'Climate Change' and Covid Policies Both Crush Minorities

If you've ever wondered why Democrat policies always make things worse, you have to understand it's that they have their priorities in reverse order. Conservative priorities place God first, followed by Americans, then non-Americans, and then the earth. So it stands to reason that any policy that relegates humans to second-class behind the earth will always harm those it purports to help.

The Democrats therefore cannot help but be hypocrites.  They say that they want to improve the lives of minorities while endorsing policies that result in exactly the opposite.

It is regrettably axiomatic that imposing environmental restrictions on any form of allegedly "unclean" energy results in job loss across multiple sectors.  Even the left-leaning Energy Futures Initiative admits to 1.15 million jobs existing in the fuels sector in 2020.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 17 percent of these jobs belong to Hispanics, with another 4.5 percent each have gone to blacks and Asians.  In sum, nearly seven million Americans are employed across all energy sectors.

Move to Texas!

We already know that the Obama administration killed thousands of jobs by decimating the coal industry. There is no reason to expect that the Biden administration will be any different, although targeting the fossil-fuel industry is more likely, the battle to demonize coal having largely been won.

Yet that's just the beginning of the story.  After all, we expect job loss in this sector.  However, it is critical to understand that the irrational and intentional fear-mongering that drives climate change also occurs with Covid-19, in order to whip small-minded people into terror to push bad policies on them.  They are much more compliant that way.  These policies result in far greater and more widespread damage to minorities.

Needlessly forcing people out of work to “protect” people from a virus with a 99.85 percent recovery rate, and which only kills the elderly and those with an average of three co-morbidities, has already disproportionately harmed minority businesses in America.

The Census Bureau reported there were one million minority-owned businesses on May 19 of 2020. Even the leftist media admits that 40-50 percent of these firms will never reopen versus 17 percent for white-owned firms.  The Federal Reserve in New York  reported that, “Black businesses experienced the most acute decline, with a 41 percent drop. Latinx [sic] business owners fell by 32 percent and Asian business owners dropped by 26 percent.”

The foolish Covid-19 policies also affected minority workers more than whites.

In March of 2020, the unemployment rate among Hispanic women was 6 percent.  It hit 20 percent in April. The Hispanic male unemployment rate more than tripled from 5.1 percent to 16.7 percent. For labck men, who had enjoyed the lowest unemployment rate in modern history at 7 percent, the number more than doubled. Black women saw the rate rise from 5.2 percent to 16.4 percent.  White worker unemployment went from 3.4 percent to 12.4 percent.Those horrible numbers have since come down, but the imbalance remains.

It's for your own good!

Democrats can only see what is immediately in front of their face without considering the ramifications of their idiotic policies. So what did they think all these people would do when thrown out of work? Having a job is critical to personal identity and dignity.  It also creates social structure. Ripping all of those things away from people forces them into isolation. Extended periods of isolation leads to anxiety, depression, and a host of other types of collateral damage. Rational people have been warning since the beginning that the chickens would come home to roost on vast portions of the human population.

Stanford’s Institute for Economic Policy Research reported increases in domestic violence and potential harm to fetuses, although we all know that the Left doesn't care about unborn children anyway. This didn't occur just in America, but all around the world where ethnicities considered minorities in this country are the majority in many others.

It shouldn't surprise anyone that lockdowns not only cause anxiety and depression, but the desire to escape from these disorders. The result is an increase in drug and alcohol abuse.  The United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada all saw increases of 20 percent to 25 percent of the number of people drinking more alcohol. Alcohol consumption increased to 60 percent among binge drinkers in the United States.  Drug and alcohol abuse causes individuals (mostly men, and a higher proportional number of minorities) to engage in domestic violence.  Substance abuse also results in longer-term health problems, further burdening the healthcare system that Democrats want increased access to.

We can also talk about the sharp increase in suicides, which was already the second leading cause of death among black men ages 15 to 24 before the lockdowns.  Suicides among blacks have doubled during the lockdowns, while it was cut in half for whites.

