Climate Alarmists Who Don’t Like Democracy | Beaufort County Now | Andrew Stuttaford writes about the latest climate activist who has no time for the democratic process. | john locke foundation, climate alarmists, democracy, climate activist, democratic process, december 23, 2020

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Climate Alarmists Who Don’t Like Democracy

Publisher's Note: This post appears here courtesy of the John Locke Foundation. The author of this post is Mitch Kokai.

    Andrew Stuttaford writes about the latest climate activist who has no time for the democratic process.

  • Whether it's through their attempts of "legislation" by regulation, litigation, or the pressure of Wall Street's corporatists, the climate warriors have long shown an interest in bypassing the usual democratic procedures in order to get their agenda through, and there is no doubt that some of the coercive measures that have been put in place to combat the pandemic will have given them additional ideas. That's not a good thing.
  • In the meantime, Senator Jeff Merkley (D., Ore.) has written this in the Washington Post: ...
  • "Our ability to take on the climate crisis through legislation will be challenged by the realities of the Senate. If Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) emerges as the majority leader following the runoff elections in Georgia, no serious climate bill will ever get a hearing in committee, much less get to the Oval Office." ...
  • ... "But we cannot wait. We need bold executive action that treats this crisis — quite literally — as the emergency it is." ...
  • ... "Declaring the climate crisis a national emergency under the NEA would not only send a powerful signal about the urgency of bold action, it would unlock powers that allow our nation to take significant, concrete actions regardless of congressional gridlock." ...
  • ... "Plus, spawning a robust clean energy industry could generate millions of high-quality American jobs vital to rejuvenating our post-covid economy."
  • If you believe that last sentence, you will also believe that these measures are compatible with a properly functioning democracy. Some "climate"-related spending — such as improving the resilience of low-lying coastal cities or, as Merkley suggests, toughening our energy infrastructure — can be justified regardless of one's views about a climate "crisis," which is supposedly either already with us or due the day after tomorrow. For the most part, however, "spawning a robust clean energy industry", particularly under a scenario where the costs will be front-loaded, will be an exercise in value destruction. ...



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