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We Don’t Need an Economic Collapse to Curb Emissions

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COVID-19 has caused a worldwide economic collapse. Yet some environmentalists are celebrating.

As factories remain shuttered and drivers stay off the roads, emissions are falling. Worldwide energy-related carbon emissions will drop as much as 5.4%  this year, according to Goldman Sachs.

Many environmentalists can scarcely contain their glee. “This is an opportunity to talk about … planned degrowth,” gushed one University of Vermont economist. “Suppose you were a policymaker, and you were thinking about what you would do to lower emissions — you just got a pretty good instruction,” noted a think-tank climate change researcher.

Such callous disregard for the tens of millions of workers losing their jobs — and the hundreds of thousands of patients fighting for their lives — is revolting. Global shutdowns can’t become the new normal.

Fortunately, humanity can cut carbon emissions without submitting to statist lunacy. For years, America has slashed emissions by transitioning its energy sector from dirty coal to cleaner natural gas. It’s time for the rest of the world to follow suit.

The coronavirus has wrought unprecedented physical and emotional destruction. Here in the United States it has already killed more than 90,000 Americans. Nearly half of American adults have reported declines in their mental health. Substance abuse and domestic violence are skyrocketing.

The financial carnage is equally severe. More than 26 million Americans have lost their jobs. One in four small businesses could soon go belly up. Food banks have been completely overrun.

Fringe environmentalists might accept this pain in exchange for lower emissions. But the rest of us won’t — and we don’t need to.

America has proven that it is possible to reduce emissions while maintaining economic growth. In 2019, U.S. emissions declined 1.7%, even as the economy grew 2.3%.

Americans can thank natural gas for this progress. When burned to generate electricity, natural gas emits up to 60% less carbon dioxide than coal.

In the past decade, the United States has become the global leader in natural gas production, mostly because horizontal drilling and fracking have allowed producers to extract the fuel from previously inaccessible shale rock formations. Utility companies have switched from coal to natural gas — which is considerably cheaper — as their primary fuel source.

In fact, natural gas now accounts for over 38% of America’s electricity, up from about 24% a decade ago. In 2010, coal provided about 45 percent of our power supply, but now generates just 23.5%. Thanks to this energy revolution, total U.S. emissions are hovering near 30-year lows.

Additional emissions cuts are surely on the way, thanks to initiatives like the Environmental Partnership, an alliance of top U.S. natural gas producers. The group is constantly implementing new emission-reduction strategies. Recently such efforts have included a leak and repair program to reduce emissions of methane, a greenhouse gas.

Radical environmentalists have made it clear that they’ll trade Americans’ economic well-being for emissions cuts. One indignant activist recently tweeted that “if weeks of suspended high-carbon economic activity can cut China’s emissions by a quarter, I don’t want to hear one … word about how decarbonizing quickly enough to maintain a livable planet is ‘unrealistic.’” In other words, they’d like the lockdowns to continue forever.

Fortunately, sober-minded Americans don’t have to choose between a functioning economy and emissions cuts. They can have both.

Andrew Langer is president of the Institute for Liberty. He wrote this for InsideSources.com.

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50 Comments on "We Don’t Need an Economic Collapse to Curb Emissions"

  1. Richard Guenette on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 3:58 pm 

    Amerika should stop polluting the world.

  2. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 4:03 pm 

    Where do these pigs get all that body amour?
    A doctor in a hospital can’t even get a mask to change regularly.
    End stage capitalism.

  3. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 4:05 pm 

    Institute for Liberty
    LOL!

  4. Richard Guenette on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 4:21 pm 

    Amerika’s military are inept and ill-equipped.

  5. Harquebus on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 4:26 pm 

    The energy guzzling growth economy is destroying our environment.
    It is because there are too many idiots like Andrew Langer that our world is doomed. I hope that the coming thinning of the herd will take care of them once and for all.
    A pity that it is going to be done the hard way but, physics dictates and that’s that.

  6. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 4:40 pm 

    “just suck it up and die if you can’t afford to isolate or buy your own ventilator.”

    Free Market in action.

  7. Sock Buster on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 4:49 pm 

    More mindless juanPee sock shit

    Richard Guenette said Amerika’s military are inept and ill-equippe

    Richard Guenette said Name one nation that Amerika apologised to for its…

    Richard Guenette said The Sinophobia had existed since the 19th Century….

    Richard Guenette said Amerika should stop polluting the world.

    Richard Guenette said Amerika is killing itself and is accelerating its…

  8. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 4:53 pm 

    There have been so many of these murders, going back centuries. And this time it happened at a moment of multiple intersecting crises — a deadly public health threat, a catastrophic economic breakdown, and long-simmering social and political volatility. After three and a half years of chaos and instability at the hands of the worst president in history, something had to give.

