12-14-15 – Sanders’ energy plan

by John McClaughry

Last week Sen. Bernie Sanders unveiled his sweeping energy plan for America’s future. He is convinced that in his words, “climate change is  the single greatest threat facing our planet,” that human emissions of carbon dioxide are the main driving force in the planet’s climate , and that the government must do its utmost to stamp out the carbon menace.

I have no doubt that Bernie really believes this, because having watched him for forty years I understand that he is utterly incapable of entertaining any fact or evidence that would undermine his arguments.

Bernie wants an 80% reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. To reach this developing world level of CO2 emissions, he wants a national carbon tax,  ban all offshore drilling; stop pipeline projects; ban natural gas and oil exports; force states to ban fracking; impose a new fuel-efficiency standard of 65 miles per gallon by 2025; and of course jack up “massive” federal subsidies for wind, solar, geothermal, biofuels, home-efficiency programs and energy storage; high-speed passenger rail, and shut down America’s 100 carbon free nuclear plants.  As the Wall Street Journal noted in an editorial, “ he Sanders plan admits that decarbonization under current technology will require a government-mandated top-to-bottom remake of the U.S. economy, and maybe the American way of life. Welcome to the revolution.”

In my view, Bernie’s plan would put a staggering cost burden on Americans, to produce no detectable effect on climate.

John McClaughry is the founder and vice president of the Ethan Allen Institute



{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Michael Benevento December 14, 2015 at 11:01 pm

I can never figure out how it makes sense to close down nuclear power plants when the goal is to lower carbon emissions. Nuclear power already has zero carbon emissions. Let’s face it, whatever replaces it will cause more global warming. (Wind does not blow all the time, sun does not shine all the time, creating hydro dams up water which causes environmental warming issues like up in Canada, etc–plus all the destruction caused by manufacturing solar panels, wind farms, etc.) Makes no sense to me. None.


Mike seely December 19, 2015 at 12:06 am

Thanks, john. Truly amazing that anyone takes bernie seriously. How do you explain it?


jim bulmer December 19, 2015 at 1:54 am

Back to candles and privies in the back yard. Bernie, you’re a flake.


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