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Business Review Board / September 1, 2016

There’s No Winning the Gas Wars

Climate alarmists put their agenda ahead of consumers’ well-being.

One positive development in our generally lackluster economy has been low fuel costs. Economist Stephen Moore says, “The best rule of thumb is that every penny rise in gas prices at the pump takes about $1.5 billion out of the wallets of motorists.” So taking into account how much per-gallon gasoline prices have plummeted over the years — by several dollars in most cases — consumers are saving many billions of dollars that can be used elsewhere. That’s welcome relief to consumers. But not so much to anti-fossil fuel antagonists.

Citing new statistics that show 35,092 car-related deaths from 2014 to 2015 — a 7% increase — Time magazine’s Justin Worland says, “[A]n increase in traffic deaths is just one of several negative side effects. More driving also means an increase in the greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change and automobile pollution continues to lead to disease and death in America’s urban centers. Compounding those problems, low gas prices make Americans more likely to buy gas guzzlers.”

So while low fuel prices are good for families struggling financially, Worland argues that an uptick in traffic deaths and “climate change” negate any monetary advantages. For starters, Hot Air’s Jazz Shaw sets the record straight with a look at the trend: “Since the 1970s, traffic fatalities in the United States have continued to fall, even as total population and the number of vehicles on the roadways have skyrocketed. Per capita traffic deaths are less than half what they were when Jimmy Carter was in office. And when compared to other western nations, we’re absolutely one of the safest.” Besides, “When the economy is doing well and there are more new buildings being erected or existing ones extensively renovated we have more accidents on construction sites. As construction increases we produce more construction materials and factory injuries increase as employment goes up. Shall we cease all of those activities as well?”

As far as the environment is concerned, where’s the outrage toward hypocritical environmental scolds like Barack Obama, John Kerry, Al Gore and Leonardo DiCaprio, all of whom rack up multitudinous miles in their fancy airliners to lecture the rest of us about the dangers of greenhouse gas emissions?

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