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Dems Climate Forum: Long In Length, Short On Facts

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The Facts:

2020 DEMOCRATS WILL APPEAR AT A CLIMATE TOWN HALL TODAY TO PUSH THEIR COSTLY CLIMATE PLANS

Ten Democrat presidential candidates will appear today in a 7-hour CNN forum on climate change.

In addition to their own pricey plans, every candidate participating in today's town hall has endorsed the $93 trillion radical Green New Deal.

Democrats' climate plans center around eliminating greenhouse emissions within 10-30 years, but while the plans will score points with far-left environmentalists, many experts say that they are unrealistic and likely impossible.

DEMOCRATS' SILENCE ON HOW TO ELIMINATE EMISSIONS SOURCES MAKE IT CLEAR THEY'RE ABOUT APPLAUSE NOT ACTION

Democrats, most notably Sen. Bernie Sanders and Former Vice President Joe Biden , have said that they would eliminate the use of fossil fuels in the transportation sector.

However, neither candidate has addressed how they would eliminate critical transportation industries like airlines that have very few low-carbon alternatives.

In order to achieve their carbon free promise, Democrats would need to eliminate essential building materials like steel and cement - cement alone accounts for 7% of human-made carbon dioxide emissions.

Bill Gates warned in an op-ed that the lack of alternatives to essential building materials means 'we have a lot of inventing to do' if Democrats were to achieve zero carbon emissions overall.

WHILE DEMOCRATS ARE PUSHING CLIMATE PLANS THAT HAVE NO BASIS IN REALITY, THEY ARE OPPOSING REAL SOLUTIONS THAT ARE ALREADY WORKING

In their mad dash to embrace the radical Green New Deal, Democrats have vowed to eliminate nuclear power, which provides more than 50% of the United States' emission-free electricity.

Unlike Democrats, President Trump has worked to reduce emissions through innovation not regulation , signing into law critical tax credits for carbon capture technology and nuclear energy.

INSTEAD OF WORKING WITH THE ENERGY INDUSTRY TO SAVE JOBS AND REDUCE EMISSIONS, DEMOCRATS HAVE PLEDGED TO ELIMINATE ALL FOSSIL FUELS

Democrat candidates have widely vowed to eliminate fossil fuels.

The oil and gas industry supports more than 10 million jobs nationwide and adds $1.32 trillion to the United States economy.

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TODAY, 2020 DEMOCRATS WILL APPEAR AT A CLIMATE TOWN HALL TO PUSH THEIR COSTLY CLIMATE PLANS

Ten Democrat Presidential Candidates Will Appear Today In A 7 Hour CNN Forum On Climate Change.

Ten Democrat Presidential Candidates Will Appear Today In A 7 Hour CNN Forum On Climate Change. 'Ten Democratic presidential contenders will make the case for their respective climate agendas Wednesday when they compete for the title of top environmental candidate. The seven-hour forum on CNN, with each participant speaking separately, will offer White House hopefuls the chance to emerge as the leading supporter of environmental defense and climate action in the wake of Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's withdrawal from the 2020 race. The Democratic governor's platform was almost exclusively centered on combating climate change.' ( The Hill , 9/2/19)

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar, Kamala Harris, Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke And Andrew Yang Will Participate. 'Biden, Warren, Sanders and Yang will participate in the CNN forum, as will Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.) Amy Klobuchar (D-M.N.). Former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-Texas) will also participate.' ( The Hill , 9/2/19)

In Addition To Their Own Pricey Plans, Every Candidate Participating In Today's Town Hall Has Endorsed The $93 Trillion Green New Deal

Every Candidate Participating In Today's Town Hall Has Either Co-Sponsored Or Endorsed The Green New Deal. ( The Washington Post , Accessed 9/3/19)

  • The Green New Deal Will Cost $93 Trillion, According To A Study Co-Authored By Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Former Director Of The Congressional Budget Office. (Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Dan Bosch, Ben Gitis, Dan Goldbeck, and Philip Rossetti, 'The Green New Deal: Scope, Scale, And Implications, American Action Forum , 2/25/19)

