Biden’s Green New Deal Turns One

Reposted from The Institute For Energy Research

By Robert L. Bradley, Jr.
June 3, 2020

One cannot know what is going on in a certain Wilmington, Delaware, basement. But so far, the presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden has committed to go far beyond the activism of President Obama and 2000 nominee Al Gore in regard to energy and climate policy.

Last June 4, Biden released a 22-page, 10,000-word Joe’s Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice that can be reduced to 17 words: “Biden believes the Green New Deal is a crucial framework for meeting the climate challenges we face.”

Dino Grandoni and Jeff Stein reported in the Washington Post:

Joe Biden is embracing the framework of the Green New Deal in his bid for the White House, calling on the United States to eliminate climate-warming emissions by no later than the middle of the century while creating millions of new jobs and rallying the rest of the world to forestall dangerous rising temperatures….

Biden had tacked hard to the Left, with Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders radicalizing the issue in the Democrat nomination race. Grandoni and Stein took note:

Biden’s climate plan adopts the rhetoric — and at times, many of the actual policy proposals — of the Green New Deal resolution put forward this year by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), which calls on the nation to eliminate its carbon footprint by 2030.

The activist group Sunrise Movement applauded Biden’s “comprehensive” effort to eliminate fossil fuels, calling it “a major victory for the tens of thousands of people who have raised their voices.” (Sunrise, by the way, has readied its STAGE 5, 2021 goal: “Engage in mass noncooperation to interrupt business as usual and win a Green New Deal.”)

Biden, for his part, while putting the U.S. full-decarbonization date at 2050 rather than 2030 as others have, scoffed at the idea of a middle-ground approach. And recently appointing Sanders’s two climate advisors to his own committee—Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and John Kerry—Biden is Green New Deal focused and ready.

In its June 4, 2019, writeup, the New York Times noted something more. “In some ways,” reported Coral Davenport and Katie Glueck, “Mr. Biden’s plan goes even further than the Green New Deal, which offers aspirational targets but few concrete policy steps to achieve them.

Indeed. A carbon tax; $1.7 trillion in federal spending over 10 years; environmental justice programs; no oil and gas drilling on public lands. And the most far reaching, according to the Times, was carbon tariffs resetting international trade.

Mr. Biden’s most aggressive initiatives call for flexing the United States’ trade and foreign policy muscles to compel other countries, particularly China, the world’s largest carbon dioxide polluter, to reduce emissions.

Combining climate change policy with trade policy, the plan calls for the imposition of “carbon tariffs” on goods imported from heavily polluting economies, a move that would directly affect Chinese imports.

America Beware

“Joe’s Plan” is all in the service of climate alarmism and government-directed energy transformation. Consumers beware. Taxpayers beware. Mineral-energy producers beware. Even civil libertarians beware as omnipresent enforcement would be needed to regulate and eliminate a number of everyday CO2-positive activities (such as charcoal grilling).

Joe himself might not understand all this, but he is certainly fronting the energy/climate road to serfdom. Al Gore in Earth in the Balance (1992) stated that only “bold and unequivocal action” could save our “dysfunctional society,” making “the rescue of the environment the central organizing principle for civilization.”

The Green New Deal, 27 years later, brought Gore’s eco-central planning vision to life. Joe Biden now promises to effectuate it.

42 thoughts on “Biden’s Green New Deal Turns One

    • If you liked the full-Gulag lockdown for Covid-19, you’ll love the Green New Deal.

      You’ll be stuck at home, not for ~8 weeks, but for the rest of your life (which may not be very long).

    • WHAT THE GREEN NEW DEAL IS REALLY ABOUT — AND IT’S NOT THE CLIMATE
      By Allan M.R. MacRae, B.A.Sc., M.Eng., July 19, 2019
      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/07/20/what-the-green-new-deal-is-really-about-and-its-not-the-climate/

      Introduction

      On July 4, 2019, I published the article “THE COST TO SOCIETY OF RADICAL ENVIRONMENTALISM”.
      There was a reason why this article was published on July 4. My article begins:

      Ever wonder why extremists attack honest scientists who oppose global warming and climate change hysteria? Ever wonder why climate extremists refuse to debate the science?

