Downsize Your House? Downsize Your Family? NPR Pushes Beto on Climate Crackdown

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By Tim Graham | June 16, 2019 11:06 PM EDT

Democratic candidates generally don’t have much to fear from interviews on National Public Radio, but Morning Edition anchor Steve Inskeep raised our eyebrows by pushing Beto O’Rourke a bit on Friday on what people will be forced to give up under liberal climate-change policies. The liberal media often focus on the Impending Crisis, and then go light on how liberals would crack down on “bad” behaviors.

Online, the interview carried an “idealistic” headline:

Beto O’Rourke Calls For A ‘Moonshot’ To Combat Climate Change

But the moonshot comment wasn’t included in the on-air interview. Online, they reported O’Rourke told NPR “We’ve called for … an investment commensurate with John F. Kennedy’s moonshot.”

STEVE INSKEEP: You’ve compared the challenges of now to the Greatest Generation challenges of the Depression and World War II, which was a time of sacrifice.

BETO O’ROURKE: Absolutely.

INSKEEP: When you talk to scientists about what would be necessary to get to zero carbon emissions, they often talk about people having to change their daily behaviors. Drive an electric car. That’s not such a bad change. Live in a smaller house. People might feel uncomfortable with that. Have fewer children. Eat less meat. Are you not going to demand any sacrifice from anyone in order to get to zero carbon emissions?

O’ROURKE: Yeah. We’re going to have to make an investment as a country. It is not going to necessarily be easy. Here’s our generation’s opportunity to meet a true existential threat of this moment. And I’m confident that that’s going to bring out the absolute best in us — nothing to be afraid of, something to meet head on and to overcome and to do it together.

Inskeep asked about Texas oil, but O’Rourke said Oil is Done-zo:

INSKEEP: Your state’s big industry — oil — is going to be fine?

O’ROURKE: My state’s big industry is going to have to transition into its other big industry. We generate more wind power than any other state in the union. As we free ourselves from that dependence on fossil fuels, we’re going to see more of my fellow Texans and fellow Americans transition into renewable energy jobs; high-demand, high-skill, high-wage occupations.

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95 thoughts on “Downsize Your House? Downsize Your Family? NPR Pushes Beto on Climate Crackdown

    • That is exactly what all the Australian electorate is putting to all the trendy inner city eco warriors, you want action on climate change then it starts with you. That group wants the action and they have the money so cough it up and we will spend it on climate change action. Funny enough most of the want action on climate changed died out real fast.

      • TOO BAD POLITICIANS WEREN’T THE FIRST TO SUFFER FROM THEIR IDIOTIC POLICIES. DID NOT KNOW CAPS WERE ON BUT I AM NOT RE TYPING.

      • These people are going down in flames. Who the devil’s going to vote for this nonsense? 5 minutes on WUWT and the whole global warming thing is exposed as BS to anyone who’s cleared junior high! Do you think Big Investors are going to jettison our newly-achieved energy independence to virtue-signal an ignorant loony fringe about a non-problem?

        We the People ain’t that dumb. BTW, come for my truck, my furnace, my bacon or my dog, that’s when Ye Olde Flintlock comes down off the mantelpiece! And I’m sure I’ve got a lot of company. . .

        • Come this November, Oklahoma will be significantly deregulating firearms. No permits needed to carry, openly or otherwise, and state game wardens won’t be citing hunters for loaded weapons in their vehicles. So you’ll definitely have lots of company around here. 🙂

      • Beto O’Rourke is dangerous, because he is one of the few with good looks in a sea of past-best-before Democratic candidates. Good looks and selfies got Justin Trudeau elected in Canada. It might also work for Beto.

        • I don’t think so. He’s polling very poorly and he says ridiculous things. But then again the typical LEFTIST-MARXIST-DNC’er loves these ridiculous notions. They are my enemy.

          • Yeah, they are so brain dead that they claim the Mueller report proved Trump stole the election. “Don’t confuse me with facts, my mind is made up.”

        • At the risk of seeming uncouth, If I had a dog with the looks of that fishmouth idiot, I would undoubtedly shave its rear, and train it to walk backwards.

          So I respectfully disagree with the ‘Good Looks’ suggestion 🙂

    • Which one of Al’s many homes were you referring-to? Same with David Suzuki, BTW … and Paul Krugman …

    • The smaller house, the tiny EV that can only go 100km between charges, the electric bill that’s barely affordable even keeping the small house warm or cooled …. all that is for the little people.

      Beto certainly plans on being in the elite like the Obama’s became after he became President and selling books and speaking fees, and now producer paychecks from Netflix to make some show no one will watch. It’s just like the Clintons did post-Monica, speaking fees, and foundation graft-payouts.