Sen. Bernie Sanders Has Released A $16.3 Trillion Plan To Fight Climate Change. 'Senator Bernie Sanders on Thursday released a $16.3 trillion blueprint to fight climate change, the latest and most expensive proposal from the field of Democratic presidential candidates aimed at reining in planet-warming greenhouse gases.' ( The New York Times , 8/22/19)

  • Sanders Would Pay For His Plan Through Massive Taxes On Energy Companies, Cuts To Military Spending And From 'New Income Tax Revenues.' 'Mr. Sanders's campaign estimated that roughly $3.1 trillion would be generated from 'making the fossil fuel industry pay for their pollution' through new but unspecified fees and eliminating $15 billion in annual subsidies; another $1.2 trillion would come from 'scaling back military spending on the global oil supply,' and $2.3 trillion would be collected from new income tax revenues from new jobs in the renewable energy industry, among other measures.' ( The New York Times , 8/22/19)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Has Pitched A $2 Trillion Clean Energy Plan. 'And in the latest sign of momentum for the Green New Deal building among Democrats, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) pitched on Tuesday a $2 trillion clean energy plan that involves a 'Green Apollo Program' to invest in alternative energy and a 'Green Marshall Plan' to encourage foreigners to buy U.S.-made green technologies.' ( The Washington Post , 6/4/19)

Former Vice President Joe Biden Has Rolled Out A $1.7 Trillion Climate Plan He Claims Will Pay For By Rolling Back Republican Tax Cuts But That Would Cover Less Than Half The Cost Of His Proposal. 'As for the price tag, Biden's plan says that his climate proposal would cost $1.7 trillion over a decade and that he would foot the bill by paring the 2017 Republican tax law provisions he says 'enrich corporations at the expense of American jobs.' But it is unclear if Democrats would be willing to raise that much money in new taxes from corporations, even assuming the party regains Congress and the White House. The Republican tax law lowered the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. Setting it at 27 or 28 percent, as Barack Obama and most congressional Democrats have called for, would only raise about $700 billion over 10 years, according to Marc Goldwein, senior vice president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, a nonpartisan think tank.' ( The Washington Post , 6/4/19)

While These Plans May Generate Applause From Far-Left Activists, Most Experts Agree Their Goals Are Unrealistic And Unachievable

Though The Green New Deal Mandates A Transition To Exclusively Renewable Power, It 'Doesn't Specify How The U.S. Should Wean Itself Off Non-Renewable Power Sources.' 'Ocasio-Cortez's resolution, however, doesn't call for a mandate for renewable energy. It also doesn't specify how the U.S. should wean itself off non-renewable power sources. The proposal also would consist of a nationwide build-out of a 'smart' electrical grid and mass energy-efficient building upgrades.' ( The Hill , 11/24/18)

  • The Candidates' Plans Center Around Eliminating Greenhouse Emissions Within 10 To 30 Years. 'All of the other top-tier presidential candidates have already detailed aggressive plans to eliminate U.S. greenhouse gas emissions within 10 to 30 years, tapping into what has become a crucial issue for Democratic voters.' ( Reuters , 8/28/19)

Tom Pyle, President Of The Institute For Energy Research, Says That Such A Transition Would Be Impossible, 'One Hundred Percent Renewable Energy Defies The Laws Of Physics.' 'Critics say the transition would be impossible. 'One hundred percent renewable energy defies the laws of physics,' said Tom Pyle, president of the Institute for Energy Research, a fossil-fuel-backed conservative think tank. 'It would be impossible to achieve.' Paul Bledsoe, a strategic adviser at the Progressive Policy Institute, said it does a disservice to the real seriousness of climate change to set such an unrealistic goal. 'I understand the value of aspirational goals,' he said. 'My personal view is, that undermines the credibility of the effort.'' ( The Hill , 11/24/18)