      IT IS BECAUSE GLOBAL WARMING AND CLIMATE CHANGE ALARMISM WAS NEVER ABOUT THE SCIENCE – IT WAS ALWAYS A FALSE NARRATIVE, A SMOKESCREEN FOR THE TOTALITARIAN OBJECTIVES OF THE EXTREME LEFT.

      Some people may think this was statement was inaccurate, or that I was being unfair. However, one week after my article was published, Democratic New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s chief of staff, Saikat Chakrabarti, fully verified my statement. He said, as written in the article below:
      “The interesting thing about the Green New Deal, is it wasn’t originally a climate thing at all,” Chakrabarti said… … “Do you guys think of it as a climate thing? Because we really think of it as a how-do-you-change-the-entire-economy thing,” Chakrabarti added.

      Following is another excerpt from my July 4 article that demonstrates how utterly impractical the Green New Deal is – the Green New Deal is energy and economic lunacy – it cannot work:

      “4. Humanity needs modern energy to survive – to grow and transport our food and provide shelter, warmth and ~everything we need to live. Wind and solar power are too intermittent and too diffuse to be practical or effective. Green energy schemes have been costly failures.

      Fully ~85% of global primary energy is from fossil fuels – oil, coal and natural gas. The remaining ~15% is almost all nuclear and hydro. Green energy has increased from above 1% to less than 4%, despite many trillions of dollars in wasted subsidies. The 85% fossil fuels component is essentially unchanged in past decades, and is unlikely to significantly change in future decades.

      The fatal flaw of grid-connected green energy is that it is not green and produces little useful (dispatchable) energy, primarily due to intermittency – the wind does not blow all the time, and the Sun shines only part of the day. Intermittent grid-connected green energy requires almost 100% backup (‘spinning reserve’) from conventional energy sources. Intermittent wind and solar electrical generation schemes typically do not even significantly reduce CO2 emissions – all they do is increase energy costs and reduce grid reliability.

    • A blast from the past – wattsup 2009, only about 100,000 comments.

      What are “scoundrels and imbeciles”? A scoundrel knows he is lying about global warming alarmism – an imbecile believes it.

      Regards, Allan

      https://wattsupwiththat.com/2009/05/08/more-maunder-than-dalton/#comment-118234

      Allan M R MacRae (05:12:46) :
      ralph ellis (04:38:57) :

      If indeed we are heading towards a Maunder type minimum, the die off of humans will be severe.
      Why? We survived the Maunder Minimum in good shape, ready for the coming Enlightenment Era. Why will our age be any different?

      ***************************
      What worries me Ralph is that the scoundrels and imbeciles of the global warming cult are driving society in the wrong direction, and wasting trillions of dollars in scarce resources to fight their favorite fantasy – global warming.

      If this foolish and destructive direction is not reversed soon, I fear that humanity will suffer greatly.
      We are completely unprepared if severe global cooling happens.
      ===============================================

  1. The German Greens try to undermine the use of dietary supplements, they are pushing for a regulation, faster and earlier as the EU is suspected to act.

  2. “The activist group Sunrise Movement applauded Biden’s ‘comprehensive’ effort to eliminate his political rivals, calling it ‘a major victory for the tens of thousands of Chekists who have raised their knouts.’”

    There, fixed it for ya.

  3. The presumptive puppet president, Slow Joe Biden, (God forbid) will say anything, & shamelessly pander to the left to try to obtain votes. I reiterate that his wife s/b prosecuted for elder abuse.

  4. If Joe Biden wants to achieve an 80% reduction in America’s carbon emissions by 2050 — President Obama’s original goal — then massive spending on Green New Deal projects combined with a carbon pricing scheme cannot and will not get the job done.

