I know some readers will read the headline and simply assume that, because I am a conservative, I will naturally find an issue with something President Biden is doing. And while there are a host of things being done by the president that I do not like – mainly because the policy isn’t conservative – when it comes to Biden’s climate plan, I hate it simply because it is objectively stupid and reckless.
Before explaining how it’s stupid and reckless, let me just make one thing clear: I am not a climatologist. And like 99%+ of Americans, I don’t actually have an opinion on what, if anything, should be done to combat climate change. I know that there are many climate scientists who are warning that we do need to make changes, and I am not one to argue with that. I don’t know if they are right or wrong, and it’s likely that you, the reader, don’t either. Any opinion we have on the matter is due to our political allegiances, not because we are knowledgeable on the subject. However, if we do implement changes as the scientists are suggesting, those changes have to contain at least a morsel of sense for me to support it, and my opposition is based on common sense, not ideology.
With that preface, let’s dig in. On Wednesday, President Biden’s climate envoy, John Kerry pushed Biden’s Green New Deal-inspired agenda to tackle climate change. Biden’s ideas for the US to combat climate change would cost the United States some $2 trillion, according to the Biden administration. That is a ton of money, an amount that, if spent, had better go to good use, right? I think everyone can agree on that.
So, will that $2 trillion go to good use? Nope, not even according to John Kerry. President Biden wants to spend all that money on lowering the US’s output of carbon emissions. Scientists say that carbon emissions cause the globe to warm, hence lower carbon emissions are necessary. OK. The problem is, Kerry admitted during his own press conference that it would make no difference if the US got all the way down to zero carbon emissions! You see, the United States produces less than 10% of the world’s carbon emissions. In Kerry’s own words, “When almost 90 percent of all off the planet’s global emissions come from outside of US borders… We could go to zero tomorrow and the problem isn’t solved.”
If spending this $2 trillion won’t even make a dent in the fight against global warming, why on Earth would we spend it? When questioned on it, Kerry told a reporter, “The science tells us we have to.” But it doesn’t! In fact, “the science” tells us the very opposite – that spending trillions of dollars to lower US emissions will do NOTHING. Until major polluters like China and India lower their own emissions, the US can join every feel-good Paris Climate Accord-type deal and achieve nothing from doing so, besides killing American jobs.
I am not against implementing a plan to fight climate change, even as a conservative. But the least we need to see is that it makes sense. Biden’s plan makes no sense at all. Spend trillions of dollars for no gain? What sort of insanity is that? Big government insanity is what it is. It is stupid, it is reckless, and that is something conservatives and liberals should be able to agree upon.