Analysis: Biden’s energy-restricting climate policies are a national security threat — not climate change
Biden signs executive order on the ‘national security consequences of climate change’– “U.S. spies, analysts and policymakers will write the country’s first National Intelligence Estimate on climate change under an executive order President Biden plans to issue today…Much of Biden’s directive will focus on national security — an arena experts say will become more strained as the planet heats up.
(Article by Marc Morano republished from ClimateDepot.com)
The task of writing the National Intelligence Estimate will fall to Avril Haines, Biden’s newly installed director of national intelligence. These documents typically include input from the multitude of U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA. It’s a level of analysis reserved for the most significant threats facing the United States.”
Climate Depot’s Marc Morano responds:
Having abundant domestic energy is one of the hallmarks protecting U.S. national security interests. Restricting domestic energy is one of the biggest national security threats — not climate change. One of the greatest threats to U.S. national security is the reliance on foreign sources of energy.
Climate activist Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (RFK Jr.) explained in 2020 that “American wars have been, to a greater or lesser extent, strategic struggles over control of coal ports, shipping routes, and oil fields.” Kennedy added, “Protecting American oil and coal resources and ports became a raison d’être for an endless parade of new American wars and interventions.”
But during the Trump administration, America’s domestic energy boom contributed to a secure U.S. During his farewell address, former President Trump explained: “I am especially proud to be the first president in decades who has started no new wars.”
Previous presidents paid lip service to “energy independence” but during Trump’s administration, America not only achieved “independence” but also went one step better — by enabling an American energy renaissance that led to U.S. energy dominance!
In 2019, “U.S. energy exports exceeded imports for the first time since 1952,” the EIA reported. The EIA also reported, “In 2019, U.S. energy production exceeded energy consumption for the first time since 1957,” when Dwight D. Eisenhower was president. Trump’s energy achievements were so off the charts that the last time the U.S. saw this kind of energy dominance was when Harry S. Truman was president in 1952! President Trump accomplished all of this while the U.S. continued to lead the world in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. See:DEMOCRATS DIDN’T CLAP AS TRUMP TOUTED AMERICAN ENERGY BOOM IN SOTU– “We have unleashed a revolution in American Energy – the United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world,” Trump said. “And now, for the first time in 65 years, we are a net exporter of energy.”
What climate activists like RFK Jr. fail to comprehend — and the Trump administration understood — is that a policy that promotes a massive expansion of U.S. domestic energy production is one of the best safeguards against engaging in “an endless parade” of wars and interventions over energy supplies. Thanks to the Trump administration’s America First energy policy, the U.S. no longer needs to start or fight in wars over energy. America has its own domestically produced energy to rely on.
And the Biden-Harris administration will overturn it all with the coming Green New Deal and many other “climate” regulations and the UN Paris climate pact. Biden and Harris are set to go way beyond anything President Obama’s administration attempted in the area of climate change policy. See:Noam Chomsky: Biden on climate is ‘farther to the left than any Democratic candidate in memory’ – Biden’s climate agenda was ‘largely written by the Sunrise Movement’
The proposed climate “solutions” of the Green New Deal and the Biden administration’s climate and energy executive orders is a threat to U.S. national security as the plan would only serve to shrink U.S. energy production and increase our dependence on Middle Eastern oil and force us to rely on energy from other potentially hostile nations, which could increase the odds of future wars.
Banning domestic energy exploration and pushing the Green New Deal is bad for America’s national security because their goals are to either place more restrictions or eliminate altogether American drilling, mining, fracking, pipelines, and energy extraction. The GND will result in more reliance on conflict energy from such places as the Middle East, Venezuela, and China, where human rights and environmental protection may be less than desirable. But the GND, by restricting fossil fuels and mandating solar, wind and electric vehicles will result in more environmental degradation due to increasing the U.S. dependence on rare earth mining operated by China and Russia. See: Green Killers: Congo’s Miners Dying to Feed World’s Hunger for Electric Cars – Last year about 70% of the world’s supply came from the Democratic Republic of Congo, one of the poorest, most violent and corrupt places on Earth. Much of its cobalt comes from around this town.
“Shutting down U.S. energy supplies means dependence on Middle East oil, which means a permanent state of war for the Military-Industrial Complex,” climate skeptic Tony Heller wrote in 2020.
The GND with its restrictions on fossil fuels and mandates on solar, wind, and electrical vehicles will result in the U.S. losing both energy independence and dominance, and the GND will further increase U.S. dependence on rare earth mining operated by China and Russia. “China, for example, supplies about 90% of rare-earths for the world.
On the cobalt front, China has also quietly gained control over more than 90% of the battery industry’s cobalt refining, without which the raw ore is useless. Russia is a massive nickel producer,” explained energy analyst Mark P. Mills of the Manhattan Institute.
Biden’s climate czar John Kerry is dead wrong on climate change being a national security threat. See:John Kerry doubles down on climate change: ‘It is increasingly a national security threat’
No, “global warming” is not a national security threat. The data reveal that warm periods coincide with less conflict—which helps explain why, in 1974, the CIA claimed that “global cooling” would cause conflict and terrorism. The Center for Strategic and International Studies report pointed out that the truth is the opposite of recent claims regarding “global warming” and war: “Since the dawn of civilization, warmer eras have meant fewer wars.”
