It’s been quite the week for President Obama. He kicked things off by renaming a mountain (!), he kept the ball rolling by filming an episode of reality TV with Bear Grylls, and he solidified this week as a memorable one by delivering one of the most damning warnings on climate change we’ve yet heard from a Democrat.
Speaking at the GLACIER Conference in Anchorage, Alaska, the president said, “If we stop trying to build a clean energy economy and reduce carbon pollution, if we do nothing to prevent glaciers from melting faster and oceans from rising faster, and forests from burning faster and storms from growing stronger, we will condemn our children to a planet beyond their capacity to repair.”
Funny how Obama didn’t seem to care too much about “our children” when he spent the first six years of his presidency presiding over a massive increase in federal spending. But then, that’s par for the course when it comes to liberal politics; things only matter when they dovetail perfectly with typical Democrat policies. You can bet your bottom dollar that if a brilliant scientist discovered that unregulated capitalism was the key to reducing the greenhouse effect, we would suddenly see a lot more skepticism on the left. But since it gives them the perfect excuse to grow the government, encroach on the private sector, and raise taxes, their embrace of climate change science is hardly a mystery.
“Any so-called leader who does not take this issue seriously or treats it like a joke is not fit to lead,” Obama thundered. “On this issue of all issues, there is such a thing as being too late. And that moment is almost upon us.”
On this one, the president is right. The extreme environmentalist movement has gone mainstream, and any president who hopes to restore the American economy will have to take them very seriously indeed. In league with the mainstream media, these Chicken Littles have convinced an entire generation of young Americans that the sky is indeed about the fall. A recent Pew survey found that 72% of people between the ages of 18 and 29 believe that the federal government should place stricter pollution limits on the nation’s power plants. This, despite unanimous scientific consensus that says Obama’s carbon rules will do almost nothing to change the temperature of the planet. Apparently the scientific consensus only matters sometimes.
“People will suffer,” Obama said, tapping into the fire-and-brimstone approach favored by his old friend Jeremiah Wright. “Economies will suffer. Entire nations will find themselves under severe, severe problems.”
Well, then, Mr. President, we should be grateful for one thing. Thanks to you, we’re already very familiar with that scenario. Bring it on, nature.