A Study By The National Academy Of Sciences Concluded 'That It Is Extremely Difficult To Achieve Complete Decarbonization Of The Energy System, Even When Using Every Current Technology And Tool Available.' 'Many previous studies of deep decarbonization of electric power illustrate that much can be done with wind and solar power but that it is extremely difficult to achieve complete decarbonization of the energy system, even when using every current technology and tool available, including energy efficiency and wind, hydroelectric, and solar energy as well as carbon capture and storage, bioenergy, and nuclear energy (1-6, 8-10). In contrast, ref. 11 asserts that it is cost-effective to fully decarbonize the US energy system primarily using just three inherently variable generating technologies: solar PV, solar CSP, and wind, to supply more than 95% of total energy in the proposal presented in ref. 11. Such an extraordinarily constrained conclusion demands a standard of proof that ref. 11 does not meet.' ( Proceedings Of The National Academy Of Sciences Of The United States Of America , 6/26/16)

DEMOCRATS LOVE TO TALK ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE BUT HAVE NO ACTUAL WAY TO PUT THEIR PLANS INTO EFFECT, MAKING IT CLEAR THEY'RE ABOUT APPLAUSE NOT ACTION

Democrats Are All In On Eliminating Fossil Fuels From The Transportation Sector, But Electric Engines For Airplanes Are 'Decades Away' And Democrats Don't Address How They Would Eliminate The Airline Industry's Significant Carbon Footprint

Sanders' Plan Calls For Converting The Electricity And Transportation Sectors To 100 Percent Renewable Energy By 2030 Through A 'Massive Spending Plan.' 'Instead, he calls for converting the electricity and transportation sectors to 100 percent renewable energy by 2030 and achieving 'complete decarbonization' by 2050 through a massive spending plan. Robert C. Hockett, a Cornell University law professor who has advised Mr. Sanders on climate change policy, said the country now needs more than just a carbon tax. Tackling climate change, he said, demands a vast overhaul of United States infrastructure and manufacturing. He said Mr. Sanders's plan, and its substantial price tag, reflected that.' ( The New York Times , 8/22/19)

Biden Is Committed To 'Ending Americans' Use Of Fossil Fuels In Cars, Planes And Rapid Transit.' 'Biden's commitment to ending Americans' use of fossil fuels in cars, planes and rapid transit came during a clash with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, who lambasted him for only offering 'middle-ground' solutions to global warming. Biden responded by touting sweeping aspects of his own environmental plan.' ( Real Clear Politics , 9/3/19)

Airplanes Are Responsible For 11% Of Transportation Related Emissions In The U.S. 'If you are like many people, flying may be a large portion of your carbon footprint. Over all, the aviation industry accounts for 11 percent of all transportation-related emissions in the United States. According to some estimates, about 20,000 planes are in use around the world, serving three billion passengers annually. By 2040, more than 50,000 planes could be in service, and they are expected to fly more often.' ( The New York Times, 7/27/17)

There Are Clear Signs About Just How Difficult It Will Be To Decarbonize The Airline Industry 'For Which Surprisingly Few Low-Carbon Technologies Or Fuels Have Been Developed So Far.' 'But it's also a clear sign of just how difficult it is to decarbonize the airline industry, for which surprisingly few low-carbon technologies or fuels have been developed so far. That said, there are steps airlines can take to modestly reduce their impact on the environment. And on this front, a recent report from the German nonprofit atmosfair shows that US-based airlines have fared poorly compared to air carriers in other countries, failing to take climate change as seriously as some of their competitors abroad.' ( Vox , 1/13/19)

Electric Or Hydrogen Powered Engines Are 'Decades Away' And Though Airlines Are Experimenting With Biofuels 'Right Now, We Have Almost No Alternative That Can Match Jet Fuel's Energy Density.' 'Right now, we have almost no alternative that can match jet fuel's energy density - no battery is going to get an airliner across the Atlantic. The engines themselves are pretty much at their upper limit for fuel economy and performance, so there's little room for improvement there. There is talk of electric aircraft and hydrogen-powered engines, but those flights are decades away. Airlines are now experimenting with biofuels that can be carbon-neutral. The big hurdle right now is price, but if oil prices rise and if production costs come down, biofuels could become a viable way to decarbonize air travel. Manufacturers like Airbus and Boeing are studying new wing designs that save fuel and hybrid systems, like electric motors for taxiing aircraft on the ground. The US Department of Energy and the military meanwhile are researching biofuels.' ( Vox , 1/13/19)

