, regularly maintain that we are facing an existential crisis. One might point out that science’s predictive abilities on climate have been atrocious. But really, these days, “science” is nothing but a cudgel to push leftist policy prescriptions with little consideration for tradeoffs, reality, or morality.
The Malthusian fanaticism that’s been normalized in our political rhetoric is also denialism. “Science,” as the media and political class now practice it, has become little more than a means of generating apprehension and fear about progress.
ever notice how idiots reproduce faster that normal people? the pedophile pathologic liar is a prime example along with the entire commicrat congress. America is on the verge of bankruptcy. the treasury is not running out of paper but ink. were you aware that CA buys 77% of it power from other states? OH is # 3 at just over 33%. so how can windmills that freeze in Tx this last winter provide energy. Forgot, the pedophile is going to demand solar panels in Alaska. somewhere in the internet was a timeline of the impact on global warming. recall the idiot gore states that by 2014 nyc would be 4″ underwater??
This is why Texas is not part of the national grid. Irresponsible states like California would suck all the power out of Texas.
“Affordable fossil fuels have done more to eliminate poverty than all the redistributionist programs ever concocted.”
And there’s the problem, if you are a leftist. Affluent people do not need and do not depend upon the government to protect and provide for them. They are freer and they value their freedom more. So… CRUSH them.
The goal is to subjugate the population into serfdom while the socialist elites live like emperors. Of course, no one can ever accuse leftists of being forward thinking or considerate of adverse consequences. For instance, what will happen to the leftist tax base when prosperity is crushed but the expensive, inefficient “green new world” remains behind?
Idiot Biden sat in on a climate Zoom meeting… the only person sitting before a computer, by themselves, wearing a mask (as if to drive home to all the world leaders just how STUPID that idiot is). What hard bargain did idiot Biden squeeze out of Russia and China in exchange for the US destroying its economy? Well, they “promised” (non binding) to continue increasing THEIR emissions until the US economy was wrecked, THEY they might begin addressing their contribution to “climate change”. Either idiot Biden is on their payroll or he truly IS the stupidest human on the planet.
Both Kerry and Obama live in homes not far from the Beach if this Global Warming/Climate Change so real as these two con artists claim they would be living further inland
Every climate prediction has failed. When they do they just move the date out. It’s not about the climate, it’s about getting rid of capitalism. Biden is not just a buffoon, he’s an embarrassment. The world is noticing.