Reality bites Joe Biden’s “Clean Energy Revolution”

Biden’s plan “smells of eco-fascism: state control of companies and production, government control of our lives, and silencing and punishing anyone who challenges climate crisis claims or green energy agendas.”

“(It) would inflict enormous economic, environmental and societal pain on most of the nation, for no climate benefits.”
– Paul Driessen

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“Presidential candidate Joe Biden recently announced his “Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice,” writes Paul Driessen. “My analysis gives his plan a failing grade. Not only would it cost many times the “$1.7 trillion in federal funds over ten years” that he uses to entice voters: in dollars, lost jobs, lower living standards, fewer freedoms and huge environmental from his make-believe clean, green, renewable, sustainable wind, solar and battery “replacement” energy.”

“Exactly how many turbines, panels and batteries would we need? On how many millions of acres? Made from how many billions of tons of metals and concrete? Extracted from how many trillions of tons of ore? In the USA or overseas, in someone else’s backyard? Under what child labor and environmental standards? Even worse, all these Green New Deal plans smell of eco-fascism: state control of companies and production, government control of our lives, and silencing and punishing anyone who challenges climate crisis claims or green energy agendas. And what “justice” will he bring anyone?”

“Perhaps Mr. Biden can address all these issues – at his next town hall meeting or press conference. Perhaps folks who read my articles would like to ask him a few questions like these.”
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Reality bites Joe Biden’s “Clean Energy Revolution”

Tallying its huge impacts on our energy, industries, living standards and personal freedoms

Paul Driessen

Presidential candidate Joe Biden recently announced his “Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice.” While it might be viewed as a Green New Deal Lite, the plan would inflict enormous economic, environmental and societal pain on most of the nation, for no climate benefits.

First, as I’ve pointed out here and elsewhere, Mr. Biden’s “climate emergency” exists in computer models and alarmist reports, but not in the Real World windows. Tornadoes, hurricanes, droughts, floods, melting ice and rising seas are no more frequent or severe than humanity has experienced many times before.

Before we destroy our energy and economic system, we need to see solid, irrefutable proof that we face an actual climate crisis – and be able to debate and cross examine those who make such claims. So far, instead of a debate, climate crisis skeptics just get vilified and threatened with prosecution.

Second, anytime you hear the term “environmental justice,” you know someone is trying to create a new category of victims, sow more discord along racial and economic lines, and punish someone new in the name of “justice.” While we still have pockets of pollution, America’s cars, air and water have been cleaned up dramatically since 1970. Moreover, the best way to prevent, survive and recover from any disaster is to have the energy, wealth and technologies that fossil fuels continue to make possible.

Third, there’s nothing clean, green, renewable or sustainable about wind, solar or battery power. Those technologies require enormous amounts of land, concrete, steel and other raw materials – and many of their most critical materials are extracted and processed using child labor and near-slave wages for adults, with few or no workplace safety rules, and with horrific impacts on land, air and water quality.

Fourth, the Biden plan would cost many times the “$1.7 trillion in federal funds over ten years” that his talking points use to entice voters: dollars, lost jobs, lower living standards and fewer freedoms.

The former VP would rejoin the Paris climate treaty; reverse many Trump corporate tax cuts; seek or impose multiple mandates, “enforcement mechanisms” and “legally binding” emission reductions; and at some point demand cap-and-trade schemes and/or taxes on what he likes to call “carbon emissions.”

That term is intended to suggest dirty soot coming out of smoke stacks. The actual emissions are carbon dioxide, the life-giving gas that humans and animals exhale, and plants use to grow and produce oxygen. The more CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere, the better and faster crop, forest and grassland plants grow.

Mr. Biden would also impose tariffs on “carbon-intensive” goods imported from countries that “fail to meet their climate obligations.” That will quickly affect just about everything we eat, drink, drive, do and use – because his plan would soon make it difficult for America to grow or produce much of anything … and China, India and other rapidly developing countries are not about to reduce their fossil fuel use.

Every Biden Plan provision would increase the cost of living and of doing business. The folks he hobnobs with – who will write, implement and enforce these rules … and bankroll his election campaign – won’t much notice or mind the soaring prices. But middle and blue-collar classes certainly will.

Other components of the Biden Green New Deal multiply those impacts and costs.

