Enviro Elites Pass All the Sacrifice Down to Us


Leftist thought leaders insist that we are facing an environmental holocaust unless we immediately, drastically reduce carbon emissions.

Yet, it’s curious. The governing and influence elites demand massive societal sacrifice, while they are apparently not concerned enough to alter their own extravagant lifestyles.  They own multiple sumptuous homes, cars, and yachts. They fly individual private jets to their annual meetings in Davos, Switzerland, where they assure each other it is their solemn responsibility to save the rest of us from ourselves.

They refuse to engage in thoughtful debate of any notions that challenge their woke orthodoxy. Instead, those advocating ideas different from their own are dismissed as “climate deniers.”

Take electric vehicles. EVs are touted by enviros as the obvious antidote to carbon-belching SUVs. But they aren’t.

Fossil fuels produce most of their electricity.  The manufacture and disposal of batteries and the rare metals required have significant environmental impacts.  A growing consensus now acknowledges that EVs may produce more net carbon emissions than today’s cleaner-burning gasoline cars.

You would think anyone with genuine concern about the environment might reconsider EV policy. But they don’t engage. Instead they soldier on, funding yet more subsidies, benefits, and charging stations. Taxpayers get dinged for billions with no discernible benefit.

Clearly, to these decision-makers, climate change isn’t about climate, it’s about power. Egomaniacal persons of all stripes throughout history have had the unquenchable desire to control the lives of others and operate the world from their centers of power. Think Hitler, Mao, Stalin, Gates, Zuckerberg – make your own list.

One irony is that the consequences of rising temperatures may not be that harmful. According to Swedish economist Bjorn Lomborg, the Swedish economist, higher temperatures are far less harmful than lower ones.

About 500,000 people worldwide die annually from heat-related causes, while 4.5 million die from cold. Over the last decade or so, rising temperatures have caused 116,000 more heat deaths yearly, but also 283,000 fewer cold-related deaths per year. How many hysterical accounts of coming devastation would you have to read to learn that?

It’s not the heat but the political responses to climate change that are causing real harm. Low-cost synthetic fertilizer is an innovation that has greatly enhanced our ability to feed the world. Because it is made from natural gas, climate activists have limited its use, even though 1 billion people worldwide are facing imminent threat of starvation.

Other pressing needs have been drowned out by the insistence on prioritizing climate change. Recent increases in energy prices were exacerbated by Biden’s self-proclaimed war on fossil fuels.  Europe’s refusal to capitalize on its shale reserves and their shunning nuclear power also resulted in higher energy prices and lower security, as do subsidies of solar and wind, which are still not substantial, reliable suppliers to the electrical grid.

The costs of climate activism will be even higher if governments seriously pursue their stated aim of producing net zero emissions by 2050. The truth is that climate is a global problem.  With our current technologies and geopolitical realities (i.e., China) such goals are simply not attainable.

But the price for such climate grandstanding would be $5 trillion per year for 30 years, according to McKinsey. Every single American would have to pay $5000 per year to achieve even 80% of the goal by mid-century.

Ordinary citizens are getting fed up with these elitist obsessions. Polls show climate change far down the list of Americans’ concerns.

40,000 Dutch farmers recently held a mass protest against government mandates that nitrogen -oxide and ammonia emissions, produced by livestock, be reduced by 80%. The government of Sri Lanka resigned after a ban on synthetic fertilizers decimated food production and the economy collapsed.

Remember, we’re only in the early phases of the alarmists’ grand plans to re-order society. Already, California and other areas, possibly including Arizona, are facing the threat of rolling blackouts. An EU official recently warned that millions of Europeans may not be able to heat their homes this winter.

Climate change is manageable through mitigation and innovation. The fabulously expensive, impractical nostrums being pushed by our self-appointed experts are a recipe for human suffering and chaos.

Published in Economics, Energy, Environment
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  1. Dotorimuk Coolidge

    Who’s going to tend the cattle on the ranches for Bill Gates’ steak and burger needs?

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  2. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill

    With the Left, it is often all about one solitary meme that is employed.

    The battle cry of The Global Saviors here in Calif is indeed all about the EV’s. They do not consider that many people cannot afford an EV. This is especially true here in The Golden State, where the restrictions imposed by Newsom’s protocols have destroyed mom and pop businesses.

    You would think some of the Eco Warriors would simply promote the clothes line and clothes pin strategy. The total cost is less than 10 bucks. It won’t work well for people living in rainy day areas. (Something our perpetually-in-drought state does not worry us with much these days.)

    It also might not work for those who are working and commuting and raising the kids and looking in on Gram and Gramps. But for the semi-employed, or for those who still insist kids do chores, it is a way to decrease the utility bill. After all,  for most households, the clothes dryer is a huge driver in terms of putting the energy bill into an unaffordable price range.

    Some of the exclusive areas were the Eco warriors dwell have condo and housing associations that do not allow for a clothesline. It seems they should work on their own side of things rather than preaching EV’s to all and sundry.

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  3. Sisyphus Member

    Dotorimuk (View Comment):

    Who’s going to tend the cattle on the ranches for Bill Gates’ steak and burger needs?

    He’ll be raising free-range crickets to meet the protein needs of the yokels.

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  4. CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Not So Easy To Kill

    As far as the Europeans having to do without heat this winter, I have heard about  the idea of schlepping our natural gas over to Germany.

    That should work out well. I mean, it’s not like we Americans have homes to heat over the winter months, right?

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  5. Bishop Wash Member
    Bishop Wash

    I forget who first pointed it out, but the line is, “If nuclear power isn’t mentioned as a possible solution, I won’t listen to anything they have to say.” If one really wants to reduce allegedly harmful emissions into the atmosphere and won’t talk about a source that does just that, how serious is he?

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  6. GlennAmurgis Coolidge

    Always ask the environmentalist if they support nuclear energy. 

    Much cleaner, more reliable and cheaper than wind or solar.

    Wind is a Cuisinart for birds and bats. It requires lots of energy to produce the steel blades and to truck them to the site

    Solar requires the mining of rare earth metals. Mining for rare earth metals is no less of an impact as mining for coal (probably worse, given where these mines are located). The panels last about 7 years and then are filling up landfills.

    My guess is we could figure out wind and solar and if they became profitable, these greenies would balk at them as well. (see how they treated natural gas)


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