President Obama submitted his “Clean Power Plan” to the United Nations this week, promising to cut greenhouse emissions in the United States by 28% over the next ten years. Naturally, he did not promise to reduce his own massive carbon footprint. The pain of greenhouse gas reduction is for the little people.
But the proposal, known to climate negotiators as an Intended Nationally Determined Contribution, isn’t new. Obama announced the goal of reducing emissions by 28% below 2005 levels by 2025 as part of a joint climate pledge that he made in Beijing last November with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
It remains, however, a dangerous sacrifice of U.S. progress and economic freedom on the altar of the climate change religion.
Obama hopes to achieve his pointless goal by formalizing his war on coal and truly affordable energy. The irony here is that the free market at work on private lands has produced a natural gas boom through the use of fracking on our vast domestic shale formations. It has done more to reduce so-called greenhouse gas emissions than any U.N. treaty or presidential edict.
As Patrick J. Michaels of the Cato Institute noted in a National Review article, “The EPA’s own model, ironically acronymed MAGICC, estimates that its new policies will prevent a grand total of 0.018 degrees Celsius in warming by 2100. … In fact, dropping the carbon dioxide emissions from all sources of electrical generation to zero would reduce warming by a grand total of 0.04 degrees Celsius by 2100.”
That is an amount too small to either measure or sacrifice our economic growth for — even if the president’s policies achieve it.
For this almost imaginary gain, much pain will be inflicted.
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Oh, and why aren’t Republicans doing anything to stop this madness. Oh yeah, they’re too busy acting like they lost the last election.