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The winter of our malaise | Opinion


This winter promises to be long and cold for America, Europe, and much of the rest of the free world due, among other things, to the high cost of electricity and the fossil fuels that produce most of it. Natural gas prices, for example, have more than doubled in one year as strong global demand outstrips supply. The Biden administration, America’s climate warriors and their obedient mainstream media will blame high prices and shortages on the war in Ukraine, but are not content with this simplistic response. The biggest cause is the Biden administration’s indiscriminate war on fossil fuels, including clean natural gas and nuclear power, which have done more to reduce emissions than all green renewable sources combined.

People will suffer unnecessarily this winter in America, Europe and elsewhere because they will not be able to afford to heat their homes, refuel their vehicles, pay their rent or their mortgage and perhaps even put enough food on the table because of runaway inflation, also the direct result of the Biden administration’s outsized spending. These people won’t worry much about global warming, climate change, melting icebergs, or rising sea levels as they try to stay warm. They know that more people die from cold than from heat, not to mention the damage caused by freezing water pipes. They should also know that all of America’s efforts to keep fossil fuels in the ground and go entirely green will have no net effect on the global climate as long as China, India and developing countries burn the coal and oil they need to develop their economies and survive. . All this sacrifice will do for humanity is increase the misery of millions of people, especially the poor and working classes this winter.

The United States and Canada have vast reserves of fossil fuels, especially natural gas which can be liquefied and exported almost anywhere. That is, it could if the necessary pipelines, processing and export facilities were in place to meet demand. Think of the suffering that would ease in Europe and elsewhere this winter. But these facilities are not in place in sufficient numbers due to federal and state restrictions on drilling, hydraulic fracturing, building and authorizing pipelines and processing and export facilities in states run by the democrats.

Is it done with the consent of the governed? I don’t remember having had a chance to vote on whether or not we choose to live with continuous blackouts in order to engage in a virtuous signal that will have no net effect on the global climate and will only serve to make liberal elites feel good about themselves. People are already suffering from high fuel prices. Choices are made by real people about whether to eat enough tonight or enough gas to get to work tomorrow. There is anecdotal evidence of people buying a gallon of gas just to get home from work.

Here in the defunct and great Golden State, the leading climate warrior in Sacramento wants to impose a 90% clean, i.e. green, electricity mandate by 2035 and a 100% clean electricity mandate. by 2045. That would require a breakthrough in storage battery technology that doesn’t exist yet and is a reliable source of precious earths and metals mostly from China. The manufacture of these batteries has a significant carbon footprint and poses serious fire safety issues. This is madness and an example of politicians pretending to know something about science when what they mostly know is how to stay in power and feed off the public watering hole for life.

California is mandating the end of the internal combustion engine to power cars after 2035. Electric vehicles, unless subsidized, are too expensive for many families and will require expensive new infrastructure. Look for widespread hoarding of old guzzlers. We will look like Cuba with streets full of vintage American cars. Is this progress? Will our army, which is still just as alert and resolutely modern, have to convert its combat vehicles into electric vehicles? I can imagine it now. Stop the war while we reload the tanks!

No wonder people are fleeing the left coast. Maybe that’s what Sacramento had in mind in the first place. Get rid of all the hated conservatives and have the whole state for themselves. It will then be a great green paradise punctuated by peaceful blackouts and occasional forest fires.

People, seriously, it’s time to hold the Democratic administrations in Washington and Sacramento accountable for the harm they have already done and will continue to do with their inflationary spending and unnecessary war to destroy an oil industry that will not only be vital to our economy for decades, but perhaps to our own survival.

Flight. 38, n° 39 – Thursday, September 29, 2022