See:‘Global warming’ causes war claims — debunked – ‘Warm periods are more peaceful than cold ones’ – Bonus Chapter #2 for Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change–
Bonus Chapter #2 from The Politically Incorrect Guide to Climate Change:
Excerpt: The climate activists have it backward. A 2011 study published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies titled “The Climate Wars Myth” found, “Since the dawn of civilization, warmer eras have meant fewer wars.” As author Bruno Tetrais explained, “History shows that ‘warm’ periods are more peaceful than ‘cold’ ones…
John Horgan, the director of the Center for Science Writings at the Stevens Institute of Technology, explained, “In spite of the recent surge in violence in the Middle East, war-related casualties have fallen over the last half-century, as temperatures have risen…
A 2013 study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that cold eras were dark times in Eastern Europe. “Some of Eastern Europe’s greatest wars and plagues over the last millennium coincided with cold periods,” explained a summary of the study in Science News.
Trump Administration’s lists energy accomplishments that led to American Energy Independence
Selected Highlights: “The United States is now the number one producer of oil and natural gas in the world.
Natural gas production reached a record-high of 34.9 quads in 2019, following record-high production in 2018 and in 2017.
The United States has been a net natural gas exporter for three consecutive years and has an export capacity of nearly 10 billion cubic feet per day.
Withdrew from the unfair, one-sided Paris Climate Agreement.
Canceled the previous administration’s Clean Power Plan, and replaced it with the new Affordable Clean Energy rule. …
The average American family saved $2,500 a year in lower electric bills and lower prices at the gas pump. …
The amount of nuclear energy production in 2019 was the highest on record, through a combination of increased capacity from power plant upgrades and shorter refueling and maintenance cycles.”
Under Trump, U.S. becomes oil exporter – For the first time since at least the 1940s, the United States is exporting more oil and petroleum than it imports, spurring economic growth. This accomplishment is due in large part to President Donald Trump’s decision to remove onerous Obama-era restrictions on oil production on federal lands, and it fulfills a long-stated public policy dream that only recently seemed achievable.
‘The Green New Deal has at its core an impossibility in physics’ – USA to swap energy independence for dependence on China & Russia
MARK P. MILLS: “The staggering quantity of stuff that needs to be mined in order to build all the green machines…the invisible elephant in the room with a Green New Deal, whether implemented by federal or state governments, is the staggering quantity of stuff that needs to be mined in order to build all the green machines, and where that mining and processing happens…The monetary, environmental and geopolitical costs of energy technologies all derive from nature’s constraints.
And the physics of all energy sources, whether wind and sun or oil and gas, share the same core features. All exist in nature, for free. But that’s irrelevant. One has to pay landowners (private or governmental) to access locations where useful resources are located. Then one purchases machines, built from materials extracted from the earth, in order to convert any resource into a form that can be delivered to people. Since all machines wear out, there is nothing truly “renewable” about any of them.”
“The one million electric vehicles (EVs) now on U.S. roads (courtesy of billions of dollars in subsidies) account for just 0.5% of America’s cars but contain, for example, more cobalt than one billion smartphones. In general, fabricating a single EV battery, each of which weighs about 1,000 pounds, requires digging up roughly 500,000 pounds of materials. That’s more than a 10-fold increase in the cumulative quantity of materials (liquids) used by a standard car over its entire operating life…
The world is literally about to embark on the biggest increase in mineral and metal mining in history.”
“China, for example, supplies about 90% of rare-earths for the world. On the cobalt front, China has also quietly gained control over more than 90% of the battery industry’s cobalt refining, without which the raw ore is useless. Russia is a massive nickel producer…You don’t have to ban fracking to kill the industry; mandating the use of the alternatives has the same effect…If all that weren’t enough, there’s also the roughly 20 to 100-fold increase in land use that comes with using green machines to replace hydrocarbons. And, of course, there’s the mother’s milk of a Green New Deal, the trillions of dollars in subsidies, necessarily funded by increased costs and taxes for all consumers.”
Prof. Larry Bell: Biden ‘reverse that enormous inherited good fortune’ of Trump’s energy policies
Remarkably, the country that did most to reduce its emissions is one that never signed the Paris pact. Thanks to a remarkable oil and natural gas fracking revolution, in 2019 America led the entire world in reducing CO2 emissions. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), “U.S. emissions are now down almost 1 Gt from their peak in the year 2000, the largest absolute decline by any country over that period.” Under President Trump’s leadership, America has also become the leading oil and natural gas exporter — globally, ahead of Saudi Arabia and Russia, something that could never have been imagined as recently as 2008 when the U.S. was the world’s largest importer.
President Biden’s return to Obama administration’s anti-hydrocarbon energy policy years exemplified by joining the Paris Climate Agreement will predictably reverse that enormous inherited good fortune. In short, the Biden agenda will terminate an energy resource revolution that has stimulated over $200 billion of investment in new factories, generated millions of jobs, produced vital federal and state revenues, reduced the trade deficit by several hundred billion dollars, and expanded America’s policy flexibility and influence regarding foreign adversaries and allies alike. Although the biggest export beneficiaries would be Saudi Arabia and Russia, China stands to gain the most. … Beijing energy oligarchs must be beaming with gratitude.
The U.S. Must Choose Ethical Energy Over Conflict Energy– ‘Limiting North American drilling, mining, pipelines & energy extraction can only mean more reliance on conflict energy from places like the Middle East, Venezuela and China, where human rights & environmental protection may be less than desirable.’
Trump features Climate Hustle 2 & Morano’s quote on Trump’s ‘energy dominance’