Obama’s Environmentalist Attack on America

obama-speaking-angryApparently the reality that America’s economic output declined by 1 percent in the first quarter, retail and home sales are plummeting, and a record-setting 1 in 8 (or 10 million) American men in their prime working years between ages 25–54 aren’t working or looking for work will be no impediment for a president determined to impose a radical environmentalist agenda on the nation. On Monday, the Obama administration announced the first-of-their-kind national limits on carbon emissions from the nation’s more than 600 coal-fired power plants. The proposed regulation, implemented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), will demand a 30 percent cut in emissions by 2030.

At a Feb. 11, 2014 hearing of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations related to the status of clean coal programs, Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) spelled out the real-world consequences of such a plan, explaining that Americans could expect an increase in electricity costs ranging from 40 percent at a coal gasification facility, to as much as 80 percent at a pulverized coal power plant, according to the Department of Energy’s own documentation. The reliably leftist New York Times illuminates the implications, noting that the regulations could lead to the closing of “hundreds” of such facilities.

Unsurprisingly, the effort completely bypasses Congress, undoubtedly because it would be as DOA as it was when the Democratically-controlled legislative branch failed to pass such cap-and-trade legislation in 2010. Thus our constitutionally-comtemptuous president has rendered members of Congress superfluous, even as the EPA becomes their de facto replacement.

The administration offers a degree of flexibility in achieving these goals. They include allowing states to reduce emissions by installing solar, wind or other energy-efficiency technology, and by creating or joining cap-and-trade programs at the state or regional level that allow such entities to cap emissions, and then buy and sell permits that allow plants to continue to emit greenhouse gases—as long as they pay a suitable fee for doing so. That fee that will inevitably be passed down to consumers. Yet in keeping with the administration’s imperialist impulses, if such state- or regionally-imposed rules do not satisfy the EPA’s guidelines the agency will act unilaterally to force such entities into compliance.

Those affected are planning to sue. “Clearly, it is designed to materially damage the ability of conventional energy sources to provide reliable and affordable power, which in turn can inflict serious damage on everything from household budgets to industrial jobs,” said Scott Segal, a lawyer with Bracewell & Giuliani, a firm representing coal companies in anticipated litigation. Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt also plans to challenge the regulations in court. “The Clean Air Act clearly sets out a role for EPA to suggest guidelines, while granting states authority to develop and implement specific proposals to achieve the goals of the Clean Air Act,” he told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Should the EPA’s proposed regulation force states to adopt a ‘cap and trade’ scheme or any other specific proposal, it would violate the law and likely be challenged in court.”

Such challenges, as well as litigation anticipated by other industry groups and other states such as West Virginia, North Dakota, Alaska and Texas revolve around the EPA’s use of a little-used section of the Clean Air Act to create its new regulations. The implementation of section 111 (d) of the Act is necessitated by the reality that carbon dioxide isn’t regulated under major Clean Air Act programs that address air pollutants. The EPA claims it has used that section to previously regulate five sources of air pollutants, but none of those approach the magnitude of their attempt to regulate carbon dioxide.

As the Wall Street Journal explains, the relatively rare instances in which section 111 (d) has been invoked, creates the “unusual circumstance in which potential challengers to the carbon rules would be litigating largely on a blank slate against the EPA,” thus testing “how far a president can go in using the long-standing air-pollution law to try to address climate change.” The paper further notes that such a blank slate accrues to the EPA’s advantage, because courts generally give deference to administrative agencies, provided they are not imposing regulations in an “arbitrary and capricious manner.”

Moreover, the courts have an already-established track record of siding with the EPA. Recent decisions include the Supreme Court’s ruling last month that allowed the EPA to curb power-plant emissions blowing across state lines, while appeals courts have upheld the right of the EPA to regulate mercury emissions from power plants, rules on auto emissions, and the agency’s 2009 contention that CO2 and other greenhouse gases posed a threat to public health. Washington environmental lawyer Sean Donahue spelled out the implications. “There’s more room to make legal arguments because the courts haven’t specified what the statute means and doesn’t mean, but it also leaves more room for the agency’s judgment,” he explained.