    Fossil fuels are just too convenient as an energy resource and too demand-inelastic for America to reach an 80% reduction within thirty years.

    If Biden is serious about it, he must impose a government-managed system of carbon fuel rationing which directly limits the quantities of fossil fuels that Americans can import, produce, refine, distribute, and consume.

  5. Can I just add: tens of thousands of voices? Out of 330 million? That’s a selling point for your drooling-lunatic worldview? PI$$ OFF!

    • You never know. Miracles can and do happen, so sanity may still have a fighting chance in America.

    • Not until what they call their supporting science is destroyed beyond redemption and replaced with something that actually works. The reason so many believe in this green nonsense is because they’ve been told over and over again that the science is on their side and since their politics and the MSM are also aligned with the broken science, it gains even more false legitimacy. It’s become science by mob rule and bear in mind that most of the white protesters we see on the news protesting about systemic racism that doesn’t exist, and most of them are white, are aligned with the wrong side of climate science. The lies have become so pervasive, even most independents and many conservatives are influenced towards accepting the CAGW meme as truth.

      • Lately the tendency to incite mass hysteria over normally trivial events has become almost commonplace. The ease at which this happens has become noticeable and is truly frightening.

    • Sorry Coeur de Lion, not this time. Nothing..even Biden … can save the man from himself.

      • I get the same feeling regarding Biden.
        His only hope is to stay hidden until after the election.

        • Completely agree. MarkW. I am hoping the USA can find its way through this paradox and emerge 4 years from now with a wise and non radical leadership kept within a rational playing field by the other branches of your government and most of all by a fine, free people.

          Just my take on it.

  6. I just hope that the public doesn’t get seduced by the perpetual lies coming from the MSM and elect this idiot, although I’m loosing faith that the electorate can see past the deception. The MSM is just too effective at propagating leftist propaganda and that’s been their single minded focus for decades. A recent FOX pole said that Biden would be far better than Trump at solving the MSM’s fabricated systemic racism problem, which is odd since if it it’s really that bad, he had 8 years under a black president to do something about it, including 2 years with a Democrat majority in both houses, and if anything, race relations got worse under their leadership. How many times do people need to be fooled before they catch on?

    • “I just hope that the public doesn’t get seduced by the perpetual lies coming from the MSM and elect this idiot [Biden], although I’m losing faith that the electorate can see past the deception.”

      Yes, this November, here in the United States, we are going to find out if we collectively are too stupid to govern ourselves properly. Is an Idiocracy (Democrats reign) in our near future?

      It sure looks like we are close to that, at least in the Blue States. I see where the Mayor of Los Angeles is proposing to cut $250 million out of the police budget, and other prominent Democrats are proposing “Defund the Police” idiocy. Some of these idiots are seriously proposing doing away with the police force. That’s just about as crazy as one can get.

      I guess we’ll find out soon enough how stupid or smart we are. Is the conservative Silent Majority still out there?

      The Democrats are doing their best to tear the country apart. They are Domestic Enemies of the United States, as defined in the U.S. Constitution. They are more dangerous to the future of this nation than any foreign enemy right now. Their constant lies and distortions are driving some people insane, to the point of actually thinking it is a good idea to vote for a Democrat. Now that’s insane! :).

  7. The greenies are such ignorant asses – if they really want to transform to low/no carbon emissions,
    which would also produce the safest and cheapest systems, then there is no alternative to molten salt reactors. Anyone who talks future energy and does not tout molten salt technology is not worth listening to.

