Obama Warns Growing Middle Class is Threatening the Environment

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The one consistent thing with Obama is that the middle class is always the enemy. The middle class the enemy of the poor. The middle class is the enemy of big government. The middle class is even the enemy of the planet.

Darn that middle class. If only there was some way to tax and regulate it out of existence.

“Peace with justice means refusing to condemn our children to a harsher, less hospitable planet,” he said in a speech at Berlin’s Brandenberg Gate. “The effort to slow climate change requires bold action.”

Obama touted his first-term work on green energy and boosting auto efficiency rules, but added: “We know we have to do more – and we will do more.” …

“With a global middle class consuming more energy every day, this must now be an effort of all nations, not just some.  For the grim alternative affects all nations – more severe storms, more famine and floods, new waves of refugees, coastlines that vanish, oceans that rise. This is the future we must avert,” Obama said.

“This is the global threat of our time.  And for the sake of future generations, our generation must move toward a global compact to confront a changing climate before it is too late. That is our job. That is our task. We have to get to work,” he said, according to a White House transcript.

Peace with justice used to mean welfare and affirmative action. Now it means a global ecofascism with carbon taxes administered by his Green crony capitalists so that the big donors of the left have more stolen money to stuff into their swollen pockets while the middle class bleeds.

And if we don’t, that Eco-catastrope that their pet researchers made up and that has been disproven again and again will destroy the planet.

And do you want to risk destroying the planet just to preserve the middle class? Of course. Better put on your green sandals, your eco-armband and go marching on a carbon confiscation tour.

  • SoCalMike

    O is a boy who knows nothing but empty words that persuade low info and no info voters like many people I know totally mentally conformed by mass media.

  • frodo

    I think that the response here is a bit excessive–to call for conservation and green energy and to recognize that the spread of a higher standard of living is putting pressure on current technology is far from “declaring war on the middle class.” Hyperbole helps no one.

    • Jsjk

      I beg to differ. You want breathless hyperbole? Then just listen to Obozo. In Berlin he stated: “This [climate change] is the global threat of our time.” Now that’s Obozo lying through his teeth, but from such junk Obozo can assure his cronies billions of tax dollars in pursuit of his chimera.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “”This [climate change] is the global threat of our time.” Now that’s Obozo lying through his teeth, but from such junk Obozo can assure his cronies billions of tax dollars in pursuit of his chimera.”

        0′Bama: My jihad is to find solutions for sustainable green energy. Violent jihad is an abomination and a corruption of the peaceful religion of Islam.

        But…I do want “peace with justice.” I guess some of you will have to die after all. By class. Sorry.

        • defcon 4

          By class AND by religion (i.e. any other besides islam).

          • objectivefactsmatter

            Communists consider religious affiliation to be another class distinction.

            But yeah, it’s useful to point that out for those that don’t understand.

            Muslims are members of a favored class. For now. They’re considered another class of useful idiots.

      • frodo

        Climate change, despite the claims of deniers, *is* a real and potentially dangerous phenomenon. One might quibble with details, but the data overall are persuasive.

        Regardless, the energy strategy seems to be a both/and one rather than an either/or and that seems sensible.

        • JDinSTL

          Yet, Obama subsidies go to political cronies and “green energy” firms that routinely go bankrupt.

          He cannot even figure out how to approve Keystone XL

          • frodo

            How would Keystone XL help the US energy situation? Building a pipeline so Canadians can send highly inefficient-to-produce oil sand oil overseas does not seem like a winner.

          • JDinSTL

            As if American refineries don’t employ American workers.

            Raising supply works every time it’s tried.

          • frodo

            Employment for refinery workers is great, sure, but that’s a different matter. A substantial part of the argument for the rapid approval of Keystone was that it would somehow help with US energy prices in some immediate way–and that’s very hard to substantiate especially when the pipeline appears to be for export.

          • JDinSTL

            25,000 shovel ready jobs that wouldn’t cost the government a dime to produce. Sure beats the 1 million dollars plus spent for every “green job” created by Obama’s public sector stimulus.

    • JDinSTL

      Perhaps the response is excessive? How about Obama’s neglect of domestic energy production – while he pretends to support it in Presidential debates? We certainly can – AND SHOULD – continue to burn fossil fuels and become the world’s energy breadbasket – with all the economic clout that assures. We can work on alternative energy in the meantime and the switch will be driven be economics – just as the switch from conventional drilling to fracking literally WRECKED the various hypotheses of energy doomsayers the world over.

      • objectivefactsmatter

        “We certainly can – AND SHOULD – continue to burn fossil fuels and become the world’s energy breadbasket – with all the economic clout that assures. We can work on alternative energy in the meantime and the switch will be driven be economics – just as the switch from conventional drilling to fracking literally WRECKED the various hypotheses of energy doomsayers the world over.”

        Precisely.

      • frodo

        Not the hypotheses about the changing climate. The reserves numbers may be changing, but the climate issue is real and will only be made worse by burning fossil fuels with abandon. We SHOULD pursue strategies that complement seeking more petrochemical reserves as a long term plan to free ourselves from depending on a diminishing resource.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “…to call for conservation and green energy and to recognize that the spread of a higher standard of living is putting pressure on current technology is far from “declaring war on the middle class.” ”

      Not explicitly, but the policies behind the rhetoric is class warfare in pursuit of communist definitions of social justice. Communists don’t like the middle class much.

      • frodo

        Very funny. One could as easily argue that in order to keep raising standards of living globally, we need to find more and cleaner sources of energy to support those standards.

        • JDinSTL

          Where is your evidence for those claims?

          • frodo

            Logic?

          • JDinSTL

            Fill us in. Start with the subsidies for wind power and the fact that it costs 30-40X per kilowatt hour what fossil fuels cost. Also, add in the number of endangered birds killed in the windmills and the cost to the environment that is routinely submerged in the “news”

          • frodo

            How is this hard to understand–more people needing more energy means we need to find more energy. Ideally cleaner, but energy of all sorts.

          • JDinSTL

            Energy that costs more to produce than it does to burn?

          • frodo

            Oil sands.

          • JDinSTL

            Oil sands do not fit that description. The silly subsidies paid to political cronies on the “Carnahan Wind Farm” in Missouri, Solyndra, on, and on, and on.

            I hate energy subsidies. But, at least Republican energy subsidies go to people that actually PRODUCE useable energy.

          • frodo

            I wasn’t referring to subsidies–they are often a waste–but to costs of production.

          • JDinSTL

            Green energy is built on a mountain of subsidies, and yes – they are a huge waste.

          • JDinSTL

            Getting oil from shale and oil sands “is” more expensive than watching it bubble out of the ground like Jed Clampett.

            Yet, the global demand will support that higher cost with no difficulty at all. Yet, Obama’s Energy Secretary is quoted as saying we need $10.00/gallon gas.

            Really now?

          • frodo

            There are other costs, aren’t there. Getting that oil uses a good deal of energy, produces a significant amount of pollution, and environmental risks (like the recent spill). Money’s not the only calculation here.

          • JDinSTL

            When things cost money, the private sector has a way of holding down costs – because they’re forced to produce a profit to survive.

            Yes, I wonder about the amount of water necessary to extract those hydrocarbons – and shortages that could result due to that process. But, if we’re allowed to build wealth (you know, grow the economy rather than act like a bunch of luddites), you have to figure we can capitalize on ocean water and find an economical method of desalination.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “One could as easily argue that in order to keep raising standards of living globally, we need to find more and cleaner sources of energy to support those standards.”

          The devil is in the details here. There is nothing wrong with those objectives. Nobody seriously questions that. It’s the way it’s being done that pisses people off.

          And it’s not the sources that are “dirty,” it’s certain processes that need to be optimized. Work on the things that make sense based on objective realities. Don’t create these absurd, politically corrupted organizations that strive harder for “social justice” based on supposed crimes of the past than they do in trying to guide us to the better future.

          That’s what we object to. You think I don’t like cars getting cleaner and higher mileage? What are you kidding? You think I would reject a solar or potato powered car that is truly practical? Go for it. Just stop supporting corrupt liars. Then I’ll be on your side all the way.

          • frodo

            The devil’s always in the details, and I think we are more in agreement than not. I think that the hyperbole lies in the assumption that because some efforts have failed and have appeared inappropriate (maybe) that all of them are.

            Nuance, always, is all.

  • Daniel Earley

    This idiot obumer and the democraps will never

  • Janie Metz

    This idiot obummer and the democraps will never point the fingers where they belong, how could you blame the taxpayers for this? the real issue with the environment is overpopulation, his little thug welfare hoes over breeding like rats. how is it that obummer can never point fingers at Muslim violence of black crime. he points at christens tells us our catholic schools are a problem when his innercity schools are unfit and unsafe. then he points fingers at middle class and not the poor welfare hoes breeding like rats. that is the real issue the more they breed the more thugs they pop out the more crime and the more bulling at your schools.

  • Toni_Pereira

    The middle class is a threat to the left-wing intelligentsia who worship mother gaia and mr.O’bama. If you let this creeps win you would better prepare yourselves for a candle light future…

  • ebonystone

    What he should have said: “Islam is the global threat of our time. And for the sake of future generations, our generation must move toward a global compact to confront the threat of Islam before it is too late. That is our job. That is our task. We have to get to work,”

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “What he should have said: “Islam is the global threat of our time. And for the sake of future generations, our generation must move toward a global compact to confront the threat of Islam before it is too late. That is our job. That is our task. We have to get to work,””

      That would have split the entire spacetime continuum. That defies every instinct and thought in his mind for his entire life.