It is a judgement completely aligned with global warming alarmism, irrespective of two realities. First, even if one buys the notion of global warming, the key word is “global.” According to the International Energy Agency, by 2012 the United States had cut CO2 emissions more than any nation on earth since 2006, due in large part to the already occurring shift from coal to gas in the nation’s power sector. The world’s leading polluter is now China, which emitted 9.0 billion tons in 2012, compared to only 5.3 billion metric tons released by the U.S. By 2020 that total is expected to top 11.5 billion metric tons, while we remain flat, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

Moreover, China and India will be constructing three-quarters of the 1,200 coal-fired plants being proposed globally, according to the World Resources Institute in Washington. As Robert Stavins, director of Harvard University’s Environmental Economics Program explained to Bloomberg News, even if America reduced its carbon emissions to zero, “global emissions would continue to increase. So, the direct impacts of the new power plant rules on atmospheric greenhouse-gas concentrations will be small.”

The reasons for the increases are blindingly obvious: underdeveloped nations wish to raise their standard of living, and no amount of hectoring by the nation with one of the highest standard of living on the planet is likely to alter those ambitions in any substantial way. Nonetheless the administration remains tethered to the notion that cutting emissions will give American climate change negotiators a stronger hand at the United Nations General Assembly next fall, when governments engage in the attempt to hammer out a worldwide treaty by 2015. “I fully expect action by the United States to spur others in taking concrete action,” said Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework on Climate Change.

In the meantime, such “concrete action” by the United States will do serious damage to an already damaged economy. “The administration has set out to kill coal and its 800,000 jobs,” Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) said in the GOP weekly address Saturday. “If it succeeds in death by regulation, we’ll all be paying a lot more money for electricity — if we can get it.” The Chamber of Commerce contends the new regulations will cost the economy $50 billion per year, and the loss of 3.5 million jobs over 15 years, while the National Center for Public Policy Research asserts that they will “disproportionately hurt lower income people and minorities.”

The EPA counters that the cost will be “only” $8.8 billion annually in 2030, but “will lead to climate and health benefits worth an estimated $55 billion to $93 billion per year in 2030.” White House Press Secretary Jay Carney dismissed the jobs losses as a “doomsday scenario,” and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy claimed the nation will need “thousands of American workers in construction, transmission and more to make cleaner power a reality.” President Obama asserted that carbon-dioxide emissions—which humans exhale with every breath–are a national health crisis. “We don’t have to choose between the health of our economy and the health of our children,” Obama said in his weekly address Saturday. “As president and as a parent, I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that’s beyond fixing.”

So who’s right? As always, progressives ignore real world evidence that doesn’t accrue to their agenda. In Spain 2.2 jobs were destroyed for every green job created. In Italy, the capital needed to create one green job could create five in the general economy. In Denmark, the commitment to wind power generated the highest electricity rates in the EU. And in Germany, the green energy job creation myth is currently collapsing, as seven-out-of-ten green jobs will be lost without continuing government subsidies. Oliver Krischer, deputy leader of the Greens in the Bundestag, acknowledged inconvenient reality. “A few years ago the renewable sector was the job miracle in Germany, now nothing is left of all of that,” he conceded.

Nothing is a relative term, and the real agenda here may be a familiar one: the Obama administration’s desire to have government determine the nation’s “winners” and “losers” by executive fiat. “Given the facts, we must consider the possibility that this is not about global warming at all but is instead simply another tax, and a relatively large one, that will be used to underwrite favors for Democratic interest groups while creating corporate subsidies for politically connected businesses — namely, those liberal financiers who have large financial positions in so-called clean-energy technologies and stand to make a hefty profit from government mandates for renewables,” writes the editors of the National Review. “Come for the feel-good greenwashing, stay for the corporate welfare.”

The EPA plan is slated to go into effect in June 2016, following a one-year comment period—and a likely plethora of lawsuits. In the meantime, Americans already beset by the weakest recovery since the Great Depression can anticipate what they will shortly endure as the result of what the Times characterizes as Obama’s “legacy-making global deal.” America’s legacy, which now includes the reality that the middle class may be headed for extinction, is somehow lost in the mix. For progressives, destroying the economy is a small price to pay for “saving the planet.”

