How About a Climate Change Policy That Actually Likes America? - The American Spectator | USA News and Politics
How About a Climate Change Policy That Actually Likes America?
Greta Thunberg in Berlin in September 2021 (Stefan Müller/Creative Commons)

That “Inflation Reduction Act” the Democrats passed a week ago on Capitol Hill is best known, at this point, for its most brazen horror — which is of course the 87,000 IRS agents it will inflict on the American people.

But that bill is also one of the most horrific assaults on American manufacturing and fossil fuel extraction in history, all in the name of fighting “climate change.”

This column accepts none of the premises of the global environmental Left when it comes to their unproven/disproven theories about anthropogenic global warming. It made that point clear when Greta “Scoldilocks” Thunberg made her way to our shores. But, here’s the truth about global warming, or “climate change”: it’s a ruse, a pretext, a crooked game.

There is no reason that game can’t be rigged the opposite way. It’s about time the Republican Party stopped playing Washington Generals on Capitol Hill and started cutting out the legs of the grifters on the Left.

What are we talking about here? Well, the other side has been bobbing and weaving in an effort to foist this implausible narrative that your GMC Acadia and your 70-inch TV are killing the planet and it’ll be uninhabitable in a dozen years — a narrative they’ve been attempting to convince you of for well more than a dozen years. When Thunberg came onto the scene, she showed something the perspiration pimps of the climate change movement probably regret putting on display — namely, that ceaseless apocalyptic advocacy along the global warming lines is turning too many kids into psychopaths terrified of their own shadows and angrily demanding the deindustrialization of the West.

That is the sum total of Greta Thunberg’s crusade, and she is the single most visible figure among the global warming creeps of the past five years if not more.

But if we were to surrender to this grift, this idea that if we don’t return to plows driven by oxen and commuters sweating away on bicycles as we surrender to global socialism of the Klaus Schwab variety, we’ll burn up the planet, would it even matter?

No, I’m not talking about the fact that what governs Earth’s temperatures is, in chief, that giant ball of nuclear explosions in the sky which puts out a little more heat some years and a little less in others. Though that’s quite a good point.

I’m talking about the fact that neither Greta Thunberg nor her chemically imbalanced stateside ideological kin are willing to lift a finger to talk about China.

Here are a few facts for you.

  • China is now responsible for 29 percent of the world’s industrial production. In fact, four of the 10 largest companies on earth are Chinese state-owned enterprises whose activities are directly controlled by that country’s public policy organs.
  • Worldwide carbon dioxide emissions exploded between 2005 and 2020 as China has seized leadership in industrial capacity, growing by 5.8 gigatons — a roughly 20 percent increase. China accounted for about 92 percent of that global growth. This while nincompoops and charlatans like Al Gore and Prince Charles warned us we’d all be dead by 2020 because of industrial production in the West.
  • While that increase was going on, in America the number went the other way. The United States led the world in cutting carbon dioxide emissions, falling 24 percent by 2020 largely as a result of switching from coal to natural gas and increasing the deployment of renewables. China went up by 84 percent. And the next bit of screeching by AOC or Ed Markey about Chinese carbon emissions you hear will be the first. We can talk about why that’s the case, but we all know why.
  • The upshot is that today, the global share of Chinese emissions is more than twice that of the United States — 32 percent compared to 13 percent. That’s a flip from 1994, when the U.S. and Chinese shares of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions were 23 percent and 13 percent,  respectively.
  • All of the environmental strictures laid on U.S. industry have had some ugly effects on, for example, the Rust Belt, where in some places you have more opioid addictions than manufacturing jobs. But one effect is that our industrial sector is the cleanest in the world. U.S. manufactured products are now 40 percent more carbon efficient than the world average. In comparison, World Bank data from nearly 10 years ago indicated the U.S. economy was only 29 percent cleaner than the average upper-income nation, 34 percent cleaner than the next largest energy producer (i.e., Russia), and 46 percent cleaner than China. Today, something made in China requires on average 3.2 times more carbon than the same product assembled in the United States.

