Biden Administration’s Manipulated Energy Policy Demonstrates Ignorance of History

Consumed, as they have been, with the work of pushing revisionist woke ideology in the schools, it seems the Left missed the lesson that those who don’t know history are doomed to repeat it. They’ve learned nothing from the past, not even the recent past. 

Yet here we are, looking at the possibility we could repeat the same mistakes Europe made in the late 90s and early 2000s when they failed to realize the real motivations behind the green energy propaganda they were being spoon fed as truth.  

Back in the early 2000s, Russia did a phenomenal job with a disinformation campaign pushing anti-fracking in Europe. We know this because NATO admitted that this “green energy” advocacy was funded by the very people who stood to gain from the enacted policies: Anders Fogh Rasmussen, secretary-general of the North American Treaty Organization (NATO) announced in 2014 that “I have met with allies who can report that Russia, as part of their sophisticated information and disinformation operations, engaged actively with so-called non-government organizations—environmental organizations working against shale gas—to maintain European dependence on imported Russian [natural] gas.”

The result was many European nations, like Germany, buying environmental propaganda—hook, line, and sinker—and committing to a fool’s errand of net zero and renewables. Since 2000, Germany will have spent several decades and almost $600 billion on what they have termed Energiewende, which is a complete and utter failure on every front.

Now the Germans, and other Europeans, are heavily dependent on Russian fossil fuels that are being used as a weapon against them. With winter quickly approaching, it’s guaranteed they’re not laughing anymore at Trump’s warnings about being dependent on Russian energy. They are, in fact, staring at the horrifying results of being played by Putin when they could have been energy independent if only they had made the right decisions just a few decades ago. But they didn’t and here they are being hit upside the head by the 2×4 of reality.

Now fast forward to today as we consider the recent past and the miserable lies of “green energy” and “man-made global warming.” It was reported recently that,  

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a major U.S. green group that has influenced Biden administration policymaking, has deep ties to the Chinese government. The NRDC . . . with total assets exceeding $450 million, has worked on climate issues extensively in China since the mid-1990s and several of its top officials have worked for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) or government-sponsored institutions. The NRDC maintains a close working relationship with President Biden’s administration. The NRDC’s former president, Gina McCarthy, served as Biden’s climate czar up from January 2021 until earlier this month.

So here’s a group with very close ties to the Chinese Communists, and probably funding from the ChiComs, that is pushing the idiotic green policy that has failed so spectacularly in Germany. Why? As I have said many times, if you want things in DC to make sense, just follow the money.

Where are two-thirds of solar panels made today? China. Where will 101 of the 136 electric vehicle battery factories be located by 2029? If you guessed China again, you would be correct.

A lot of the Biden Administration’s energy policy is influenced by a group with close ties to the ChiComs who would stand to benefit financially from a green energy policy. That’s bad enough, but let’s think ahead a bit. As Russia is currently using energy policy in Europe as a weapon, what happens, God forbid, if America goes down this path? It’s obvious from Germany that “renewables” could never actually meet the energy needs of an advanced economy. But beyond that: the supplies necessary for “renewables” and electric vehicles are made in, primarily, China. We would end up being heavily dependent on China, which of course, like Russia, would absolutely use energy policy for leverage.

This is all idiocy, a boondoggle with serious national security implications and and the infantile Left is falling for it, again. They are dangerous fools, intent apparently on bringing this country to its knees and making it subservient on the international stage to nations that hate us. Again those who don’t know their history are doomed to repeat it and yet here we go again.

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About Ned Ryun

Ned Ryun is a former presidential writer for George W. Bush and the founder and CEO of American Majority. You can find him on Twitter @nedryun.

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