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  • r3VOLution is not republican

    “Obama’s Environmentalist Attack on America”… through an UNCONSTITUTIONAL EPA, CREATED BY A REPUBLICAN, THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDER… that NO REPUBLICAN HAS ABOLISHED… while REPUBLICANS whine and gnash their teeth (an act)… AND DO NOTHING ABOUT IT.

    The LEFTIST republican party and it’s LEFTIST MS(republican)M… King Soetoro’s BEST FRIENDS!

  • Hard Little Machine

    “Affordable Power” is the key. The Obama administration, having overseen a doubling in the pump price of gas is perfectly satisfied with doubling the price of electricity. We’re forced by law to by health insurance but are ‘free’ to starve and freeze in the dark.

  • Guest

    Obama has danced with the devil and put our nation in great danger. http://tiny.cc/sx792w Impeachment would be a blessing. http://bit.ly/1lDikw7

    • Americana

      Our choices in this matter have been heading in this direction for decades. We’ve put off making the difficult decisions for decades. We don’t have more decades w/which to play politics.

      Obama’s environmentalist attack on America??? More like Mother Nature’s attack on America. If we do not make an effort to change our methodology, other countries won’t change their methodology. China has changed many things about its coal-fired plants and its overall energy production. We need to do the same.

      • CowboyUp

        If the US is supposed to lead by example, how come the US politicians and private citizens pushing for these laws aren’t leading by example and practicing what they preach? People like Obama, Gore, and Pelosi are jetting all over the world, vacationing four or more times a year, cruising around in their limos and SUVs, and cranking up their heaters and ACs at home. Funny how that works.

        Yea, the scam has been going on for decades.

      • ObamaYoMoma

        We don’t have more decades w/which to play politics.

        You are a walking/talking encyclopedia of Marxist totalitarian clap trap and as dumb as a box of rocks.

        In addition, you’re an idiot! Global warming is an anti-capitalist hoax created to destroy as much capitalism as possible. It’s not even debatable. Even if it were a reality, and it’s not, only a mentally handicapped moron could be dumb enough to believe that a bunch of Marxist totalitarians could ever devise a workable scheme to stop it. As Marxism just like clockwork in time inevitably always fails every time it is attempted.

        You morons never consider the unintended consequence of your actions because you loons are true believers, and results no matter how devastating never matter to you moonbats. All that matters is the good intentions. Well the road to perdition is paved in good intentions.

        When Obama had majorities in both houses of Congress at the start of his first administration, he couldn’t even get the Dhimmicrats to vote for his insane Cap and Trade bill, because it would have been suicidal, not only for the Dhimmicrats but also for the economy as well.

        Thus, he circumvented the constitution, the will of the people, and the legislative branch, and is now trying to impose it via top down regulatory fiat. So much for democracy. This is tyranny. And like our forefathers before us, we have an unalienable God given right to over throw tyrants! Not only that, but it’s an attempt by the Obama administration to usurp the rights of the states. Therefore, this tyrannical massive power grab will be litigated in the courts for years to come.

        Hence, the question is has Obama been able to stack the courts with enough Marxist totalitarians to side with Obama thanks to the nuclear option? If he has, his Cap and Trade lunacy via regulatory fiat will not only destroy the economy, it will also inevitably destroy what’s left of the country as well. And never mind the fact that China, India, and a hold host of developing countries will be increasing CO2 emissions exponentially at the same time. Which is a good thing especially because the planet needs CO2.

        If we do not make an effort to change our methodology, other countries won’t change their methodology.

        Are you sure you are not that lunatic John Kerry?

        • Americana

          You obviously need to do some actual research on lots and lots of issues related to energy and peak oil and so on.

          What I’m talking about is simply straightforward sensible planning. I know city planners and architects who all say we should be developing building codes that demand passive energy features so we save energy in our homes and buildings. Not WASTING energy and PRODUCING ENERGY PASSIVELY are not things that will undermine the American economy. In fact, they will eventually give us an edge because we are not squandering our money on home heating oil and so on.

          • nightspore

            What’s peak oil have to do with shutting down coal-fired plants? My bet is that your ‘research’ is all about finding talking points, not about really understanding issues.

