Wash Times: Such declarations have alarmed free-market advocates worried that the global and national response will pave the way for more government control over the private sector as future Democratic administrations draw parallels between the coronavirus and global warming.
“The goals of the climate activists have advanced, given the coronavirus’ total shutdown of society,” said Climate Depot’s Marc Morano. “Climate activists know that if the U.S. government can shut down all aspects of society over a virus, it can and may someday under a different president take similar measures to fight an alleged climate crisis.”
He pointed to the shutdown of airline travel, restaurants and entertainment, saying that “many climate activists will welcome a global recession because they have been calling for ‘degrowth’ policies and ‘planned recessions’ to fight climate change.”
Excerpt: "Policywise, what [EPA Administrator] Andrew Wheeler is doing is phenomenal. Policywise, what Donald Trump is doing is phenomenal," said Marc Morano, director of communications at the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, who has questioned climate science for years.
"Policywise, what they're doing is phenomenal and unbelievable and beyond anything we could have hoped," he said. "It truly is."
Politically, CEI's Myron Ebell doesn't think it's useful for conservatives to cede the debate because he said McCarthy's efforts won't convince voters who want the federal government to address climate change to vote Republican.
"If local environmental groups or local media in their districts start looking into these bills and start giving them publicity in the local media, they're going to have a hard time explaining themselves because we've conceded that global warming's a problem, and we've got a plan which will do nothing to address it," Ebell said.
"So I think it's not a well-thought-out way to proceed on this issue, and I doubt that they're going to get very much positive spin out of it with voters," he said.
But climate skeptics think they're winning, too. They point to Trump's repeated skepticism on climate, his policy rollbacks and the unpopularity of Democratic proposals like the Green New Deal. Marc Morano, director of communications at the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, said carbon taxes — a main policy preference for many conservative climate activists — will never win in the GOP. It's "dead on arrival," he said. "I don't think young people will be drawn in by 'let's give a massive new power to tax, but we'll control it and we'll rebate it,'" said Morano, whose group exhibited at CPAC. "There's no way young people looking at it from a free-market perspective are going to believe it."
Steve Milloy, the author of the JunkScience.com blog, when told that a number of conservative climate groups were at the confab, asked, "What are they doing here?" "My view of those guys is that they're trying really hard to manufacture a reality that anybody cares about them. Trump has 95% Republican approval, so I kind of view Inglis and those guys as 2% or 3%," said Milloy, who worked on the Trump EPA transition team.
Morano: "It's very simple. Every time you challenge socialists with the track record of history they all say 'well it wasn't done correctly in the Soviet Union or in the Eastern Bloc. It wasn't done correctly and we've learned a lot from that.'
Here's the bottom line: They compare capitalism with its reality and then they compare socialism to a utopian ideal. So capitalism is going to lose every time because when they talk about socialism it's in a utopian fantasy world. They don't look at the actual record, whereas with capitalism, they will judge capitalism -- warts-and-all-- to a utopia that doesn't exist."