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Energy Quote of the Day: January 27

Are we on the Path to Energy Suicide?

Ed Newman
2 min readJan 27, 2024

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I just finished reading an opinion piece by Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. titled, How Climate Policy Went Wrong. Subtitle: A scientist’s aerosol research hints at why America’s energy suicide isn’t helping.

There are a number of pointed observations in this insightful article about how off-the-rails America’s energy schemes are playing out. I fear that the worst of times is coming, not because there are no solutions, but because those who hold the levers of power have plugged their ears to the science based realities.

Here’s one extract from the article:

“Long before we know which climate forecasts are right, thanks to the inevitable nerds at the Congressional Research Service or Government Accountability Office we’ll know in detail how many trillions we spent on climate subsidies that had no effect on climate.”

The author of the article cites the work of a veteran NASA scientist named James Hansen, who knows much but is apparently listened to little. This might be a runner up for energy quote of the day:

“Mr. Hansen is among the most famous scientist-activists in the field and also among the most honest, deriding international agreements like Kyoto and Paris, insisting on the necessity of nuclear power, calling Joe Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act an ‘Orwellian’ giveaway to special interests.”

In his op-ed Mr. Jenkins cites a new report from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the North American Electric Reliability Corp. showing that in the past year, New York City was very close to not having enough gas to keep apartment buildings warm. We all saw the damage Texas experienced when its grid went down in February 2021. Millions of people were without power. Pipes froze and more than 200 people died. In that instance the power was out for only five days or so.

The situation would be very different, however, had the gas run out in New York. It would have taken several months, not just a few hours, to fix the problem. Technicians would have had to go from building to building to relight the pilot lights on boilers to restore heat to thousands of apartments.

Here’s one more statement from the op-ed that could be our quote of the day:

“Between the lines of the government report as well as Mr. Hansen’s, we have a picture of Americans on a path to commit energy suicide in the name of climate change while doing nothing about climate change.”

If able, read the full story from the Wall Street Journal’s Daily Discover.

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Ed Newman

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