Combine ego and a propensity for scaremongering with about a middle-school understanding of science, and you get our leader, President Obama, who over the weekend said the planet will “boil over” if everybody has cars and air-conditioning.
“Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa” he said at the University of Johannesburg-Soweto, “if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over — unless we find new ways of producing energy.”
That was the day before announcing his “Power Africa” initiative that will try to foist “renewable energy” off on Africa. Not content with destroying America’s energy future, he now seeks to drag the other side of the globe down, too. God forbid a country should improve its economy to the point where people can afford a car with air conditioning.
If Obama had his way, we’d all be driving the Flintstone family sedan.
Speaking of electric cars, which are part of the big “green” strategy for taking us back to the Stone Age, a new study suggests that electric cars are among the least environmentally friendly options for transportation.
Researcher Ozzie Zehner, a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley points out that electric cars merely shift environmental impacts to appear “greener” on cursory examination. A more detailed analysis of the life cycle, from manufacture to the end of life in a junkyard, reveals that electric vehicles are just as bad as any gas-powered car for the environment.
“Upon closer consideration, moving from petroleum-fueled vehicles to electric cars starts to appear tantamount to shifting from one brand of cigarettes to another,” Zehner, author of “Green Illusions,” said in the journal IEEE Spectrum.
Other “green” solutions, from solar panels and windmills to corn-derived methanol, all have serious drawbacks, many of which involve negative impacts on the economies they are intended to “help.”
In Africa, Obama was in full scare mode, telling his audience that global warming is the most serious environmental problem we have.
In fact, even under the most liberal estimates, it rates low as an environmental problem, being blamed for 140,000 deaths per year by the World Health Organization.
Compare that with more than 218 million deaths annually from unsanitary water.
Obama plans to invest $7 billion in his Power Africa scheme. That’s money that could be better used at home in the U.S.