by Phil Bowman
Sadly, the radical liberals running for president in 2020 just don’t seem to care about the people who would be hurt by their big-government agenda.
Case in point is the Democrats’ proposed ban on fossil fuels would cripple Ohio’s energy sector and destroy tens of thousands of high-paying jobs.
Instead of dropping their preposterous obsession with environmental socialism, the Democrats are doubling down on their pledge to destroy America’s entire fossil fuel industry — and they want to do it as quickly as possible.
During the latest Democrat primary debate in Houston, several presidential candidates openly embraced the idea of mandating a nationwide shift to renewable energy regardless of how much this transition would cost the U.S. taxpayer or destroy jobs.
“[W]e will address the catastrophic crisis of climate change and transform our energy system away from fossil fuel,” socialist Senator Bernie Sanders declared.
Former Texas Representative Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke also shamelessly promoted this unhinged initiative during the debate, despite the fact that his proposal would systematically dismantle the economy of his own energy-rich home state.
“We will make sure that we get to net zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than the year 2050,” O’Rourke pledged, insisting that he wants to be “halfway there” by 2030. “We’re also going to make sure that we free ourselves from a dependence on fossil fuels and embrace renewable wind and solar energy technology,” the former lawmaker added, promising that his plan would only cost a whopping $5 trillion.
Remember when the Democrats forced a government shutdown over an “unaffordable” $8 billion border wall? The Democrats themselves seem to have forgotten all about that uncharacteristic flirtation with fiscal responsibility, perhaps because O’Rourke’s enormously expensive plan is actually cheaper than the proposals put forward by some of his competitors.
Sanders, for instance, wants the taxpayers to shell out more than three times as much money for his own utopian environmental agenda. Even that amount is significantly less than the cost of the original version of the Green New Deal that has been praised by numerous Democrat presidential candidates — that particular monstrosity is projected to cost a staggering $93 trillion, or around $600,000 for every American household.
As jaw-dropping as these figures are, they still don’t come close to the economic devastation that a complete ban on fossil fuels would wreak.
The Buckeye State gets most of its energy from fossil fuels. In fact, Ohio is one of the top 10 natural gas-consuming states, and is ranked 15th in coal production. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, eight of the 10 largest power plants in the state are coal-fired, making coal the “primary fuel for electricity generation in Ohio.”
It’s worth noting that while President Trump has unleashed the full power of the energy sector in America, putting us on pace to become a net exporter of energy in 2020 for the first time in over four decades, he has also worked hard on conservation policies to maintain clean air and water that is the global standard.
The fact is that the United States has reduced its use of fossil fuel for energy, yet this has actually caused greenhouse gas emissions to increase globally because America’s consumption was replaced by countries that don’t burn fossil fuels as cleanly. It’s just that simple. For the sake of mankind, we should burn more fossil fuels in the U.S.
Make no mistake, the Democrats’ proposals to ban fossil fuels would trigger an economic earthquake that would shake Ohio to its core. The U.S. as a whole would stand to lose about 10.3 million jobs, and Ohio would be among the states most severely affected, because job losses in the fossil fuel industry would rapidly reverberate throughout every other industry.
Ohio’s economy simply wouldn’t survive the ban on fossil fuels that the Democrats are threatening. The only guaranteed way to save our state from the devastating impact of environmental socialism is to make sure that President Trump gets four more years in the White House.
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Phil Bowman is a mining engineer and member of the Ohio Republican Party State Central Committee.