Businesses and taxpayers of New York state hunker down as one of America’s most self-assured yet somewhat confusing governors once again wields his mighty pen with an inconvenient truth about costing you more money. While completely ignoring the wise old adage of fools rush in where angels fear to tread, Andrew Cuomo signed into law on Thursday, July 18, the nation’s most aggressive and therefore most scary targets for reducing carbon emissions, which will for sure, if not repealed, drive dramatic changes over the next 30 years. Once again demonstrating his knack for clever timing and political theater, the ceremony even features the wealthy king of climate change hype himself, Al Gore.
Democratic Gov. Cuomo said, “Climate change is an undeniable scientific fact. Period. To deny climate change is to deny reality. All credible scientists agree. In a few minutes I will sign the most aggressive climate law in the United States of America. The New York State Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act requires that we achieve a cleaner, greener carbon neutral economy. The law requires that 70 percent of our electricity come from renewables by 2030 and 100 percent carbon free electricity by 2040. By 2050, we will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an overall 85 percent. With a new Climate Council established that will offset the remainder to make New York a 100 percent carbon neutral economy. Period.”
With these two big exciting talkers with big vested interests in climate change regulation gathered on the same stage, its worth considering that at least 2600 years ago, the Chinese sage Loa Zi wrote in his classic text The Tao Te Ching, those who say don’t know and those who know don’t say. Meanwhile, the governor has it all figured out and knows exactly why some refuse to believe the world will end in 12 years just because they use gasoline to drive their car to work.
Cuomo said, “Yet the president of the United States denies it. Why? Because it is not politically convenient for him to acknowledge the reality. Fossil fuels represent major industries in this country. And because change is hard and change causes disruption and the political system abhors disruption. … But despite the president’s denial of the obvious the American chorus demanding acknowledgement of the climate crisis is now deafening. And we are overpowering the forces that are vested in the status quo. And that’s what today is all about.”
Fortunately for America, the governor who must figure New Yorkers can afford the additional cost of this climate change regulation quagmire only has the authority to affect New York while the rest of us can hear a more encouraging and sober story told by President Donald Trump who once again expressed more confidence in American free market capitalism and its ability to solve the problems while giving the public the best price.
President Donald Trump said, “For years politicians told Americans that a strong economy and a vibrant energy sector were incompatible with a healthy environment. In other words, one thing doesn’t go with the other and that’s wrong because we’re proving the exact opposite. A strong economy is vital to maintaining a healthy environment. When we innovate produce and grow we’re able to unleash technologies and processes that make the environment better. While re-shoring and so importantly you look at re-shoring production all the way taking it away from foreign polluters and back to American soil. The previous administration waged a relentless war on American energy. We can’t do that. They sought to punish our workers, our producers, and manufacturers with ineffective global agreements that allowed the world’s worst polluting countries to continue their practices. These radical plans would not make the world cleaner. They would just make and put Americans out of work and they put them out of work rapidly They wooed production to foreign countries with lower standards or companies were forced to do that and they didn’t want to do that and they drive up the price of gas and electricity at home and drive it to levels that are literally unaffordable.”
And then the President said “Six million new jobs, unemployment has reached the lowest rate and a half a century and we have more people working today that have ever worked in the history of our country. We’re getting very close to a hundred and sixty million people which is unthinkable. If you go back three years and you said 160 million people. They would say unthinkable. We’re unlocking American energy. The United States is now a net exporter of clean affordable American natural gas we’re exporting all over the world.”
Includes reporting from WhiteHouse.gov and The Associated Press