The big story of the decade is the demonstrable inefficiency of government imposed central planning whether it’s the USSR in everything, the EU in energy or the US in healthcare. Governments don’t do things efficiently ever or well frequently..
Lucky them. They are measuring their disruptions in years rather than generations or centuries like we will be.
The real story is that alternative energy is just not ready for prime time, and until it is will be much more costly than fossil fuel.
“Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.”
John Adams, ‘Argument in Defense of the Soldiers in the Boston Massacre Trials,’ December 1770
This is a complete misunderstanding of the environmentalists, they don’t want to be successful, as being successful means all the funding, grants, and donations vanish, and they all have to go find new jobs. Every time the environmentalists are successful, like with CFC’s and holes in the ozone, or endangered species no longer endangered, you can see them scrambling for a new urgent issue to milk. This is how the whole “Global Warming” hoax came about, no matter that none of the computer models are predictive, or that data had to be manipulated to “hide the decline” in temperatures. Success is a death knell for the environmentalists.
Higher energy price and uncompetitive business climate is a feature, not a bug with environmentalism. The ultimate goal of environmentalism is the reduction of humanity back to the golden age of barely subsistence agricultural world lord over by the enlighten few (the environmentalists of course). Everything is permissible (and encourage) to achieve this goal.