by Julie Tisdale
City & County Policy Analyst
Finally, some sense on climate change!
This week in the New York Post, there is a great opinion piece looking at the actual data around climate change – you know, stuff like warming trends, melting ice caps, rising sea levels. These scientists note that:
And here’s the part of the whole thing that really gets me. It’s not just that we’re running around in circles worried about things that really aren’t problems. It’s that we’re wasting huge amounts of resources. As the authors write:
According to the Congressional Research Service, from 2001 to 2014 the US government spent $131 billion on projects meant to combat human-caused climate change, plus $176 billion for breaks for anti-CO2 energy initiatives.
Federal anti-climate-change spending is now running at $11 billion a year, plus tax breaks of $20 billion a year. That adds up to more than double the $14.4 billion worth of wheat produced in the United States in 2013….
Al Gore was right in one respect: Climate change is a moral issue — but that’s because there is nothing quite so immoral as well-fed, well-housed Westerners assuaging their consciences by wasting huge amounts of money on futile anti-global-warming policies, using money that could instead go to improve living standards in developing countries. (emphasis added)
Or to paying down our deficit. Or to reducing taxes so families can better provide for their children and businesses can create jobs. Or to any number of other things. What we certainly shouldn’t be doing is wasting all of that moeny fixing something that ain’t broke.