Al Gore touts climate pork-barrel spending bill as ‘single largest investment in climate solutions & environmental justice in U.S. history’
The Inflation Reduction Act has the potential to be a historic turning point. It represents the single largest investment in climate solutions & environmental justice in US history. Decades of tireless work by climate advocates across the country led to this moment. 1/3
— Al Gore (@algore) July 28, 2022
It's time to join together in support of this bold #ClimateAction – and then accelerate our efforts to continue our work to move away from the dirty energy economy of the past and toward a sustainable future. 3/3
— Al Gore (@algore) July 28, 2022
What about its impact on climate change? Roger Pielke ran the numbers and found that, even if it achieved Biden’s 50% emissions-reduction target for 2030, which it almost certainly won’t, the impact on overall global emissions would be nearly unmeasurable.
“In fact, that small level of emissions impact is well within both emissions measurement error as well as the large uncertainty in how emissions-policies will evolve to 2030,” notes Pielke.
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Dr. Roger Pielke Jr.: I was curious what impact on emissions there might be as a result of Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) refusal to support President Biden’s legislative climate package. Below I present my analysis. I was curious what impact on emissions there might be as a result of Senator Joe Manchin’s (D-WV) refusal to support President Biden’s legislative climate package. Below I present my analysis.
Pielke Jr.: Senator Manchin has apparently changed his mind on supporting climate provisions in congressional legislation. Senator Tina Smith (D-MN) said of the reversal, “this is a big F-ing deal!’ … [The] most significant action on climate and clean energy we’ve ever taken.”
Around here we run the numbers. The figure below shows the difference in 2030 between (black bars) global emissions assuming “current policies” (actually, as of November 2021 by the Climate Action Tracker), and the blue bars showing (top) President Biden’s 50% emissions reduction target for 2030 and (bottom) the 40% reduction Democrats announced with Senator Manchin’s support.
If you have a hard time spotting the difference, that is understandable — the difference is 0.4 Gt carbon dioxide-eq in 2030 out of a global total of ~50 Gt carbon dioxide-eq. As I have often said, every little bit helps, but the planet won’t be saved or lost on one U.S. climate bill. The totalizing, apocalyptic characterizations are satisfying for some, I suppose, but the reality of the challenge of decarbonization is incremental, step-by-step. And this is a small step, at best.
Climate activist reaction to $369 billion Democrat climate bill:
It's a "baby step."
So since we can all agree it accomplishes nothing, why waste taxpayer money, make electricity cost more and worsen inflation?https://t.co/emXGOAq1mf
— Steve Milloy (@JunkScience) July 31, 2022
Wait, so this massive spending bill that was supposed to prevent the Earth from entering a new geologic era will now only have a 'minimum' impact on climate change?! https://t.co/7JkiLeTgHM
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) July 31, 2022
Climate Depot’s Marc Morano: “Manchin caved to utter climate nitwittery that has real consequences for the U.S. economy currently being starved of energy by a wacko ideology that is dominant within the Democratic Party. This is a bad day on Capitol Hill for America. More spending, more debt, more nonsensical scientific claims about how a pork barrel federal spending bill will somehow alter the geologic history of the Earth. Sen. Manchin held strong against the climate agenda — until he didn’t. Does Manchin’s support for this climate bill mean the Earth will not have a geologic era called the Manchin-cene?!”
See: Flashback Morano: ‘We’ve reached peak climate insanity’ as Sen. Manchin kills Biden’s bill – ‘Completely unhinged’ activists claim a pork barrel fed spending bill will alter Earth’s geologic history!