Earth Day: Conservative Principles are Key to Reducing Emissions
Republicans have long championed realistic, innovative, and common-sense strategies focused on American resources and American innovation embraced by the free market. The results are clear: conservative principles, not top-down and heavy-handed government mandates, led to emissions reductions and came largely with a reduction in energy prices. In fact, this approach led the United States to reduce emissions more than the next seven countries combined from 2005-2020 – all while slashing energy costs for American households and improving livelihoods.
But despite green rhetoric, the environment has gotten worse under President Biden. While the U.S. reduced emissions by 10.2 percent during President Trump’s four years (or an average of 2.5 percent each year), U.S. emissions increased 6.2 percent during President Biden’s first year in office. Ironically, while most Democrats are anti-coal, coal burned for electricity spiked 17 percent in 2021, marking the first annual increase in the nation’s coal generation since 2014.
On top of that, we can’t tackle global emissions if our progress is offset by other countries like China. For every ton of emissions reduced by the United States, China has increased emissions by nearly four tons.
From kneecapping cleaner U.S. oil and gas production, to increasing our dependence on foreign energy from adversaries like Russia, to rolling back commonsense National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reforms, the Biden administration has mishandled nearly every aspect of our nation’s energy strategy.
This administration’s deeply flawed energy policies have decreased our energy security and have led to sky-high energy prices – all while ignoring the fact that their policies will have no significant impact on reducing global emissions. Continuing to block and obstruct a realistic, cohesive energy strategy will only result in higher gas prices, higher prices to heat and cool our homes, greater dependence on foreign energy, increased inflation, and the continued trajectory of higher emissions that we’ve seen under the Biden administration.
Instead, we should pursue a path based on American resources, production, innovation, and the free market. Conservative principles will not only increase U.S. energy security and economic security but get us back on track to support lower global emissions.