As the United States faces rising oil, gas and electricity prices, the obvious solution is to drill more oil and gas and more. Is to build many power plants. Not surprisingly, it's off the table because it's not the person who set the agenda that hurt the most.
High prices hurt everyone to some extent, but they are the most difficult in the working class. Most Americans commute by car, and even in most places with public transport, there is much more work within 30 minutes by car than within 30 minutes by bus or train. .. Cars make it easy to take your kids to school, buy groceries in different places, and stay in touch with family and friends.
Since January 2021, gas prices have more than doubled, and the cost of doing all this has more than doubled. For families who are already close together, twice as much money as gas means less money for food, clothing, education and other things. (And their soaring prices don't help.)
Nonetheless, environmentalists seem happy with these changes. And after seeing polls and before he began to retreat, President Joe Bidenwas high as part of an "incredible transition" to electric cars and other "green" technologies. Praised the gas price. (Of course, seeing how the political breeze blows, he wants a petrol tax "holiday" to relieve the pressure from voters, at least until the end of the upcoming midterm elections. In the meantime, you can't afford gasoline if that's the case, so the government's advice is to buy an expensive electric car.)
The reason environmentalists favor high energy prices is that they want to force people to switch to renewable energy. Such a switch would make most people worse and environmentalists stuck. That's because they were always an elitist movement without worrying about working class or minorities.
California Environmental Attorney Jennifer Hernandezcalls the result of the state's policiesa "green Jim Crow." Due to high energy costs and strict building regulations, poor people continue to concentrate in poor areas, protecting wealthy white excursions like Marin County. And strict environmental rules crush or lock out the work of industry that has traditionally set foot in the working class. She states: A shameful legacy of racial injustice.
However, it was the history of environmental activities from the beginning. Wealthy whites are doing well at the expense of the lower classes. In 1977Harper's article, William Thacker explored the history of what is considered the first major environmental movement in the United States. Opposition to Conedison's Storm King Pumped Storage Project. This project was designed to save energy costs and help ConEd handle peak summer demand. It would also have provided a lot of work in depressed areas.
Catch would have ruined the view from the mansion of the wealthy in the nearby mountains. As Tucker reports in detail, these wealthy landowners built the entire building against Storm King for the most selfish reasons. He quotes the words of the local mayor from one of the landowners. The mayor said, "I bit my tongue and said nothing, but I wanted to say," What about the little people in the village who need this plant? You think about them Have you ever?'" No.
Hire celebrities and landlords like Pete Seeger who wrote songs about the mountains, as well as naturally power lines that benefit millions of people hiring major law firms and ego PR companies It managed to change the selfish desire to look at the quasi-religious Crusaders instead. The plant was shut down, asset values were protected, and only small people suffered.
Nothing changes today as gas and energy prices soar and wealthy people warn about climate change from private jets. No one is thinking of small people. Why should they be? Who intends to make them?
Glenn Harlan Reynolds is a professor of law at the University of Tennessee and founder of the InstaPundit.com blog.