The Folly of the Green New Deal
by D.J. Haugh – 2/17/2021
The (pipe) dream of the whackos promoting green energy is wind and solar powered turbines creating enough electricity to power the entire world. A claim easily questioned by current events. A Wall Street Journal editorial from February 15th discusses Texas’ problems with the deep freeze currently affecting power supplies. “The wind turbines are all frozen.” Solar panels are also caked with ice and the only way to thaw them out is heat from a fossil-fuel based source.
Oh the irony. And it points up the folly of relying on warm, windy and sunny days to run the power grids around the world.
The Green New Deal will bankrupt the United States. Congress and every President for the last 50 years have spent money like drunken sailors. We’ve reached the point where we will no longer be able to sustain our national debt if we go forward with the spending proposed in this fool’s errand to eliminate the use of fossil fuels.
The estimated cost is between $10 and $93 trillion! I remember a Senator from Illinois (back when you could get elected to office in IL even if you were a Republican) famously quoted as saying “A billion dollars here, a billion there, pretty soon you’re talking real money.” Now revisionists are trying to say that he never really said that – but even the revisionists admit the sentiment fit the senator’s (Everett Dirksen) beliefs.
And now we’re talking trillions.
So much of this would be unnecessary if we hadn’t spent the last half century building coal fired power plants, the vast majority in China and India. Is anyone wondering why the United States is the one environmentalists are throwing stones at?
I think some of these crazies should take their protests and complaints where the real damage is being done. Oh wait- what? If they protested over there they might be arrested and harassed? We can’t have that when it’s so much easier to satisfy your sense of superiority by blaming the U.S. first and every time there’s a grievance you can invent.
The goals of the environmental movement are the same as the goals of the rest of the Radical Left Wing, here and around the world- destruction of the Constitutional Republic that separates the U.S. from the rest of the world. I’m not going to get into why they hate us but the one question I always ask lefties is why, if you don’t hate the U.S., do you want to fundamentally change it? Does a man marry a woman planning to “fundamentally” change her?
Environmentalists always blame the U.S. for issues that we are almost completely blameless for. For example, the U.S. pulled out of the Paris climate accords (a fraud – it was agreed to by a President who knew it couldn’t be treated like the Treaty it really was) when President Trump took office. In spite of pulling away from the ridiculous agreement, the U.S. has been the most successful in reaching the levels set by those agreements.
But the goals of the environmental movement have never been a cleaner environment. Evidence abounds, but my focus today is the excessive building of coal fired power plants all over the world. While the looney left complains about fossil fuels, it promotes electric vehicles as the be-all and end-all for fixing the environment. So we ask, “How is electricity produced to power electric vehicles?”
Electric power plants are currently coal-fired by an overwhelming majority.
Two questions arise from this data:
- Why is the U.S. being attacked for its pollution when the evidence is overwhelming that China and India are the problem?
- Why is all the electricity there being generated by coal-fired power plants?
And, despite all this, there’s a clean energy source lying almost completely ignored by everyone for the last 30 plus years.
In the last 30 years, three nuclear power plants have come online, and only one since 2000.
Cost is a factor, but nothing like the cost estimates of some of the pipe-dreams of the radical environmentalists. And it’s safe and I believe I can prove it.
Did you know that there have been no nuclear power accidents in the last decade? The earthquake at the Fukushima Power Plant in 2011 was the only accident in the last 35 years. Before that, Chernobyl in 1986 and Three Mile Island in 1978. Each time it has happened, experts have learned from it and made nuclear power safer. And each has had its own lessons, the most recent being that building a power plant of any kind in an earthquake zone is probably a bad idea.
So why do I believe it’s a safe way to produce power? The U.S. Military is exhibit number one.
There are currently 83 nuclear powered ships, mostly submarines, patrolling the world’s oceans. The list of accidents is miniscule. For example, the last nuclear sub to sink belonging to the U.S. was the USS Scorpion in 1968. Fifty-two years ago.
There are over 160 nuclear powered vessels roaming our oceans safely. If ships can sail through any weather and dive to incredible depths safely, it follows we could build them safely on land, yet we haven’t – at least not in numbers which could provide “green energy.” Solar and wind farm production is logically dependent on weather. Expense aside, why do the environmentalist whackos insist on bankrupting the world’s most successful economy while ignoring the real polluters in Asia?
It only makes sense if a cleaner environment is not your primary objective. It only makes sense if destroying the U.S. is your ultimate goal.
It would be nice if some of the useful idiots on the left came in from the cold, warmed up their brains and thought about this.