Rucker exposes ‘Net Zero’ delusions

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By Adam Houser

The National Coal Transportation Association invited CFACT President Craig Rucker to address their annual meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona last week. During his speech, Rucker took aim at the Biden Administration’s “all of government” approach to tackling climate change and for directing the nation toward a reckless “net zero” emissions goal by 2050.

“The Administration’s efforts at achieving a goal of ‘net zero’ is foolish,” Rucker argued, “because it is based on a flawed premise, it’s not going to work, and there are better alternatives.”

CFACT’s president went on to explain that what’s driving Biden’s push to dismantle our nation’s energy structure is based on overhyped fears of an impending, climate Armageddon. “No such crisis exists,” Rucker maintained. To bolster his argument, he showcased numerous facts that refuted common perceptions of increased hurricane activity and heat waves, as well as hype surrounding polar bears, rapid sea level rise, and runaway temperatures.

Rucker then took aim at the core of net zero agenda — the reliance on renewable energy from the sun and wind as a replacement for fossil fuels.

“These sources of energy are not only intermittent and expensive, but they also are hardly ‘green’ in nature,” he said. “In fact, they are fabricated from minerals mined in parts of the world with terrible environmental standards, are toxic in nature, and pose a clear and present threat to endangered species such as whales and eagles.”

He concluded his 45-minute speech to a crowd of roughly 70 energy professionals by noting that the fight to preserve our energy infrastructure is being spearheaded by citizens and state legislators. He pointed to the recently passed “Energy Security Bill” in Utah, as well as the backlash by citizens to offshore wind because of its impact on endangered Right whales in New Jersey.


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  • Adam Houser coordinates student leaders as National Director of CFACT’s collegians program and writes on issues of climate and energy.