To Enact Their Plans, Democrats Would Have To Eliminate Even Basic Building Materials Like Steel And Concrete

Bill Gates, Who Is Well Known For His Climate Advocacy, Issued A Warning In A Recent Op-Ed That The Production Of Steel And Other Building Materials Like Cement Is A Massive Contributor To Greenhouse Gas Emissions. 'I know it sounds like an odd thing to say, but it opens the door to an important subject that deserves a lot more attention in any conversation about climate change. Making steel and other materials-such as cement, plastic, glass, aluminum, and paper-is the third biggest contributor of greenhouse gases, behind agriculture and making electricity. It's responsible for a fifth of all emissions.' (Op-Ed, Bill Gates, IFL Science , 8/28/19)

Bill Gates, Who Is Well Known For His Climate Advocacy, Warned In A Recent Op-Ed That Given The Necessity Of These Materials And The Lack Of Alternatives 'We Have A Lot Of Inventing To Do' If We Want To Get To Zero Carbon Emissions Overall. 'And these emissions will be some of the hardest to get rid of: these materials are everywhere in our lives, and we don't yet have any proven breakthroughs that will give us affordable zero-carbon versions of them. If we're going to get to zero carbon emissions overall, we have a lot of inventing to do.' (Op-Ed, Bill Gates, IFL Science , 8/28/19)

Concrete Is The World's Most Widely Used Building Material, And Demand For It Is Growing Along With Urbanization. 'Part of the reason cement produces so much carbon dioxide that it's so widespread. Concrete is the world's most widely used building material, and demand for it is growing along with urbanization. Under a business-as-usual scenario, 'The emissions of the global cement sector alone are very likely to surpass the total amount of CO2 emissions of the EU' in the next decade, the World Wildlife Fund said in a recent report.' ( CBS , 7/23/19)

NOT ONLY ARE DEMOCRATS PUSHING CLIMATE PLANS THAT HAVE NO BASIS IN REALITY, THEY OPPOSE REAL CLEAN ENERGY SOLUTIONS AND INNOVATIONS THAT REPUBLICANS CAN SEE ARE ALREADY WORKING

In Their Mad Dash To Embrace The Radical Green New Deal, Democrats Have Vowed To Eliminate Nuclear Power Which Provides More Than 50% Of The United States' Emission-Free Electricity

In An 'Explainer Document' Released Alongside The Green New Deal, The Resolution's Lead Sponsors Said That The Deal 'Will Not Include Investing In New Nuclear Power Plants.' 'As Democrats last week rolled out their long-awaited Green New Deal, one of the plan's lead sponsors also released a fact sheet to explain in plain English how the United States could drive down to zero greenhouse gas emissions over the next decade. Such explainer documents are typical when members of Congress introduce new bills. What was notable about this one was the fact sheet and the official Green New Deal resolution it was supposed to be explaining didn't see eye-to-eye on one crucial piece of the nation's energy mix: nuclear power. The Green New Deal 'will not include investing in new nuclear power plants,' read the fact sheet shared with reporters by the office of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). Another fact sheet posted on Ocasio-Cortez's website Thursday morning contained similar language.' ( The Washington Post , 2/11/19)

  • One Of The Bills Lead Sponsors, Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) Slammed Nuclear Power And Said That 'He Doesn't Want To See The U.S. Government Spend Billions Of Dollars Subsidizing Them.' 'Markey pointed out the tough economic headwinds faced by nuclear reactors, but said he doesn't want to see the U.S. government spend billions of dollars subsidizing them. 'Nuclear power has met its maker in the marketplace,' Markey said. 'We're adding no new nuclear not because of any granola-chomping protesters outside the construction site but because they're not economically viable.'' ( The Washington Post , 2/11/19)

