Like just about any presidential candidate, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren has lots of good ideas on how she would make this country better, if she were behind the wheel, well, lots of ideas, that is. We aren’t really sure how “good” any of them are.
Take her plan to make America more environmentally friendly, for one. Like many in the woke community, she has a great many thoughts on how we should be handling climate change. (Or is it a crisis? I can’t keep up.)
When asked about the topic during a recent appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” she said she would “do everything a president can do all by herself, that is, the things you don’t have to do by going to Congress.”
For her, this means “not having a coal lobbyist as head of the Environmental Protection Agency,” and ending energy drilling and mining of federal lands or offshore.
However, that by far is not the end of her plan. In addition, she would put a halt to new construction within the US, that is unless said new construction was completely carbon neutral.
She says the climate crisis, as it does for many, scares her. In particular, the drastic predictions that some scientists are making about how much time we have left calls for more aggressive policy changes.
“What scares me is every time you back to the scientists, they tell you two things: It’s worse than we thought, and we have less time. That means we’ve got to be willing to do things, for example, like regulation.”
Clue number one for me would be that these “scientists” can’t make up their minds. The fact that they are continually changing the effects of climate change, as well as the timeline, only leads me to believe that it simply isn’t as real as they all claim it is.
However, the so-called “smartest” candidate hasn’t seemed to catch on to this. Instead, it only drives her to make outrageous claims. Claims that would “regulate” or ban the building of new homes, most cars and trucks, and electricity.
She said, “By 2028, no new buildings, no new houses, without a zero-carbon footprint.”
And she continued, saying, “By 2030, trucks – light-duty trucks and cars, zero-carbon footprint. By 2035, all production of electricity, zero-carbon footprint.”
“We do three regulations, we can cut our carbon footprint by 70 percent,” she added.
Quite lofty goals, huh? But we have to wonder just how naïve Warren must be to think these changes will be readily accepted or even work.
I mean, let’s take just a small look into the construction bit of her plan.
It is estimated that the US needs to build about 1.3 million new homes a year to accommodate population growth. And yet, according to the National Association of Home Builders, less than 900,000 were to be built in 2018. Construction can simply not keep up with the growing demand.
Now, let’s heavily regulate the already overwhelmed housing industry and demand that all buildings have zero carbon emissions. What kind of problems could that lead to, I wonder?
Firstly, construction workers will have to throw out everything they know about their business to learn new techniques and skills, costing time and money. Secondly, the finances needed to implement some of those techniques are simply not affordable to most Americans. So even fewer structures will be built, and the demand will only grow.
Yeah, that sounds like a good plan, not.
Take the UK’s Zero-Carbon Homes 2006 initiative as an example. It was built on much the same lofty ideals and yet was scrapped in 2015 because it became apparent that it was “not possible to build a cost-efficient, carbon-neutral home,” according to New Statesman America.
They said it plain and simple; it isn’t possible. And they tried for nine years. Warren is giving us eight. What makes her think we can do it any better? Or that Congress will even go for it?
Furthermore, how does she think that these high-cost buildings are going to help with America’s homelessness problem, something she claims to be worried about? The fact is that it won’t. It will only make matters much worse.
And that doesn’t even begin to factor in what it will take to make zero-carbon vehicles and no electricity financial or even physically possible for everyday Americans.
With plans like these, it’s no wonder she is failing in the polls.