Delaware's climate plan could cost $3.5 billion with no climate impact (Greer)

Consulting firm IFC International, hired by the state, estimated costs of $3.583 billion for four main possible actions of Delaware’s Climate Action Plan: more solar panels on homes and businesses, 100% renewable electricity with wind and solar, electric vehicle infrastructure and incentives, and building electrification.

This would reduce Delaware’s annual carbon dioxide emissions by 8 million metric tons (MMT) by 2050. But this is only about 0.02% of 37,887 MMT world emissions in 2018 and much too small to possibly affect global climate.

From 2005, the base year for the Paris Accord, to 2018, Delaware emissions fell 4 MMT (24%) and USA emissions fell 717 MMT (12%), but the rest of the world rose 8,692 MMT (36%) — 2,000 times more than Delaware’s cuts and 12 times higher than national cuts.

It is quite apparent from the data that, despite the Paris Accord, the rest of the world is growing emissions rapidly, not cutting. The U.S. was right to get out of that agreement; it would be wrong for Delaware to spend $3.5 billion for no effect. We should instead use our resources to prepare for and respond to storms which are the real and present coastal hazard.

John E. Greer Jr.
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