Even more egregious than the accusations that continue to be hurled at those who believe climate science is not entirely settled is the acceptance that limiting U.S. CO2 emissions without a parallel and contemporaneous commitment from the world’s other major emitters — notably China and India — will result in a reduction of the concentration of CO2 in the atmosphere in the foreseeable future.
The math doesn’t work. Even if leading emitter China makes good on its promise to begin reducing emissions “around 2030,” by then its emissions will have grown by one-third from what they are today.
Whether U.S. CO2 reductions are achieved via emission limits, carbon taxes or some combination, U.S. energy costs will increase and the U.S. will be less competitive than it otherwise could be, right at a time when a consensus is finally emerging that the only sustainable path to addressing our sluggish economy and horrific national balance sheet is economic growth through enhanced competitiveness.
Leaders who refuse to accept these realities — and the media who abet them — are the real scorn-worthy “deniers” in the debate.