The Patriot Post® · Biden Wrecks Economy to Fight 'Climate Change'

By Nate Jackson ·

“If you can’t get the votes … you can’t [legislate] by executive order unless you’re a dictator. We’re a democracy. We need consensus.” —Joe Biden in October

Joe Biden is no centrist. That’s a myth peddled by those who want to foist the Left’s version of Unity™ on the American people. Biden’s dictatorial executive orders to combat the supposedly existential threat of “climate change” are prime examples of his radical leftward shift.

Yes, the climate is changing. But when leftists use those words, they imply or outright claim that their ecofascist policies are the only way “science” dictates that we combat it.

Much like the Biden administration promises to tackle every issue with “equity” as its guiding light, so the climate “crisis” will inform how key issues are addressed across Biden’s entire administration. On Wednesday, Biden unveiled his version of the Green New Deal — an overall initiative to fight global warming climate change, saying, “This is not a time for small measures.” (And since climate change is supposedly caused by racism, it’s all coming full circle.)

One of America’s great achievements on President Donald Trump’s watch was energy independence. By that we mean the U.S. became a net exporter of oil and natural gas for the first time in decades and that we were thus paying less for energy and had become far less dependent on (sometimes hostile) foreign powers for the energy we need to run a modern economy.

Joe Biden, his “climate czar” John Kerry, and the rest of his administration want to reverse all that, and they’ve wasted no time in restarting Barack Obama’s war on energy.

“When I think of climate change and the answers to it, I think of jobs,” Biden proclaimed.

Killing jobs, that is.

On Day One, Biden axed the Keystone pipeline, along with its tens of thousands of jobs. He immediately put hundreds of thousands more jobs on the chopping block with an indefinite suspension of oil and gas drilling on federal lands — the same method Obama used to choke the energy industry. That move could cost the economy $700 billion and lead to almost that much extra spent on foreign energy suppliers.

Biden has reentered the Paris climate accord, which constricts our economy to meet arbitrary carbon-emissions standards that even Kerry says are “not enough” — all while letting the world’s biggest polluters, China and India, off with little more than a few promises.

Speaking of promises, Biden says he won’t ban fracking, but it’s only a matter of time before that’s exposed as a lie.

Meanwhile, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttiegieg is pondering hiking the gas tax to advance the Left’s ultimate goal of killing gasoline-powered cars altogether. Subsidizing electric cars is not the solution.

All those newly unemployed workers? Let them make “zero-emission vehicles,” said Joe Antoinette Biden. Let them “make the solar panels,” said John Antoinette Kerry. In any case, says energy secretary nominee Jennifer Granholm, some “jobs that might be sacrificed” on the altar of climate change.

These elitists think they’re the ones who know better than us what cars we should drive, what should produce our electricity, or where energy companies should drill. And then they have the chutzpah to, as Kerry did, claim that it’s just “market forces” driving these changes.

The more accurate view was expressed by West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who said, “The president is really taking a wrecking ball to many of the states that have oil, gas, coal, manufacturing jobs. That’s going to have a real detrimental impact, especially as the American economy is coming out of COVID-19, a pandemic.”

But why wouldn’t Team Biden do all this economic damage? “We can’t wait any longer,” warned Biden. “We see it with our own eyes. We feel it. We know it in our bones. It is an existential threat. There is a climate crisis. We know what to do; we’ve just got to do it.”

Got that? An “existential threat” justifies any and all means.

Fortunately, states and the energy industry aren’t going to take Biden’s dictatorial edicts lying down. Lawsuits have been filed over all of them, and we sincerely hope Trump’s reworked judiciary reins in Biden’s executive overreach. But fighting this aggressive ecofascist agenda is going to be difficult because, for leftists, it’s a battle to be fought with religious — no, cultish — zealotry.