      For the uber wealthy, energy costs are just a minor part of spending and wealth. So energy higher costs, if it means they don’t have to deal with the peasants at the Up-scale stores and their boats around their mega yachts… well that’s the cost of elitism and setting up a two class society. They’ve decuded it worth it to not have annoying Deplorables around them taking up rooms on lush tropical island getaways or the ski slopes at Aspen or Davos.

      But Beto will never make it. He’ll be forgotten quickly after he loses badly in Iowa and New Hampshire next February.

  1. The usual, “Bete the Bufoon”, will never cease to amaze me. Do as I say, not as I do.

  2. Notice that he dodged the question about what sacrifices were going to be demanded of his subjects.

  3. “O’ROURKE: Yeah. We’re going to have to make an investment as a country. It is not going to necessarily be easy. Here’s our generation’s opportunity to meet a true existential threat of this moment. And I’m confident that that’s going to bring out the absolute best in us — nothing to be afraid of, something to meet head on and to overcome and to do it together”

    What an idiotic use of jargon: Investment used as a doublespeak for harsh sacrifice; “existential threat of this moment?” How many are there, currently? This sounds quite dire. Then he poo-poos it, saying it’s “nothing to be afraid of.” This is a tired retread of the same community organizer/ central planner bs that Obama fed the left for 8 years.

    • He meant. I ain’t gonna downsize anything, you plebs will pay more tax which I will pocket.

  4. Perhaps the folks who believe we are overpopulated are morally obligated to downsize themselves to the point where they stop emitting CO2 . . .

    Heard of the “walk-away” movement? How ’bout the “you first” movement.

  5. … we’re going to see more of my fellow Texans and fellow Americans transition into renewable energy jobs; high-demand, high-skill, high-wage occupations.

    We’ve had countries trying to go green for a while now. As far as I can tell, those very desirable renewable energy jobs have been a washout.

    It has been suggested 2.2 jobs were lost for every job that the green energy industry created. And each green job that was created is estimated to have cost Spanish taxpayers an eye-watering $770,000 (and only one in ten of those jobs were permanent). link

    Of course, when you point out the repeated failures, the snake oil salesmen resort to their mantra, “They did it wrong.” It is eyewateringly arrogant of these people to say, “They were dumb. We are smarter. We’ll get it right.”

    • We’re going to transitions from jobs the people want, to jobs the government wants.
      What could go wrong?

    • Hey, Beto is just saying that, if you like your Winter heating, you can keep your Winter heating, commieBob. 🙂

  6. Naturally enough, it’s what the “useful idiots” must do, so that their masters can live a life of total luxury, to offsett the extreme burden that weighs upon their shoulders of having to tell others how to live their lives! Vladimir Illyich Ulianov (Lenin) must have had many a sleepless night worrying about the peasants, just as his decendant Al Gore does s he wallows in the vast accumulated wealth, largely from the taxpayer one way or the other!

  7. Big families? Isn’t that the venue of the ‘migrant” population? He should talk to them about cutting back on reproduction. He should also get himself neutered, just as a precaution.

    Smaller house? He doesn’t define “smaller”, so is he referring to +/-1100 square feet, or does he mean a one-room shack with outdoor plumbing? Everyone in my neighborhood lives in a “small house” compared to what he and others of his self-involved ilk inhabit. Define “smaller”, Bozo.

    Oh, and while I”m at it: what is HE going to give up on his end of the stick he’s using to stir this pot?

  8. Note the delusion that wind power creates good, well paid, jobs. All it does it create a few jobs at the managerial and qualified engineer level, a factory with people welding and a lot of people doing really health threatening things like using resins and laying nasty fibre glasses of various sorts and a number of really unattractive jobs climbing up frequently broken down turbines to fix them in unpleasant and, at sea, dangerous conditions. White heat of technology it isn’t, nasty drudge dead end medievalism is a lot nearer. But the advocates of this stuff won’t do this work, that’s for the deplorables.

  9. Don’t you just love the way Democrats call state mandated taxation increases “investment “. That is the greatest abuse of our age. The Left are misusing language to hide their impending robbery of wealth from those who have been careful and modest in their lives, re expenditure.
    Be aware if you have wealth the left hate you and demand you are made to donate it to suit their aims.

  10. oh yeah genx millenials and the rest
    we want it
    we want it now
    we can pay on credit
    whaddya mean we cant go os every year
    have t stop eating junk food/home delivereds etc etc
    no new clothes yearly let alone weekly, ditto sneakers
    limited net time and no new ph till yours breaks totally
    oh yes i can just see them rushing to join

  11. “renewable energy jobs; high-demand, high-skill, high-wage occupations.”
    I know he’s a democrat and lying is in their genes, but this is probably one of the biggest LIES told by the wind energy. There are not enough jobs to cover one oil company in Texas and their wages, unless you count six month jobs following the construction of wind plant invasions as “high-demand, high-skill” jobs, are no where near what oil and coal pay (don’t bother to quote “averages”, etc, they are all statistical lies—I live where oil and coal are and they pay far more than wind jobs do and there are literally hundreds more of the oil and coal jobs). Most of these jobs can easily filled by the illegals Beto wants pouring over the border. If only these people’s noses grew like Pinocchio’s nose.

