Intellectual Ammunition to keep Build Back Better dead
While energy advocates should be thrilled by Joe Manchin’s death blow to “Build Back Better” as we know it, we cannot assume that all or even most of BBB’s anti-energy policies will stay dead.
My number one messaging priority during the second half of 2021 has been to fight against the budget reconciliation bill now known as “Build Back Better”—which I have argued would destroy American energy as we know it. In the last two months, I have appealed publicly many times to West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, the one person who had both the power to stop BBB and a seeming openness to stopping it.
Most recently, I wrote (and Tweeted) an Open Letter to Manchin explaining to him as unequivocally as I could that any action other than killing this bill would destroy the West Virginia economy.
Thank you to the many, many people who shared this letter with Senator Manchin. It’s possible that you contributed to last Sunday’s wonderful announcement by Manchin that “I cannot vote to continue with this piece of legislation. I just can’t.”
The comments of Manchin’s that I found most heartening were those that recognized Build Back Better’s dangers to American energy in general and West Virginia energy in particular:
“The main thing that we need is dependability and reliability. If not, you'll have what happened in Texas and what happens in California.”
“And we should not have to depend on other parts of the world to give us the energy or be able to hold us hostage for the energy or the foreign supply chains that we need for the products we use every day.”
“I've always said this, Bret, if I can't go home and explain it to the people of West Virginia, I can't vote for it.”
While lovers of freedom and energy should be thrilled by Manchin’s death blow to “Build Back Better” as we know it, we cannot assume that all or even most of BBB’s anti-energy policies will stay dead.
There is a distinct possibility that Congress will pass its myriad mandates of unreliable solar and wind, and increasing restrictions on reliable fossil fuels, in some stripped-down form. There is also the extreme likelihood that the Administration will use/abuse its executive power to try to dictatorially mandate many of the anti-energy provisions of Build Back Better.
Thus, advocates of energy and freedom need to be fully armed against all the essential anti-energy policies of Build Back Better (aka “the reconciliation bill”).
Here’s a stockpile of intellectual ammunition against Build Back Better for whatever battles we face going forward.
Here's why Build Back Better's goal of 80% "clean electricity" by 2030 would mean going from 12% unreliable solar+wind to a catastrophic 50% solar+wind in 8 years.
Here's why Build Back Better's 10-year extension and increase of solar and wind subsidies would drive more and more reliable power plants off the grid, lead to skyrocketing prices and frequent blackouts.
Here's why Build Back Better's increase of EV subsidies to $12,500/car would loot the middle class, overload our grid, and make us even more dependent on China—all with little effect on CO2 emissions.
Here’s how Build Back Better would not create prosperity via magic "green jobs" but rather cause mass “green joblessness”—because “green jobs” are: 1) unproductive, 2) largely in China, and 3) the cause of job losses in other industries via high energy prices.
I am so happy to be able to end the year without the pall of Build Back Better’s fossil fuel-restricting, solar-and-wind-mandating policies ruining America’s energy industry—the way that they are ruining Europe’s energy industry and therefore many other industries.
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