Marx on Monday: Obama – killing coal to save the world

According to Shakespeare a leopard cannot change its spots. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and thank goodness President Obama has proved himself to be a leopard, and his unchanging spots are his unflinching support for environmental policies aimed at reducing global warming.

There are many politicians and others out there who have been swayed by irrelevancies like the fact that there has been no global warming since 1998, or that global warming scientists have been caught on e-mail lying to pretend it is an ever present threat. There are those who claim that, just because Michael Mann’s hockey stick is now a laughing stock or that computer model predictions which were 95% certain that global warming was taking place have all proved to be 100% wrong in their forecasts, we should stop spending billions of taxpayer dollars on countering a threat that simply doesn’t exist – but thank goodness President Obama is not one of these cynics.

Only last week our great President re-confirmed his support to tackle the so-called non-existent threat with a landmark speech.

“If you agree with me, I’ll need you to act,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address. “Remind everyone who represents you, at every level of government, that there is no contradiction between a sound environment and a strong economy – and that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote.”

And President Obama made it plain that America must shoulder the burden of tackling climate change, with poorer countries such as China and India being free to burn fossil fuels in coal fired plants paid for by US foreign aid. Meanwhile, back in the USA, American taxpayers must endure massive hikes in fuel prices as Obama imposes swinging taxes on coal fired power plants.

In 1997 most first world countries committed themselves to reducing climate change by signing up to the Kyoto protocol. The Kyoto protocol was a wonderful thing looked at from any angle.

It may well be the case that organizations like the Centre for European Economic Research have described the Kyoto protocol as “a deeply flawed agreement that manages to be both economically inefficient and politically impractical.”

And it may well be that countries such as Canada, Japan and Russia stated in 2011 that they would not take on further Kyoto targets. Canada, for example, committed itself under Kyoto to cutting its greenhouse emissions to 6% below 1990 levels by 2012, but in 2009 emissions were 17% higher than in 1990. Environment minister Peter Kent cited Canada’s liability to “enormous financial penalties” under the treaty unless it withdrew.

Granted, with China and India (two countries who account for over a third of the entire world population,) being exempt from Kyoto the targets for a reduction in carbon emission have been narrowly missed. Kyoto called for a reduction of global carbon emissions by 2013 of around 15%, but carbon emissions since Kyoto have actually grown by 24%.

Thank goodness then, that the visionary President Obama has now confirmed that America will go it alone. If, as Obama has confirmed, America implements the Kyoto protocol in full, it would have, admittedly, a small negative effect on the US economy. Not least of these would be a 34% increase in energy prices; an increase of around $1 dollar a gallon in the price of gas; a small increase in unemployment of around 3 million and an annual loss to the US economy of approximately $300 billion. But just look at the positive benefits!

Under Kyoto America can obtain carbon credits, ie: the right to burn more carbon, by buying credits from other countries. To facilitate this, the Kyoto agreement set up the Clean Development Mechanism – thus establishing a way for rich countries to get credits towards their targets by financing cost-effective emissions cuts in poor countries. So far a total of 5,000 Clean Development Mechanism projects have attracted investments, mainly from the American government, worth almost US$100 billion. The projects have ranged from providing rural Chinese villagers with solar cookers to supporting a 100-megawatt wind farm in Mexico. This $100 billion investment by the American taxpayer has kept American energy price increases down to a minimum, but all that is about to change!

Obama has now announced that he will tax to the hilt carbon producing industries such as coal plants, natural gas plants and, of course, the fracking industry.

As expected Republican cynics are lining up around the block to criticize Obama’s plans. One of these right wing idiots is Senator Joe Manchin from West Virginia, who melodramatically described Obama’s environmental policies as “a war on America!”  “The new White House initiatives will kill jobs and won’t effectively clean up the environment. Why do you want to shoot yourself in both feet and then try to run the marathon tomorrow?” Manchin remarked in an interview on Fox TV. “It’s just ridiculous. I should not have to be sitting here as a U.S. Senator, fighting my own president and fighting my own government, that’s ridiculous. I want to work with them. I’ve reached out. I will continue to reach out, but I need a partner here. I don’t need an adversary. I need a partner and an advocate.”

I know some cynics out there will point out that Senator Manchin is, in fact, a Democrat, and comes from a long line of coal miners but, according to Obama, he is nothing more than a climate change denier, worthy of the nation’s and his parties contempt!

What people like Manchin don’t realize is that although Obama’s new policies on climate change might well decimate coal mining towns like Farmington, where Manchin was born, and although they might cause huge increases in energy and gas prices, as well as massive unemployment and hundreds of billions of dollars’ worth of damage to the US economy, if they are implemented (by every country in the world) they will slow up carbon emissions by the year 2100 by 0.7% more than if they weren’t implemented at all!

That, as I’m sure all right thinking American taxpayers will agree, is a small price to pay for a problem that doesn’t exist!

5 comments on “Marx on Monday: Obama – killing coal to save the world

  1. silverminer
    July 1, 2013 at 3:23 pm #

    Is Obama so deluded that he really thinks this is a wise policy or is he a traitorous, globalist piece of shit trying to destroy the republic?

  2. Anthem
    July 1, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

    I blame the EU. The other week he was rubbing shoulders with them at the G8 meetings and now he’s gone completely bonkers. Whatever disease they have, it’s obviously contagious.

    Being “the first black president” was always going to cement his place in history. Why couldn’t he just settle for that?

    Now he’s going to be remembered as “the first black president to completely and utterly frack it up”.

  3. Simon Roberts
    July 2, 2013 at 6:46 am #

    It’s a curious thing about American politics that the term limitation on the Presidency leads to a four-year period where the incumbent will not be seeking re-election. To me, this seems to remove the primary control on a politician – fear of being ousted by the electorate.

    In the party political system, I suppose the theory is that one would not want to jeopardise the electoral chances of other members of the same party, but in Obama’s case this means Hilary “what difference does it make”Clinton – a woman of whom it’s hard to believe anyone would feel kindly.

    Doesn’t this effectively mean that the only breaks on Obama’s power are Congress and the Constitution – which he seems to believe he can bypass by issuing Executive Orders?


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