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Dire straits or sci-fi?
by Chip Latcham
May 07, 2014 | 18 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
They are certainly putting on the full-court press. And, no, we’re not referring to the Spurs in the NBA playoffs.

A group of scientists and government officials are attempting to advance the Obama administration’s cause. They are warning of a growing link between human activity and extreme weather across the country.

“Climate change’s assorted harms ‘are expected to become increasingly disruptive across the nation throughout this century and beyond,’ the National Climate Assessment concluded Tuesday,” in the AP’s big story. “The report emphasizes that warming and all-too-wild weather are changing daily lives, using the phrase ‘climate disruption’ as another way of saying global warming.”

Later this summer, the Obama administration plans to propose new and controversial regulations restricting gases that come from existing coal-fired power plants.

But will it end there? Many, including some Republican national leaders, believe President Obama is likely to “use the platform to renew his call for a national energy tax.”

On the morning national TV newscasts, we heard that earthquakes in Oklahoma were being blamed on fracking or underground disposal of wastewater by oil and gas firms.

Clearly the Obama administration has not been the greatest friend of the energy industry. We point to the president’s most recent announcement on Good Friday, when most people weren’t paying attention, again to delay a decision on the controversial Canada-to-Texas Keystone pipeline.

Environmentalists oppose it, but Republicans and some Democrats, along with many unions, are pressuring the administration to approve it. Obviously, President Obama wants to run out the clock until the midterm elections have been decided, not wanting to offend the Hollywood, left-wing crowd.

However, even if the U.S. were to enact all these carbon taxes and other measures to protect the environment, would other industrialized nations, such as China and India, follow suit? Highly unlikely.

And what guarantees would there be that we humans forever would be spared of melting glaciers, prolonged droughts, major hurricanes and killer twisters?

We’re all for being good stewards of our planet, but there has been “climate change,” we’d dare say even “climate disruption,” since the beginning of time, and long before man invented the horseless carriage or built factories.

Would Obama, Al Gore and other hard-core liberals make a solemn pledge to give away their supersized jets and walk everywhere they go in order to reduce their massive carbon footprint?

Again, just how far are we willing to take this charade? Sitting around the campfire and wearing loincloths?

Call us cynical, but we believe this is nothing but a last-ditch political power grab which, if enacted, will result in putting many more Americans out of meaningful work.
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