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Commentary: Left-wing politicians put climate grandstanding before constituents

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By Dr. Tom Borelli originally posted at ConservativeReview.com

The resistance movement against President Trump was on full display at the Global Climate Action Summit meeting recently held in San Francisco, California.

Angered by President Trump’s environmental policy and his decision to have the U.S. leave the 2015 Paris climate agreement, a who’s who list of climate change activists, politicians, and businesses blasted the president and announced bold climate action goals.

The climate action commitments made by state and local governments as well as businesses are intended to bypass federal policy, but in keeping with left-wing ideas, the economic consequences of the policies were ignored.

In a symbolic act of defiance against President Trump, California Democrat Governor Jerry Brown announced plans for the Golden State to launch its own satellite to monitor pollutants linked to climate change.

In his closing remarks at the conference, Brown said, “With science still under attack and the climate threat growing, we’re launching our own damn satellite.” The satellite project will be privately funded, but state workers will be involved with the effort.

Brown’s announcement represents only small part of California’s effort to fight climate change. The major thrust is the state’s war on fossil fuels and carbon dioxide emissions.

California just doubled down on its goal to become the renewable energy leader by expanding the state’s current commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Just before the climate meeting, Brown signed a new California law mandating that 100 percent of the state’s electricity must come from energy sources that don’t emit carbon dioxide by 2045. The prior law mandated that 33 percent of its electricity come from renewable sources by 2020, with an additional target of 50 percent by 2030.

The new law requires that 60 percent of California’s electricity come from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2030 and the remaining 40 percent must be from “zero carbon” energy sources by 2045. “Zero carbon” energy includes renewable energy but also hydropower, nuclear, or natural gas, if the carbon emissions are captured and buried.

Carbon-free is not cost-free. The push away from fossil fuels is already making California residents pay more for electricity than the average U.S. resident. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, residents in California are paying 19.9 cents per kilowatt hour compared to 13.02 cents for the U.S. average residential cost.

The new law will drive electricity rates in California even higher, with a negligible reduction in carbon emissions — less than 0.2 percent of global carbon dioxide emissions are derived from the state’s power generation.

The California carbon warriors also have a hand in the state’s high gasoline prices. In California, the average cost of gasoline is $3.63 per gallon, compared to the national average of $2.85. Hidden in the gasoline prices is the state’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard that contributes to an estimated range between 12 and 14 cents per gallon. In addition, the state’s cap-and-trade law, designed to reduce carbon emissions, adds about 12 to 13 cents per gallon.

High gasoline and electricity prices are regressive, hurting low-income families. California may be “a leader” on climate change, but the state also leads the nation in poverty rates, and higher energy costs can only exacerbate the problem.

Brown was not the only left-wing elected official to promote a climate change plan. New York City Democrat Mayor Bill de Blasio also made his presence known by joining with New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer to announce that New York City pension funds will invest 2 percent, or $4 billion, of their $195 billion in climate change solutions, including renewable energy. The investment target will double the existing funds allocated to climate change solutions. The five New York City pension funds are also divesting from fossil fuel companies.

Playing climate change politics with pension funds is risky, especially since the New York City pension funds for police, firefighters, and teachers are not meeting investment goals, and the unfunded liabilities are growing at a significant rate. Taxpayers will be on the hook to pay for the city’s pension fund shortages. With the status of current pensions’ challenges, investments should be made to yield maximum financial return devoid of political grandstanding.

The data shows the U.S. leads the world in carbon dioxide reductions without being part of the Paris agreement, but those facts don’t fit the anti-Trump narrative promoted at the climate meeting.

Resisting President Trump on climate change is classic left-wing politics, where the policy costs are paid by others.

Dr. Tom Borelli is a contributor to Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @tomborelli.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with CloutHub.com, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a BlazeTV.com host, Outreach Director with FreedomWorks.org overseeing its Empower.org outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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