George Melloan: The Yellow Jackets Are Right About Green Policies 

Posted: December 18, 2018 by oldbrew in alarmism, Big Green, climate, Emissions, opinion, People power, Politics
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When folk are told they need to pay ever-rising ‘carbon’ taxes, based on guesswork, to somehow control the climate, many aren’t impressed and may take their discontent to the streets.

Seek out the most basic cause of the French riots and you’ll come to a bizarre answer: carbon dioxide.

More specifically, the demonization by political activists of that vital element of the earth’s atmosphere. French President Emmanuel Macron stirred popular rage by trying to raise the gasoline tax by about 25 cents a gallon.

He argued that higher taxes would reduce fuel use and hence emissions of CO2, helping France meet the lower emissions goals to which it is pledged as a signatory to the United Nations’ Paris Agreement to fight climate change.

Mr. Macron has learned the hard way that voters don’t see climate change as a threat demanding personal sacrifices. The rebellion is global.

Green measures that caused energy prices to soar damaged Chancellor Angela Merkel in Germany’s 2017 election. Green energy plans were repudiated by voters in Australia and helped cause a political upheaval in the Canadian province of Ontario.

Voters in Washington state and Arizona rejected November ballot measures aimed at reducing CO2 emissions. The Journal’s William McGurn reported last week that 200 prominent civil-rights leaders have filed suit against the California Air Resources Board. Green policies, they argue, are saddling the poor with higher living costs.

The voter rebellion is on solid scientific ground. The global expenditure to curb CO2 emissions, estimated in 2009 by Danish scientist Bjorn Lomborg to cost $180 billion a year, stems from the U.N.-engineered 1997 Kyoto Protocol. That treaty was always about politics, not science.

In recent years global weather stations have measured ups and downs, but data from U.S. and British monitoring agencies showed that global temperatures in 2017 were roughly what they were 20 years earlier.

Climatology is mostly guesswork.

Continued here.

  1. oldbrew says:

    How is this going to work?

    EU agrees on 37.5% car emissions reduction target
    European Union finalises tough CO2 targets for 2030 – which car industry has warned could affect jobs
    18 December 2018

    The German automobile association (VDA) told Reuters that while the new legislation would set tough targets, it provided few incentives for drivers to switch to electric vehicles.

  2. rogercaiazza says:

    How is this going to work? – Badly

  3. BigWaveDave says:

    “Climate Change”

    It’s what they came up with to replace Cigarettes and Beer.

  4. p.g.sharrow says:

    you can fool all of the people some of the time.
    Some of the people all of the time.
    you can’t fool all of the people all of the time.

    Time is up. FOOLs ! pg