Brian Kilmeade: Today’s the day Democrats take official control of the house but not the Senate. One of their main platforms expected to be climate change. Dozens packing a new green deal to eliminate fossil fuels even if it means raising taxes and hurting jobs. Latest polls show America’s fears about climate change has never gone above 45%. Is this really a winning message for Democrats? Let’s ask Marc Morano, the executive director of Climate depot.com and author of The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change. (Morano’s award-winning book honored as one of Top 10 ‘best new climate change books’ – ‘The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change’ – Recognized by BookAuthority)
Marc, does this work, climate change as an agenda item to put you into office?
Marc Morano: >> It has never worked yet. And if you go back even President Obama tried to make this an issue and you have MSNBC has admitted they can’t even mention climate change during prime time because it’s a ratings killer. Gallup polling has shown at least since 1989 the public’s concern about global warming has remained relatively stable with ebbs and flows during the time of Al Gore’s original movie and other things. It’s not a winning issue. Three out of four climate based initiatives failed in the midterm including Governor Inslee’s Washington state carbon tax. Gov. Inslee wants to run for president on the central theme of climate and he couldn’t get his own state to once again follow — they failed to pass a carbon tax. Inslee is one of the leaders of this movement failing to get their own troops in line yet they somehow think they are going to impose a climate new green deal on America.
Brian Kilmeade: The next generation because of how they have been schooled is much more attuned to what’s going on with climate awareness anyway. Bernie Sanders says this. He is hardly Gen-Xer. We must look at climate change as if it were a devastating military attack against the United States and the entire planet and we must respond accordingly. What does he plan on doing?
Marc Morano: >> This is silly. We’re going to treat now carbon dioxide a trace essential gas — humans inhale oxygen and we exhale CO2 – as somehow akin to the Nazi party and World War 2 initiative which is what they are claiming. The Democrats and climate activists want a mobilization like World War II. (Also see: Morano Correction to Sanders: Morano: “We must look at Man-made climate change claims and fears as if it were a devastating attack on the integrity of science and a con. And we must respond accordingly.”)
Here is the bottom line: This has nothing to do with fighting an enemy. This has — the Green New Deal and everything they’re doing is literally — and I go back in my book and show, in the 1960’s when the environmental movement became radicalized, no matter what the environmental scare was — overpopulation, global cooling, species extinction, famine, resource scarcity, they always had the same solution: More government control, central planning and this is no different. The Green New Deal and this idea of mobilizing to fight the climate is the exact same — they’re proposing central planning, has nothing to do with climate.
Brian Kilmeade: Marc, you are for being responsible, learning about clean-burning fuels and things of that nature. How do you feel about people like Senator Barrasso imposing incentives for people to capture carbon as opposed to penalties and punishment?
Marc Morano: >> Well, there’s all kinds of proposals. Everyone’s for energy efficiency for a clean environment. Oddly, the more carbon-based fuels you can introduce in the developing world — Africa, South America, Asia — the cleaner the environment gets. You have less people burning dung in their huts, you have less people dumping sewage into the rivers, because you get infrastructure. So, carbon-based fuels actually improve the environment.
[Climate Depot Note: Warmists are freaking out at me for this factual statement. See: Media Matters: On Fox & Friends, climate denier attacks proposed Green New Deal: “Carbon-based fuels actually improve the environment” & Daily Beast: ‘Fox & Friends’ Guest: Fossil Fuels ‘Actually Improve the Environment’ – Warmist claim: “In fact, carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas, and too much of it (which we have) will likely kill us.”
Reality Check:The Environmental Case for Fossil Fuels: ‘Fossil fuels have made our environment amazingly good’ -‘The difference between a healthy environment and an unhealthy environment can be summed up in one word, and it’s not ‘CO2’ or ‘climate’ or ‘temperature.’ It’s ‘development.’
Lomborg: ‘For the most important environmental issues, economic growth has solved problems, not created them’ – Bjorn Lomborg: “For the most important environmental issues, economic growth has solved problems, not created them. The cleanest places are not the poorest countries, but the richer economies that have cleaned up their act. As societies become richer, individuals can afford to stop worrying about food and sanitation, and to start worrying about the environment. Indoor air pollution is the world’s biggest environmental killer, claiming lives because poor people burn dung and wood for cooking and heating. As societies get richer, people can afford cleaner technology. In 1990, indoor air pollution caused more than 8% of deaths; in 2016 it was 4.7%. Each year 1.2 million fewer people die from indoor air pollution, despite an increase in population.” “The world’s forests tell a similar story. For most of human history, trees were decimated wherever humans settled. Higher agricultural yields and changing attitudes have meant rich countries are increasingly preserving forests and reforesting.”
Morano: And, beyond that, everyone wants efficiency, but you don’t ban energy that works and mandate energy that’s nowhere ready for prime time, all this so-called renewable. And that’s what they’re going after here.
Brian Kilmeade: Marc Morano, I think you know a lot about this. We will have you back. Marc, thank you so much.
Marc Morano: >> Thank you.
THE ‘GREEN NEW DEAL’: A RADICAL MANDATE FOR GOVERNMENT CONTROL OF AMERICAN SOCIETY – Between its calls for “upgrading” homes and overhauling travel, public infrastructure, and even the way Americans consume electricity, the plan leaves virtually no facet of everyday life untouched. Think of how often you don’t use electricity to imagine how much of your average day the plan wouldn’t impact. The proposed committee would also have seemingly total oversight of American industry, with a mandate for pushing union membership. Under “Scope of the Plan,” a section on labor states the committee’s final plan shall: “Require strong enforcement of labor, workplace safety, and wage standards that recognize the rights of workers to organize and unionize free of coercion, intimidation, and harassment, and creation of meaningful, quality, career employment.” Later in the document, Ocasio Cortez’s plan imagines creating a national jobs force to help people participate in this “transition.”