President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris Accords not because he doesn’t believe in the data or science of climate change. He withdrew because it takes a bullsh**ter to know one.
Elon Musk is a very smart engineer. He’s also very skillful at funding his companies using government dollars, and taking full advantage of the global tides among rich elites who can afford $100,000 electric luxury cars. Therefore we have to take it with a grain of salt–a heaping spoonful of salt–when he tweets his disgust at Trump’s action.
Am departing presidential councils. Climate change is real. Leaving Paris is not good for America or the world.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) June 1, 2017
“Per capita electricity consumption crossing 1,000 units a year is certainly a milestone, but without much significance. One-fourth of the households in the country still have no access to electricity, with some states in East and North East having less than even 30% households with (electricity) access. Most significant milestone that the nation must achieve is 100% households having 24×7 quality supply of electricity,” said Debasish Mishra, senior director, consulting, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu India Pvt. Ltd.
In the U.S., the per capita electricity usage is 12,973 kWh (in 2014). Among the largest population countries (with the E.U. as one aggregated market), no country comes close to America. Japan and Russia are 7,371 and 7,481 kWh respectively. China is 4,310 kWh (2016 number), but China uses more electricity than any country in the world, a full 50 percent more than the U.S.
Trump is absolutely right that countries like India and China, both with far larger populations than the U.S., and far less industrialized populations, and far more poverty the America, get an enormous pass on doing anything about climate change in the Paris Accords.
Those two countries alone can go carbon nuts to their hearts content as their industrial base grows, while the rich elites drive Teslas and use solar power off-grid.
I am all for alternative, clean, renewable power. I love solar, fission, fusion (if the Skunkworks can get it right), wind, tidal, hydro and geothermal. But I’m also for natural gas and clean coal, which make up 64.2 percent of American power generation.
French President Emmanuel Macron, who taunted Trump with “Make our planet great again,” has the advantage of a country that produces 72.3 percent of its power from nuclear plants (to America’s 19.7 percent). In fact, less than 50 percent of the EU’s power is produced by “conventional thermal” sources (meaning oil, coal, and natural gas).
What does Macron, or any EU leader, need with American Green Fund money? If we are in or out of the Paris Accords, India and China can more than make up the difference for anything the U.S. can do. As Trump said, our environmental regulations are among the toughest in the world.
Try building more nuclear plants in America and see liberals turn into fence-climbing wolverines. Try putting wind farms in the back yards of many American elites and see what happens. The low-frequency noise, dead birds, and unsightly horizons tend to provoke “NIMBY” reactions from the staunchest climate-change believers.
Try building more dams in America and watch the environmentalists who think we should all live in caves (with air conditioning, Starbucks and WiFi, of course) scream about endangered fish. Try building a large-scale solar facility in the wide-open spaces of the American west, and then getting the water requirements for such a plant past regulators.
Those who shout the loudest about America’s exit from the Paris Accords are the ones who have the most to lose. They aren’t arguing science, or rising ocean levels. They’re arguing who will own the future of renewable energy. They want to take American citizens’ land by fiat and eminent domain to build solar farms. They want to shut down segments of American energy production to replace them with their own profitable businesses.
I think they don’t really buy into the “emergency” cry of the Mother Earth worshippers who are convinced of Michael Mann’s “hockey stick” graph. They just use it as convenient cover to get the U.S. to self-sabotage. Trump, cynical as he is, is dead right on this.
The data pushed on most scientists, who haven’t done their own research by the way, is based on incomplete computer models fed by incomplete data sets representing macro trends of which all the climate scientists in the world don’t know enough to make accurate predictions. Year after year, they sound alarms about North Pole ice and Antarctic ice melting and sinking half the Pacific islands, and flooding the U.S. East Coast.
But in 2014, Antarctic sea ice reached a new record maximum, with a 36-year trend line showing growth not shrinkage. Arctic ice is indeed shrinking over the same time period. But we aren’t seeing some kind of catastrophic exponential change here. It’s the earth doing what the earth does, affected by forces way more powerful than mankind.
Geologists can’t even agree on how much ocean water is stored in subducted pockets under the earth’s tectonic plates. It could be three oceans worth (the minimum I’ve read), or it could be 23 oceans worth. We just don’t know. The deepest hole mankind has ever drilled was just 7 miles deep. The Mohorovičić discontinuity (Moho) is at least 20 miles beneath the continental crust–we’d need to get below that to even begin to study what goes on inside the earth’s mantle.
We don’t fully know how the earth regulates the atmosphere. Scientists have measured the electric frequency of the earth as 8 hertz, and have studied the effect of sprites, electrical discharges into the exosphere–space–on temperature regulation and chemical composition of mesospheric air. This earth has all manner of systems and environmental regulators of which we know little to almost nothing.
Yet climate change scientists believe they know, for certain, that human-caused global warming is real.
They don’t know jack.
If Elon Musk wants to make a statement, let him pack up Tesla and move it to France. I’d love to own a Tesla car, but it’s not worth shuttering Ford and General Motors (and Honda, Nissan, and Toyota plants in the U.S.) to do it.
But Musk won’t pack up and move. And eventually, after all the hysteria, Macron and the Europeans, along with the rest of the world, will get together and do exactly what Trump wants. They’ll renegotiate something–or they’ll just admit that maybe the dire predictions are a bit premature or inaccurate. That is, until they find the next planet-killing issue to throw at big, bad America.