A group of energy and environment experts are sounding the alarm on U.S. climate policy and pointing to Europe’s crisis as an example of “blindly” abandoning energy security.
In a letter Tuesday, the coalition of six experts urged congressional Republican leaders — Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. — to consider how green policies have contributed to the energy crisis in Europe. They added that the crisis proves the U.S. lawmakers need to bolster, not “compromise,” energy security.
“The actual environmental benefits of ‘green’ energy are few and far between, if there are any at all. Yet its economic and national security impact is immeasurably negative,” the experts wrote in the letter. “Compromising American energy security for the sake of climate alarmism is more than a misstep, it is a catastrophic error – just look at Europe.”
“Defending our nation’s energy economy and independence must be a priority,” they continued. “Europe’s energy crisis sits as a clear and present warning of what may lie ahead if we continue down this road, let us not follow them blindly into the same disaster.”
The six energy experts penned the letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Tuesday. (Reuters)
In recent months, European consumers and businesses have been hit with massive energy bills due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which upended global oil and gas markets due to Russian producers’ dominance, and an aggressive transition to green energy sources like wind and solar pushed by several major European nations.
Amid the crisis, Europeans have been forced to take drastic measures to conserve energy and keep bills low while governments have imposed rationing rules and introduced relief programs. The letter noted that the crisis has forced manufacturing plants to close and will likely lead to major blackouts throughout the winter in Germany.
“For political reasons, Europe chose to rely on renewable energy and also oil from hostile sources — in this case being Russia,” James Taylor, the president of think tank Heartland Institute, told FOX Business in an interview. “Here we have in the United States, we’re being told by the environmental left, by the administration, that we should choose the same path, that we should be focusing on renewable energy. That’s just a terrible path.”
“In Europe, you see electricity prices that are approximately double what they are here in the United States,” he continued. “That, again, is because of the choices that they have made for renewable energy and relying on a hostile nation. We’re setting ourselves up for the same thing, which would definitely be a bad idea.”
President Biden meets with fellow G7 leaders in Germany on June 27. (Tobias Schwarz/Pool Photo via AP)
Taylor was among the experts who signed the letter to McConnell and McCarthy on Tuesday.
He was joined by Craig Rucker, the president of the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow; Kent Lassman, the president of the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI); Myron Ebell, the director of CEI’s Center for Energy and Environment; Gregory Wrightstone, the executive director of the CO2 Coalition; and Steve Milloy, a senior legal fellow at the Energy & Environment Legal Institute.
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