The Climate Hustle

We keep hearing that climate change will destroy the world.

Biden is so distraught that he is willing to spend $500 billion of taxpayer money to save us from this dreaded “existential threat to life.”

With the help of AOC and other left-wing climate loonies, Biden assures us that he, only he (and the rest of the climate scam elite) can eliminate this threat with the Green New Deal (GND) scam.

They want us to believe that man can do this easily, affordably, ecologically and painlessly, all with the wave of a magic wand.   Of course those in power would undoubtedly protect their privileged status while the GND kills jobs, destroys the economy and freedom of the rural, poor, minority, elderly and working class peasants.   Let them eat cake, right?

Saikat Charkrabarti, chief of staff to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) of New York says we shouldn’t think about the New Green Deal as a “climate thing at all” because, they think of it as a “how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing.”  Starting to get the picture?  Dependable fossil fuel that provide over 80% of the energy that makes America’s jobs, lives and living standards possible will be replaced by intermittent, weather-dependent wind and solar power.

In 2018, America’s fossil fuels generated about 2.7 billion megawatt-hours (MWh) of electricity.  Almost two-thirds of the nation’s non-exported natural gas served industrial, commercial and residential needs that included factory production of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, paints, synthetic fibers, fertilizers and plastics for computers, solar panel film, etc.; hospital emergency power systems, and furnaces, ovens, stoves and hot water heaters in restaurants; and tens of millions of US homes. That’s equivalent to another 2.7 billion MWh.

The nation’s 65 million cars, light trucks, buses, semi-trailers, motor homes, tractors, backhoes and other vehicles consumed the gasoline and diesel equivalent of yet another 2 billion MWh.  Altogether, that’s nearly 7.5 billion MWh that the Green New Deal would have to replace by 2035!

Even assuming the world could mine, process and transport enough metals and minerals; manufacture and transport all the components and finished equipment to make this happen; this brave new all-electric nation would require millions of onshore wind turbines, tens of thousands of offshore turbines, billions of solar panels, billions of vehicle batteries, billions of backup energy storage batteries, thousands of miles of new high voltage transmission lines, and billions of tons of concrete!

With mining under assault in the US, those  metals, minerals, components and equipment would come mostly from China or Chinese companies in Africa, using vast quantities of fossil fuels, under minimal to nonexistent environmental, workplace safety, fair wage and child labor laws.  This smells of slavery and racism, and would not only make us complicit in perpetuating it, but very difficult to criticize or challenge China on human rights, pollution, military aggression or territorial expansion.

The GND would turn our Midlands, what the left denigrate as flyover country, into vast energy colonies. Millions of acres of farmland, wildlife habitat and scenic areas would be blanketed by industrial wind, solar and battery facilities, and power lines to electricity-hungry towns and cities. Windswept ocean vistas and sea lanes would be plagued by towering turbines. Birds, bats and other wildlife would disappear.

Families, factories, hospitals, schools and businesses used to paying up to 11 cents per kilowatt hour for 24/7/365 electricity are in for a rude awakening.  Not only will you find yourself using twice the amount of electricity, you’ll be paying anywhere from 14 to 35 cents per kWh.  And, you will have to get accustomed to having electricity when its available rather than when you need it, however essential your business services or family needs might be. 

As to all those electric vehicles the left will demand we purchase, a basic $39,000 Model 3 Tesla sedan has a battery module that weights some 1,200 pounds and gets around 250 miles on a charge. Just be sure not to use the heater or AC and don’t take any long family trips, or get caught in a blizzard or a traffic jam trying to escape a roaring forest fire.

How many tons of batteries a bus, semi-truck or mining excavator would require, where you’d put them, and how many hours a day you’d waste recharging them, are other important considerations. Perhaps Biden or his handlers have the answers, not!

Researchers have estimated it would take more than $5 trillion just to switch from coal, nuclear and natural gas to 100% renewables.  In addition, imposing carbon-cutting regulations on manufacturers and mandating the production of significantly more renewable energy than is currently projected would cost the US a peak reduction of more than 1.4 million jobs; more than $40,000 in lost income for a family of 4; raise electric rates anywhere from double to triple; and produce an aggregate loss of over $3.9 trillion in GDP.  

It’s all a gigantic Climate Hustle. There is no climate emergency. Humans cannot control Earth’s climate and weather. Fossil fuel emissions have negligible effects. Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant; it is the miracle molecule that makes plant, human and animal life possible. Climate change and extreme weather have always been around.   What we are seeing today is in no way unprecedented.

Green New Dealers would bring the peasants, our country and our planet, enormous pain for no gain while giving the ruling elite more money, power and control.  And that you can take to the bank.

Source:  YOUR LIFE UNDER THE GREEN NEW DEAL by Paul Driessen, originally published at

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