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Politicians Beware: “Net Zero” Promises Are a Danger to Your Job

Another European leader has just lost been booted from office after latching his political fortunes to the promise of Net Zero CO2 emissions.

Humza Yousaf of the Scottish National Party had long been a cheerleader for Net Zero, and in 2019 his party’s government became the first in the world to declare a climate emergency. It then announced a “legally binding” plan to reduce emissions in Scotland by 75 percent by 2030.

Yousaf became Scotland’s First Minister last year, and last month even Britain’s own Climate Change Committee declared his radical anti-fossil fuels plan “beyond credible.” The wheels quickly came off of his green dreams, which would have disrupted agriculture production, manufacturing, and reliable electricity.

Part of his plan was to install 24,000 EV charging plants to help replace gas cars, but only 4,000 were ever installed. Sound familiar?

So Yousaf scrapped the 2030 target, which earned him the rage of his Green Party coalition partner, which then backed a no-confidence vote against him. He resigned just before the vote and now his party is likely to be thrown out of office in the next election.

It’s a reminder that decarbonization is a sure recipe for making a country poorer.

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