Will Obama Ever Become a Climate Realist?

Australia and Canada have formed an climate realist alliance to protect jobs while dealing with global warming, the Global Warming Policy Foundation has the details:

The political leaders of Canada and Australia declared on Monday they won’t take any action to battle climate change that harms their national economies and threatens jobs. Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Australian counterpart, Tony Abbott, made the statements following a meeting on Parliament Hill. Abbott, whose Liberal party came to power last fall on a conservative platform, publicly praised Harper for being an “exemplar” of “centre-right leadership” in the world. Abbott’s government has come under criticism for its plan to cancel Australia’s carbon tax, while Harper has been criticized for failing to introduce regulations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada’s oil and gas sector.

Later this week, Abbott meets with U.S. President Barack Obama, who has vowed to make global warming a political priority and whose administration is proposing a 30-per-cent reduction of carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 2030. At a Monday news conference, Harper and Abbott both said they welcomed Obama’s plan. Abbott said he plans to take similar action, and Harper boasted that Canada is already ahead of the U.S. in imposing controls on the “electricity sector.” But both leaders stressed that they won’t be pushed into taking steps on climate change they deem unwise.

“It’s not that we don’t seek to deal with climate change,” said Harper. “But we seek to deal with it in a way that will protect and enhance our ability to create jobs and growth. Not destroy jobs and growth in our countries.” Harper said that no country is going to undertake actions on climate change — “no matter what they say” — that will “deliberately destroy jobs and growth in their country.

This is the exact opposite of what Obama has done. His attack on the coal companies are projected to kill thousands of jobs, and increase energy prices. EU companies were looking to bring their energy hungry chemical companies to the US to take advantage of our dropping energy prices, brought about by free market fracking. However the demand for natural gas to replace the coal fired power plants will drive the cost of natural gas much higher. Maybe too high for the EU companies seeking lower energy costs. This will result in fewer jobs in the US. Obama’s EPA is deliberately destroying jobs.

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About Russ Steele

Freelance writer and climate change blogger. Russ spent twenty years in the Air Force as a navigator specializing in electronics warfare and digital systems. After his service he was employed for sixteen years as concept developer for TRW, an aerospace and automotive company, and then was CEO of a non-profit Internet provider for 18 months. Russ's articles have appeared in Comstock's Business, Capitol Journal, Trailer Life, Monitoring Times, and Idaho Magazine.
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4 Responses to Will Obama Ever Become a Climate Realist?

  1. Dena says:

    Few people know or understand that to Obama it’s not about running the country, it’s about politics. The big money that will buy votes and pay for his presidential library is coming from the environmental left and companies who are involved in the green industry. As long as the green people are happy and the money keeps rolling in, Obama cares little what happens to the country. That is also why most of the other government programs and the military are being cut to the bone, so the money can be used for welfare vote buying.
    He no longer needs to be worried about the next election so he is exceeding the constitution limits with executive orders to get the deeds done. Currently he figures that while the house might impeach him, the senate will never find him guilty. This could change after the next election if the Republicans/Tea party reclaim the senate but if the senate remains in Democrat hands after the election, it will get far worst.

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