David Harsanyi | The climate alarmists are losing, which they find alarming

All that money. All that effort. All the sermonizing and bloodcurdling imagery and still, Americans don’t seem to be evolving quickly enough on the environment.

A new poll by Pew Research Center, for instance, finds that a wide majority of Americans support building the Keystone XL pipeline, which would transport Canadian oil to refineries in Texas. Sixty-six percent of Americans favor finishing the pipeline, with only 23 percent in opposition. Strong support cuts through every political distinction – other than “liberal” Democrats.

The Obama administration, which likes to count every organism that’s even tangentially connected to a clean-energy project as a “green job,” has dismissed the job-producing prospects of the long-delayed pipeline as overblown. Perhaps. But cheap and abundant energy certainly helps save and/or create more jobs than any stimulus that was dreamed up in Washington.

Nearly half of Americans also support the increased use of fracking – a major innovation in productivity that helps protect the environment. This is a remarkable percentage when you consider the widespread scaremongering we’ve witnessed on the issue.


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