Source: Deseret News [Utah]
[SPPI Note: Morriss misses the larger argument against CO2 mitigation efforts, that being that real-world observations and the progressing climate literature outside government funded labs evidence that climate models are wrong and the real, immediate threat could well be an inactive sun cooling the earth. The SPPI analysis of potential "savings" from destructive mitigation regulations clearly shows not only the futility of such policy, but its dangers. The specific dangers for Utah can be seen here. Othere state profiles can be read here.]
by Andrew Morriss
XIAN, China — Congress should not waste time debating a comprehensive climate change legislation in the coming year.
First, the combination of the natural gas revolution created by fracking and the economic doldrums we are stuck in have already cut our emissions of greenhouse gases dramatically without Congress doing anything at all. If they did jump in, they’d be as likely to screw that up as make things better.
In addition, we should wait because the current proposals on how to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are all expensive and will be cheaper in the future as technologies improve.
Consider the change in cell phone technology and prices over the past 20 years. When the director of Wall Street wanted to emphasize Gordon Gecko’s power and wealth, he portrayed him holding a brick-size cell phone.
Today, even schoolchildren carry iPhones, which are orders of magnitude more powerful — and much cheaper. That same innovative process will make both emissions reduction technology and mitigation efforts cheaper and better in the future.
The United States alone can do next to nothing about greenhouse gas emissions alone and we should not burden our economy to attempt to do so. China and India are growing so rapidly that their additional greenhouse gas emissions swamp any reductions possible in the U.S. today. For example, Chinese car ownership today on a per-capita basis is not even equal to U.S. car ownership in 1920. (more…)