Terence Corcoran: None of this is especially novel or shocking. As U.S. climate skeptic Marc Morano writes in response to Mittiga, the COVID-carbon link has been well-established. Celebrated socialist economist Mariana Mazzucato long ago suggested that unless we do capitalism differently, climate “lockdowns” may be needed to “limit private-vehicle use, ban consumption of red meat, and impose extreme energy-saving measures, while fossil-fuel companies would have to stop drilling.”
Morano’s newest book, Green Fraud: Why the Green New Deal Is Even Worse Than You Think, is a complete takedown of the so-called Green New Deal, exposing it for the complete lie that it is. Morano’s style of accessible prose combined with an extremely organized narrative is the antithesis of the way climate alarmists work. While the climatistas use confusing scientific language combined with over-the-top fearmongering in order to get the masses to throw up their hands and beg to be saved, Morano refutes the madness with cold, hard logic laid out in easy-to-access sections. ...
Interspersed throughout the narrative are quotes and anecdotes that Morano uses to further make his point that the climate-change movement is more political than scientific; more fearmongering and prevarication than reliance on reason or scientific fact.
Mann: "Just a couple of weeks ago, after the Glasgow summit, one of the worst fossil fuel industry funded professional climate change deniers, Marc Morano, who has worked for decades to undermine public acceptance of the science and to prevent any action on climate, sent out this mass email where he happily quoted Greta Thunberg claiming that the process was a total failure, that the process is broken, and that there's no hope." ...
"People like Morano will twist our words to feed this sort of doomist narrative that ‘oh, look, you know, even climate advocates have agreed that there's nothing we can do. So the game is over’ and that's just so dangerous."
Marc Morano, a former senior staffer on the Senate environment and public works committee and publisher of the energy blog ClimateDepot, told me he thinks Democrats in the city are taking a course of action that will only harm everyday citizens. He sees the natural gas ban as inevitably going to burden New Yorkers after months of economy inhibiting lockdowns. “New York City took ‘a historic step’ in further punishing its citizens by restricting energy, creating shortages, and promoting price spikes,” Morano said. “After two years of COVID-19 lockdowns, it appears the city government has still not reached the limit to how much it is willing to destroy the lives of New Yorkers.”
“The climate won’t notice the city’s ban on natural gas, but New Yorkers sure will,” Morano said.
Mark J. Perry, a professor emeritus at the University of Michigan and a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, displayed a similar sentiment to me. Perry described how switching to electricity from gas will still use lots of natural gas. “In 2021, more than 38 percent of electricity was produced with natural gas, along with 23 percent from coal,” Perry said. “Also, the substitution of natural gas for coal to produce electric power is the main reason that CO2 emissions fell last year to the lowest level since 1983. So, the NYC ban on natural gas won’t reduce CO2 and its main result will be to raise the cost of energy for New Yorkers!”
Bjorn Lomborg: "Hurricanes in 2021 were unprecedented — as in unprecedentedly few. Globally, 2021 had the fewest hurricanes ever in the satellite era (1980-2021). Globally, 2021 had some of the fewest strong hurricanes in the satellite era (1980-2021). With 16 strong (Cat 3+) hurricanes, 2021 was the second-lowest strong hurricane year since 1980. Globally, 2021 was a weak hurricane year. When measured by total energy (Accumulated Cyclone Energy), 2021 was the 9th weakest year. Did you see that reported anywhere?
Hurricanes in 2021 were weak and exceptionally few. But we heard lots about North Atlantic hurricanes. Conveniently, North Atlantic is the only basin where hurricanes are stronger. Does this leave us well-informed?. But we hear lots about names storms (hurricanes + weaker storms). Ever-easier to detect, so numbers keep climbing (4 of 2020s 30 named storms wouldn't have been named in 2000!). Not as relevant, but hey, scary numbers."