Posted by Friends of Science Society © 2019
The Leap.org and a group called “The Pact for a Green New Deal” are calling for a sweeping government program like the Roosevelt “New Deal” of the 1930’s, following the collapse of the stock market and banking system in the US. The economic destruction at that time was exacerbated by a decade long drought across the North American plains that wiped out most farmers.
LINK to full report: Look Before you Leap into Emergency Mode
They claim there is a climate crisis; an emergency, to justify such action. Some of their ideas are downright totalitarian, with one ENGO supporter, Dogwood, proposing the expropriation of the Oshawa GM plant to convert it to electric vehicle manufacturing. “The Pact for a Green New Deal” proponents call for an imposed push for 100% renewable power nationwide by diverting the alleged subsidies to fossil fuel companies, none of which are real. Oil is Canada’s economic mainstay. Our current economic stagnation is due to foreign funded environmental groups blocking pipeline access to markets.
Ottawa energy policy consultant, Robert Lyman, wrote a detailed paper for the Global Warming Policy Foundation last year, showing how it might be possible to decarbonize the world’s economy in perhaps 50 to 70 years or more, assuming that the technological and economic trends worked out. The counter argument is that, with extremely optimistic assumptions about the rate of scientific discovery and technology dissemination, it might take place sooner (i.e. maybe in 40 years).
The present call for a complete termination of fossil fuel use is qualitatively different. It basically says that we don’t have time to wait for things like scientific discoveries, technology demonstration and commercialization, and freedom of choice. Instead, it calls for governments to force the end of use of fuels and energy services for which there are no economic or technologically proven alternatives. There are three main objections to this:
- It is impossible.
- It is hopelessly expensive (and no, we can’t just “soak the rich” to pay for it)
- it requires imposition of totalitarian regimes everywhere in the world to take away people’s choices.
In other words, it is so far beyond the pale of possibility and reason as to be not even remotely worth considering.
This report deconstructs central claims of the “The Pact for a Green New Deal.”
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