To the editor:
A picture is worth a thousand words.
In 2021, Connecticut recorded the highest rates of electrification in the continental United States. Energy costs affect everything. Perhaps that’s why Connecticut recently ranked last among all states in (lack of) economic growth. It takes effort to finally be dead! In fact, affordable energy isn’t a priority for Connecticut leaders, who passed last session bills that will start wind and solar electric power in five years and demand full green energy by 2040.
Hydrocarbons provide eighty-four percent of the energy for a complex and interconnected infrastructure that fuels the global economy, including Connecticut. manufacturing. Transportation. The homes we live in and the roads we walk. They are all based on hydrocarbons. Wishing that fact far wouldn’t make it so. After two decades of research, investment, and construction to make clean energy a vital source of energy, the contribution of hydrocarbons to the global energy supply has declined by just 2%. The lesson is not that we have done too little, but that we rely primarily on this massive system.
A family looking for a new home doesn’t start burning down the house they live in. However, this is US energy policy. Hydrocarbon production is hampered as emergency reserves are depleted and tyrants and murderers are begging to provide what our workers might do. We suffer the consequences. For example, half of the recent increase in the price of wheat, a staple food worldwide, stems from rising energy costs in fertilizers.
The light at the end of this tunnel of economic suffering may make sacrifice bearable. But this green road leads to darkness. The International Energy Agency estimates that even proposed partial transitions to green energy would require impossibly massive increases in the supply of key minerals such as lithium (4200%), nickel (1900%) and graphite (2500%). Reckless analyzes of caustic calls for “zero carbon” such as those in Connecticut conclude that it “requires a quantity of minerals that exceeds the known world reserves of those minerals.” The failure of environmentalists to consider the massive and offsetting increases in carbon that these efforts to reduce carbon would imply is inexplicable. A wise scientific genius combined with extraordinary management skills is called upon to carry out the rapid forced transformation of the complex global energy system. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Sponsored $50 Trillion Green New Deal.
Americans are warning that Germany is “very far ahead” in the climate field. But New York times He was reporting an emergency of rising German energy costs before the war in Ukraine, forcing “declining industrialization” and families to resort to gathering wood in forests for heating (8). German leaders sacrificed their people on a green altar and exposed their throats to Vladimir Putin.
Fortunately, we are behind Germany. But we are catching up. In the same week, California announced the electric car mandate 2035, which announced an immediate ban on charging electric cars because the network was down! Is this some kind of IQ test? People with computer models that predict temperature by a fraction of a degree ten years in the future don’t understand what’s happening today. Our green leaders have no idea what they are doing.
Back to the picture. Does politics tell us anything about its supporters? During the Cold War you would hear, “The left and the right both have dictatorships. Yes, we have Che and Fidel but you have Marcos and Pinochet.” This was true, but there was an important difference. Nobody wore Ferdinand Marcos or Augusto Pinochet T-shirts to parties. We dealt with dictators because we had to, the world is a rough place that lacks moral absolutes. We did not deceive ourselves.
Is a “Save the Planet” apron sign, like Che Guevara’s shirt, about reality or image? The same goes for the “Defund the Police” banner. The tragic absurdity of this as a policy was to be expected. As carnage fills the streets and two policemen are buried in Berlin, signs have been moved to the garage. There are “sanctuary cities”. The phrase “diversity is our strength” repeated like a mantra in New York City until physical sanctuary seekers appeared and a state of emergency was declared. Perhaps the idea is that the more ethereal the logo, the better. Rising, emotional statements tightly removed from chaotic reality are fun to embrace and hard to counter. But the slogans do not warm the houses and do not raise dead policemen.
When I went to Save the Planet College the grounds were like ivy on the buildings, a lovely part of the campus atmosphere. Boarding school children built huts and swore to sleep in them until we got rid of this or that. In a night or two, they returned to the warm dorms. The feeling was that they would graduate and be brought down to earth by Skadden Arps or first year medical school. Irrational righteousness and intense self-conceit will never last. The idea of letting them anywhere near the controls of the global energy system was out of the question. Filling a car now is not grainy.
The reaction to the apparent failure of “government by slogan” highlights another difference. When these Potemkin villages are exposed, the reaction of the left is asceticism. They blame others, yes, but everyone else does. The main difference is the propensity value placed on intentions over outcomes. For me, “attention” is worthless unless these feelings create positive outcomes in the real world. For some, caring for the right things has become an end in itself. The wreckage of impractical, irrational or impossible policies is justified by good intentions.
Unfortunately, separating utopian goals from human outcomes was the key to committing humanity’s greatest crimes. Communism piled up bodies higher than any idea in human history, in the name of equality for the common man, and the ultimate political slogan, “the people.” The left today shares much of its DNA with its ideological cousin. The slogan, and the words on the sign, justify the means, by any means. The failure to demand accountability on the basis of results leads to the irrationality of the Green New Deal that we suffer from. Norwalk pensioner can’t stand the heat? Save the planet. Is a company in Shelton closed due to shipping costs? Save the planet. Didn’t Stalin say “One frozen house is a tragedy; a million houses frozen is a statistic”?
I’m all for saving the planet, but we need affordable electricity first.