Indiana Republican Congressman Larry Bucshon says there is too much ideology and not enough reliance on facts and science when it comes to expanding American energy.
On Tuesday, the House Energy and Commerce Committee had its first full committee hearing for 2023. Bucshon is on that committee.
“My constituents in southwest Indiana need access to reliable, affordable, and environmentally sustainable energy. All of us want to breath clean air, clean water to drink, and clean land to utilize and enjoy in the future. This, however, should not be at the expense of affordable and reliable energy,” said Bucshon.
Bucshon said he’s been visiting energy stakeholders recently.
“Someone explained the current ideologically driven efforts to replace all of the fossil fuel generation with wind and solar power. They basically told me that this is a battle between politics and science/physics. I think we all know who’s going to win there. We need to start looking at the facts and get away from the ideology,” said Bucshon.
Bucshon says the American taxpayer should not be funding electric vehicle charging stations across the country.
“I support electric vehicles, but we’re doing that because the market won’t bear it,” said Bucshon.
Bucshon asked several witnesses about the investment climate for the energy sector and the role of the federal government in all of that. Many of them discussed concerns they had about China building new power plants in China and across the world.
“Currently there’s about 1,118 coal fired power plants and 225 in the United States. China is not our benchmark. We should be the benchmark driving the global economy,” said Bucshon.
Buschon is the one ideologically driven. He always likes to claim that his father was a coal miner and his relentless support for coal could keep us on a trajectory for absolutely miserable lives for our grand children due to horrible increases in summertime temps.
Even Purdue University, no bastion of liberal thought tells us that the business as usual approach which Buschon endorses will result in more than 90 – 95° each year by the end of this century in Buschon’s former residence in SW Indiana.
It’s sad that Buschon wants to claim “science” is on his side when science, both prospective and current data shows that in a few short years, southern Indiana will experience summer tempertures like those currently experienced in arid regions like southern Texas. But hey, his concerns are not for our future, they are so his friends in the fossil fuel industry that exists in his district can continue give him campaign cash from the extraction and burning of coal.
Well, it’s a good thing there hasn’t been any increase in temperatures for the last 15 years then despite the continued production of “CO2”, a trace gas in the atmosphere that is the current boogeyman of the green movement. One might wonder why a trace gas gets all the blame for “global warming” instead of natural cycles of the giant nuclear furnace in the sky, but once you remember there’s no money in controlling the giant sky furnace and there is a LOT of money in blaming CO2 to control industry it magically all starts to make sense.
It’s not very scientific to claim that increasing the CO2 output would increase the atmospheric CO2 levels. In reality, the CO2 scrubbers (we call them plants and trees) will bring those levels back into equilibrium naturally. It’s like bacteria controlling NH3 levels in a fish tank.
Charles is correct. John’s cup of coolaid seems to be half empty.
The climate whiners have been wrong on every single prediction of catastrophe since the first Earth Day, but fear sells…follow the money.
Southern Indiana is already several decades late in the doom contended.