  8. As old as Joe Biden is I don’t think he will be giving AOC much of a Green Weenie Deal. Please, no details.

  9. At this point it might better be titled the Green New Stimulus Deal because COVID-19 impact will be around long enough to get another monumental unfunded stimulus package through the gate while the nation’s guard is down, much like Pelosi and the Shovel Ready stimulus that pulled the football out from Charlie Brown on roads at the last minute to only use 5% of that cornucopia for that purpose. There will be money for minority renewable energy companies with the label from the Obama credo of “we don’t pick winners” and there will be giant tax credits for EVs and monthly income for Americans to not go back to work. It will not be the same country on the back end of this one and that will be without any sustainable jobs, global competitiveness, or income growth to pay for any of it or the debt service. My advice to readers from other countries is be prepared for a much weaker ally who can’t support all of its domestic obligations to help you out or meet prior commitments with you. America will be much more consumed by its own problems than before and whatever lessons there were coming out of WW2 on strength and preparedness will be lost. The risk of much larger regional conflicts will be higher and the UN staff will have enough advance warning to get (themselves) out of the way and safely secured in a Swiss chalet with a basement bunker. Good luck.

  10. And don’t forget, one of Biden’s first acts as president will be putting America back under the yolk of the Paris Agreement. For folks who like the idea of the US kowtowing to a World Government, it’s super.

  11. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT – ANTIFA IS AN ORGANIZED AND PAID GANG OF THUGS, TASKED TO DESTROY OUR PEACEFUL, PROSPEROUS SOCIETY.

    I called this correctly long ago.

    GOVERNOR BROWN: CLIMATE CHANGE IS LIKE FIGHTING THE NAZIS
    Eric Worrall / December 31, 2018
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2018/12/31/governor-brown-climate-change-is-like-fighting-the-nazis/#comment-2572377
    “Fighting the far-left greens and their antifa Brownshirt thugs is much more like fighting the Nazis.”
    — Allan MacRae, 31 December 2018

    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2020/01/22/trump-at-davos-on-the-environment-and-energy/#comment-2900424
    “To embrace the possibilities of tomorrow we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the Apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortune tellers, and they want to see us do badly but we won’t let that happen. They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the 70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s. These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives.”
    — US President Donald Trump, World Economic Forum, Davos, 21 January 2020

    I believe this quote will define the Trump Presidency, in much the same way that Franklin Roosevelt trumpeted “A day of infamy” and Winston Churchill extolled “Our finest hour”.
    Because we are at war, as surely as Britain was in 1939 and the USA was in 1941. And this war is for our democracies and our freedoms. It is abundantly clear that the global warming/climate change scam was never about the climate – it was always a smokescreen, a false front for a Marxist takeover of our democracies – the end of freedom.
    — Allan MacRae, 23 January 2020
    _______________________________________

    https://www.bizpacreview.com/2020/06/04/we-need-to-hide-that-st-project-veritas-exposes-antifas-violent-tactics-and-chilling-plot-to-destroy-america-929699

    ‘We need to hide that s**t’: Project Veritas exposes Antifa’s violent tactics and chilling plot to destroy America
    June 4, 2020 | Samantha Chang
    [excerpt]
    A shocking undercover video by Project Veritas exposes Antifa’s chilling plot to destroy America from the inside-out and to harass and provoke Trump supporters in the process. Project Veritas is an independent media outlet founded by James O’Keefe.

    In the four-minute exposé, an Antifa operative reveals that he was with the Rose City Park, Oregon branch of the domestic terrorist organization for some time. He has since left the group.

    The operative said stealth violence and mob bullying is part of Antifa’s modus operandi.

    In the video, an Antifa leader admits that the group is violent, but its members should try not to get caught in photos showing them beating people or vandalizing property because “we need to f*cking hide that sh*t.”

    • You are right Allan. You know it, I know it, and most visitors to WUWT know it.

      According to our national newspaper, the Globe and Mail, and our national broadcaster, the CBC, all the rioters currently doing their thing in the US are peaceful protesters, the police and the “far right” are causing the violence, Antifa has nothing to do with it, they aren’t even there, and it’s all Trump’s fault anyway.

      As usual, Rex Murphy gets it right, but I wonder how many folk really listen to him.

      https://nationalpost.com/opinion/rex-murphy-antifa-are-despicable-fascists-call-them-that-openly-now

      • I posted the above note about the violence of Antifa on another thread, and someone crushed me with the following killer line: “No they’re not!”

