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Gov. Kathy Hochul’s crazy, impossible zero-carbon plan

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Governor Kathy Hochul is fully committed to one of her disgraced predecessor’s worst obsessions: a war on carbon emissions.

At its heart is the Climate Leadership and Climate Protection Act, which the then Gov. Andrew Cuomo was passed in 2019 in an apparent attempt to increase his chances of a future Democratic presidential nomination. This farce required New York to cut aggregate greenhouse gas emissions by 40% (from 1990 levels) by 2030 100% by 2040.

Worse, it gives massive power to unelected state bureaucrats to cripple fossil-fuel companies and push through expensive alternative energy projects against any odds — allowing for massive amounts of pay-to-play favoritism.

Worst of all, green advocates who support the CLCP plan estimate the cost to taxpayers of over $300 to implement billionwhich guarantees it will cost even more – or would if it didn’t inevitably fall victim to reality.

Consider: the plan is centered on a mandate for ConEd and other utilities, which 70% believe will happen everything Electricity will come from renewable sources by 2030, 100% by 2040. The 2030 target alone is impossible as it requires approximately tripling the amount of electricity generated by renewable energy – that is big Wind and solar energy gains as 80% of the country currently Renewable energy is hydroelectric power, which reached its maximum decades ago.

That means the plan dictates that sources that now make up less than 6% of the state’s electricity will somehow produce a lot more than half of it within eight years.

Not. Go. To. Happen.

But New York will try, forcing local communities to accept huge wind and solar farms and skyrocketing utility bills to pay for everything, including billions for new transmission lines to bring power to the city .

Of course, Hochul prefers to talk about fuzzy-sounding things like her new plan Making skyscrapers in New York climate-neutral within the next 15 years. The claim is that more than 70% of the city’s CO2 emissions now come from buildings, although this is mainly due to 1) the city no longer having any production and 2) most of its energy is generated outside of the five boroughs .

And forcing expensive retrofits to make old buildings “green” will all too likely force them to do so concludeespecially as commercial real estate is facing an acute lack of demand thanks to the rise in working from home amid the pandemic.

Other parts of Hochul’s CLCP agenda will cause further problems in the coming years:

  • No natural gas connections in new buildings after next year.
  • No new gas supply to existing buildings, also from 2024.
  • No sale of petrol-powered garden equipment (lawn mowers, chainsaws, wood chippers, etc.) until 2027.
  • No new natural gas appliances for heating, cooking, hot water, or drying clothes after 2029.
  • Ban on the sale of petrol cars by 2035.

Meanwhile, Hochul (like Cuomo before her) has already vetoed coal-fired power projects and pipelines on the theory that giving New York other options would jeopardize the big green dream.

All this while the state is responsible for about 0.4% of global CO2 emissions, while the countries that emit the most (China and India) don’t even pretend to do more than eventually start emitting their own to reduce emissions according to 2030. This is a great pain for an insignificant gain.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/23/gov-kathy-hochuls-insane-impossible-carbon-free-plan/ Gov. Kathy Hochul’s crazy, impossible zero-carbon plan

DUSTIN JONES

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