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."
Amy Harder of Axios: 'The EPA has (mostly) solved the most basic and widespread public health and environmental problems that plagued the U.S. back around the '60's. Climate change is now the top environmental issue in the country. That politicizes the EPA, makes it less of a big deal to average Americans and fuels antipathy from elected Republicans, most of whom don't acknowledge it's a real issue.'
'The Obama administration issued a steady stream of major regulations on climate change...It was one of the most aggressive EPA's ever'
'Most past Republican presidents nominated EPA administrators who were more to the left on environmental issues than the Republican Party writ large.'
Morano: "We should actually promote prosperity, technology, and wealth. We should do what we’ve been doing since the first Earth Day in 1970, when we had filthy rivers, dirty air, and massive pollution. We raised awareness and ended up with, in the 50 years since 1970, radical increases in population, radical increases in economic growth, and incredible improvements in just about everything, to the point where even mainstream media and climate activists now admit that the pollution problem has largely been solved. Where we were and where we are now is a light-and-day difference. I would argue that we do the best environmental policy, that we invest in technology, and that we keep doing what we’ve been doing."
EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan touts the EPA vehicle new standards to "advance toward a zero-emissions transportation future.”
The EPA claims the "updated greenhouse gas (GHG) standards for certain commercial vehicle categories" will help in "charting a path to advance zero-emission vehicles in the heavy-duty fleet."
Climate Depot's Marc Morano comments: "It's time for the Biden administration to remove these 'zero-emissions future' sanctions on the U.S. companies & consumers now. U.S. climate sanctions on Americans have more impact than U.S. sanctions against Russia."
Note: Morano's one-on-one interview with The Dartmouth Review was conducted in person the same day Morano was a featured speaker on campus. For video of speech see here:
Morano: "This is what’s so shocking. It’s now 2022. The Green New Deal was introduced in Congress. What happened? It fizzled. There was no debate. There were no hearings. There was no scheduled vote. There were no town halls. There were no AOC infomercials. What happened? Very simple. They made a decision. And when I say they, I mean the climate activists, the Sunshine Movement, the people that helped Biden get elected. They were going to essentially try to implement the Green New Deal without a vote of Congress. And that’s what’s occurring right now. The Biden Administration in early 2021 announced that they are going to implement the climate agenda through every cabinet agency. It’s become an administrative state thing. ... They don’t want to hear from Congress. They don’t want cable news and talk radio and town halls and people flooding their offices. They don’t need these things. They’re achieving the Green New Deal the same way they did COVID. They’re not dumb."
Life:Powered's Jason Isaac delivered invited testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee explaining why a national climate bank would impose a massive cost to taxpayers — but provide no environmental benefits whatsoever. Click here to watch the 5-minute testimony.
Jason Isaac: "Climate Bank Would Not Change the Climate" - "The National Climate Bank would be one of the most flagrant examples of the government picking winners and losers at the taxpayers’ expense in American history." ... "The National Climate Bank Act would impose a massive cost to taxpayers and create an uneven regulatory playing field but provide no environmental benefits whatsoever."
"This climate cartel will prove a disaster for our entire economy."
Shellenberger: "I came to understand the environmental implications of the physics of energy. In order to produce significant amounts of electricity from weak energy flows, you just have to spread them over enormous areas. In other words, the trouble with renewables isn’t fundamentally technical—it’s natural. Dealing with energy sources that are inherently unreliable, and require large amounts of land, comes at a high economic cost."
Bird Blenders: "As for house cats, they don’t kill big, rare, threatened birds. What house cats kill are small, common birds, like sparrows, robins and jays. What kills big, threatened, and endangered birds—birds that could go extinct—like hawks, eagles, owls, and condors, are wind turbines. In fact, wind turbines are the most serious new threat to important bird species to emerge in decades. The rapidly spinning turbines act like an apex predator which big birds never evolved to deal with."
"In order to build one of the biggest solar farms in California the developers hired biologists to pull threatened desert tortoises from their burrows, put them on the back of pickup trucks, transport them, and cage them in pens where many ended up dying."