Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is the Green-left’s favourite flibbertigibbet. Her New Green Deal, with its promise of 100% wind and solar delivering power for all, for free and for all time, should have been dismissed as fairytale nonsense, long ago. However, there are plenty of pixie dream girls and boys happy to suck it up, like there’s no tomorrow.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, let’s take an adult look at where this might end up, and what it might cost, should the lunatics ever get the keys to the asylum. Here’s Alex Epstein telling AOC & Co that it’s no deal for her New Green Deal.
What’s the Deal with the Green New Deal?
29 July 2019
There’s been a lot of talk about The Green New Deal. Beyond the headlines, what is it really? Given our energy needs, is it practical? Can we have an abundance of energy and a clean planet? Alex Epstein, the author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, considers these questions and has thought-provoking answers.
We face an existential threat. Life as we know it is on the line. We have 12 short years to change everything or it’s game over.
This is the terrifying scenario that’s used by many leading politicians to justify a “Green New Deal”: an unprecedented increase in government power focused on the energy industry.
The core idea of a Green New Deal is that government should rapidly prohibit the use of fossil fuel energy and impose “100% renewable energy,” mostly solar and wind.
This may sound appealing, but consider what it would entail.
Today, 80% of the energy Americans use to heat their homes, farm their land, run their factories, and drive their cars comes from fossil fuels: coal, oil, and natural gas. Only 3.4% comes from solar and wind—despite decades of government subsidies and mandates to encourage their use.
The reason we don’t use much sunlight and wind as energy is that they are unreliable fuels that only work when the sun shines and the wind blows. That’s why no town, city, or country has ever come close to 100%—or even 50%—solar and wind.
And yet, Green New Deal proponents say they can do the impossible—if only we give the government control of the energy industry and control of major users of energy, such as the transportation industry, manufacturing, and agriculture.
All of this is justified by the need to “do something” about the “existential threat” of rising CO2 levels. We’re told on a daily basis that prestigious organizations like the United Nations have predicted mass destruction and death if we don’t get off fossil fuels. What we’re not told is that such predictions have a decades-long track record of getting it wrong—and by wrong, I mean completely-missing-the-dart-board wrong.
For example, in 1989, the Associated Press reported a United Nations prediction that “entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend is not reversed by the year 2000.” We’re now two decades past 2000, we’re not missing any nations, and human beings are living longer, healthier, and wealthier lives than ever before.
But aren’t things bound to get worse? Haven’t scientists established that CO2 is a greenhouse gas with a warming influence on the planet? Yes—but that’s only a small part of the big picture.
Although CO2 causes some warming, it’s much less significant than we’ve been told. Since we started using significant amounts of fossil fuels in the middle of the 19th century, we’ve increased the percentage of CO2 in the atmosphere from .03% to .04%, which correlates with an average temperature increase of about 2 degrees Fahrenheit. It also correlates with significant global greening—because CO2 is plant food.
All of this is far from unprecedented territory for our planet, which has existed with at least 10 times today’s CO2 levels and a 25-degree warmer average temperature.
What is truly unprecedented, though, is how safe we are from climate. The International Disaster Database, a nonpartisan organization that tracks deaths from climate-related causes—such as extreme heat, floods, storms, and drought—shows that such deaths have been plummeting as CO2 emissions have been rising.
How is this possible? Because of the fossil fuel energy that emitted the CO2, which has empowered us to climate-proof our environment with heating, air-conditioning, sturdy buildings, mass irrigation, and weather warning systems.
Fossil fuel energy has not taken a naturally safe climate and made it unnaturally dangerous; it’s taken our naturally dangerous climate and made it unnaturally safe. Fossil fuels are not an existential threat. They are an existential resource because they increase something much more important than the level of CO2 in the atmosphere: the level of human empowerment. Increased life expectancy, income, health, leisure time, and education are all tightly linked to increased access to fossil fuels.
Does this mean that we shouldn’t look for lower carbon energy alternatives? Of course not. But the alternatives should lead us toward more abundant, more reliable power, not less.
The most promising form of alternative energy is not unreliable solar and wind, but reliable, carbon-free nuclear energy. Sweden gets 40% of its electricity from nuclear. France, over 70%. While nuclear energy is smeared as unsafe, it has actually been demonstrated by study after study to be the safest form of energy ever created.