  • objectivefactsmatter

    “Peace with justice…”

    That’s what Muslim politicians always say when they want to explain their tyranny they require to achieve “peace.”

    https://www.google.com/search?q=peace+with+justice+arafat&oq=peace+with+justice+arafat&aqs=chrome.0.57j60j59j65l2j62.4261j0&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

  • onecornpone

    Guess Generalissimo o-hole didn’t get the memo that Europe has rejected rabid environmentalist zealotry. How many decades after glowball warming has been outed, will these Leftist continue to use it to bludgeon capitalism?

  • Nabuquduriuzhur

    What “growing middle class”?

    According the the Bureau of Labor, more than half the nation is out of work. Most of our population that is working is in the lower class.

    I wish people would dispute the president when he says stupid things. This is a time for “best available science”, something completely forgotten with the irrational eco religion.

    Dispute when someone makes an illogical statement about global warming. I lost much of my respect for Anthony Watts last week when he claimed that the chapter I wrote in Global Warming, Challenged about Greenland was not factual. Snort. Fluid mechanics is fluid mechanics and history is history.

    In short, Greenland was actually green and the Norse farmed there for 300+ years. And in northern Canada where it cannot be done today, with remnants of farms having been found. Two things chased them out: 1. the ice building up, and 2. the arrival of the innuit in the 14th Century. By ~1350 they had to give up and left. This is history, attested to by archeology. So, when scientists drlll ice cores in those areas, the ice can’t be more than ~650 years old for the simple reason that one can’t farm in ice. And yet they routinely claim 100,000 years. The other was how glaciers operate. At 50m, they become plastic. In the same way that lava flows have bubbles of gas moving upward, you get the same effect in glacier ice. The gas moves upward via pressure of the ice below. Thus there will always be a higher concentration of gases near the top of a glacier than deeper down. This fluid mechanics of glaciers is completely ignored by our GW/CC lobby.

  • Arf

    This is an outrage. This man, who uses up more energy than a small nation, has the audacity to accuse the middle class of harming the environment. It is just a ploy to destroy wealth, opportunity and freedom and create a 2-tiered world: the super-wealthy rulers and the serfs.

    • defcon 4

      I’ve never noticed the zero complain about the fact Soddy Barbaria is ruled by theocratic tyrants who inherit their power and discriminate against everyone non-muslime and most everyone non-Arab in their little slice of islamo-nazi hell on earth. No, for the zero the problem is the middle class. Kinda makes you wonder though, if the zero eliminates the middle class, who is going to fund welfare? His super-rich fellow oligarchs?

    • Guest

      Exactly right. Obama is a filthy evil man, and the enemy of humanity. He will rot in hell for all eternity.

  • OfficialPro

    oh so this is why he’s tanking the economy and cramming people onto welfare and food stamps.

  • Chewster

    If there is a problem with climate change…and climate changes all of the time. But in O’s case I would say the cause is not the middle class. It is because he and people of his ilk are turning the world into a living hell.

  • cathy
  • poptoy1949

    Biggest LIE he has ever told. There is no Growing Middle Class.

    • JDinSTL

      We actually could start growing ours again, if Obama would get out of the way of our domestic energy industry.

  • KATHLEEN CRAIGIE

    And we have BILL GATES wanting to people to take the flu shot and die….for the sake of saving the earth,,,,

    I swear, these green gestapo people are Total Nut jobs!!!!

  • KATHLEEN CRAIGIE

    And what about the royalty and aristocracy of saudi arabia….which is ISLAM… He doesn’t SAY anything about THAT, does he… Just AMERICA……….

  • CdnBill

    The President, a Democrat, was elected by a democratic majority in a democratic country in a democratic process – TWICE!

    The majority of American voters knew who they were voting for and what they were voting for: Obamunism.

    Obama did little to hide his agenda be it free health care, cheap credit, tighter internal security, a foreign policy of appeasement, Green cult nostrums and much else. All of this had the requisite seals of approval from The New York Times, CNN, NBC, and David Letterman. It was all there in plain sight for those who cared to look.

    Blame the eligible who failed to vote. Blame divisiveness among Republicans if you like, but it doesn’t matter. After the “Great Amnesty” to come, there will be no more Republican presidents anyway. You can note George W. Bush as the last one. After Amnesty the Democrats can nominate Joe Biden and win.

    Life in America is about to become far less free, far more expensive and tougher to live and much meaner. For the Boomers and those over 50, prepare if you can and live your lives well while you can. The Democratic dynasty will probably last until the New Caliphate arrives and the Constitution of Medina replaces the current one.

    Enjoy the Decline.