The green agenda is used to counter what is considered by some as a climate change crisis brought on by the actions of man. The alarmists will not listen to any opposing views, despite the credibility of those raising concerns, and have unscientifically declared a "scientific consensus" that climate change is real and it is man-made, and to avoid certain environmental doom, major changes in policy need to take place right urgently, despite the cost to society.
A video has been released from the Heartland Institute's 7th International Conference on Climate Change. Myron Ebell from the Competitive Enterprise Institute spoke at the event and hammered home the need to "make the scientific case against alarmism." He mentioned that "Obama and his allies have pivoted from the rationale of global warming catastrophe as the reason for their [green] agenda, to rebranding it as a new, clean green energy economy." The Heartland Institute has been battered lately, after Peter Gleick admittedly illicitly obtained documents that he then sent to environmental alarmists. One 2 page memo was allegedly forged by Gleick, although Gleick denies it and remains a darling of the global warming activists.
Fortunately, this snag did not impact the Heartland Institute's annual conference, where a number of "man-made climate change" sceptics and believers had presentations and panel discussions.
Ebell continues to say that the "moral superiority" of the alarmists is that they are ultimately saving the environment from certain global catastrophe. Although they may not talk so much about it anymore in public because it "isn't selling," this is the underlying reason for their "confidence" and the point remains, that this moral superiority will be used in the efforts to "radically transform our economy and political society." Ebell mentions that the "Cap and Trade" law was one big objective that could be combated, but the alarmists have a new strategy of blocking energy production. So, one big "target" to address has turned into a "bunch of little targets."
Blocking Access to "Conventional Energy Production"
Ebell reaffirms that there is an active attempt to block access to "conventional energy production," and gives some examples:
- Permit denied for Keystone XL Pipeline
- Federal land permitting and leasing for oil and gas exploration has been blocked
- Permits have not been issued for exploratory wells
Off shore, there has been a moratorium on drilling and permits again have been excruciating slow for off shore oil. Additionally, Ebell explains, Coal has been a "bigger target," and cites the Stream Buffer Rule. He also notes that there has been an "incredible increase in mine safety inspections." There is one bright spot, and that is that land that is not federally owned is not subject to the same limitations of permits, etc.
The Biggest Threat
Ebell states that what is, "by far the largest threat to our prosperity and freedom" is the "regulatory onslaught that the Obama Administration has put together for the use, the burning of conventional energy of coal, oil and natural gas." He gives some examples of these, such as the endangerment finding and the green house gas regulations. Ebell says that if these regulations are implemented, the economy will be "dead in the water."
One rule, the "Ozone" or "Smog" rule has been postponed until after the election, in spite of massive grumbling from global warming alarmists, as the Manufacturers Alliance Policy Institute "puts the price tag at $1 trillion a year (in a $19 trillion economy). This suggests that the President knows that these regulations are killing the economy. He is happy to continue to do that, but wants to get re-elected first."
Ebell notes that these rules are being established without any "Congressional involvement." He said, "If we don't do something to push back and block these regulations, I don't think we will ever get back on that path of 3 to 4% growth per year." The green agenda may have started with good intentions, but the lack of compromise and the alarmist nature of those in the movement diminish their credibility greatly.
Watch Myron Ebell's presentation here: