Go­ing green with the glob­al­ists

Pres­i­dent Obama steps up his costly global warm­ing game

The Washington Times Weekly - - Editorials -

The jolly green gi­ant has a fan in the White House. Pres­i­dent Obama has signed us up to salute the United Na­tions’ cli­mate change agenda. By pledg­ing al­le­giance to the Global Cli­mate Treaty, the pres­i­dent won’t ac­tu­ally ac­com­plish much in weather con­trol be­yond en­rich­ing the likes of Al Gore and his friends in the re­new­able en­ergy in­dus­try. Play­ing God is just an­other day in the Oval Of­fice for the spender in chief, but it re­quires the Amer­i­can tax­payer to wor­ship with dol­lars at the al­tar of en­vi­ron­men­tal ex­trem­ism.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion on Tues­day broke from lead­ing from be­hind by jump­ing ahead of most na­tions to com­mit the United States to a costly goal of cut­ting its green­house gas emis­sions over the next 10 years by 28 per­cent be­low 2005 lev­els. The glob­al­ists at the U.N. want to have more than 190 coun­tries signed up when the U.N.’s next cli­mate change sum­mit con­venes in Paris on Nov. 30. Con­gres­sional Repub­li­cans warn that any agree­ment Mr. Obama signs that lacks ground­ing in the U.S. Con­sti­tu­tion could be re­scinded by his suc­ces­sor or by a fu­ture Congress.

Here’s the ex­pen­sive part: New re­stric­tions on emis­sions from power plants are im­posed un­der the Clean Air Act, which forces dozens of coal-burning plants to in­stall air scrub­bers, at a cost of bil­lions, or close down. Rules will limit emis­sions from ve­hi­cles and oil and gas pro­duc­tion, which will raise the price of elec­tric­ity for all Amer­i­cans. States that have adopted re­new­able en­ergy man­dates, which re­quired util­i­ties to pur­chase ex­pen­sive power gen­er­ated by in­ef­fi­cient so­lar and wind gen­er­a­tion, have al­ready suf­fered soar­ing elec­tric­ity costs. Con­sumers will be hit again when they pony up the U.S. share of a $100 bil­lion slush fund the U.N. col­lects from de­vel­oped na­tions to sub­si­dize the in­ef­fi­cient re­new­able en­ergy projects in poor coun­tries.

And here’s the fool­ish part: The pres­i­dent’s scheme will pre­vent a de­crease of only 0.001 de­gree Cel­sius in global tem­per­a­ture per year, ac­cord­ing to the cal­cu­la­tions of Chip Knap­pen­berger, a cli­ma­tol­o­gist at the Cato In­sti­tute. That’s a mi­nus­cule re­ward for the big price tag. The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency says the pres­i­dent’s plan will cost about $8.8 bil­lion a year, but other stud­ies have placed the cost at $41 bil­lion an­nu­ally. Play­ing God is not a role for mor­tals.

Un­til the dawn of the Age of Obama, the U.S. mil­i­tary kept its eye on its ac­tual mission, to be pre­pared to kill peo­ple and break things be­fore the na­tion’s enemies do that to us. But the Pen­tagon has fallen in line with lib­eral wishes and dreams, des­ig­nat­ing cli­mate change as an im­me­di­ate risk to U.S. na­tional se­cu­rity. (The gen­er­als and ad­mi­rals haven’t yet fig­ured out who to shoot at.)

De­spite the dooms­day fears of a globe grow­ing so warm that it ex­pires in spon­ta­neous com­bus­tion, only 32 per­cent of Amer­i­cans worry very much about global warm­ing, ac­cord­ing to a new Gallup Poll. That’s the same fig­ure from a poll taken in 1989. Most Amer­i­cans are not fools.

Pres­i­dent Obama’s stand­ing with the jolly green gi­ant is hardly a sur­prise. He applauds the chip­ping away at U.S. sovereignty as it is sub­sumed by an emerg­ing global gov­ern­ing or­der. It is of a piece with his as­ser­tion that Amer­ica is no more ex­cep­tional than the Greeks or the Bri­tish. Sad, but true.

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