MURDOCK: Leftists’ Green Virtue-Signaling Little More than a Desert Mirage


(Deroy Murdock, Headline USA) Through Dec. 12, the “Climate!” crowd is swarming COP28, Dubai’s carbophobia cavalcade. The fact that these global-warming alarmists are surrounded by Earth’s deepest pools of fossil fuels makes their Hajj infinitely ironic.

Also astonishing is the nearly immeasurable impact of these people’s gyrations. They blow trillions of dollars, bludgeon human freedom, and yet do shockingly little to fix their vaunted “climate crisis.”

One needs an electron microscope to find their promised reductions in allegedly venomous carbon dioxide or supposedly lethal temperatures.

According to #ActInTime’s Climate Clock high above Manhattan’s Union Square, humans have—at this writing—five years and 233 days until we boil to death in a cauldron of steaming carbon.

Since The End is scheduled for Saturday, July 21, 2029 (mark your calendars!) Big Government Democrats offer jaw-droppingly paltry climate benefits, despite their spine-chilling predictions and unbridled interventionism.

  • Obama–Biden’s proposed Clean Power Plan was a diamond-encrusted specimen of do-nothingism. According to a May 2015 analysis by their own Energy Information Agency, between 2015 and 2025, the CPP would have slashed real GDP by $993 billion, or an average of $39.7 billion per year. It would have sliced real disposable income by $382 billion, or $15.3 billion annually. It also would have chopped manufacturing shipments by $1.13 trillion, or $45.4 billion per year.

EIA forecast a decrease of 0.035° Fahrenheit. This would have cranked a thermometer from 72° F way down to 71.965°.

Danish environmental expert Bjorn Lomborg ran the IRA through the climate models promoted by the United Nations. “Impact of new climate legislation,” Lomborg specified. “Unnoticeable: 0.0009°F to 0.028°F in 2100.”

This would chill thermostats from 72° to 71.9991°. If we get lucky: 71.972°.

Biden said on Jan. 31 that “if we don’t stay under 1.5° Celsius” or 2.7° Fahrenheit, “we’re going to have a real problem.”

If a 0.0009° F reduction costs $369 billion, then Biden’s 2.7° F goal would devour—brace yourself—$1.107 quadrillion, with a Q.

  • Emperor Biden’s electric-vehicle decree would require that at least 67% of new cars sold in 2032 be electric. This edict already is stalling the auto industry. On Wednesday, 3,882 U.S. car dealers in all 50 states wrote Biden. Message: Stop tailgating!

“Already, electric vehicles are stacking up on our lots,” the dealers complained. “The majority of customers are simply not ready to make the change.”

This chaos aside, Biden’s mandate would limit CO2 by 10 billion tons through 2055. Alas, China is expected to generate 320 billion tons of carbon in the next 32 years. So, Biden’s “savings” will asphyxiate in a giant Chinese carbon cloud.

The Wall Street Journal’s Holman Jenkins calculates that Biden’s EV order will decrease planetary emissions by a whopping 0.18%. “The climate effect of the extravagantly expensive Biden plan will steadily approach zero,” Jenkins anticipates.

  • Rather than jail criminals or deport illegal aliens, Gov. Kathy Hochul, D-N.Y., bans gas stoves and demands that gas heaters yield to electric heat pumps—never mind that her constituents freeze to death during post-blizzard blackouts.

“The global effect of the costly program of compulsory electrification will be a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions of less than 0.05%,” the Empire Center for Public Policy calculates.

Obama, Biden, Hochul and their comrades might respond that no single bauble will fix everything, and every shiny object helps. Maybe.

However, these four schemes alone carry an enormously high price in shredded freedom and incinerated taxpayer dollars, yet still leave at least 99.82% of emissions untouched.

To quote Shakespeare, perhaps this “sound and fury, signifying nothing” is not about cutting emissions or curbing temperatures. Maybe it’s designed to help Democrats spend trillions of dollars to signal virtue, bark orders at the American people and lavish taxpayers’ hard-earned cash on their politically connected pals—from the Potomac to the Persian Gulf.

Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor.