(National Sentinel) Fact Check: Left-wing extremists in the American environmental movement have never met a carbon-based fuel they like, despite the fact that were it not for carbon-based fuels, we would all still be living in the 19th-century.

Their narrative, of course, is that all carbon-based energy is bad, and that the United States in particular, with our outsized economy and radically improved quality of life, is destroying the planet with our carbon emissions.

Except that we’re not.

Earlier this month during a speech at The Ohio State University, conservative lawyer and columnist Ben Shapiro claimed, “The United States was the number one country in cutting emissions in the last year when it comes to carbon emissions, largely because of fracking replacing coal. So natural gas fracking is significantly less emitting than is the use of coal and coal energy.”

According to an annual carbon emissions report from oil giant BP, Shapiro is exactly right.

Check Your Fact notes:




The U.S. reduced carbon emissions by over 40 million tons last year, more than any other country. On a percentage change basis, however, the U.S. fell outside the top 20 for emissions reductions in 2017.

While we are still emitting a lot of carbon into the atmosphere, we’re not the record holders: China is. And between China and India, the two countries — which are still very much developing — pumped 212 million tons of carbon into the air last year from burning oil, gas and coal products.

China, by far, is the largest emitter, responsible for more than 27 percent of all carbon emissions. That far surpasses the 15.7 percent emitted by the U.S. (India is at 7 percent but is gaining).

The pull quote from all of this, however, is: “So natural gas fracking is significantly less emitting than is the use of coal and coal energy.”

Fracking alone has ignited our energy production and catapulted the United States to the top of the world’s producers. In addition to creating new wealth and bolstering our GDP, the energy industry is growing which means thousands of good-paying jobs are being created. Oh, and we’re a lot less reliant on unstable or unfriendly oil-rich regimes, which improves our national security.

And still, environmentalists are complaining.

There are plenty of ‘useful idiots’ in the environmental movement, but the elite behind it have one objective: Destroy Capitalism.

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