President Obama avoided global warming throughout the long presidential campaign, but it reemerged in his victory and inaugural speeches like a nasty surprise from a Trojan horse.
Just as the rest of the world is discovering the painful folly of climate politics, the President suddenly wants to go further. Alternative energy experiments have put the brakes on the economies of Spain and Germany, while becoming a growth industry for Italian organized crime.
The UN’s DOHA agreement was only able to sign on about 30 countries that would keep the Kyoto protocol, mostly so that they can keep carbon trading and alternative subsidies going, but with no one realistically expecting to alter the climate. Over 130 nations said they would agree only if they were exempted from UN climate mandates and would be on the receiving side of redistributed wealth. Russia, Canada and Japan bowed out of Kyoto altogether. China and India insist on being exempted from UN restrictions and intend to expand their economies as rapidly as possible, while welcoming any competitive advantage they can obtain by reigning the rest of us in.
Our own Senate wouldn’t ratify the Kyoto protocol and President Bush would not send it for further action.
President Obama could not even pass Cap & Trade when his party controlled both houses of Congress.
President Obama’s alternative strategy of using the EPA and other agencies to wage a backdoor war on carbon energy through misdirection and pretext, robs the people and their elected representatives, who would not support these restrictions voluntarily, of their constitutional prerogatives. Green movement radicals have always been at their core, fundamentally anti-democratic.
Observational science just isn’t there for global warming extremism. The UK’s Met Office data shows no warming for the past 16 years. NOAA’s data shows any warming there may have been, has been confined to only three quarters of a degree. How much (if any) of that little bit of warming is due to your over the top car driving, air traveling, warm single family home lifestyle is more than debatable.
What should Washington due about warming? Harken to Hippocrates and “first, do no harm.” From CFACT’s considered perspective, Washington should find the courage to do nothing.
This article originally appeared in the National Journal.