A catastrophic Copenhagen commitment

December 9, 2009

The Tribune commentary of Thursday, Dec. 3 — Climate of suspicion — was unbelievable in its conclusion that Climate Change is settled science and that only a few scientists have been discredited.

President Obama will be traveling to Copenhagen on December 9th for climate-change talks run by Yvo de Boeer, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework of Climate Change.  At that time Obama will commit to reducing U. S. emissions by around 17% below 2005 levels by 2020 and 83% by 2050.

Both China and India have indicated that they want industrialized countries to cut their carbon output 40% from 1990 levels by 2020.  Yet both countries are reluctant to agree to any cuts that would jeopardize their economic growth, believing, as does Yvo de Boeer, that the U.S. and other developing countries must come up with sizable emissions reduction targets and financial aid to assist developing countries in cutting emissions and in adapting to global warming.
How is it that Obama is able to commit the U.S. to future emission levels when only the House has been able to pass a global warming bill?  According to Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe, the top Republican on the Environment and Public Works Committee, “Ninety-five percent of the nails were in the coffin prior to this week.  Now they are all in.”

Senator Inhofe was referring to the likelihood of the Senate passing a similar bill after 3,000 emails and other documents hacked from a computer server used by the University of East Anglia Climate Research Unit exposed junk science among climate-change believers.  White House czar, Dr. John P. Holdren, featured prominently in them.

With skepticism about global warming front and center, and with Heritage Foundation research pointing to job losses of 114,087 by 2035 here in Illinois, along with higher energy prices and falling household income and economic activity, why would the Chicago Tribune willingly follow the Obama administration in crippling this nation’s economy and productiveness?

It has all to do with money, careers, prestige and this government’s quest for power and control over and at the expense of the American people.

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