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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Jordan Candler: American Ingenuity Defies Carbon Emissions Orthodoxy

"No major industrial economy on Earth has made as much progress as the U.S." in reducing emissions.

A few months ago The Washington Post begrudgingly reported, “Countries made only modest climate-change promises in Paris. They’re falling short anyway.” As we noted at the time, there’s absolutely nothing surprising about the report because the entire Paris Climate Accords fa├žade was predicated on a pipe dream. That’s why President Donald Trump dumped it. In a free market like the one upon which America was built, innovation, not reckless government mandates, must be the policy centerpiece of the economy. Maintaining a clean environment is important, no doubt, but statist decrees will inevitably do more harm than good.

The benefits of natural human innovation are far too often taken for granted. That’s a shame because much heartache could otherwise be avoided — including when it comes to emissions control. According to Investor’s Business Daily, “The latest report from the Environmental Protection Agency shows that the emission of so-called greenhouse gases declined by 2% in 2016 from 2015 and 11% from 2005. No major industrial economy on Earth has made as much progress as the U.S. And no, we’re not claiming this as a victory for Donald Trump or anyone else in government. It’s due to fracking and the replacement of high-CO2 fuels like coal with far-cleaner natural gas.”

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

On the contrary it is the countries who are investing in the early stages of renewable energies that will reap the most benefit. Fossil fuels are finite-that is a fact. When they run out, and they will, the US will be relying on technology from other countries for our energy needs. It's time to be a proactive society rather than a reactive society.

Anonymous said...

"...Fossil fuels are finite-that is a fact. When they run out, and they will, the US will be relying on technology from other countries for our energy needs..."

Yes, fossil fuels are finite but finite does not mean in short supply. By the time existing proven reserves of fossil fuels are exhausted the United States, and probably all current sovereign states, will be just a memory.

Anonymous said...

The Paris Climate Accords were also predicated upon the U.S. putting hundreds of billions of dollars toward other countries' inabilities.