Controlling the Climate – or Controlling Us?

By: Lisa Van Houten

NOTICE: We’ve encouraged you a couple times to attend the movie Anecdotals (Friday, May 19 at 6:00 PM) being hosted by Newaygo County Grassroots. We are sorry to report that this film will not be shown on May 19. Due to a problem with scheduling the panel experts, Anecdotals will be rescheduled for a date yet to be determined.

When it comes to forcing electric vehicles (EVs) on the American people, the Biden administration has gone from the bully pulpit to bully tactics.  They first tried offering thousands of dollars in taxpayer-funded subsidies as a bribe to purchase EVs, but since that has failed, Biden is now issuing unconstitutional edicts to coerce Americans to comply with the Left’s demands.  Biden recently issued a decree through the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which will require that by the year 2032, 67% of all new cars sold in the U.S. must be electric.  For comparison, last year only 5.8% of new car sales were EVs.

This mandate will require stringent changes to emissions regulations which will in essence make the combustible, gas-powered engine untenable.  As Rep. Chip Roy [R] tweeted, “Biden’s radical EPA is trying to regulate your car’s engine into OBLIVION.”  Americans recognize that electric vehicles can’t compete with gas-powered vehicles, both in performance and price; last year the average price of an EV was $64,338 while the average cost of a compact gas-powered car was $26,101.  In addition, it takes hours to fully charge an EV to be able to drive a distance of 200 miles.

And that’s assuming our already strained and vulnerable electrical grid can provide the additional power needed.  Note to Joe Biden:  It can’t.  California has already given us a taste of what’s ahead for all of us if this lunacy isn’t stopped.  Last summer Californians often saw rolling blackouts when electrical demand couldn’t keep up with supply and they were told to set their air conditioners to 78 and avoid charging their EVs.  Only 4% of the cars on the road in California are EVs.  Yet if California can’t keep the power on for that small percentage, what will happen when 67% of cars – or even 100% if Gov. Gavin Newsom gets his way – are EVs?  It will be impossible to enhance our electric grid and build the estimated 500,000 EV charging stations needed to support tens of millions of electric vehicles on American roads.  While our nation sits on vast resources of oil and natural gas, the Biden administration is pushing unreliable solar and wind energy, the components of which are produced in China, not to mention the domination China has on battery production.

Biden’s aggressive efforts to force Americans to buy EVs only increases our nation’s reliance upon China, empowering a communist regime that has made it abundantly clear they want to dominate the United States.  China has a chokehold on the global rare earth mineral market, essential for producing batteries.  China produces about 75% of all lithium-ion batteries, the mining of which is far more environmentally harmful than oil drilling or fracking.  In addition, a majority of cobalt and graphite processing and refining capacity is located in China.  Those three critical minerals, in addition to copper and nickel, are vital for EV batteries. China has also been aggressive in purchasing control of African mines, such as in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where child labor is used in horrific conditions to mine these rare earth minerals.

Yet in the U.S., Biden’s environmental regulations have essentially prevented the mining of minerals.  For example, in 2022, the U.S. produced no graphite, less than .01% of global cobalt, less than .01% of global nickel, and about 6% of global copper, federal geological data showed. In January, the Biden administration issued a 20-year mining ban in a Minnesota area that holds 95 percent of the nation’s nickel reserves and 88 percent of its cobalt.

Under Donald Trump our nation was energy independent; under Biden we will be at the mercy of an enemy, Communist China, to power our nation.  Knowing how vulnerable our electric grid is to sabotage, an EMP attack, or even ice or wind storms, why is there such a push to force people away from gas powered vehicles and stoves?

It’s not really about controlling the climate; it’s about controlling us.  Protecting the environment is just the excuse they’re using to implement a globalist, neo-Marxist agenda where we are subjects to a centralized, “all-powerful” regime. If the government is allowed to issue authoritarian dictates forcing major industries to produce a product (EVs) and compel us to buy it, if we want the “privilege” to travel, we are well on the way to full blown socialism. It’s part of the effort to undermine free market capitalism and implement government control over every aspect of our lives.  Leftists want to dictate everything: the size of your home, what appliances you can use, what temperature you can set your heat or air conditioner at, what type of car you can drive – and even how much meat you can eat.

Globalists such as Bill Gates are pushing for synthetic, lab-grown meat substitutes.  Recently, New York Mayor Eric Adams declared war on meat, stating: “All food is not created equal. The vast majority of food that is contributing to our emission crisis lies in meat and dairy products.” In response, Adams is cutting meat from the menus of New York City schools and public hospitals.  The New York Times also chimed in, lecturing that: “Americans will have to eat differently if they want to rein in climate change.” No more cheeseburgers for the peasants.

Proverbs 29:2 tells us, “when the wicked rule, the people groan.”  Or perhaps we could say, when the wicked rule the people don’t eat meat or drive gas-powered cars.

Will the American people relinquish their freedom to tyrants or will we remind those in power that they work for us and are accountable to God. Their authority is not their own, but given by God and bound by the Constitution.  Alexis de Tocqueville warned about the despotism of the ruling class controlling the people until they become “a flock of timid and industrious animals, of which the government is the shepherd.”

Whatever evil the future brings to our beleaguered nation, God’s people can rest in the assurance that the Good Shepherd will be our comfort, and thus we can say: “I will fear no evil.”


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