"Yesterday upon the stair, I met a man who wasn't there. He wasn't there again today, Oh how I wish he'd go away." — "Antigonish" by William Hughes Mearns, 1899.
That bit of poesy pretty well sums up Barack Obama's fixation on the threat that isn't there. He appears to have met global warming somewhere and it isn't there; and met it again and it's still not there; and oh, how he plans to make it go away — no matter what it costs.
Anyone with the sense to go indoors when it rains — that's what my sainted father defined as common sense — must realize that the planet is heading into the deep freeze and has been for the past decade. To fail to understand that global warming is a fiction is to close one's eyes to reality and the chill climate of the world around them.
As climate expert after climate expert comes forward to insist: Global warming is a gigantic hoax. Al Gore and his fellow hoaxers continue to see the threat that isn't there and promise to make it go away by bankrupting the economy and sending all of us to the poorhouse, where we'll shiver in unheated rooms.
Back on Dec. 2, I quoted what Christopher Booker wrote in Britain's Telegraph on Nov. 28 concerning Obama's blind faith in a nonexistent threat: "Far from the science being 'beyond dispute,' we can only deduce . . . That Mr. Obama has believed all he was told by Al Gore's wondrously batty film 'An Inconvenient Truth' without bothering to check the facts."
Booker went on to explain that Obama plans to introduce a "federal cap and trade system," a massive "carbon tax" designed to reduce America's CO2 emissions to their 1990 levels by 2020 and reduce them an additional 80 percent by 2050. Hitting that target would require closing down a large part of the U.S. economy.
"That's in addition to spending $15 billion a year to encourage 'clean energy' sources, such as thousands more wind turbines despite the fact that wind energy "is so hopelessly ineffective that the 10,000 turbines America already has, representing '18 gigawatts of installed capacity,' only generate 4.5 gigawatts of power, less than that supplied by a single giant coal-fired power station.
"He speaks about allowing only ‘clean’ coal-fired power plants, using ‘carbon capture’ — burying the CO2 in holes in the ground — which would not only double the price of electricity, but the technology for which hasn't even yet been developed.”
Booker concludes, "For 300 years science helped to turn Western civilization into the richest and most comfortable the world has ever seen. Now it seems we have suddenly been plunged into a new age of superstition, where scientific evidence no longer counts for anything.
“The fact that America will soon be ruled by a man wholly under the spell of this post-scientific hysteria may leave us in wondering despair."
Obama supports something called “a cap-and-trade system” in which polluters would have to buy permits for greenhouse gas emissions on a 100 percent auction basis. “Under such a system, companies that exceed their CO2 limits must buy more permits to pollute, while those that come in beneath their limits may sell the permits on a market," according to Reuters.
Says President-elect Obama: "Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Even regardless of what I say about whether coal is good or bad. Because I'm capping greenhouse gases . . . they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers.
"Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all," Obama said. "Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response. The stakes are too high, the consequences too serious."
Jason Grumet, the president-elect's top energy adviser, promised during the presidential campaign that Obama would move to regulate carbon emissions under the Clean Air Act within 18 months of taking office.
"The underlying premise of Senator Obama’s approach to climate change is the recognition that there is a tremendous urgency to act, and to do so, we have to find a voice and a set of policies that can be embraced not just by 51 percent of the Congress or even 61 percent of the Congress — a platform that speaks to the severity of the problem as well as the real anxieties that have made it so difficult to act until now," Grumet told the environmental Web site Grist.
“Enjoy the holiday season . . . and rest up because it’s going to be a very, very busy 2009,” Grumet added during a carbon conference in Washington, D.C. “We will have the opportunity to move very quickly because there has been a profound amount of knowledge, demo projects initiated and efforts under way.”
And a very expensive one for a nation that is flat broke and hundreds of miles deep in debt.
Notice that CO2 repeatedly is labeled a "pollutant," the villain responsible for causing global warming — the threat that isn't there. And Mr. Obama wants electricity rates to "skyrocket" to help curb CO2 emissions, even though it is a vital source of life for plants and trees and shrubs and your favorite rosebush.
Carbon dioxide, the principal source of life for all vegetation, is no more of a pollutant than the oxygen that is humanity’s source of life. Save the planet, drastically curb CO2, and watch the trees die.
Barack Obama may call that sound environmental policy – I call it nuts.
Phil Brennan is a veteran journalist and World War II Marine who writes for Newsmax.com. He is editor and publisher of Wednesday on the Web (http://www.pvbr.com) and was Washington columnist, with the pen name Cato, for National Review magazine in the 1960s. He is a trustee of the Lincoln Heritage Institute and a member of the Association For Intelligence Officers.
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