How in heck can anyone have the nerve to support President Obama anymore? How can you believe in him at all, unless you’re a corrupt crony socialist, which should be an oxymoron but isn’t. Obama is bypassing Congress, which followed the lead of the American people by refusing to pass Cap’n’Trade AGW laws and regulations. He’s gonna do it all by his lonesome. Well he’s got some Big Green donors and George Soros on his side, so maybe Obama thinks they’re more influential than the American public.
Executive Order: On Friday President Obama issued an executive order to prepare the US for the impacts of climate change. The order states that it will assist in preparedness and resilience. On the surface, resilience is important. One can compare the evacuation of some 800,000 citizens from the coast of India from last week’s cyclone with the poor handling by state and local officials of the evacuation of New Orleans from hurricane Katrina.
However, given the record of this administration, the order is a disturbing action intended to avoid Congress.
When Congress failed to pass the cap-and-trade, the administration used the EPA to control carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by declaring that greenhouse gases (basically CO2) endanger public health and welfare. The EPA scientific justification is crumbling. There is no distinct human fingerprint, late 20th century surface warming stopped sixteen years ago, and all the models overestimate global warming. Yet these failures in the scientific justification have not stopped the EPA from issuing new regulations that effectively prohibit the construction of new coal-fired power plants. Further, the administration, without Congressional approval, is implementing a carbon tax in the form of what it calls “The Social Costs of Carbon.”
The executive order states: “A foundation for coordinated action on climate change preparedness and resilience across the Federal Government was established by Executive Order 13514 of October 5, 2009 (Federal Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance), and the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force led by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).” Thus, the foundation for the order is a previous executive order by the administration.
The order also cites the U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), which is little more than a rubber stamp for the highly questionable findings of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
The new executive order states: “The impacts of climate change — including an increase in prolonged periods of excessively high temperatures, more heavy downpours, an increase in wildfires, more severe droughts, permafrost thawing, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise — are already affecting communities, natural resources, ecosystems, economies, and public health across the Nation. These impacts are often most significant for communities that already face economic or health-related challenges, and for species and habitats that are already facing other pressures.”
Herein lies a great concern. For decades, the government-financed climate establishment, including the IPCC, has greatly exaggerated the certainty of its science, the influence of CO2 on temperatures, and the consequences of human-caused global warming. Now, we may be witnessing the dark side of Steven Schneider’s famous false dilemma. “So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have…Each of us has to decide what the right balance is between being effective and being honest.” For whatever motive, those who have chosen to be effective by exaggeration rather than being scrupulously honest are paving the way for authoritarian expansion of executive power, bypassing the democratically elected Congress. See Article #1 for Fred Singer’s discussion of the problems in the latest IPCC summary, links under Using Climate Change to Expand Executive Power, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_Schneider.
There’s lots more at the link to WattsUpWithThat. This would be a terrifying power grab in the most balanced and nuanced administration, which Obama’ s is not. It’s not about science, it’s not about health, it’s not about disasters, it’s not about climate. It’s about money, power and changing the United States and the world.
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