          • Americana

            We’re talking about different forms of energy and how they interact w/the environment, right? But we’ve also got to be talking about their relative longevity and what their roles are in our economy. I consider oil to be something that should remain within the industrial sector to keep that going as robustly as possible for as many generations as possible since peak oil is a reality. My interest goes well beyond merely picking up talking points.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            We’re talking about different forms of energy and how they interact w/the environment, right?

            Not quite. We are talking about the destruction of the American capitalist economy and along with it America, and all of it is a proven hoax. Environmentalism is just a convenient vehicle for the Marxist totalitarian left to impose their lunacy since it encompasses everything.

            since peak oil is a reality

            Since the discovery of oil way back in the 19th century, we haven’t even extracted 5 percent of the available oil from the earth yet. Stick your peak oil theory where the sun doesn’t shine and where it belongs moonbat.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            You obviously need to do some actual research on lots and lots of issues related to energy and peak oil and so on.

            Why do you Marxist totalitarian leftwing moonbats automatically assume that you are so much smarter than us little people that live down in the real world? When it comes to Islam, Muslims, and Israel, for instance, you’ve already proven that you are as mentally incompetent as your unhinged idol John Kerry.

            Give me a break, do you know how many times the Left’s Peak Oil theory had been proven to be a sham over the past 50 years? Indeed, thanks to fracking, which has never once been proven to have contaminated ground water, the USA has more oil and natural gas than both Russia and the Middle East combined and is poised to become the world’s leading exporter just as soon as the Democrats are ousted (or Obama is ousted), whichever occurs first.

            Nevertheless, type “fracking” into any search engine and the first link will be “The Dangers of Fracking”. Obviously because Gramsci’s long march through the institutions has already made its pass through the search engine institutions. While you Marxist totalitarian moonbats aren’t the brightest bulbs in the box, you are indeed very thorough nonetheless. The sad part though is that you moonbats are as obsessed with Marxism as the Muslims are with Muhammad, and just like Islam always leads to failed societies, so is the inevitable end result of Marxism.

            Via your response you obviously believe that Obama is smarter than even God, so you support his very authoritarian attempt to bypass the will of the people, Congress and the Legislative Branch, the three equal branches of government, the constitution’s checks and balances, and our constitution altogether to impose a top down Marxist Cap and Trade mandate via regulatory fiat on the states and on the people that is all based on junk science and is actually a hoax to curtail capitalism. Never mind the fact that it will lower the supply of energy at a time at a time when energy demand is increasing, which inevitably will skyrocket the prices American consumers and businesses will have to pay for energy and for all goods and services.

            Thus, not only will Americans have to find new ways to deal with skyrocketing energy cost, skyrocketing energy prices, inevitable rolling blackouts, and rationed energy access, but since everyone and everything consumes energy, the price Americans pay for all goods and services will also necessarily have to skyrocket as well, and, of course, when that all begins to happen it will inevitably result in a massive loss of jobs as businesses and industries will be forced to scramble to relocate abroad to attempt to remain competitive. In other words, it will be the final nail in the coffin of what’s left of the USA and at the same time it will be like winning a windfall for China, India, and our other developing competitors. But it’s all okay, since according to you it’s only straightforward sensible planning, and never mind the devastating economic destruction the same lunacy caused throughout the Euroloon Union. Marxist are incapable of learning from their past mistakes or the mistakes of other Marxists. Indeed, that’s why they are Marxist.

            By the way, did the USA become the greatest and most powerful superpower the world has ever seen through Obama style top down Marxism or through Capitalism, representative Republicanism, freedom, and liberty? Come on, be honest! Additionally, please list all the Marxist totalitarian countries in history that in the long run have become economic and military powerhouses on a par with the USA? Also, please explain why you believe it is better for an all-powerful centralized government to make our decisions for us and to destroy our individual freedom at the same time? In other words, why does the good of the collective trump that of the individual, even though it is unequivocally proven that a rising tide lifts all boats?

        • Americana

          Here’s a start on a serious site for energy use around the world:


          • ObamaYoMoma

            No thank you. Antonio Gramsci’s long march through the institutions has already made its pass through our federal government a long time ago. So forgive me if unlike you I choose not to pollute my mind with garbage.

      • Hktony

        Germany has increased coal power stations I believe! This is odumbos way to kill America !

