A Solution Worse Than the Problem, Clean Power Plan debacle.


In introducing his Clean Power Plan on Monday, President Barack Obama used inspirational language to describe the impacts of limiting carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel-powered electric generating facilities. From mitigating climate change, to improving public health, from increasing jobs to lowering electric bills, from ensuring national security to leading to way into the future, the benefits seemed endless.

If this government program sounds too good to be true, it is. To say Obama oversold his plan is putting it gently.

When it comes to climate change, the Clean Power Plan is a non-starter. Climate change in the 21st century is going to be driven by carbon dioxide emissions from the world’s developing nations as they strive to meet the basic energy demands of their current and future populations – 1.3 billion of whom have no access to electricity at all, much less an adequate supply. In already developed nations, like the U.S. and Western Europe, where energy needs have largely been met, future projections don’t foresee significant emissions increases. Consequently, when it comes to future climate change, the contribution from developing nations will outweigh that from developed nations by about 10 to 1. (by  Paul C. Knappenberger, US News and World Report)