Again, we’ve done all these things and we’ve impoverished a huge segment of the American working class — one study indicated that climate change policies in America have cost us some 3.4 million industrial jobs — in pursuit of fighting “climate change” while China has taken over our leadership role as the world’s factory — and China is so far and away the most polluted, and polluting, country in the world that it isn’t even funny.

And nobody in the Democrat Party even bothers to address this fact.

So here’s a revivalist answer for these climatista frauds on the Left: if you’re serious about keeping the world from overheating, rather than passing $740 billion boondoggle plans to cover the fruited plain with Chinese-made windmills and solar panels, why not punish China for its carbon emissions and real environmental pollution?

Put some tariffs on those dirty communists, why don’t you?

Everything about climate policy, just like everything about “globalism,” is a fraud. When China can pump out 84 percent more carbon over the space of 15 years while centering itself in the global supply chain to the exclusion of not just the West, but lots of other countries who’d like to be able to sell flip-flops and bumper stickers and chew toys at Walmart or on Amazon, and none of these passionate defenders of the planet have boo to say about it, it’s a credibility issue.

It’s a credibility issue going unmonetized because nobody on the Right is willing to call them on it.

There have been a few people willing to take on the basic climate-change case, which is that (1) there is no real proof the planet is warming by any significant measure, (2) there is no particular proof that what warming might be occurring comes as a result of increases in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (it’s essentially a trace gas that is soaked up nicely by plants on land and plankton in the oceans), (3) there is no proof that if the planet warms by a couple of degrees over a hundred years this is a bad thing; after all, Greenland used to be green and England used to be a pretty good place to make wine, and (4) there is no proof that shutting down the economy of the developed world would be a smarter response if there is going to be “climate change” than just building some sea walls and planting more trees.

That’s hard work. It’s the Lord’s work, but it’s hard.

But what’s easy is to lay the blame where it belongs. On China, who’s belching out carbon emissions like Charlie Sheen at a Jimmy Buffett concert.

If and when the GOP takes control of Congress in January, one of the first orders of business ought to be to dump everything the Chuck & Nancy Show put forth in last week’s episode and call the bluff on the climate. Pass a gigantic China tariff that directly punishes them for their carbon emissions and makes the global supply chain less dependent on the world’s greatest polluter.

We’ve allowed these people to wrap a hair shirt around us for 20 years over the carbon-emissions issue. No more.

Oh, a carbon tariff on China is inflationary, you say? So is begging the Russians, Venezuelans, and Saudis for the oil you won’t allow your people to produce in Ohio and Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. And sprinkling away $740 billion on an “Inflation Reduction Act” when the federal government doesn’t have the money hardly strengthens the argument. Besides, nobody says the stuff no longer made in China has to be made in Bar Harbor; the world’s a little better off if it’s made in Sri Lanka or Honduras, you know, and maybe those guys won’t resort to Dickensian industrial methods like the ChiComs do. And at least Sri Lanka isn’t making hungry eyes toward the military conquest of the Maldives like China is Taiwan.

Here’s a bet — Democrats will find a way to screech about a carbon tariff imposed on China. They’ll somehow make it bad policy to impose penalties on Chinese emissions when it was good policy to impose them on our own people. But when they do, and they will, because they’re owned by the Chinese at least as much as Mitch McConnell is, there won’t be any hiding from who they are.

And we know who they are. Any doubt on that score was removed when Eric Swalwell got caught bedding a Chinese spy while trying to run for president and wasn’t even pulled off the House Intelligence Committee.

Stop playing sucker for these people. And stop playing sucker for China. How about taking up for Americans for a change?

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Scott McKay is publisher of the Hayride, which offers news and commentary on Louisiana and national politics, and, a national political news aggregation and opinion site. Additionally, he's the author of the new book The Revivalist Manifesto: How Patriots Can Win The Next American Era, available at He’s also a writer of fiction — check out his three Tales of Ardenia novels Animus, Perdition and Retribution at Amazon. Scott's other project is The Speakeasy, a free-speech social and news app with benefits - check it out here.
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