    • tysen

      Worst.President.Ever. http://tiny.cc/fbil2w

      • Guest

        First he sides with al-Qaeda in Syria now the Taliban in Afghanistan http://tiny.cc/ed092w you have to wonder who’s side is Obama on, because it doesn’t feel like he’s on America’s side. http://tiny.cc/ed092w

    • Americana

      There are all sorts of organizations that dance w/the devil and put our nation in great danger.

      Here’s another one:

      American Legislative Exchange Council

      Learn more about corporations VOTING to rewrite our laws.

      The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) describes itself as the largest “membership association of state legislators,” but over 98% of its revenue comes from sources other than legislative dues, primarily from corporations and corporate foundations.[1] After the 2010 congressional midterm elections, ALEC boasted that “among those who won their elections, three of the four former state legislators newly-elected to the U.S. Senate are ALEC Alumni and 27 of the 42 former state legislators newly-elected to the U.S. House are ALEC Alumni.” (A full list of the Congressional freshmen who are ALEC alums can be found here.) [2]About ALECALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC’s operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy’s ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our PRWatch.org site.Koch ConnectionThe Koch Brothers are the conservative billionaire co-owners of Koch Industries. As two of the richest people in the world, they are key funders of the right-wing infrastructure, including the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the State Policy Network (SPN). In SourceWatch, key articles on the Kochs include: Koch Brothers, Koch Industries, Americans for Prosperity, American Encore, and Freedom Partners.

      ALEC’s agenda extends into almost all areas of law. Its bills undermine environmental regulations and deny climate change; support school privatization; undercut health care reform; defund unions and limit their political influence; restrain legislatures’ abilities to raise revenue through taxes; mandate strict election laws that disenfranchise voters; increase incarceration to benefit the private prison industry, among many other issues. [3]

      • liz

        Sounds like a great plan. More power to them.
        The fact that you consider their agenda to be putting our nation in “great danger” proves just how brainwashed by the left you are.

        • Americana

          ALEC has been trying to undermine the use of solar electricity production by homeowners and small business owners. You think that’s all well and good? You think that preventing homeowners from producing enough electricity to run their homes and small businesses via solar power is a good move for the country? I would have thought that any small business owners would see that solar power would be of huge benefit to their bottom line.

          • liz

            Small business owners see that the government staying OUT of their business with regulations and taxes is the only real benefit to their bottom line.
            You have swallowed the left’s lies about their lofty “renewable energy” plan hook, line, and sinker.
            It’s just an excuse for government control, and will destroy the economy.

    • J

      The people have their heads in the sand. It’s expectable to be lied cheated & stole from.

  • Lanna

    The War on Coal will cause energy and electrics rates to skyrocket…it is an assault on all coal producing states, and will eliminate jobs. Coal and clean coal are efficient, abundant, and we have an abundance of it….we don’t have an abundance of jobs which this president does not care about…only his agenda to bring America down as a 3rd world country.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    In effect the Marxist totalitarian left through Obama has destroyed the constitution and with it the separation of powers. Today, Obama is an imperial President circumventing the will of the people and the legislative branch. Meanwhile, through the nuclear option he is loading the judicial branch up with Marxist totalitarians. Obama’s government is becoming a tyranny and it is getting time for the American people to act to reclaim our constitution.

    • r3VOLution is not republican

      Yup. Same as any other republican or any other democrat.

      Had enough?

      Resubmit to God (rejecting “better” evil).

      The Constitution Party.
      The Libertarian Party.
      Independent partiers.
State nullification.
      Sheriff nullification.
      Jury nullification.

      Individual (Cliven Bundy) nullification.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    a record-setting 1 in 8 (or 10 million) American men in their prime working years between ages 25–54 aren’t working or looking for work

    Obama’s economic record is far worse when you consider the fact that in the states headed by conservative governors, economic growth has been vibrant. However, take those conservative states out of the equation, and the devastation that Obama’s has wrought on our economy and lives becomes far more pronounced.

    • r3VOLution is not republican

      Boy, I’ll bet the “better” evil republicans are KICKING THEMSELVES for electing and reelecting King Soetoro.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    a president determined to impose a radical environmentalist agenda on the nation.

    I wouldn’t exactly call it a radical environmentalist agenda on the nation. Radical environmentalism is just the convenient smoke screen. It is a radical Marxist totalitarian agenda couched under radical environmentalism. If they can control the carbon economy, they can limit capitalism, control the economy, and our lives.

