01 Aug The loneliness of not being on the Infrastructure bandwagon
Posted from Seattle, WA August 3, 2021
In frustration over being in the lonely position of not being on the Infrastructure bandwagon I designed the ad below, a curmudgeonly piece of writing to be sure. The third bullet point of the ad contains a statement that the direct approach to climate change–simply ending our subsidies for it–is always given short shrift.
But I need to give credit where it is due. There are stirrings on this front. The End Polluter Welfare Act is just such an effort and deserves everyone’s support. It would end federal subsidies to the fossil fuel industry, something that should have been done when Jim Hanson first informed the World it was on borrowed time because of climate change. But better late than never, at least to float the idea. As a co-sponsor of the bill, Senator Jeff Markley says, “It is ridiculous that the federal government continues to hand out massive giveaways to antiquated fossil fuel industries that are not only financially risky, but are also a driving force for climate chaos’ devastating wildfires, hurricanes, droughts, floods, and extreme winter storms,”
I can’t resist noting that the sponsors of the bill appear to be Democrats, a very sad commentary on the Republican Party. The issue of climate change is tailor-made for Republicans, who should be making sure the free market is given a chance to solve this problem before we spend $6 Trillion on various schemes thrown into bills designed by lobbyists that will actually make the problem worse.