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July 8, 2013

STUMPTALK: The next manufactured crisis

The next crisis that Obama is manufacturing is climate change. He has indicated that he has directed Gina McCarthy of the Environmental Protection Agency to head up implementation of his” carbon pollution reduction plan.” The “plan” that he outlined will cost Americans just over $1 trillion dollars. He wants us to believe the oft quoted canard that “ninety-seven percent of scientists … acknowledged the planet is warming and human activity is contributing to it.” I don’t even know what that means, or how one would come up with such a statistic, but it sounds good as an applause line.

In fact, over the past couple of years the idea that the world is confronting a warming trend has been taking a rather sound beating in the scientific peer-review literature. Sources that monitor global climate tell us that the earth has actually entered a global cooling phase over the past 17 years. Dr. Roger Pielke Jr. (Prof. of Environmental Studies at the Center for Science and Technology Policy Research, U. of Colorado) wrote “(It) will be interesting to see if anyone on the side of climate action will care that Obama’s plan begins with false claims about disaster trends.”

Climate scientist Dr. Judith Curry (Chair, School of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Georgia Institute of Technology) said, “Attention in the public debate seems to be moving away from the 15-17 year ‘pause’ to the cooling since 2002 …” Pulkovo Observatory (Russia) reported, “We could be in for a cooling period that lasts 200-300 years.”

One can understand Obama’s determined effort to destroy America’s massive energy capacity by recognizing his ideological preconception about America as an imperialist power that has used its position to the disadvantage of European countries. He thinks it is his duty to “spread the wealth” internationally to make up for what he perceives as America’s past imperialist transgressions. His June 29 lecture to Africans in Pretoria reflects exactly that when he pontificated, “Now, I do think that its important for Africans to make sure these interactions are good for Africa. Because — let me just take the example of natural resources. I think there has been a long history of extracting resources from Africa. You take raw materials. You send them to someplace else, where they get used, processed, sometimes sold back to Africa. The profits stay there, and not much stays in Africa. There is a long history of that. Well, the truth is, the United States at this point on issues of energy, for example, frankly we don’t need energy from Africa…” Apparently we do need energy from Brazil, however, since Obama sent $3 billion to Brazil to aid their oil development and to “become one of their best customers.”

In Germany, Pierre Gosselin wrote “Obama is merely leveling the energy playing field with Europe. (He) declares an end to cheap American energy.” He said, “Obama is more than willing and ready to implement any scheme that is designed to punish Americans, it seems. This is only the first step.” He concluded, “Obama’s plan is nothing less than an assault on American industry and millions of blue collar workers.”

Certainly Obama has already destroyed the U.S. coal industry, and is trying his best to disrupt completion of the Keystone Oil Project. He hypocritically bragged that recently “the United States has produced more oil than in 15 years” (sic). Those are his words, and I still don’t understand his metric. Increased oil production can be regarded as true only because the Bakken oil fields in North Dakota are beyond his reach, on private land, certainly not because of an Obama policy. He has shut down permits for exploration on surrounding federal lands (Green River Formation, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming) that the federal Geological Survey has estimated contain in excess of 4 trillion barrels of oil. Obama had no qualms about increasing our deficit by $3 billion as a gift to Brazil to assist their deep water drilling project. Obama really does not care about destroying U.S. energy security and financial development, he is quite willing to do so. Make no mistake, Obama uses the “climate crisis” to justify his destruction of our precious energy industry.

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Stumptalk is published weekly in the Crossville Chronicle. The opinions expressed in this column are not necessarily those of the Chronicle publisher, editor or staff. To contact Stumptalk, email coordinator Jim Sykes at sykes113@frontiernet.net.

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