With his environmental agenda stalled, President Biden is considering whether to declare a national climate emergency in the coming weeks. The president pledged extensive executive action on climate change last week.
This comes as there is a heat wave in the US as well as in Europe. “My actions will create jobs, improve our energy security, bolster domestic manufacturing and supply chains, protect us from oil and gas price hikes in the future, and address climate change,” Biden promised in a statement Friday, adding: “I will not back down: the opportunity to create jobs and build a clean energy future is too important to relent.”
Jared Bernstein, a White House economic adviser, told reporters: “The president will aggressively fight to attack climate change because he knows it’s one of the reasons he’s here. And it is absolutely core to transitioning from where we are to where we need to be.”
Sounds great right, the ability to challenge the climate in a war. The climate isn't working for us, so we must change it. How does this change work? To see the results one need to look no further than Sri Lanka.
As Rich Lowry points out in the National Review, "Sri Lanka achieved one of the highest ESG, or environmental, social, and governance, scores in the world and destroyed its economy in the process. The country banned chemical fertilizers in April 2021 as it hurtled toward becoming the world’s first all-organic country. It proved one small step ahead for environmental pieties and a giant leap backward for Sri Lankan farmers. A large proportion of land went dormant, and the production of rice, tea, and other crops dropped precipitously. The resulting economic calamity has led to the collapse of the government. A miniature Green New Deal.
While here in the US, Biden promised to shut down energy. End fossil fuel and the coal industry. He shut down the Keystone Pipeline, ended drilling on federal lands, as well as in Alaska, and stopped offshore drilling in an effort to appease his Green Party. Biden’s first executive orders in office deployed a sweeping regulatory agenda throughout the executive branch to that end.
As the Heritage Foundation points out, "To date, Biden is the only president in modern history not to have held a single oil and gas lease sale on federal lands despite clear direction from Congress to do so quarterly." As a direct result of his policies, the price of gas had increased 49% from his inauguration to just prior to Putin's invasion of Ukraine. The cost of food and everyday essentials has skyrocketed.
Biden's plan to declare a climate emergency will accelerate the cost of living driving families to cut back on one or possibly two meals a day. This is not how to run a country. His energy policies are dismal, despite him opening the strategic reserve to gain oil and gas to supply the country's needs for fuel, he has gone on a world tour begging enemy countries to sell us oil and gas. Ironically, his climate agenda doesn't account for the countries producing oil. Biden is keenly aware that his policies are hurting the American public and he nor his administration are doing anything to ease the pain they are currently feeling. Because of his Green Agenda. Mr. Biden needs to look at Sri Lanka to what happens when a country is forced to abide by a system it can not afford.