As 2019 arrives, we leave behind a year in which there were increasingly dire warnings about global warming calamity from the United Nations and other Leftist institutions coupled with even more momentous pushback against policies aimed at ‘curbing’ climate change.
Both politicians and voters rejected attempts to raise energy prices as part of the global climate crusade. As noted by The Daily Caller, the rejection began in earnest in Ontario, Canada, with the election of Premier Doug Ford in June.
Voters overwhelmingly chose Ford’s conservative coalition over rivals after he ran on a platform of torching the Canadian province’s carbon cap-and-trade program, which many saw as responsible for rising energy prices.
Ford’s first priority after taking office, he said, was to “cancel the Liberal cap-and-trade carbon tax.” Afterward, he joined in a legal challenge that was led by Saskatchewan against Canadian Prime Minister Justice Trudeau’s policy of the central government imposing a carbon tax on provinces that had not already implemented one.
Opponents of the carbon tax plan called Trudeau’s effort an attempt to “use the new tax to further redistribute income, which will increase the costs of this tax to the economy.”
Meanwhile, another carbon rebellion was building in another former British colony 10,000 miles away — in Australia. There, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull lost his power base just a few days after failing to pass legislation that sought to reduce carbon emissions.
Turnbull’s National Energy Guarantee sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but his effort was opposed by conservatives in Parliament led by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott. He sought to delay a vote on the initiative but it was too late; he was forced to resign in August and was replaced by Scott Morrison.
In the U.S., a Washington state initiative championed by Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee was backed by a $45 million campaign. But opponents outspent supporters and the initiative tanked.
“The Inslee-backed measure called for taxing carbon dioxide emissions at $15 a ton in 2020, which would increase at $2 a year above the rate of inflation until the state meets its emissions goals,” The Daily Caller reported.
However, voters rejected it in November, marking the second time in as many years that voters expressed more concern for their personal economics over nefarious and unproven claims of “climate change.”
Nationally, voters rejected a group of House Republicans who also backed a similar carbon tax initiative.
The most dramatic rejection of wealth redistribution under the guise of ‘fighting climate change’ is still playing out — in France.
Citizens are in near-rebellion over a massive increase in the gasoline tax imposed by President Emmanuel Macron under provisions of the — ironically — Paris Climate Accords from which POTUS Trump withdrew the United States.
Macron has since rescinded the tax but French unrest continues.
The French example ought to send a loud message to Democrats in the U.S. who are set to take over control of the House in a few days. Democratic leaders have said they want to make climate change a huge part of their agenda under the guise of an intiative misnamed the “Green New Deal.”
The difference here is that none of what Democrats want will get past the Republican-controlled Senate or the president. But that doesn’t mean they have learned the French lesson, either.
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