    George Floyd’s murder would be an atrocity worthy of mass protest at any time. But with all this fear, anguish and pent-up frustration on several fronts, the country just erupted.

    The elite might not be able to put this one back into the bag.
    We shall see.

  9. Duncan Idaho on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 4:59 pm 

    deranged idiot?
    (lets not insult idiots by comparing him to the Fat Boy)

    “I’m appalled that we have a leader who can’t say ‘Black Lives Matter.’ That’s why he hides in the White House basement. He is a coward. He creates a situation and runs away like a grade-schooler. Actually, I think it’s best to ignore him. There is nothing he can do to make this better because of who he is: a deranged idiot.”

  10. l on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 5:08 pm 

    it turns out muzzie in fl is not fem muzzie but a male muzzie attacking cop
    cops love muzzie 1000x as a result

    still no amputation of all muzzies starting with muzzie imams?

    obviously this muzzie is not a muzzie. this is not new, muzzie baghdadi is not a muzzie but was buried at sea by us navy according to muzzie custom as a muzzie, but it’s not a muzzie.

    but muzzie has PhD in muzzying but it’s not a muzzie

    confused? me too

  11. Abraham van Helsing on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 5:11 pm 

    “I’m appalled that we have a leader who can’t say ‘Black Lives Matter.’

    Aha, it’s personal, right, Duncan?

    Of course you are in bed with the looter thugs.

    We have a darkie in our midst, who is waging a race-war against Trump for months now, armed with a white-sounding name “Duncan” from the great potato state of Idaho.

    Poor Duncan. Thinks he can win CW2, but instead he and anonymous will end up in Haiti-2.0 on former US soil.

    If they are lucky, that is.

  12. JuanP on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 5:17 pm 

    Duncan is a complete hypocrite. He is one of the wealthy whining liberal skumbags that talks shit from his McManson. He likes all this violence but not in his backyard.

  13. makati1 on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 6:03 pm 

    Duncan, the pigs, (I think that is an insult to pigs. Maybe government whores would be a better analogy?) get military surplus from Uncle Sam so he can spend your tax money buying new shit, keeping the MIC profitable. Plus, the whores will need it to control the serfs soon. Poverty brings out the worst in people and the US has been breeding poverty across the world for years. Now it is coming home to roost. Payback is a bitch!

    Russia and China don’t have to fight Amerika. All they have to do is sit back and watch it commit suicide. Will it even be a united country in 2030? We shall see.

  14. JuanP on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 6:35 pm 

    I guess you probably feel that way Mak because you were a petty criminal. You really have no respect for anyone including yourself

  15. makati1 on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 7:14 pm 

    Davy, there you go looking in the mirror and blaming someone else for your faults. LOL

  16. REAL Green on Mon, 1st Jun 2020 8:56 pm 

    Our JuanP derangements getting REAL troublesome Davy.

    We need to see the docter.

    REAL Bad like.

  17. JuanP on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 12:25 am 

    And to think that all we needed to solve all our problems was more natural gas! How could I miss this? I’m such a moron! Please, let us all invest as much as we can in natural gas, fracking, and LNG infrastructure. We may still be able to save the world!

  18. Davy on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 4:03 am 

    I’m such a moron!

    Finally truth out of the troll!

  19. More from The Davy Lunatic on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 5:00 am 

    JuanP on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 12:25 am

    Davy on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 4:03 am

  20. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 8:40 am 

    Redesigned e-Cessna made test flight with 9 seats for 30 minutes;

    https://www.wattisduurzaam.nl/26743/energie-besparen/transport/elektrisch-vliegtuig-voor-9-passagiers-maakt-testvlucht-van-30-min/

    Video:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Miq7qPNqvQg

    The plane will pick up service next year.

    “Fuel” price 30 minutes flight: $6,-

    Nevertheless, the best approach for responsible flying is direct CO2-compensation, meaning extra ticket price to really plant trees.

  21. l on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 9:00 am 

    supertards, please cease internal fighting so we can focus on loving supremacist muzzies more.

    it was (((supremetard))) (old nixon) who went to israel to promote peace and he paid a terrible price

    and now (skipping whitey supertard president nixon) nixon (it is i) who went to china to promote peace so we can amputate supremacist muzzies.

    having failed that the mission has changed and nixon will try again – this time with the aim of loving supremacist muzzies more

    muzzie masqueraded as fem muzzie and went after cop with a large knife in FL. cops love muzzies 1000x more

  22. Stupid fucking juanPee sock on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 9:04 am 

    l on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 9:00 am

    supertards, please cease internal fighting so we can focus on loving supremacist muzzies more.

    it was (((supremetard))) (old nixon) who went to israel to promote peace and he paid a terrible price

    and now (skipping whitey supertard president nixon) nixon (it is i) who went to china to promote peace so we can amputate supremacist muzzies.

    having failed that the mission has changed and nixon will try again – this time with the aim of loving supremacist muzzies more

    muzzie masqueraded as fem muzzie and went after cop with a large knife in FL. cops love muzzies 1000x more

  23. Davy on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 9:06 am 

    “Redesigned e-Cessna made test flight with 9 seats for 30 minutes”

    Well well, the cloggo lowers himself to brag on an American company.