    • r3VOLution is not republican

      Yup. The Marxist democrat party and Marxist republican party WILL NOT STOP, until everything has been engulfed in UNCONSTITUTIONAL, ANTI-American Central Government Planning.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    The reliably leftist New York Times illuminates the implications, noting that the regulations could lead to the closing of “hundreds” of such facilities.

    It’s time for a people’s uprising. These new EPA mandates are being imposed top down on the people and without our consent. Is this a democratic society or a totalitarian society? These new EPA regulations are obviously a top down totalitarian mandate coming from Obama, the imperial President, i.e., the radical Marxist dictator! He has literally destroyed our constitution and along with it, its checks and balances and the separation of powers

    • r3VOLution is not republican


      Yup, ya got that right. It’s LONG PAST the time to ABOLISH the UNCONSTITUTIONAL (illegal) EPA (that was created BY A REPUBLICAN, THROUGH EXECUTIVE ORDER)!

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Those affected are planning to sue.

    The only problem with that, is through the nuclear option, Obama has been stacking the judiciary with Marxist totalitarian leftist judges that will no doubt side with his administration’s mandates. It’s time for another revolution of the people as the Obama administration has morphed into a bona fide tyranny.

    • r3VOLution is not republican

      BAM! Yup, with the FULL AID of the Marxist republican party – Controlled Opposition.

  • Robert_Fl

    Of course you know what will follow if they implement this policy. Those who have lost jobs, who had no jobs, and the trite “women and minorities who are hurt the worst” will not be able to pay their electric bills, and we cannot have that. Therefore we must help them…here comes yet another tax increase on the productive people of our society.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    As always, progressives ignore real world evidence that doesn’t accrue to their agenda.

    That’s because their true agenda is not environmentalism. Instead, it is the destruction of as much capitalism as possible, as these people are Marxists, and there is nothing “progressive” about Marxism, as it fails like clockwork every time it is tried. So stop calling them Progressives and start calling them what they are: Marxist totalitarians!

    • r3VOLution is not republican

      Yup. NAILED IT.

      The Marxist republican/democrat (same thing) party are DESTROYING EVERY ASPECT OF AMERICAN LIFE!

    • Americana

      I’m not interested in destroying capitalism. AT ALL. I’m interested in finding ways to finance my hydroponics expansion via savings achieved through solar heating and solar energy being tapped to run my hydroponics operation. The fact it may help environmentally is a welcome and incidental byproduct.

      • Hktony

        If you care about the environment solar power is too expensive. If you calculate the cost of making solar panels, transport, installation against cost savings you will find you lose money. If you cared then grow trees and burn wood. Use candles. Don’t drive! Eat less! At the end of the day you burn petrol to get your produce out to shops. Don’t burn petrol use horse power. This is the problem with greens! They want their cake and eat it! Anyway all this as I said is about odumbo killing America. Nothing to do with the environment. How much wildlife has he killed in his support for golf. How much water is wasted for green grass? And ever time he goes somewhere it costs thousands of do dollars, even to buy a burger. Good luck with the hydroponics by the way!

  • WeroInNM

    Is Obama Employing the Cloward-Piven Strategy to Destroy America?
    “Food For Thought”
    Hello: When Are Americans Going To Wake Up?-God Bless America!
    Semper Fi!

    • liz

      “Is” he? No question about it! You bet he is.

  • Randy Townsend

    If this was put on a ballot, does anybody believe it would pass with even 50.1% of the vote? How did the people allow the government to become something that is essentially unaccountable to the public, that does whatever it damn well pleases with impunity? The President violates federal law at will and Congress does absolutely nothing. Kings with a subservient parliament behave this way. Respect for government and the rule of law? You’re joking.

  • pennant8

    The article states that we have more than 600 coal fired power plants. I don’t dispute that, but I doubt if the number is very high above 600. Those 600+ power plants already have smokestacks fitted with all manner of scrubber devices. Moreover, those 600+ scrubber fitted smokestacks are for all intents and purposes the only smokestacks still in existence in post-industrial America.

