by E&E Legal Senior Policy Fellow and Junkscience.com Founder Steve Milloy
As appearing in the Washington Examiner
Late summer and fall will likely see congressional action on two major pieces of legislation addressing climate: the trillion-dollar infrastructure plan and the $3.5 trillion Democratic wish list, which Democrats intend to force through the Senate with a tiebreaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris.
There are a lot of reasons for Republicans to oppose both bills vehemently. And those reasons can all be summed up in one word: China.
China both defines the futility and the danger of this legislation and the entire climate agenda. And futility plus danger just equals foolishness.
With respect to futility, the International Energy Agency just came out with a new report that states quite clearly, “We estimate … implementation of the economic recovery measures announced to date would result in CO2 emissions climbing to record levels in 2023, continuing to rise thereafter.”
That comes on the heels of another IEA report that concluded that electricity demand in the post-COVID-19 world is rebounding so strongly that it can only be met by more fossil fuel electricity generation.