  24. More from the lunatic on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 9:11 am 

    l on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 9:00 am

    Stupid fucking juanPee sock on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 9:04 am

    Davy on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 9:06 am

  25. REAL Green on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 9:35 am 

    “the cloggo lowers himself to brag on an American company.“

    Magnix is a wholly owned Asian company Davy.

    We looked it up.

  26. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 9:51 am 

    Trump takes control of the situation:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ea7XeWQ_Ybo

    RamzPaul:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s1xMqGomqAo

    What a guy!

    (I mean Trump)

  27. Davy on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 10:11 am 

    JuanP on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 9:35 am

    “the cloggo lowers himself to brag on an American company.“
    Magnix is a wholly owned Asian company Davy.
    We looked it up.”

    WTF are you talking about chronically depressed lunatic?

    You did not answer my question. Has your chronic depression got in the way of commenting on the moderated side?

  28. More from the lunatic on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 10:34 am 

    Davy on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 10:11 am

  29. Anonymouse on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 1:29 pm 

    Hey retard, the company making that battery, is a Singapore Conglomerate. There is nothing ‘amerikan’ about it, ROFLMAO at the expcetionalTARD.

    “The Clermont Group is a Singapore-based conglomerate with interests in many parts of the world, and includes both operational businesses and financial investments. Headed by founder and Chairman, Richard Chandler

    Richard Chandler < is a New Zealander.

    Neutered again. LOL. Whadda dumbass.

  30. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 2:55 pm 

    Hey shoeshine, already scored yourself a flatpanel? No at least a pair of nikes?

  31. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 3:01 pm 

    “All tyrannies rule through fraud and force, but once fraud is exposed, they must rely exclusively on force.”

    — George Orwell

    #Covid1984

  32. I AM THE MOB on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 3:05 pm 

    Attention everyone.

    I have two close friends who both work for the state. And now they are going to force them to work from home from now on. Instead of their office.

    This means only one thing. The crisis is to hide peak oil and lower the oil demand so the price doesn’t sky rocket like 08 all over again. And worse.

    And this would suggest as well. The virus being blamed on China. Is the reason I bet the US goes full on war with China trying to crush them like a bug. We have to lower the worlds oil demand. And I know the US uses the most but we are the strongest and we will use our leverage.

    WW3 the battle to end all battles is coming.

    We have to depopulate at least a few billion useless eaters.

  33. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 3:09 pm 

    “George Floyd: Leftist Blacks Have a Transnational Loyalty to their Race“

    https://www.eurocanadian.ca/2020/06/george-floyd-leftist-blacks-have-transnational-loyalty-to-their-race.html#more

    “Yet, black Canadians followed in the example of the American protesters and began their marches, advocating for the same kind of changes their American counterparts were. We even saw similar protests and marches as far as London, completely separated both geographically and culturally from America and the issues she faces.“

    Come on anynomousy, don’t tell me you didn’t support the bros in the US. What are you, a race-traitor like umpire dave?

  34. Davy on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 3:31 pm 

    “Hey retard, the company making that battery, is a Singapore Conglomerate. There is nothing ‘amerikan’ about it, ROFLMAO at the expcetionalTARD.”

    annoy, talk to your fuck nut friend juanPee. It was his comment or can’t you tell his ID theft?

    Neutered again. LOL. Whadda dumbass.

  35. REAL Green on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 3:39 pm 

    We just lost another debate again Davy.

    We do that a lot.

  36. Davy on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 4:10 pm 

    JuanP on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 3:39 pm

    “We just lost another debate again Davy.
    We do that a lot.“

    What debate, fuck nut?

  37. Abraham van Helsing on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 4:34 pm 

    “WW3 the battle to end all battles is coming.“

    The world is ready to ram you out of existence, mobby.

    All “ww3” will achieve is mobilise scared yanks to defect from Washington.

    Bring it on!

  38. makati1 on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 5:18 pm 

    Dream on about your “too fantastic to be true” future, Cloggie. Did you notice what is happening in the real world? CRASHING economies, police states, a changing world and not for the better. Keep smokin’ that weed! You will need it to survive the REAL world.

  39. makati1 on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 5:22 pm 

    BTW: WW3 or WWC, is already under way. The only thing to worry about is if the US gets too desperate and starts a shooting war and the nukes come out. Then the elite will be no better than the rest of us. Yes a very “interesting” future, in the Chinese way.

