Thursday, April 23, 2015

President Obama Declares for Earth Day: We “Don’t Have Time” to Think

I heard on the radio this morning that it’s going to be a high of 55 today, which is 14 degrees colder than average for this time of year.

14 degrees colder. And since yesterday was pretty chilly too, I have to assume that “Earth Day” – a day given to decrying the horrors of global warming – came in far lower than normal too.

Let me restate that: It was about 14 degrees colder on a day devoted to cooling a warming Earth.

Kinda makes you think, doesn’t it?

Well, according to President Obama and his larger liberal network, it shouldn’t. You’re not supposed to think. You “don’t have time” to think, which is why he’s offering to do it for you.

So sweet, right?

Flying down to Florida, he gave the following fragmented string of words (I can’t call it a speech. It was a ramble at best):

We’re also working with farmers and ranchers and forest land owners to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions. I’m going to keep doing everything I can to prepare and protect America from the worst effects of climate change, including fighting for clean air, clean water. Because in places like this, folks don’t have time, we don’t have time – you do not have time to deny the effects of climate change. Folks are already busy dealing with it. And nowhere is it going to have a bigger impact than here in south Florida. No place else. It has to be paying closer attention to this and acknowledging it, and understanding that if we take action now we can do something about it. 

“This is not some impossible problem that we cannot solve. We can solve it if we’ve got some political will. And we can solve it in a way that creates jobs. We can solve it in a way that doesn’t disrupt our economy but enhances our economy. And it’s a bipartisan issue.”

I have to admit, reading that speech over, I doubted its source. Considering that Real Clear Politics is a staunchly conservative publication, I thought it must have mangled the transcript for political purposes.

So I watched the provided video, only to find that the transcript and audio matched perfectly. Which is why I went on, against the president’s express wishes, to use my brain. Here’s what I couldn’t help but think:

1.      That speech would have made a little more sense (maybe) if he had stayed up in D.C., which had to be about the same temperature as Baltimore a mere 40 miles northward.
2.      He flew down to Florida to talk about how badly we’re polluting the Earth. Do you know how much pollution Air Force One uses for a round trip to Florida? Let’s just say it’s a whole lot more than necessary considering how Obama could have just video chatted.
3.      “Nowhere is it going to have a bigger impact than here in south Florida?” Why? How about China, which is polluting its chunk of Earth so badly it has eight-year-olds getting lung cancer? Or how about the Middle East with all of its drilling activity? Or maybe Canada, which is a whole lot more focused right now on extracting oil from sand than it is on creating electric cars and other eco-friendly technology meant to save the planet?

And see, that all right there is why Obama and too many other politicians don’t want us to think. Because when we do, we’ll see them for the nonsensical, arrogant hypocrites that they are.

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