* His ultimate goal is to rapidly replace America’s fossil fuels with industrial wind and solar facilities – to provide electricity for factories, hospitals, homes, offices, data centers, vehicles and countless other uses.

Modern industrialized societies simply cannot function on expensive, intermittent, weather-dependent electricity. As Germany, Britain, Spain, Australia and other countries have shown, that kind of energy eliminates 3-4 times more jobs than it creates – especially in factories and assembly lines, which cannot operate with repeated electricity interruptions … and cannot compete with foreign companies that get affordable 24/7/365 coal-based electricity and pay their workers far less than $15, $25 or $45 per hour.

* “Rigorous new fuel economy standards” would speed the rate at which 100% of all cars and light trucks become electric.

This program would be supported by “more than 500,000 new public charging outlets by the end of 2030,” to augment private charging stations in homes and neighborhoods – paid or subsidized by taxpayers. It would also require upgrading home and neighborhood electrical systems to provide far more power for rapid vehicle charging, and longer hours of peak demand. Another trillion dollars?

Extending mileage for (much more expensive) electric vehicles would mean lighter, smaller cars … and thus thousands of additional deaths and millions of additional serious injuries. Dollar costs would soar. But how do we quantify the cost of  injury and death tolls?

* Federal tax and environmental laws, subsidies and other incentives would be used to persuade counties and communities to “to battle climate change” by altering their zoning and other regulations “to eliminate sprawl and allow for denser, more affordable housing near public transit.”

This would significantly impact suburban living and property values. And packing more people into more apartment buildings would likely mean diseases spread more rapidly and to more people.

* Other federal programs would provide subsidies and incentives for home and business owners to reduce “the carbon footprint” of US buildings 50% by 2035. battery disposal?

This could involve retrofitting them for improved energy efficiency and/or replacing gas furnaces with electric heat or heat pumps – or just tearing down and replacing entire buildings. More trillions of dollars.

* The Biden plan would also ban new oil and gas permitting on public lands and waters.

This would lock up vast quantities of valuable, vitally needed fuel. It would replace tens of billions of dollars of annual federal and state government bonus, rent, royalty and tax revenue with tens of billions in subsidies for pseudo-renewable energy. It would eliminate millions of jobs in the petroleum and petrochemical industries, in numerous companies that rely on those industries, and in countless sectors of local and state economies that depend on all that public land energy activity and revenue.

* Finally, a new transcontinental high-speed (electricity-powered) rail system would connect the coasts – or at least a couple of cities on each coast – for a few trillion dollars and with a lot of eminent domain.

This is California’s costly “bullet train to nowhere” on steroids. It would bypass numerous towns and cities, marginalizing many of them and destroying trillions of dollars in property values – especially if his rail system is intended to replace or significantly reduce air travel and long distance driving.

The cumulative electricity demand for all these Biden Green New Deal programs would be at least double what the United States currently generates. It would mean wind turbines and solar panels on scales that few can even imagine … especially as they are installed in less and less windy and sunny areas. And if all this power is to be backed up by batteries – since coal and gas-fired backup power generators would be eliminated – we would need billions of batteries … and thus even more land and raw materials.

Exactly how many turbines, panels and batteries? On how many millions of acres? Made from how many billions of tons of metals and concrete? Extracted from how many trillions of tons of ore? In the USA or overseas, in someone else’s backyard? Under what child labor and environmental standards?

After banning oil and gas permitting, would Mr. Biden open other federal lands to exploration, mining and processing for the rare earth and other materials these massive “renewable” energy systems will require? That would certainly create new industries and jobs. Or will America just have to be 100% dependent on Chinese and other foreign suppliers for all these technologies?

All of this smells of eco-fascism: state control of companies and production, government control of our lives, and silencing and punishing anyone who challenges climate crisis claims or green energy agendas.

Perhaps Mr. Biden can address all these issues – at his next town hall meeting or press conference. Indeed, the time to discuss these issues is NOW. Before we get snow-jobbed and railroaded into actions we will sorely regret. Or maybe those of us who realize how insane all of this is will just have to opt out — and establish Biden-free zones and climate sanctuary states where none of his policies and restrictions apply.

Paul Driessen is senior policy analyst for the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow (www.CFACT.org) and author of books and articles on energy and environmental science and policy.