  12. I am convinced that there is no one at NPR who is capable of simple arithmetic.

    The place is full of innumerates who cannot add, subtract, multiply or divide.

    • First, being a skeptic — how do I know that is his house?
      He is part of wealthy families, no question.

      He & wife likely have a larger “carbon footprint” each year than my wife and I have accumulated in our entire lives, a combined 150 years.
      That doesn’t count the backyard bonfires and real barbecue and smoked meats, and beer.

    • How do you know Robert ‘Beto’ is lying?

      Check if he’s conscious.

      How big is Beto’s carbon footprint?

      Not big, he uses To: instead of Cc: and Bcc:

      Why is O’Rourke seeing a Russian collusion investigation obstruction coverup in the Barr report?

      He couldn’t Вето the election result.

  13. Of course, when people in earlier times made “sacrifices”, they were responding to immediate existential threats, with WW Two being the obvious example.

    The moon program required no sacrifices – nobody in 1960s America was thinking, “I’ll downsize my personal expectations for wealth, income, family size, the size of my house, or the number of cars or televisions I have, and will suffer in heat when I know all I need do is turn down the thermostat on my brand new air conditioner … or suffer in cold when all I need do is turn up the thermostat .. all so that President Kennedy can get us to the moon before the Rooskies get there”.

    I was there. NOBODY thought that way in the 1960s. Or in the 1970s. Or in the 1980s. Or in the 1990s. Or in the 2000s. Or today in the 2010s. Nobody actually thinks that way.

    Which is why nobody except the haranging environmentalists, media people, NatGeo/Discovery/BBC/PBS crowd, and politicians are thinking that way today.

    Which is why, of course, for the last decade or so the haranging crowd have been haranging us all that normal, happens every year weather events are now somehow the fault of climate change .. so that they can talk us all into believing that prior to the 1980s, the world never ever experienced “weather”. Until they can convince us all of that big lie, then nobody but a tiny minority gives a hoot about the snail darter or the owl-eared greater wombat of whatever will somehow suffer solely due to us driving our SUVs and turning on our air conditioners.

    • ” . . . nobody in 1960s America was thinking, “I’ll downsize my personal expectations . . .”

      I was there also, and I agree.

    • Well said! The moonshot was a forward-looking program that pushed the boundaries of technology. Compare and contrast with Jerry Brown’s “high speed” (it never was) train that nobody needed or wanted. But it was “green” … so the retarded voters in CA said YES! sign me up to indebt my State to a STUPID regressive idea. Everything “green” is a giant step backward.

    • I believe you to be correct for the most part. But damn if they aren’t trying. Hopefully the masses will continue to reject this fallacy.

  14. Beto is part of the secret regional candidate strategy of the Dems. Small armies of out of state teams set up shop in a number of cities to manufacture candidates like Beto and Stacey. Look into it. At a minimum they will be agency heads in a future over reach administration.

  15. O’ROURKE: My state’s big industry is going to have to transition into its other big industry.

    And what’s that, Bob O’Dork? Illegal trafficking?

  16. Next time ask the fool what wind project is going to replace petroleum which makes everything he loves; the top 2 being his cell phone and his computer. What are all those pale faced Austin Tx, It’ers going to work at? Won’t be able to do much without computers. Why would the world only spend billions to accommodate the cell phone and computer dependency? Not likely. Do these people every think. I suggest he move to California or Colorado with the rest of the crazies.

  17. I don’t have many problems with wind or solar power. I do have a problem with crony subsided capitalism.

    • For the foreseeable future, wind and solar damage existing grid technologies.
      They cannot replace anything, so there are two systems with the good one increasingly inefficient with each addition of wind or solar.

    • I got plenty of problems w/extremely low-density & unreliable power sources. Especially when we’ve had reliable sources for many decades & no technical reasons not to continue so.

  18. Hypocrites R us. Never ceases to amaze me how rarely these massive hypocrites get called on their obviously conflicting story vs. lifestyles.

    • The rear-view mirror of history has now shown that none of the Kennedys were any kind of a prize. And the Millennials don’t remember them anyway. Beto’s an empty suit who’ll be gone long before the primary.

  19. Beto indeed doesn’t have a clue. The Apollo Project cost about $25 billion (adjusted for inflation that is about $174 billion in today’s dollars.) Sure if old Beto can “transform” the country and save us from the evils fo CAGW for $174 billion, OK. Like to see him try to explain how when all the other estimates are in the tens of trillions in just direct cost and subsidies.

