The behavioral changes the @IEA says are needed to meet 1.5 degrees are very interesting (refreshing to see this: too often the debate focuses only on supply, whiteout addressing demand). Another question is whether voters would support those behavior changes | #ClimateAction pic.twitter.com/y12aNRy3an
— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas) May 18, 2021
🚨 This morning we released our #NetZero2050Roadmap.
— International Energy Agency (@IEA) May 18, 2021
Yesterday, we released our #NetZero2050Roadmap – a key contribution to the conversation on how to reach climate goals.
— International Energy Agency (@IEA) May 19, 2021
We just launched our #NetZero2050Roadmap – offering a pathway in line with 1.5˚C for the transformation of the global energy system.
— International Energy Agency (@IEA) May 19, 2021
Excerpt: The world has a viable pathway to building a global energy sector with net-zero emissions in 2050, but it is narrow and requires an unprecedented transformation of how energy is produced, transported and used globally, the International Energy Agency said in a landmark special report released today.
Climate pledges by governments to date – even if fully achieved – would fall well short of what is required to bring global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions to net zero by 2050 and give the world an even chance of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 °C, according to
Watch: Laura Ingraham talks Great Climate Reset – May 18, 2021, edition of Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle
Huff Post outraged, but Ingraham is dead-on accurate: Laura Ingraham: Left Used COVID Lockdowns To Groom Public For Climate Change Lockdowns
LAURA INGRAHAM (HOST): A lot of us have felt like this was a process long in the making of conditioning the public. When we realize it was mostly a vulnerable population that was really suffering from COVID, most people would tolerate it quite well. Nevertheless, these lockdowns persisted. Was this a conditioning process for the next lockdown?
NEWT GINGRICH (FOX NEWS CONTRIBUTOR): It may have been.
“The climate agenda isn’t really about saving the planet, it’s about controlling the people,” the Fox News host said on “The Ingraham Angle.” …
“In other words, a lockdown of another kind ― this time in the name of climate change,” Ingraham said. “Can’t say we didn’t warn you that this was coming. COVID gave them the playbook for how to bring society to its knees and in fear. And now they have a new crisis perhaps to weaponize.” …
“A lot of us have felt like this was a process long in the making of conditioning the public ― when we realize it was mostly a vulnerable population that was really suffering from COVID, most people would tolerate it quite well. Nevertheless, these lockdowns persisted. Was this a conditioning process for the next lockdown?”
On the May 18 and May 19 episodes of The Ingraham Angle, Ingraham pushed the idea that the “climate agenda isn’t really about saving the planet; it’s about controlling the people,” which she suggested could be achieved through COVID-19-style climate lockdowns.
Prompting this two-day rant was a new landmark report published by the International Energy Agency, which is far from “radical” or “left.” The IEA concluded that nations need to rapidly phase out oil and gas production in order to avoid catastrophic climate change. The report suggests systemic changes to the way we incentivize energy production, such as ending subsidies for fossil fuels and putting a price on carbon to help drive the transition to a clean economy. What Ingraham selected to cherry-pick (and decontextualize), during the May 18 episode, as proof that climate lockdowns are coming is an innocuous passage from the report that discusses the role behavioral changes like making your home more energy-efficient — not staying at home — can play in reducing demand.
During the May 19 episode, Ingraham pivots away from the idea that climate lockdowns will mean being mandated to stay home and suggests that even without stay-at-home orders, “there are a lot of ways for the left to effectively lock you down.” Ingrahm then goes on to invoke the gasoline shortages and high fuel prices that resulted from the recent cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline, before rolling an “IEA wishlist of climate controls” across the screen which contained policy recommendations and consumer-based solutions like appliance standards that would in no way “lock down” individuals. In fact, many of these recommendations, along with assisting in the transition to a clean energy economy, would result in reduced energy costs for families.
Ultimately, Ingraham’s takeaway from the IEA report — “Can’t say that we didn’t warn you that this was coming. COVID gave them the playbook for how to bring society to its knees, and in fear, and now they have a new crisis, perhaps, to weaponize” — is widely out of step with the response from other outlets and journalists that covered this report, and with reality.
Before the two-night stint on Ingraham’s show last week, the idea had come up on the December 21 episodes of her show, and it popped up that same night on Tucker Carlson Tonight.
On Tucker Carlson Tonight, notorious climate denier Marc Morano told Carlson that the Biden administration’s plan to address the climate includes using the “COVID lockdown model for the climate emergency model,” which would allow them to go from “COVID lockdowns to climate lockdowns.” Morano suggested that the declaration of a climate emergency would allow the president to “bypass democracy” in order to mandate lockdowns.
On The Ingraham Angle, Steve Milloy, also a renowned climate denier and frequent Fox guest, told guest host Jesse Watters that “since the coronavirus pandemic started they’ve been talking about how we can go from a coronavirus lockdown to a climate lockdown.” Milloy went on to claim that the goal of the lockdowns would be to re-create every year the emissions reductions that were achieved during the pandemic, which he claimed could be accomplished through emergency executive powers.
Like Morano and Milloy, Ingraham also suggested that the mechanism to achieve a state of “lockdown” is a climate emergency declaration, which Hawaii has already declared and which Ingraham notes Biden is being pressured to do on the national level. The push by some climate groups and congressional champs for use of emergency powers to address the climate crisis has arisen because we have reached that level of urgency, and because there is little sign that Congress will act at the scale needed to address the crisis, if at all. In a Washington Post op-ed, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) outlined some of what could be accomplished through executive emergency powers:
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. Examples include redirecting spending to build out renewable energy systems, implementing large-scale clean transportation solutions and financing distributed energy projects to boost climate resiliency — all of which would help safeguard our communities and slash harmful pollution.