Ben Lieberman: There’s a new addition to the list of enemies of the planet — buildings (yes, buildings!)

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Environmentalists and their friends in Congress dislike an ever-expanding list of materials and industries American families rely on, from fossil fuels to vehicles to logging, farming and ranching. Now it seems there’s a new addition to the list of enemies of the planet: buildings.

This year’s Green New Deal from House and Senate Democrats finds fault with every building in America and sets an astonishing goal of “upgrading all existing buildings in the United States and building new buildings to achieve maximum energy efficiency, water efficiency, safety, affordability, comfort, and durability.” Several other bills would throw billions of tax dollars at installing insulation and energy-saving gadgets in both government and private buildings and boosting the use of solar panels and other renewables.

In theory, it sounds like more efficient buildings reduce both energy bills and energy-related emissions – a win-win for the economy and the environment. In reality, though, most energy saving measures that make economic sense are already undertaken by builders and property owners without government intervention.

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