  20. Yes, we should all downsize so politicians can live the high life, jetting all around the world and picking the taxpayers pocket to maintain their lavish lifestyle. Sure tHing, I am in agreement Beto, NOT.

  21. Spend a few moments calculating the energy ratio between the Texas oil fields and the Texas wind farms….

    It would be illuminating.

    I calculated on a different thread that for the UK, to produce enough energy equivalent to power the domestic automobile fleet, would require 55,000 offshore wind turbines (considerably more for onshore) . The UK currently has the worlds largest fleet of offshore turbines at 2,000.

    People (especially the global warming crowd) simply don’t understand the energy density of hydrocarbons.

    BTW – it is the discovery and release of this energy that powered the industrial world to where it is today . To remove it will not be a) easy or b) have a good outcome – even if it were necessary.

    • “It would be illuminating.”

      No pun intended?! 😀

      Of course, the notion of replacing coal, gas and nuclear plants with wind farms would have the opposite effect.

  22. So if a majority of people who currently live in “big” houses move into “smaller” houses, what do we do with all those empty “big” houses?

      • I was going to note that it would take lots of zoning changes but then when did liberals ever obey a law they didn’t like.

    • tear down for parking lots. Oh wait – for a green future there’s need for more “Nature Reserves” –

      protected areas of ​​importance for flora, fauna or features of geological, historic or other special interest.

      • That will do wonders for the property taxes. With revenue loss on the larger homes, the smaller owners will have to pick up the tab . Let’s see, move to a smaller house and pay higher property taxes or stay put and enjoy what I earned? Hmmmm?

  23. Well, the third world already lives in downsized houses, small shacks or grass shacks but downsized families, not so much. And if these idiots get their way in developed countries it will have no effect upon co2 production as third world and less developed countries continue to increase coal and oil use. A good thing for continued photosynthesis prospects. I find it hard to grasp that so many people are so stupid that they would actually vote for any of these morons. But they do!

  24. So, the Profits are speaking of population control, again. More planned children will mitigate the progress of catastrophic anthropogenic global warming.

  25. His name is not Beto. That is a nick name given to him as a child by his brother. His given name is Robert F. O’Rourke.

  26. “So if a majority of people who currently live in “big” houses move into “smaller” houses, what do we do with all those empty “big” houses?”

    That is part of the plan to house all the illegal immigrants. You give up your house, job, wife and kids so some poor global warming refugee from Central America can be saved.

  27. O’Rouke, as quoted in the above article: “Here’s our generation’s opportunity to meet a true existential threat of this moment.”

    Corresponding teaching moment: If something is existential, it has to do with human existence. Therefore, the most straightforward means to remove all existential threats is to eliminate humans from the face of the Earth. Gaia will nonetheless proceed onward, as she did for some 4.53 billion years before humanoids appeared.

  28. Same promises were made with Globalization and see how that turned out. We exported whole industries and in return were supposed to replace the manufacturing employment with “high tech upgraded jobs” that never materialized and those that did were filled by people out of the country. It was a stealth scam to redistribute the wealth and we bought it. Fortunately it looks like Trump is reversing the Globalization trend but he won’t last forever.

  29. The moonshot was bargain basement stuff compared to the lunatic expenditure implied by their lunatic plans to combat Gorebal Warming. It’s a thoroughly dishonest analogy.

  30. I am 100% in favor of leftists forgoing children and living in tiny apartments owned by the state. That way, there is less to administer when they die alone.

    • And when they do eventually pass on, their bodies can go straight to the Soylent factories to nourish the remainder

      • Or straight into the communal garden (they taste terrible anyway, all that soy milk and tofu).

  31. Its interesting how many of the people dishing this kind of advice have 4 or 5 kids and drive SUVs. Rules for thee but not for me. Still the faithful minions lap it up.

  32. Well, if Beto ever gains traction with the voters, which I doubt, then I suspect we could have a lot of fun circulating something like this on social media:

    SIGN THE BETO GND PLEDGE

    I pledge to live in a house no larger than Al Gore’s
    I pledge to fly less often than Leonardo DiCaprio
    I pledge to have fewer children than Ted Turner
    I pledge to have vacations with smaller CO2 footprints that Barack Obama
    I pledge to ride in internal combustion engine vehicles less often than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
    etc.

    I suspect a most of his followers wouldn’t have a clue.

  33. So now a return to the Moon is offered in the wake of another candidates promise of a cure for Cancer. With such a large field of candidates, I find myself in a state of mounting excitement thinking of the other ‘Promises’ that are sure to follow 🙂

  34. The question I never see asked or answered is this: If you close the oil industry, where will the lubricants come from to use in the electric cars and wind farms?

    Goose grease, or do we start whaling again?

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