So 150 world leaders are gathered in Paris this week to come to some sort of agreement on how to deal with so-called climate change. President Barack Obama will be leading the crusade for lower carbon emissions and promising all sorts of U.S. aid to any country that will go along with him.
If our president has his way, you can be sure of three things:
- There will be even more restrictions and regulations on the U.S. economy. Barack Obama promised to destroy the coal industry in this country, and he’s darned near succeeded. You can expect even more efforts to handicap oil and gas production here at home.
- Obama will try to reach deep into your pocket to pay for all of this. He has already pledged to commit $3 billion in taxpayer funds to the U.N.’s Green Climate Fund. And that’s just the start of the promised payola.
- The Obama team will do everything it can to keep Congress from having any say in the matter. U.S. negotiators in Paris will refuse to call any agreement they reach a treaty, since that would require Senate approval to take effect. That’s what they did with deal with Iran, you’ll recall. We’ll see if Congress lets them get away with this obvious effort to bypass the Constitution.
In an op-ed piece in The Wall Street Journal last week, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) pointed out the hypocrisy of Obama’s previous negotiations:
In an agreement with China, President Obama has already pledged to reduce America’s net greenhouse-gas emissions by more than 25% by 2025. In return, China has agreed to “peak” its carbon-dioxide emissions in 2030. In other words, the U.S. will have to make drastic emissions reductions immediately, while China is allowed to carry on for the next 15 years.
China currently pumps out 23 percent of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. It is the world’s greatest polluter. The air in China’s major cities is pretty much unbreathable now. Yet Obama’s negotiators have agreed to let the country’s emissions increase for another 15 years! Imagine how much worse the situation will get by 2030.
Pollution is also expected to grow much worse in India. Thanks to its backward economy, the country now creates only an estimated 6 percent of the world’s emissions. But that number is expected to triple over the next 15 years.
Here in the U.S., emissions have been declining for more than a decade. While we produced an estimated 24 percent of greenhouse-gas emissions in 2000, today that number has declined to 13 percent. And it continues to fall.
Still, none of this matters to Barack Obama, who is committed to a vast leveling of the world. And of course he thinks the U.S. should pay for all of his grand schemes.
It’s no surprise that other countries will support just about any scheme that transfers money from us to them. Heck, if your plan is to rob Peter to pay Paul, you can be pretty sure you’ll get the support of Paul.
So of course much of the world will praise Obama’s “leadership.” So will the left in this country.
Congress has the power to stop him. We’ll soon find out if it will.
Until next time, keep some powder dry.