  40. Cassandra's Penny on Tue, 2nd Jun 2020 9:34 pm 

    Fantastic example of claptrap and industry shilling. What nonsense!

  41. Cloggie on Fri, 5th Jun 2020 2:01 am 

    It looks like the renewable electricity storage problem has been solved and that nothing stands in the way any longer of the rise of the hydrogen economy:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2020/06/05/nel-hydrogen-announces-350-kw-electrolyser/

    “Nel Hydrogen Announces $350/kW Electrolyser”

    In ten years time you will be fueling your car with a yogurt-like substance in 3 minutes and drive 1000 miles or fly electric with 400 co-passengers in a fuel cell plane, without feeling CO2-shame.

    Indeed we do not need an economic collapse to curb emissions. Open your wallet and buy an electrolyser in Norway now.

  42. Johnson on Fri, 5th Jun 2020 3:04 am 

    Have you read this article https://www.theblot.com/michael-jordan-nowitzki/ ? What do you think about it?

  43. Superdinero on Sat, 6th Jun 2020 11:53 pm 

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    Lastimosamente la gente con mal crédito tiene más problemas consiguiendo financiamiento de buenos intereses o consiguiendo financiamiento del todo. Superdinero ofrece ayuda financiera donde puedes comparar prestamos personales con mal crédito hasta $100,000 en 1 día desde 3.84%.

    Par mas info: https://superdinero.org/prestamos-personales-con-mal-credito/

  44. joe on Sun, 7th Jun 2020 12:55 am 

    Maidan Massacre staged coup coming.

    “The developments of 18-20 February 2014 in central Kyiv when law enforcement officers killed dozens of Euromaidan protesters became a turning point for Ukraine. However, they didn’t become a point of no return. The situation made then-President Viktor Yanukovych escape to Russia and provided an impetus for advancing the reform agenda.”

    http://euromaidanpress.com/2020/02/20/ex-investigator-gives-highlights-on-re-constructed-timeline-of-maidan-massacre/

    All the events are aligning to create a site where its obvious to me that the marxists are going to ‘break some eggs’ (as Stalin put it) to achieve their evil agenda. There wont be any election in Nov. Trump will be driven from office!!!!

    Second amendment rights to be removed under a ‘reformist’ (Marxist) government they will strip you of your rights and liberties just in time for a brutal ‘second wave’ of virus that will gut the cities.

    Pray for your lives folks. Ukraine was a training exercise for the DNC.

  45. joe on Sun, 7th Jun 2020 1:00 am 

    They tried it once already.

    https://m.startribune.com/truck-driver-didn-t-intend-to-hit-protesters-on-35w-bridge-state-officials-say/570925582/

    “As Harrington was making his comments at a midday news conference, Vechirko, 35, of Otsego, remained jailed on suspicion of assault but had not been charged.

    The driver “panicked, and he just kept barreling forward,” Harrington said. When Vechirko saw a woman on her bike fall in front of him, he slammed on his brakes and came to a sliding stop, the commissioner said.”

    Coup coming to USA!!!!!

  46. joe on Sun, 7th Jun 2020 1:02 am 

    They tried to blame the Massacre on Russian pressure.
    Susan Rice claimed recently that Russia was ‘influencing events’. Shes gonna be Bidens veep and bury Obamagate!!!

  47. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 7th Jun 2020 2:56 am 

    Oopsie, whitey hitting back. Large number of “whites” assaulting black police officer:

    https://www.geenstijl.nl/5153806/these-poisonous-spiders-with-their-backs-turned-on-life/#more

    Scroll down to 2nd video.

    Separate what never should have been together in the first place. America is big enough for 5 or more countries.

  48. Abraham van Helsing on Sun, 7th Jun 2020 3:10 am 

    The Minneapolis mayor Jacob Frey is shamed by BLM activists:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/keithwoodsyt/status/1269432880423452672

    They want him to ABOLISH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.

    The jew-boy Frey is seen as a white guy rather than a Jew. Frey would love to use BLM as a weapon for his racial neo-bolshevik revolution. Instead the revolutionaries could be turning against him.

    One is reminded of the article by Stephen Steinlight, a former Director of National Affairs (domestic policy) at the American Jewish Committee, who already in 2001 expressed his skepticism about whether mass-immigration from the third world was actually good for the long-term power position of the Jews in America:

    https://documents1940.wordpress.com/2019/10/24/stephen-steinlight-was-right/

    It turns out that Steinlight could be right. Rather then the Jews operating as the leaders of an anti-white revolution, the intended revolution could eat its Jewish children too. Very much unlike Russia-1917, in 2020, the Jews in America are très
    arrivées
    , very visibly so.

    As Marx once said: “first time a tragedy, second time a farce”.

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