by Jon Sanders
Research Editor and Senior Fellow, Regulatory Studies, John Locke Foundation
Electricity is a basic human necessity.
There are two reactions to that fact. One is responsible: to ensure that people have access to it, that it is reliable at the flip of a switch, and that it is as inexpensive as possible. That is what people expect.
The other is venal: to take advantage of the fact that people need it, to force people to buy what they sell, and to worry about how much they can plunder this captive consumer base.
The venal side is on display with the pressure to push America back into the Paris climate accord. I’ve shown already that we simply don’t need it because the good news is, we’re already cutting energy-based emissions without it.
The Energy & Environment Legal Institute has produced a video explaining why poor American families certainly don’t need it. The video discussed the problem of green energy poverty in Europe. A snippet:
In Europe, energy poverty is killing seniors and the poor by the tens of thousands [owing to] climate policies that no one actually claims will have any impact on the climate.
In Germany, electricity has become a “luxury good.” 800,000 homes are unable to pay their electric bills; it’s called the “second rent.”
In England, electricity bills are expected to exceed mortgage payments soon. In Ireland, a third of seniors are now forced to choose between heating and eating.
Bookstore owners report seniors now buying books to burn to keep warm. Still, additional winter deaths are spiking as policymakers add more and more global warming regulations. In England and Wales alone, nearly 15,000 people died in one winter, unable to adequately heat their homes — an unjust disgrace that is the direct result of government policies.