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“Put away child­ish things, Pres­i­dent Obama said dur­ing his inau­gu­ra­tion. He couldn’t have found a theme more suited to the mo­ment. The pre­oc­cu­pa­tions that he and most politi­cians are used to run­ning on, and that still char­ac­ter­ize too many of his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ut­ter­ances, are be­ing ex­posed in the global eco­nomic dis­as­ter as the soppy in­dul­gences they al­ways were,” Wall Street Jour­nal colum­nist Hol­man W. Jenk­ins Jr. writes.

“Put away the global warm­ing panic. Mankind’s con­tri­bu­tion to ris­ing CO2 lev­els raises se­ri­ous ques­tions, but the tens of bil­lions poured into cli­mate sci­ence have, by now, added up only to a neg­a­tive find­ing. We don’t re­ally have the slight­est idea how an in­crease in the at­mos­phere’s com­po­nent of CO2 is im­pact­ing our cli­mate, though the most plau­si­ble in­di­ca­tion is that the im­pact is too small to un­tan­gle from nat­u­ral vari­abil­ity,” Mr. Jenk­ins said.

“In any case, has Mr. Obama taken a gan­der at col­laps­ing in­dus­trial pro­duc­tion num­bers around the world? He’s go­ing to get a big re­duc­tion in CO2 out­put whether he wants it or not. Nor will the pub­lic be moved to make costly, ma­te­rial changes in its en­ergy habits, es­pe­cially if the re­cent global cool­ing trend con­tin­ues. What we’ll get in­stead is al­ready de­press­ingly clear: cli­mate pork, or lu­cra­tive fa­vors for lob­by­ing in­ter­ests in the name of global warm­ing that have no im­pact on global warm­ing.

“Put away the ‘en­ergy in­de­pen­dence’ con­ceit. This no­tion, a fa­vorite of Tojo and Hitler, was de­bunked by Churchill, who rea­soned that true en­ergy se­cu­rity came from a di­ver­sity of sup­pli­ers, not the fool­ish pur­suit of self­suf­fi­ciency.

“We only hurt our own cause by block­ing de­vel­op­ment of our own re­sources and clos­ing our mar­kets to bio­fuel pro­duc­ers in the South­ern Hemi­sphere. Let’s grow up. Through all the ups and downs of oil prices, the U.S. has been able to buy all it wants, even from coun­tries that wish us dead. We are a big­ger buyer of oil than any coun­try is a sup­plier of it. We’ve had the whip hand all along.”

Greg Pierce can be reached at 202/636-3285 or gpierce@ wash­ing­ton­

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