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Opinion ‘Republicans Remain Opposed to Any Policies That Would Reduce Fossil-Fuel Use’

16:15  28 november  2020
16:15  28 november  2020 Source:   nymag.com

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a decades-old air emissions policy opposed by fossil fuel companies, a move that environmental "It will reduce regulatory burden for industries and the states, while continuing to ensure stringent major sources to remain subject to stricter control standards, even if they took steps to reduce their

And together, fossil fuel companies have already made at least million in political contributions this year, the vast majority to Republican politicians. The House, then controlled by Democrats, passed a landmark bill that year that would have created a market-based system to cap greenhouse

Last week, U.K. prime minister Boris Johnson laid out his plan for a “Green Industrial Revolution,” which is sort of British for “Green New Deal.” His plan calls for a ban on selling gas-powered vehicles starting in 2030, net-zero emissions by 2050, and billions in new green tech investments.

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Environmentalists can, and do, question the specific choices in his blueprint. But a world in which the problem with the right-wing party’s climate stance is that it doesn’t move quickly enough in the right direction is so remote from the American imagination it may as well be taking place not on a different continent but on a different planet.

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The boldest say peak fossil fuel demand may have been dragged into the here and now, and But some take an opposing view: the fossil fuel industry will bounce back as it always has, and bargain But exactly what that looks like remains to be seen. “The question is how long this is all going to last

Booker supports ending new fossil fuel extraction leases on federal lands, he told The Post. I believe other policy measures can be used to appropriately transition our current framework of federal leasing and to better reflect the social cost of greenhouse gases from extraction,” Bullock told The Post.

Back in the U.S., the relief of Donald Trump’s long good-bye will begin yielding to the stark reality that his party remains fundamentally pathological. No issue highlights this depressing reality more clearly than climate change.

For more than a decade, the GOP has stood alone among major right-of-center parties in industrialized democracies worldwide in its refusal to endorse climate science. But during the Trump era, the party’s rhetorical emphasis shifted. The major Republican point of agreement is now to insist on fossil-fuel use as an inherent good.

The conservative Washington Examiner reported not long ago on what kinds of climate policies, if any, Republicans may support under a Biden administration. Most of the Republicans queried for the story implicitly agree that climate change is a problem but insist that big government is not the solution. Their buzzword is innovation. A spokesperson for Senator John Barrasso, chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works, explains, “He believes free-market innovation, not government taxation or regulation, is the best way to address climate change.” Representative Tom Reed says, “You lead with innovation.” And the Chamber of Commerce likewise asserts, “It’s OK to have ambitions, goals, and targets, but our focus is on innovation and technology.”

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A fossil fuel is a fuel formed by natural processes, such as anaerobic decomposition of buried dead organisms, containing organic molecules originating in ancient photosynthesis that release energy in

Carbon emissions from fossil fuel use totaled 37.1 billion tonnes in 2018 , a new record. Substantially reducing those emissions will never happen without “Despite more than two decades of climate policy -making, fossil fuel production levels are higher than ever,” says Stockholm Environment

“Innovation” sounds like promising grounds for cooperation. The green-energy sector has seen an explosion of innovation over the past decade, with the price of solar energy, batteries, and other green technology plummeting rapidly.

But what kind of innovation do Republicans want? Halfway through the Examiner story, we arrive at the bottom line: “Republicans remain opposed to any policies that would reduce fossil-fuel use.”

Well, then, that would rule out any policy. Innovation in this case actually means keeping all the incumbent energy technologies in place permanently. In other words, their actual priority is the opposite of innovation.

A recent Wall Street Journal editorial explains that any policy to curtail climate change poses an inherent threat to American security. Increased oil-and-gas production “has made the U.S. less dependent on foreign producers and the U.S. economy less hostage to the vagaries of the world oil market,” the editorial reasons. “The fall in oil prices, thanks in part to U.S. production, has reduced the clout of dictators in oil-producing countries like Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro.”

This CNN Host Plans to Hold Biden’s Feet to the Fire on Climate Change

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Fossil fuels , as the source of this change, could therefore be seen as villains and you could easily Obviously work remains but this is a remarkable transformation and this has been only possible In all, if fossil fuels were discovered today, there would be no good reason to use them as a fuel source.

Fossil fuels are used throughout the world to power everything from cars to lights in the home. Fossil fuels , as its name suggests, were formed from the organic remains of prehistoric plants and animals. They are responsible for much of the world’s electric power and total energy demands.

The Journal’s editorial page doesn’t even seem to understand the basic concept of reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Obviously, it’s true that replacing domestic oil and gas with imports of foreign oil and gas would be bad for American security; it would also do nothing to limit climate change. That’s why, of all the plans to limit greenhouse-gas emissions, zero percent involve shifting to more imported oil and gas. Instead, their goal is to reduce the consumption of oil and gas, either through conservation measures (such as more efficient combustion engines) or a switch to renewable energy.

The ultimate objective is carbon neutrality. That wouldn’t make the U.S. dependent upon imported oil and gas! It would, in fact, make the U.S. completely energy-reliant, because that’s how energy from the sun and wind works.

Republicans can backfill any rationale they want. Their bottom-line position will be an opposition to any measures that reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. Every factor bearing on their energy position will push in the same direction: the politics of propping up jobs and profits in the fossil-fuel sector; the ideology of opposing new taxes, spending, or regulation to push for decarbonization; and the partisan imperative of demonizing any agenda Joe Biden settles on.

A conservative party capable of participating constructively in a democratic system might be able to work out some bargain on climate policy. The Republican party Biden will face is going to hysterically oppose anything he comes up with.

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