In his April 28th address to the Joint Session of Congress, President Biden delivered a truth that destroys the Democratic Party’s justifications for the “Green New Deal.”

Quoting a New York Times transcript of the president’s remarks; “The United States accounts, as all of you know, for less than 15% of carbon emissions. The rest of the world accounts for 85%. That’s why I kept my commitment to rejoin the Paris Accord, because if we do everything perfectly, it’s not going to matter.”

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, 95% of CO2 comes from natural sources — water vapor, plants, animal respiration, decomposition, volcanic eruptions. They predict that, with current laws in place, carbon emissions will continue to decline, due in large part to mitigation efforts occurring through U.S. energy industry research and development.

Clearly, the U.S. cannot go it alone, and the trillions in tax dollars being proposed are overkill unless substantial cooperation from other countries is mandated, negotiated, nailed down, and verified.

Let’s stick to the truth instead of the “ready-fire-aim” approach that seeks to upend our affordable and reliable energy systems.

Denise Doyle, Edinburg