What an infuriating news item!
…the Department of Energy quietly released a report highlighting the positive economic benefits of developing the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada, an energy project canceled by President Biden in the hours following his inauguration….Released without a formal announcement, the DOE’s report points out that the pipeline would have created between 16,149 and 59,000 jobs and would have had an economic benefit of between $3.4 and 9.6 billion….Yet with one stroke of his pen, Biden slashed the project and instead focused his efforts on costly “green energy” goals. As a result of his executive action, 11,000 pipeline workers were promptly laid off…
Now, everyone except hard-core climate change fanatics—and maybe poor Joe— knew that closing down the pipeline would have no salutary effects on global warming or conservation. The Obama administration had essentially admitted that shutting it down would be largely symbolic but otherwise pointless (like all climate change grandstanding). Never mind: the pipeline was killed anyway just as Biden had promised to do on “Day One” during the 2020 campaign. If they could have voted, the 16-year-olds would have gone for Biden. The rest of the RealClear Energy item notes that “oil, natural gas and electricity prices have more than doubled in just a single year. Meanwhile, more than 28 percent of Americans abstained from purchasing food or medicine to pay an energy bill in 2021.” Might the climate change worshipers that Biden is obviously in thrall to acknowledge that such measures as the pipeline’s cancellation are irresponsible and wrong?
Nah. This is a revoltingly flat learning curve. The progressive narrative demands that measures that cannot be shown to have any beneficial effect while harming Americans are “good policy.” It isn’t. It’s stupid policy. It’s also European-style policy, and once again, there is a reason why the United States went its own way in 1776. We are supposed to be wary of the way they do things, indeed the way they view government and individual liberty, priorities—indeed the way they think across the Atlantic. Such contrarianism has served us well. But Joe and the Gang, and it is increasingly acting like a gang, are like lemmings following conventional European wisdom off a cliff….
In Germany, the situation has gotten so desperate that candle sales are skyrocketing as families anticipate power outages in the dead of winter. Some German villages are being ploughed over to make way for digging brown coal, a step necessitated by Germany’s misguided overcommitment to wind and solar power….Europe’s obsession with green energy and overreliance on Russian gas have resulted in energy cost increases so severe that 147,000 more people are projected to die this winter from cold-related illness than if electricity prices had remained at the 2015-2019 average….In Finland, electric car owners are being told not to warm up their vehicles on cold mornings to avoid putting unnecessary strain on the nation’s failing electricity grid. [In] the United Kingdom… families are being bribed to sit in the dark in exchange for electric bill savings and other prizes.
There’s hope, I suppose, looking at this from a “glass half-full” perspective. It only took two years for this regime to admit that a foolish measure that most knew before it was instituted would only be destructive and useless except for making Greta Thunberg, AOC and others of similar delusions happy was, in fact, exactly as it appeared to be.
That’s something. Isn’t it?