The seemingly preposterous plans for climate change mitigation are just that: preposterous, says Francis Menton, the Manhattan Contrarian.
“While we realists may not have the megaphone at the moment, I am very confident that energy realism will ultimately win out, and much sooner than you might think. The reasons are simple: the magical “renewables” don’t work and are ridiculously expensive. And when the people figure this out, as they inevitably will, the anti-fossil-fuel jihad can quickly turn toxic for the left.”
As evidence, Menton writes about five recent events revealing that people are not going to put up with draconian, pointless policies. They are:
- In the U.K., the government said it was planning to ban gas boilers in homes and home-owners would have to retrofit to use electricity. The “blowback” came along so fast that the government modified its plans (there would be no fines for not switching to electricity).
- State legislatures are acting to prohibit some U. S. cities’ efforts to ban gas heating.
- Oil will keep flowing in spite of bans and restrictions on fossil fuel. Regrettably, some of that oil will come from Russians, such as the “truly enormous new oil project from Russian oil giant Rosneft that has recently begun construction in the Arctic.”
- The shipping industry, which “on the whole emits as much CO2 as all U.S. coal power plants combined,” is being protected from carbon dioxide cuts by the United Nation’s International Maritime Commission.
- In Nevada, a proposed 14-square-mile solar-power project is getting opposition from neighbors who think it will destroy the landscape. Yet according to a Princeton study, hundreds of thousands of square miles of such projects would be needed for the U. S. to reach “net zero” carbon dioxide emissions.
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