By Ryan Sitton
Last week, the most radical members of the United States Senate filed a bill that would destroy America. S.987, the so-called “100 by ’50” bill would require the use of 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. No, I’m not kidding.
Proposed by Socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders and other leftists like Ed Markey and Cory Booker, the bill phases out the utilization of fossil fuels for electric generation in America. The bill also envisions conversion to electric only automobiles and the complete cessation of fossil fuel consumption.
Whether through sheer ignorance or willful denial, the bill’s authors didn’t discuss in their introductory remarks the specific challenges attendant to eliminating American society’s use of all fossil fuels (probably because it would take a very long time). They did however indirectly acknowledge that it would cost a ton! One of the bill’s sponsors suggested that this is how we could pay for the massive costs associated with removing fossil fuels from our energy portfolio:
“Auctioning off climate bonds is a way to raise the funds to drive the grants to power this transformation–to accelerate this transformation–and make sure that we do not leave out disadvantaged communities but, rather, bring them fully into this transition.” Sen. Merkley (D-OR)
Selling tens of trillions of dollars of bonds (yes it would cost TRILLIONS to replace our electric generation infrastructure and convert/purchase new electric vehicles) is these Senators’ solution to the myriad issues with eliminating fossil fuel use in this country.
A recent American Enterprise Institute commentary provided these enlightening statistics:
- 400,000 solar workers produced less than 1% of the power generated in the U.S. last year
- 398,235 natural gas workers produced more than one-third of U.S. electric power last year (37 times more than solar)
- 160,000 coal workers produced nearly one-third of U.S. electric power last year (79 times more electric power generated per worker than solar)
Texas is the largest wind producing state in the country. Renewable energy has an important place in our energy portfolio. But the National Democratic Party’s refusal to acknowledge that domestic energy production from ALL sources is a good thing is hurting America. Harmful emissions have plummeted with the rise of natural gas as an electric generation powerhouse, and that trend persists. We can and should continue to develop all energy sources in this country to enhance our economic and national security.
A significant portion of Texas’ economy is derived from the fossil fuel industry. America is safer and more economically secure because of Texas oil and natural gas. The fossil fuels we develop in this state aren’t just burned for fuel – they are also used in the petrochemical industry to make countless important products we all use every day.
We’ve seen a lot of dumb ideas coming out of Washington, D.C. in the past but this one is right up at the top. Eliminating our ability to use fossil fuels really would destroy America. Thankfully President Trump and his administration and the Republican Congress would never let that happen.