Volume 7 Issue 24_Sun Bay Paper

The End of the Climate Change Legend For many years now, there has been a spirited debate about whether climate change is science, religion or even perhaps a secret route to socialism. That question remains unanswered, but we've now discovered with certainty that climate change is a political albatross around the neck of the Democratic Party. The Left's spiritual devotion to climate change has been speeding the Democrats over a political cliff this fall with likely unprecedented losses this November. The zero fossil fuels suicide pact was always an economic and political loser. More than 70% of all the energy we produce and consume in America derives from oil, gas and coal. President Joe Biden's war on these fuel sources was sure to cause severe shortages and $5 a gallon gasoline at the pump. Didn't Democrats learn their lesson in 1980 when Ronald Reagan won a landslide election against Jimmy Carter that surging inflation and gas prices is a surefire way to infuriate voters? While Biden keeps saying he is doing "everything I can to lower gas prices," he's speaking out of both sides of his mouth -- because if your goal is to get people to stop using something, raising its price is a pretty good way to accomplish that. If prices go to $10 or $15 a gallon, you can clear the highways of trucks and cars altogether, and what a wonderful world it will be. Democrats were so enamored with their Green New Deal delusion that they failed to understand that most people aren't as hyper-obsessed with climate change as they are. A new poll sponsored by my group, Committee to Unleash Prosperity, found that people are much more concerned about inflation and high gas prices than climate change. Moreover, the poll found that respondents' average amount they would be willing to pay for the climate change agenda was $55 a year. Sorry, that's the extra cost we are already spending with two fillups at the gas station. Then there is the increasingly unavoidable reality that the green energy sources they fantasize about are decades away from being technologically feasible to replace old-fashioned oil, gas and coal. Even the Energy Department predicts that even with the trend toward renewable energy, by 2035, we will still be heavily reliant on oil, gas and coal for electricity production, home heating and transportation fuels. Elon Musk, the leading champion of electric cars, reminded Biden in a recent tweet that in the real world rather than in la-la land, we are going to need oil and gas for many years to come. Today 3% of cars on the road are electric, and 95% use gas or diesel. This brings us to yet another fatal flaw of the climate change movement. The Biden administration and its radical green allies can't explain why getting our energy from Saudi Arabia, Iran and Russia makes more sense than Texas, Oklahoma and Alaska. This strategy is especially pinheaded because the war on oil, gas and coal production is a big loser for the environment and increases global greenhouse gas emissions. That is because America has the strictest environmental standards. Shifting oil and gas production to Russia or Iran and shifting coal production to China and India is causing far more air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Chinese President Xi Jinping is busy trying to take over the world economy, and the last thing he or the ruling class in Beijing cares about is climate change. Finally, Democrats should have learned from the green energy catastrophe of Western Europe. A decade ago, the French, Germans, Italians and others in the European Union moved to a renewable energy future. They slashed much of their oil, gas and coal production, shut down nuclear plants (why?) and subsidized the building of wind turbines and solar panels. It nearly bankrupted Germany as energy prices soared and factories left Europe for America and Asia. A decade later, France is back to building nuclear plants, and Germany is burning more coal than ever before and importing natural gas from Russia. Europe recently redefined natural gas and nuclear power as "clean energy." Going green wrecked their economies and submerged these countries deeper into the red. Unfortunately, Americans weren't paying any attention to that failed experiment. So now Biden is repeating it. The result is likely to be the same. The Democrats' radical climate change agenda isn't greening the planet, and it is bankrupting our country. Voters know exactly whom to blame. Stephen Moore The Sun Bay Paper Page 12 March 25, 2022 - March 31, 2022 Michael Isikoff, once the top investigative reporter for Newsweek, tweeted something unintentionally humorous about a New York Times story. "In the category of -- didn't see this coming," he wrote, "The @nytimes confirms the authenticity of Hunter Biden emails derived from his laptop that had been previously dismissed as Russian disinformation." The obvious joke about "didn't see this coming" is that Hunter Biden's laptop is one of those scandals that they would prefer to squash until about 2028. In October 2020, Twitter and Facebook heavily censored New York Post stories on Biden's laptop with the excuse that "security officials" (guess which party) cried, "Russian plot." As columnist Tim Carney notes, it's late for griping about Big Tech censorship back then, but it still underlines the question, "Just what are the tech platforms and the major media colluding to lie about right now? What are our gatekeepers covering up today?" Let's add to that: Why is a news story "illegitimate" until "prestige media" outlets arrive on the scene years after the original conservative scoops? The Times story was buried on page A-20 of the print edition on St. Patrick's Day. In the second half of paragraph 23, the trio of Katie Benner, Kenneth Vogel and Michael Schmidt announced the Times obtained the emails "from a cache of files that appears to have come from a laptop that was left abandoned by Mr. Biden in a Delaware repair shop." Appears? The Hunter Biden story was blandly blurbed on the bottom of the front page as "Biden's Son Pays a Tax Bill." It sounded as harmless as a kiddie book like "Curious George Saves His Pennies." The TV networks yawned and reported nothing. The headline inside also said "Biden's Son Paid Off Tax Bill, but Still Faces Inquiry by Grand Jury." The Times couldn't even note in the blurb or headline that the tax payoff was said to be more than $1 million. We're told that paying off your (huge) tax liability is one way to make it harder for prosecutors to win a criminal conviction for tax avoidance. Biden is also being investigated for failing to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act in all of his international exploitation of Vice President Daddy. The Times reported that the laptop emails show Hunter was sensitive to avoiding any FARA problems. In his dealings with the Ukrainian oil and gas firm Burisma, Biden recommended enlisting the law firm where he worked at the time, Boies Schiller Flexner, to "devise a media plan and arrange for legal protections and mitigate U.S. domestic negative press regarding the current leadership if need be." One wonders if they really needed much help in "mitigating negative press" with the New York Times and the rest. Maybe they meant conservative outlets like Fox and the New York Post. At the end of the story, the Times reported on prosecutors meeting with a "former employee of Mr. Biden's, Lunden Alexis Roberts," asking "which corporate entity" Hunter used to pay her for ... nine months. This is obfuscating the woman who the racier New York Post described as Hunter's "baby mama," the "stripper." Roberts, who once danced at the Mpire Gentleman's Club in Washington, D.C., has a 3-year-old daughter fathered by Hunter named Navy Roberts. The little girl was unsurprisingly left out of the grandchild stockings on display at the White House last Christmas. This is where you laugh at reporters who boast that "our only bias is in favor of a good story." Juicy stories dry up and waste away all the time when they're about Democrats. Tim Graham Years Late and Millions Short on Hunter Biden