The consequences of repeated lying used to be a loss of credibility or a disinterested audience. Sadly, that’s not the case for the modern environmental movement, which continues spewing its unfounded propaganda without any blowback.
Consider: right now, our friends in Europe are experiencing the culmination of political pressures that turned into bad energy policy. Staring down the barrel of a long winter, no one is sure if their home will stay warm. The cold, sobering fact is that the green movement has pushed policies that delivered Europe’s current crisis, no matter how hard they will deny it.
This is nothing new. When the consequences of green policies collide with reality, the eco-left always goes into full damage control mode. In fact, green disciples shirking responsibility when their policies fail is really the only reliable aspect of green energy.
The green model: Forced transitions lead to systemic failures, followed by a refusal to accept responsibility … and America isn’t immune.
Environmentalists cheered when a coal mine near the Arizona-Utah border closed in 2019. That same mine provided coal to the homes of Native Americans who didn’t have the luxury of being on the natural gas grid. These homes lack electricity, and delivering propane is too expensive, so coal was their source until the green movement took it away. When winter came, the elderly had to burn whatever was in their home, including their clothes, to stay warm. At the same time, an environmental group supporting coal mine closures spent over $17,000 to throw a lavish party for their political allies at a spa. The juxtaposition couldn’t be more sickening if it weren’t all too common.
We’ve all seen the disaster predictions by those pushing these green “solutions” repeatedly fail. In fact, the end-of-the-world doomsday scenarios put forth by environmental groups over the decades are so wrong, it’s laughable. Yet the likes of AOC and Bernie Sanders, with the aid of a style-over-substance media, continue to enjoy a baffling level of credibility. They are given a platform to influence policy, and then working families get left behind.
President Joe Biden canceled the Keystone pipeline on his first day in office, instantly putting 11,000 Americans out of a job. Then precisely four months later, Biden approved Nordstrom 2, a Russian pipeline designed to deliver natural gas to Europe. While American workers are scrambling to find a job, Vladimir Putin uses Nordstrom 2 as a bargaining chip in the current crisis. When Joe Biden canceled Keystone, he said the pipeline “disserves U.S. national interests,” but it appears Putin’s pipeline is perfectly acceptable. It’s just another eco-left prediction where Americans are left holding the bag.
The straw house promises of the green agenda have a near-perfect record of getting blown away by the first gust of reality. On the flip side, the warnings against forced energy transitions continue to be proven accurate.
We warned of blackouts, then it happened.
We warned of job losses, then it happened.
We warned of skyrocketing electrical and heating costs, then it happened.
Each time, environmental groups abdicated their responsibility in these failures. Each time, they got away with it. With their eco-allies in Washington, these groups will continue to push their failed “solutions” that only harm working families because the only truly renewable resource they have is their lies.
It’s past time we stop giving them credibility.
• Larry Behrens is the Communications Director for Power The Future, an organization fighting for America’s Energy Workers. He previously served as Communications Director for New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez. You can find him on Twitter at @larrybehrens and @PTFNewMexico or email at email@example.com.