By Rob Roper
During the seven hour CNN marathon town hall on climate change with the Democratic candidates, Joe Biden hit on the true scientific reality about the policies being offered up as solutions — they won’t work. In the former vice president’s own words:
We could do everything perfectly well, everything, and we’re still gonna have a catastrophe nationally, internationally and around the world. Because 85 percent of the problem — 85 percent — is the rest of the world.
But, and here’s the idiocy, he along with every other candidate on that stage is still willing to waste trillions and trillions of dollars, sacrifice millions of jobs, lower the standard of living for everybody for a net result that will still be a national, international and global catastrophe. This is stupid.
If the end result is going to be the same whether or not we spend the money, sacrifice the jobs, etc., isn’t the rational (dare I say “sane”) response to instead invest those resources in a way that produces some actual future value? Perhaps, instead of wasting time and money on policies that admittedly will have no effect on future climate trends, we should invest those resources in finding ways to help adapt to future changes in the climate. Instead of pretending we can stop the rivers from rising during storms, for example, we can start moving buildings out of flood plains. No rush — we have the rest of the century to get this done.
The Green New Dealers’ plan is akin to, having struck the iceberg (and granting their premise here that we’re in a catastrophic situation only for the sake of argument), we must now rip apart all of the life boats and use the lumber to patch the hole in the ship. We know the lumber from the life boats will only cover 15 percent of the hole, and the ship is going to sink anyway, but, dammit, we need to do something!
Yes, we do need to do something. And that something is to keep these lunatics away from the lifeboats.