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It’s Snowing in DC, So There Must Be a Global Warming Protest

And indeed there is. A group of obviously obsessive activists are planning to protest the Capitol’s coal-fired power plant this afternoon. Certain of the usual suspects, including public employees like NASA’s Jim Hansen, have expressed a desire to get arrested, thereby creating some climate martyrs. The fact that their arrests, if captured on camera, will forever be depicted as in deep snow doesn’t appear to have curtailed their enthusiasm. In any event, these people forget that their alarmism has consequences. There is a short ton of studies out there which show that cutting access to the affordable energy that coal provides has severe consequences in terms of income, employment, and health. I outline some of the research here. Getting rid of coal makes people poorer, destroys jobs, and kills people.

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