And yet, Green New Deal proponents, who say that we have 12 years to save the planet from rising CO2 levels, vigorously oppose nuclear—in addition to all fossil—fuel use.
By opposing every affordable, abundant, reliable form of energy, the Green New Deal won’t protect us from an existential threat; it is an existential threat.
I’m Alex Epstein, author of The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, for Prager University.
8 thoughts on “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Let’s Not Make A New ‘Green’ Deal”
You would think after being handed their hats at the last election Yoda and his fellow travellers would now understand being harbingers of death does attract votes, but no they keep going and in fact step it up a gear after each defeat. The question is what’s in it for them?
I suspect for some its cash, fame and notoriety a “you must use less so i can use more” approach but for many i think they want a comfy seat in the big house when it all turns to custard.
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On January 19th 1976, Adelaide was to be lost to the sea gods, so a clairvoyant John Nash predicted.
The prediction of an offshore earthquake followed by a massive tidal wave brought the media flooding into the city even from overseas, some residents quickly sold up their beach side properties and left, while others filled their cars with prized possessions and drove up to Mt Lofty, some even before the 19th to wait and watch the devastation as those who didn’t believe were massacred in the destruction.
Others took to the beaches, especially at Glenelg waiting for the ‘end of the world’ with predictions of doom falling on deaf ears, with people gleefully partying in the face of such predicted disaster. Today September 2019 Adelaide is still standing and growing.
Still there are those who today are willing to listen and fear for ‘mankind’ due to predictions of ‘the end of the world’ as we know it.
There will always be those who are ready to believe whatever’s told to them if it sounds convincing enough and especially if predictions are for gloom and disaster, because they are ‘programmed’ to believe in negativity instead of positivity (Nocebo anyone!).
I only wish they’d keep their doom and gloom to themselves and let the rest of us live our lives in peace.
The Advertiser the following morning headlined: “Hopefully, the lesson we should all have learnt from yesterday’s pathetic anticlimax is to rely more on our common sense and less on the silly and unscientific speculation of self-appointed soothsayers.”
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It was about 9 o’clock last night as with the kids in bed I sat down with a “Chivas” to watch the box, alternating between the AFL and the test cricket, when I got a knock at the door.
To my disbelief, as I opened the door in walks Yoda Yates wearing a skull cap. Before I could say “ What the…..” he smiled and said “Those bastards can’t call me anti semitic now!”
I asked him what the hell he was doing out in the sticks, he stated to me excitedly “I’ve had an epiphany.”
Last week as he left the Hawthorn town hall supper room after giving a lecture to those geriatrics in the Lighter foot print climate action group, he thought he saw in the darkness under a power pole what he thought was the Lovely Audrey Ziibelman, however as he moved closer he noticed she had wings. The angel smiled and beckoned “Yoda the planets on fire, it’s a climate emergency, go forth and save the world.”
Yoda had heard his calling and here he was at my place on a national pilgrimage. He took me outside and showed me a large billboard on a trailer reading:
The planet is on fire.
The trailer was towed by a brand new black GLE 63 amg, a 6.3 litre 8 cylinder petrol mercedes. I said “you could have toned it down a bit big fella.” He replied “time is of the essence, I’ve only got 10 years to keep global warming under 2 degrees.”
That’s what I liked about Yoda he was different to all them other zealots. With Yoda and his immediate family there was always a bit of action, never a dull moment. There was always an article in The Australian or The Financial review on the adventures of the Yoda’s.
Contrast this with the bubble the Renewable Energy Messiah, Charismatic Kane and Joshi live in.
Twitter world is their domain their days are spent between spraying out bile to Angus Taylor and then Chris Uhlman.
They are about as exciting as a mother in law’s kiss.
So if you see Yoda flying down the road with his Bill board and skull cap, give him the thumbs up, he’s on a mission from God!
LOL. Champagne comedy!
Love your work SOAG. I bet you’re happy with the good news of the final demise of Senvion in the land of the Kraut as relayed by the Wind Watch Story on this wonderful website. Couldn’t have happened to nicer bunch of T..ds. Poor little Alex will be beside himself. So sad, too bad – as they say.
I love the penultimate paragraph!