Sanders' Plan 'Calls For A Moratorium On Nuclear Power Plant License Renewals.' 'The Sanders plan calls for a moratorium on nuclear power plant license renewals, and it says that the goal of 100 percent sustainable energy 'will not rely on any false solutions like nuclear, geoengineering, carbon capture and sequestration, or trash incinerators.'' ( The New York Times , 8/22/19)

In The U.S., Nuclear Is The Single Largest Source Of Electricity In The Nation And One In Five Megawatts Powering Homes And Businesses Comes From Nuclear Reactors. 'In the United States, one in five megawatts powering homes and businesses comes from nuclear reactors. That is the single largest source of electricity in the nation that comes from power plants that do not release significant amounts of climate-warming carbon dioxide into the air.' ( The Washington Post , 2/11/19)

Nuclear Energy Generates More Than 55% Of America's Emission-Free Electricity. 'Clean energy sources-nuclear, hydropower, geothermal, wind and solar-work together to reduce greenhouse gases in our atmosphere. According to the Energy Information Administration, nuclear energy is the largest clean energy source in the United States, producing more carbon-free electricity than all other sources combined. 2018 figures show that nuclear energy generates more than 55 percent of America's emission-free electricity. That is more than 2.5 times the amount generated by hydropower, nearly 3 times the amount generated by wind, and more than 12 times the amount generated by solar.' ( Nuclear Energy Institute , Accessed 9/2/19)

Experts 'At Home And Abroad' Note The 'Necessity' Of Nuclear Power In Staving Off Dangerous Warming. 'Experts at home and abroad note the necessity of nuclear power in staving off dangerous warming. The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says more nuclear power plants are needed in most scenarios to keep warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius. Barack Obama's energy secretary, Ernest Moniz, issued a report last week urging the United States to spend more on developing the next generation of nuclear reactors. 'Nuclear has been the backbone of [the United States] carbon-free energy and will play a crucial role in meeting future climate goals,' said Lindsey Walter, an energy policy advisor at the center-left think tank Third Way, which supports federal research in and tax breaks for advanced nuclear reactors.' ( The Washington Post , 2/11/19)

Unlike Democrats, President Trump Has Worked To Reduce Emissions Through Innovation Not Regulation, Signing Into Law Critical Tax Credits For Carbon Capture Technology And Nuclear Energy

President Trump Is Embracing Innovation Over Regulation As A Means Of Fighting Climate Change, Promoting Carbon Capture And Storage Technology. 'The White House will begin promoting carbon capture and storage technology, two senior administration officials told McClatchy on Friday, in a rare acknowledgment from the Trump administration of the dangers of rising carbon dioxide emissions. Their embrace of the emerging technology is part of a nascent strategy by the Trump administration to promote innovation over regulation as a means of fighting climate change, and comes amid a bipartisan call from senators for an increase in federal funding for carbon capture development. Carbon capture is a technology that seeks to capture the majority of carbon-dioxide emissions produced by large fuel plants before they reach the atmosphere.' ( McClatchy , 4/5/19)

In 2018, As Part Of A Bipartisan Budget Deal, President Trump Signed Into Law Important Tax Credits For Carbon Capture Technology And Nuclear Power With 'Huge' Republican Support. 'Some of these had huge Republican support, such as the 45Q tax credits for carbon capture and 45J nuclear-power production credits. 'This is a stunning one-two punch for the future of US-led clean and reliable energy,' says Rich Powell, director of ClearPath, an organization that lobbies for clean energy. For the uninitiated, carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) is a technology that traps emissions from power plants and industries and then stops them from entering the atmosphere. Currently, there are 17 large-scale carbon capture plants in the world, sequestering 40 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in total-about 0.1% of total global emissions. The technology needs to scale up and fast. The International Energy Agency estimates that the world needs to sequester about 6 billion metric tons of CO2 by 2050.' ( Quartz , 2/8/18)

