If you have heat and power, thank a coal miner, pipeline builder, or fracker near you.
As of writing, Texas is colder than Alaska, and the mighty Danube is freezing over in southern Germany. This is far from the first time Westerners have experienced terrible cold snaps—the Thames River regularly froze over between 1309 and 1814—but it may be the first time two of the world’s greatest energy powerhouses unilaterally divested themselves of the ability to heat their own citizens’ homes.
Germany, the land of coal, and oil-rich Texas are in the process of their exchanging coal power plants—powered by a abundant, scalable, and relatively cheap resource—for expensive and unreliable renewables because it is ideologically chic. This winter, they’re paying the price with ice-covered solar panels and idled and frozen wind turbines (some 30,000 in Germany alone), all rendered useless by bad weather. So much for the grand, “green” future envisioned by the Left.
Building the Frozen Green Future
Battling cold weather has been a challenge for people living in the Northern Hemisphere for centuries. A 2015 study reported that the cold kills 20 times more people than heat. Not long ago rolling blackouts and power rationing were the stuff of Third World countries too unstable and energy poor to keep the lights on 24/7. Just 30 years ago Westerners marked the Soviet Union’s energy poverty by its failure to keep its people from freezing to death when winter rolled around—something Eastern European countries have struggled to fix ever since breaking free of Communism.
At least Germany and Texas can still rely on existing “fossil fuel” and nuclear power to provide some back-up power, but their fossil fuel portions are shrinking rapidly, and Germany is phasing out its nuclear plants. For example, renewables generated 25 percent of the electricity distributed in 2020 by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), up from 2 percent in 2006. Coal’s portion dropped from 37 percent to 18 percent during the same period. (ERCOT handles 90 percent of the state’s electric load.)
Yet in a world 100 percent dependent on renewables, there’d be no backup. We’d freeze our way through winter. How long do you imagine people would watch their families suffer before taking an axe to nearby forests?
Yet the Democratic Party and the Biden administration are championing the very policies that have led to this self-inflicted harm. They want to totally transform the U.S. economy with the $10 trillion Green New Deal, guaranteeing a miserable future for the next generations of Americans.
President Biden has a deep well of support from the Left’s legion of professional activists, think tanks, lobbyists, and lawyers bent on ramming the most radical climate legislation in history through Congress. This is a well-funded, tightly coordinated cabal of special interests. In 2019 alone the eco-Left spent an estimated $2.4 billion on “green” activism.
Green New Fraud
And it’s a fraud. The Green New Deal was never about the climate or preserving the environment. It’s a leftist takeover of every part of American life, from the food we eat to where we live and the job we have. Green New Deal author Saikat Chakrabarti, who let it slip to the Washington Post in 2019: “Do you guys think of it as a climate thing? Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”
Later that year a list of 263 environmentalist groups signed an open letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) demanding Congress enact the Green New Deal introduced in February 2019 by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), arguing:
The need for a Green New Deal is more pronounced than ever, as marginalized communities are impacted by intersecting crises of climate change, increasing income/wealth inequality, and rising white nationalism and neo-fascism. [emphasis added]
So much for saving us from a climate-induced apocalypse. This is about rectifying the Left’s favorite evils, summed up in the oxymoron “environmental justice.” Environmental justice is the intersection of Critical Race Theory and global warming. Combined, they are a powerful propaganda tool to justify fundamentally changing anything leftists deem racist and/or a threat to climate stability.
That includes jailing dissidents, by the way. Biden—who was widely hailed by the left-leaning media as an old-school moderate—included directing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to pursue climate “polluters” to “the fullest extent permitted by law” and introducing legislation “to hold corporate executive personally responsible” with “jail time” among his campaign promises.
The Left’s climate rhetoric is a roadmap to what the Left really wants: a cold, destitute, authoritarian nightmare for all but the ultra-rich and politically correct. That’s the future of America under the Green New Deal.
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Author: Jon Rodeback
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