        I had to soften the blow in my reply:
        “I’m sure your son is a nice little eye-gouger-of-old-ladies ma’am, but he’s in with a bad crowd. 🙂 “

      • Hi Rock,

        I also suggest this violence has nothing to do with police brutality or the death of George Floyd.

        What is really happening is that the Obama regime has been caught red-handed in criminal and treasonous acts – the attempted coup-d’état of the Trump regime via the phony Russia scam and the false entrapment charges against General Flynn – high crimes against the state.

        The riots in the cities are a smokescreen to try to prevent charges of treason being lodged against members of the Obama regime, the Clinton’s, etc. Your thoughts?

  12. “Joe Biden is embracing the framework of the Green New Deal in his bid for the White House, calling on the United States to eliminate climate-warming emissions”

    So, Mr Biden. if CO2 is, as you claim, to be a climate-warming emission, and CO2 is a result of catalytic converters in autos, you must immediately remove all catalytic converters from them.

  13. Sort of off subject but:
    “New Jersey Becomes First State to Include Climate Change in School Curriculum — a ‘Critical’ Step”

    “New Jersey has announced a new initiative that will make it the first U.S. state to incorporate climate change education into its curriculum.”

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/new-jersey-becomes-first-state-to-include-climate-change-in-school-curriculum-%e2%80%94-a-critical-step/ar-BB152WYL

    Let the brainwashing begin!

    • The US is falling behind!/SARC

      In Sweden the Climate Propaganda has been integrate part of schools nationwide for the last eight years at least.
      When you take drivers license in Sweden, Climate Propaganda is an integrate part of both theory and practice.
      In national TV half the adverts are direct Climate Propaganda.
      Half your electricity bill serves Climate Transition.
      About 2/3 of petrol/diesel prices goes to Climate Transition or other taxes.

      Joe Biden will just help the US getting the right pace towards the beautiful stone age adjusted society or the more moderate feudal society.
      What is there to be confused about?

  14. It’s not a Green New Deal. It’s a Great New Deal for the invisible devious backers of uneconomic renewables.

  15. “Joe himself might not understand all this, but he is certainly fronting the energy/climate road to serfdom.”

    Pretty confident that sentence only needs to be five words long.

    You can say what you like about Joe… after all, he is not going to remember it tomorrow.

  16. It is clear to those of us looking in, Joe Biden is not the sharpest knife in the box. Many would even say he isn’t even in the box. That leaves us with the uncomfortable feeling, he is just a puppet being operated by the real political operators, who activate all the chaos and disruption, we now see every day.
    I am certain the intention of the anarchists, is to present Biden as the safe grand pa figure of the Democrats and if the electorate are mad enough to elect him, he will be replaced by the Vice President/another in double quick time.
    I just hope the electorate in the USA are wise enough to know, their entire economic future rests on re-electing Donald Trump.
    The world is watching.
    Vote wisely USA.

    • Good comments Rod.

      Canada is already finished – the Liberal-rats under Trudeau and their foreign allies have deliberately destroyed our economy. Canada is far down the road to Venezuela and poverty – that’s what Marxist traitors do.

      In the USA the Democrats (Democ-rats) are following the same Marxist path – the attempted coup d’etat of Trump by the Obama regime failed and is now under investigation, so the Dem’s shock troops, Antifa, are burning the cities as a diversion – to try to prevent the Obama/Clinton mob from going to jail. The death of career criminal George Floyd is just an excuse to wreak havoc and try to steal the Fall election.

  17. Here in Australia our “Lockdown” while necessary at this time, is a good indication of just what a “Green world”” will look like.

    No thank you.

    What might, a very big might, happen, in say 10 to 100 years time, is of little importance right now with the fight against the 19 virus.

    VK5ELL MJE

  18. Just don’t call it a recovery, or a tax base, or a savings account, or a retirement, or a pension, or a future.

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