At the end of this post is the testimony I gave at Friday’s “Public Listening Session” with the Environmental Protection Agency in Chicago on President Obama’s ruinous “Climate Action Plan.” It differs slightly from what I planned to say, and Jim Lakely posted on this blog last week. First, though, a little bit of color about the experience.
The program opened with statements by EPA public disinformation officers, who made an assortment of claims about how “dangerous” climate change is — and not just in our future. It is happening “right now,” they said, and is affecting everything from hurricanes to tornadoes to droughts to rising seas and wildfires. The agency then opened the program to speakers, with each of us limited to three minutes.
I was the very first speaker and gave a brief overview — covering the shaky grounds for EPA’s claims — as well as the widespread adverse impacts that the agency’s climate change regulations will have on jobs, environmental quality, and human health, welfare, living standards and life spans.
I was followed by a half dozen citizens — including several Indiana coal miners who had driven all the way to Chicago and outlined how EPA’s proposed rules would put them out of work and devastate their families and communities.
Then, inevitably, the alarmists began presenting their remarks.
The first alarmist ignored the purpose of the hearing — carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants — and made the ridiculous claim that “air pollution” has now been “linked to” cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s! (He even had a university study, probably funded by EPA, supporting his claim.) So pollution is going down, yet Alzheimer’s and other cognitive problems are supposedly going up — the reason being (somehow) America’s “terrible” and “worsening” air quality.
The absurd claim simply underscores the abysmal state of environmentalist “thinking,” pseudo-science and propaganda today, as well as EPA’s determination to ram these rules through — regardless of what the science says, overall public support, or the severe impacts the regulations themselves will have on American citizens.
It’s clear that EPA’s mind is absolutely made up on this issue, and these “listening” sessions are just for show. They are being held almost entirely in carefully selected urban areas — where EPA can be assured of plentiful upper class “environmentalist” speakers who will happily applaud the new rules, but will not be directly affected by these regulations … until, of course, their electricity bills start to “skyrocket,” as President Obama promised they would, and their power starts going into regular/recurrent brownouts and blackouts. But these urban elites won’t be hammered immediately the way coal workers, factory workers, small business owners and employees, and families and communities will be.
EPA’s actions and proposed rules are despicable and absurd. But they will not be stopped unless the U.S. Supreme Court and other courts finally step in and say “enough!”
My name is Paul Driessen. I’m here in Chicago representing the Committee For A Constructive Tomorrow … and because my son is getting married just blocks from here tomorrow. His future, my daughter’s, and the future of all Americans will depend in large part on government energy policies. Thank you for this opportunity to comment.
EPA says carbon dioxide from America’s coal-fired power plants is causing dangerous climate change. It says computer models support these claims.
But the models are useless. Their predictions have been totally wrong – and none of EPA’s claims about hurricanes, tornadoes, rising seas, wildfires and other alleged dangers have been accurate.
Climate change has been “real” since Earth began. The Dust Bowl, Little Ice Age, hurricanes, and droughts that destroyed the Anasazi and Mayan cultures were all terrible. But people adapted and coped and survived – and today’s technologies allow us to deal much better with future weather events and climate changes.
What we cannot cope with so easily are government regulations that deliberately shut down reliable, affordable coal-based electricity – and after that, natural gas power generation. These rules will drive up energy prices and make it very hard for companies to stay in business or avoid layoffs.
The rules will kill jobs, shut down factories, companies and industries – and devastate families and communities that depend on coal mining, factory jobs and affordable energy. And yet EPA isn’t even holding any hearings in the states and areas that are most dependent on coal mining and coal-generated power. That’s not right.
EPA’s proposed rules will also force greater dependency on wind turbines, which kill millions of threatened and endangered birds and bats every year. That is unacceptable and unsustainable.
But the worst impacts from EPA’s rules will be on the health and welfare of Americans. When people are unemployed, or holding two or more lower paying part-time jobs, the extra time, stress and financial worries have huge impacts on their health and well-being. Their nutrition suffers.
They battle with sleep deprivation … longer commuting times … higher incidences of depression … more prevalent alcohol, drug, spouse and child abuse … higher suicide rates … more heart attacks and strokes … and lower life expectancies.
This means every life that EPA claims its rules will improve – by supposedly preventing climate change – will be made worse by EPA’s own rules. Every life that EPA says will be saved by its costly, job-killing CO2 regulations will be offset by lives shortened or lost by those rules.
EPA doesn’t even mention any of this – much less conduct any cost-benefit studies … or calculate how many lives will be shortened or lost because of its proposed rules.
EPA needs to do that work, before it takes one more step toward implementing these rules. Thank you.