 


8 thoughts on “Reality bites Joe Biden’s “Clean Energy Revolution””

  1. Old Communism used state control of all components of production to subjugate & oppress the masses.
    NEW Communism wants to only have complete control of one ingredient of the economy….ENERGY.
    WITHOUT ENERGY IN TODAYS WORLD THERE IS NO PRODUCTION OF ANYTHING.

    Control and oppression is their ultimate goal. Because of today’s power of democracy there remains only this one tool to gain control of the industrialised world and that tool is control of all power generation. The controlling body is ultimately the UN in collaboration with the IMF/World Bank to then enforce a world currency. Suddenly you’ll have an unelected One World dictatorship!

  2. I recently saw an article on Australia’s ABC extolling the virtues of electric aircraft – coming to an airport near you soon.

    “Generally, the battery pack in an electric vehicle is one of the heaviest parts. A Nissan Leaf 24kWh battery pack weighs approximately 648lbs (294kg).”

    What sort of power is going to be required to lift a plane – certainly shedloads more than 24 kW for an hour ?

    Planes rarely run out of fuel – not too sure about the capacity of batteries. Doesn’t become life threatening on the road but in the sky ??

    I could see all the acolytes salivating over this new green wet dream machine but I think I’ll skip it thanks !

  3. bidens a muppet climbing onto the climate con bandwagon to try n get votes. he will get some gullibles vote for him but hes seriously NOT a contender.

  4. Another “socialist” (aka communist in disguise) plot.

    It’s obvious this old fart is trying to grab the support of the Millennials – not unlike crazy Bernie.

    No thanks!

  5. Yes, we’ve got one of those over here in the UK. Mrs May, the outgoing (we hope) Prime Minister wants, as a last piece of her ‘legacy’, to spend 1 Trillion GBP on the same kind of nonsense as your Mr Biden.

    Where do they come from?????

  6. This is a time for war. Reason will not prevail because there is no reason in these proposals. They are an offer to the public to commit suicide for presumed noble reasons. It is vile nonsense. The government is no longer a democracy or a republic but an oligarchical dictatorship hiding behind a pseudo-democratic facade. These politicians serve a hidden master whose aims are dictatorship and extermination of a large part of the population.

    These people must be driven from power. Articles such as the above still need to be written for the fraction of the population they will sway, but most people will be caught up in the feel good emotions of the moment. Only people fleeing in horror from a Green occupied zone will ever convince them short of suffering the consequences themselves. For this reason it is likely best for somewhere to suffer the full effects of the Green scheme to provide an object lesson. Once the political tide turns every effort must then be made to destroy the Greens as thoroughly as possible.

    It is likely that democracy will not be restored to the US though as now the illusion may be maintained. The real choice may be a dictatorship with a pro development, pro technology, pro meaningful job creation attitude as opposed to one representing the murderous fantasies of the Green Dream.

    As someone once said, “Politics ain’t bean bag.” Never has it been more imperative to prove this point to the dismay of these destructive politicians. I certainly mean politicians like Biden.

  7. I seriously doubt there is enough “rare earth metals” in the world to completely replace all US power used in just the US, and to replace even half the cars that are on the highway with electric cars.

    Reality is the push towards EVs is to create a nation of isolated pockets of rat warren cities whose only connection to others is via TV and other “controllable forms” of communications. Where. literally, people living on the Atlantic cost – oops, 20 miles inland from it to insure that no home is lost to the rising seas – would have no idea how people living 20 miles inland on the Pacific coast live, since they would never be able to travel there to see for themselves.

    That is, if the REAL reason isn’t to kill off everyone in the next mini ice age by freezing them to death in an “internet of things” nation where some central computer can turn everyone’s heat off in the middle of the coldest night of the year, or just drop the grid to create the same effect.

    Just remember, those that envision themselves as the leaders of a world with far less than 1 billion people have no love for the 6 billion, to them, “useless eaters” that we represent, and will feel no remorse at getting what they want, by any means necessary. And on that cheery thought, I’ll end this.

  8. abc aus ran a show they call QnA last night apparently…stating theirglobal pop to be ONE billion(pure club of rome /georgia guidestones stuff) neither of course has she heard of or agenda 21 and one world govt from the almighty(scuse me while i vomit) UN
    an acolyte of the nobrain sort was espousing how we need to do that before we die
    umm..she like all the converts assume their worth to be alive over the rest.
    not a thought how that massive drop would be achieved or things would run/not run after either.

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