Even Bill Gates Touted The Effectiveness Of Carbon Capture Technology As A Way To Suck Greenhouse Gases Out Of The Air. 'Carbon capture. The idea here is to suck greenhouse gases out of the air. I think this is probably the approach we'll have to take with cement; rather than making it without emissions, we'll remove the emissions before they can do any damage. There are two basic approaches: One is to grab the greenhouse gases right where they're created, such as at a cement plant (that's called carbon capture); the other is to pull them from the atmosphere, after they've dispersed. That's called direct-air capture, and it's a big technical challenge that various companies are trying to solve. Mosaic Materials, for example, is developing new nano-materials that could make direct-air capture much more efficient and cost-effective.' (Op-Ed, Bill Gates, IFL Science , 8/28/19)

Sanders Is Opposed To Carbon Capture Technology That He Trashes In His Climate Plan As A 'False Solution.' 'Joshua Freed, vice president for clean energy at the centrist Democratic think tank Third Way, said he was not impressed with Mr. Sanders's plan. The proposal opposes nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage technology, both of which Mr. Freed said must be tools in decarbonizing the economy. 'The Sanders plan appears to be big, but it's not serious,' Mr. Freed said. 'We need to have every option on the table.'' The Sanders plan calls for a moratorium on nuclear power plant license renewals, and it says that the goal of 100 percent sustainable energy 'will not rely on any false solutions like nuclear, geoengineering, carbon capture and sequestration, or trash incinerators.'' ( The New York Times , 8/22/19)

INSTEAD OF WORKING WITH THE ENERGY INDUSTRY TO SAVE JOBS AND REDUCE EMISSIONS, DEMOCRATS HAVE PLEDGED TO ELIMINATE ALL FOSSIL FUELS

Democrats Have Widely Vowed To Eliminate Fossil Fuels

Sanders' Version Of The Green New Deal Aims To Eliminate Fossil Fuel Use By 2050. 'Mr. Sanders was an early supporter of the Green New Deal, an ambitious but nonbinding congressional plan for tackling global warming and economic inequality. He is bestowing that same name upon his new plan, which calls for the United States to eliminate fossil fuel use by 2050.' ( The New York Times , 8/22/19)

Biden Made A Blanket Pledge To Eliminate All Fossil Fuels If Elected President. 'Democratic front-runner Joe Biden's blanket statement that he would end Americans' use of fossil fuels if elected president amounted to political suicide in parts of the Rust Belt where coal remains king when it comes to jobs and workers' economic security, the Trump campaign argued.' ( Real Clear Politics , 9/3/19)

Sen. Warren Has Vowed To Reinstate President Obama's Moratorium On All New Fossil Fuel Leases On Public Lands 'On Her First Day As President.' 'On her first day as president, Warren would declare a moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases on public lands. '[T]hat's pretty significant - putting all our federal lands, it's nearly a quarter of our land mass, on the side of helping the climate instead of being a source of more carbon in the air,' Warren told Vox last month. She would also reinstate an Obama-era rule that restricted the emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas, from existing drilling and mining sites.' ( Vox , 7/30/19)

The Oil And Gas Industry Supports More Than 10 Million Jobs Nationwide

The Oil And Gas Industry Supported More Than 10.3 Million U.S. Jobs And Added $1.32 Trillion To The U.S. Economy In 2015 According To A Price Waterhouse Coopers Study. ('Impacts Of The Oil And Natural Gas Industry On The US Economy In 2015,' PricewaterhouseCoopers , 7/17)

The Coal Industry Supports 419,531 Jobs And Contributed $57.6 Billion To The U.S. Economy In 2017 According To The National Mining Association. ('The Economic Contributions Of U.S. Mining (2017 Update),' National Mining Association , 9/18)

The Oil, Gas, And Coal Industries Employ A Combined 1.62 Million Workers According To The 2019 U.S. Energy & Employment Report From The National Association Of State Energy Officials And Energy Futures Initiative. ('The 2019 U.S. Energy & Employment Report,' National Association Of State Energy Officials & Energy Future Initiative , 3/19)

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