    Now travel back in time to the 1940’s and into the 1950’s when I think it would be no exaggeration to say that we had at least 6 million smokestacks, none with scrubbers. In this count of 6 million I am including all coal fired power plants, which back then there were many more than today, all other industrial smokestacks, all household chimneys for their coal burning furnaces, all steam locomotives and all steamships. Actually 6 million is probably be a low ball figure when count all the house chimneys.

    This is why I find the whole power plant hysteria to be so ludicrous. Using the 600 figure, that averages out to about a dozen smokestacks per state, and we are expected to believe that this inconsequential number is setting the stage for a coming environmental Armageddon.

  • meanpeoplesuck

    Everybody knows the time is now to get off fossil fuels. The greedy carbon belchers won’t have a planet to enjoy their loot in if they keep us from doing the right thing.

    • Robert_Fl

      Anyone who starts out with “everybody knows” has no credibility.

    • UCSPanther

      I hope you don’t mind freezing and living in fear of what lurks in the dark…

    • Softly Bob

      Because the planet will what, exactly? Will the planet spin off into outer space and crash into Jupiter? Will it evaporate into nothing?
      The planet will still be here and functioning fine, carbon footprint or no carbon footprint.
      You Global Warmers are nothing but superstitious charlatans.
      There is NO man-made climate change.
      Get real!

      • Americana

        We have reached the era of PEAK OIL. This term refers to the fact that oil production around the world has peaked and will gradually subside. Although we’ve got some additional reserves that are being developed in South America and elsewhere, they may not necessarily suffice as more developing economies put pressure on the oil supply. Also, new reserves may not offer the same quality of oil as the Saudi light crude which is very low sulphur. Our balance between oil production and oil consumption doesn’t really allow for billions in additional population to be added to the world’s oil use balance sheet. If we keep on using oil for all our energy needs without gradually switching some of our dependency to other energy sources, we are putting ourselves at risk of an insufficient supply. Switching to passive sources of energy production will allow us to husband our oil reserves for industrial uses.

        • Softly Bob

          That’s fine. I accept that oil won’t last forever. But that’s no reason for them to lie about climate change.

          • Americana

            Bob, they are intertwined conceptually so even if you choose not to believe in climate change, the fact is, we DO have to begin to prepare now for fluctuating oil supplies that will be happening in the near future. As for how peak oil should affect our planning from here on out, there’s simply no reason NOT to rejigger things like building codes so we have more passive homes and homes and industrial buildings that use solar energy and so on.

            I know how badly the oceans are being affected by both climate change and overfishing. My oceanography teacher is now working at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in Massachusetts and even more than other scientific disciplines, the oceanographers are very concerned about the CO2 gas uptake by the oceans and what it’s causing to happen (ocean acidification and energy gain for storms and thermoclines that are life-killing). I will give you links about the oceanography sites I follow if you are interested.

          • Softly Bob

            Is it man-made though? Climate change has always occurred.

          • nightspore

            “climate change and overfishing” – nice conflation of entirely different problems, or I should say a non-problem and a real one

    • liz

      Yes, the time is now to destroy civilization and return to the stone age to save the planet. Why don’t we all just get it over with and commit mass suicide? You go first.

      • meanpeoplesuck

        We are comitting mass suicide by staying on oil.

        • liz

          No, were not. You’ve been brainwashed.

  • liz

    It would be awesome if everybody just started ignoring Obama’s “orders”, just like he ignores the rulings of federal judges, and the constitution, and reality.

  • CaoMoo

    He had better be glad he’s the first black president or his ass would have been impeached ages ago

  • Mike

    The only “concrete action” that I want to see is EPA officials and Environmental Whackos wearing Chicago Overshoes.

  • nightspore

    Most people here know that “climate change” is a pretext for upending democratic capitalism – as well as being a ridiculous social hysteria. But it has the potential to boomerang on these idiots (after all, how long can they say it’s hotter than ever when it’s cold outside?). So we have to hold the line until the hysteria collapses.

  • J

    He along with anyone who is associated to him needs to be brought up on treason charges & made a strong example of. We owe it to the men & woman who fought & died for this country.

  • J

    Obama is a FAKE. There is more than enough evidence to support this. How is he on his 2nd term & why is it that the American people have been putting up with this . The damage he has done is unthinkable.