This is just the collateral damage from throwing people out of work due to nothing other than fear, and robbing individuals of the right to make personal choices based on their own risk assessment. When one is robbed of everything that matters, individuals begin to take greater risks because they have nothing left to lose. That includes getting together in groups of people who are experiencing the same life struggles. So it should come as no further surprised that both the infection and death rate from the Wuhan virus amongst minorities vastly outstrips that of any other population.

Take Los Angeles County.  Some 12 percent of the Hispanic population has tested positive vs. 5 percent of blacks and just 2 percent of whites.  The age-adjusted death rate for Hispanics is three times that of whites. The nlack death rate is 50 percent higher than whites. The numbers are similar in other states.

Policy does not exist in a vacuum.  Everything is interconnected.  Democrats, in their zeal to create a non-existent utopia by addressing individual “problems," never think beyond the issue itself.  Even worse, when an insidious plan is put forth to deliberately scare citizens into agreeing with them, they fail to see the cascade of disaster that results from their policies.

This is why climate-change alarmism and policy must be crushed with all due haste.  It has big money behind it.  It utilizes fear to push its agenda.  That agenda results in lost jobs, which leads to despair, which leads to disorders and disease and human suffering.  All of that is harmful enough, yet Covid-19 creates additional risk for minorities where it otherwise wouldn’t.  If people had jobs, instead of being sidelined by the fear driven by both climate and Covid nonsense, minorities would be infinitely better off.

Trudeau's Pipeline 'Weak Sauce'

Well, it looks like the Trudeau Government is throwing in the towel on the Keystone pipeline. On Wednesday evening the Prime Minister released a statement saying “We are disappointed but acknowledge the President’s decision to fulfil his election campaign promise on Keystone XL.” Ben Woodfinden is exactly right:

As I mentioned earlier in the week, Trudeau's initial approach was to argue that Biden's anti-climate change instincts were admirable but misguided, since the project had addressed the issues which most troubled environmentalists at the outset. It seemed as though Trudeau was attempting to employ his own green bona fides to give Biden cover to back down on Keystone, but to no avail. So, as in the case of Pfizer's failing to deliver Canada's contracted vaccine doses, Justin has decided to just put up his well-manicured hands and say, in essence, 'We're a small country, what can I do?'

Never mind that Canada's unemployment and labor participation rates are down, and the jobs Keystone XL generates for the resource sector are desperately needed.

Source: Statistics Canada

Trudeau would do well to remember the old saying, '[W]hen America sneezes, Canada gets a cold.' Both countries have weathered the lockdowns better than one would have thought back in March. That's why they are still going on (even if some of their most ardent apologists have started to back away from them).

But they've only done so well by taking on enormous amounts of new debt, the bill for which will begin to come due sooner than anyone thinks. This will no doubt cause serious problems for the U. S., but America's sheer size and its extremely diverse economy will provide a cushion that the smaller and resource-dependent Canada just won't have.

So what should Trudeau do? Well, some of the aggressiveness he showed when America's last president put a ten percent tariff on Canadian aluminum (part of a push which led Trump to drop the duty a month later) would be welcome. Of course, Trump was not a CBC-approved American the way Joe Biden is, and consequently Trudeau would have to expend real political capital -- perhaps more than he has -- to similarly fight for his nation's interests.

A more realistic hope might be for his making a sustained case for Keystone XL as beneficial for both of our countries at a time of real economic distress. The Heartland Institute's Steven Milloy has a good brief against Biden's Keystone cancellation which lays out many of the points that Trudeau could make. After establishing that the environmental effects of Keystone XL would be negligible, Milloy explains that,

According to the U. S . Chamber of Commerce, the Keystone XL will:

Consequently, for Milloy, "the revocation of the Keystone XL permit will be the exaltation of imaginary global climate benefits over real ones to U. S. workers and communities." Needless to say, the same could be said on the Canadian side.

Unfortunately, it seems as though Trudeau has officially folded. TC Energy -- which owns the pipeline -- have already announced a halt on construction and thousands of layoffs. More's the pity.