“It’s tantamount to kicking the ladder out from beneath the feet of many Americans struggling in today’s economy,” Sen. Mitch McConnell said about President Obama’s announcement of his strategy for fighting the phantom menace of global warming on Tuesday.
Obama announced his plan to regulate power plant emissions, vehicles, buildings and appliances while funneling more taxpayer money into “green” power projects. He also called for an international agreement on greenhouse gas emissions.
“I refuse to condemn your generation and future generations to a planet that is beyond fixing,” Obama said to an audience of college students at Georgetown University. “As a president, as a father and as an American I’m here to say we need to act.”
Act like a bunch of Chicken Littles afraid the sky is falling.
Scientists who aren’t on a government payroll have pointed out that there has been no warming for 16 years. Even government scientists have had to do verbal gymnastics to maintain the global warming story.
In early January of this year, climate mongers were ecstatic at an announcement by NASA that 2012 had been the ninth warmest year on record. But buried in that report was this quote: “The five-year mean global temperature has been flat for the last decade, which we interpret as a combination of natural variability and a slow down in the growth rate of net climate forcing.”
In February, the U.N.’s chief of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, admitted that, whoops, there’s actually been no warming for 17 years, the same length of time as the previous warming period that got everyone worked up about global warming in the first place. Pachauri tried to cover by saying it would take 30 years of no warming to prove the “crisis” was past.
Some scientists who’ve looked at the satellite data say the flat temperature period has been more like 23 years.
The NOAA’s State of the Climate report in 2008 said that a period of 15 or more years without warming would be enough to prove a discrepancy between climate predictions and reality. But the Chicken Littles keep trying.
Flat is flat. In his speech Tuesday, Obama mocked those who are skeptical about global warming, saying, “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat Earth Society.”
But a meeting of the Flat Temperature Society might be in order so that the carnival barkers of climate change can at least come up with a rationalization for how flat temperatures equal global warming.
Don’t hold your breath, though, because the global warming agenda has always been promoted through mass hysteria rather than verifiable data. Just ask all those “endangered” polar bears that aren’t drowning.
Every report is accompanied by tales of increasing “extreme” weather, even in years that are relatively free of the usual natural disasters. Global temperatures going back more than a century are deemed reliable despite no consistent standard being enforced for taking measurements and some of the most appalling physical and social conditions existing at weather stations across the globe over the past 100 years and even still today.
“The planet is warming,” Obama said. “Human activity is contributing to it. We know that the costs of these events can be measured in lost lives and lost livelihoods.”
Against the specter of planetary disaster, Obama offers an economic catastrophe. Lost lives and livelihoods will be the result as his plan, which does not require congressional approval. As power plants cut back production or close, there will be less power for people suffering from cold or hot weather. As costlier electricity raises prices of just about everything, more people will lose their jobs and be forced to go on the government rolls just to survive.
Obama wants to save the world from the imaginary climate beast, even if he has to kill the American economy to do it.