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Obama declares war on reality

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James Delingpole

“Reality: your ass is grass!”

When George W Bush declared war on an abstract noun – “Terror” – he was widely and inevitably mocked by the left for his foolishness. Not to be outdone, Barack Obama has used his second inaugural address to declare war on an even more nebulous threat to the security of the world: reality, itself.

Here’s how he put it in his inaugural address: (H/T Theo Spleenventer;Bishop Hill)

We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.  Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.

The first sentence is a blatant untruth. Concerted global action so far to deal with the threat of climate change has resulted in: higher energy prices; more deaths from fuel poverty; more intrusive regulation; the destruction of rainforests and the squandering of agricultural land on biofuels; higher food prices; famine and food riots – as a result partly of the drive for biofuels; the entrenchment of corporatism and rent-seeking to the detriment of free markets; the ravaging of the countryside with ugly solar farms and even uglier wind turbines; the deaths of millions of birds and bats; the great recession. How any of this has in any way benefited either our children (who are going to find it far harder to find a job) or future generations is a complete mystery.

The second sentence is a devious combination of the junk factoid and the non sequitur.

That “overwhelming judgement of science” is a reference to the comprehensively discredited Doran survey: the one where the “97 per cent of climate scientists” turned out to consist of just 75 out of 77 climate scientists who could be bothered to reply to two silly and dubious questions.

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  1. bubba

    January 28th, 2013

    sometimes bubba just has to scratch his head and move on.

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  2. jeckelmyhyde

    January 28th, 2013

    It’s just snake oil in a different bottle.

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  3. Left Coast Dan

    January 28th, 2013

    Everything 0 says is to be heard (by the herd!), and not to be responded to. He knows none of it will hold up in discussion – but most voters get their info from primetime news on primary news outlets, so all they will ever hear is the speech.

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  4. jeckelmyhyde

    January 28th, 2013

    Talk about war, here is who he is willing to war against, check this out.

    [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iaWyPsD5eEA&version=3&hl=en_US&rel=0

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  5. McFartus Spontaneous

    January 28th, 2013

    Hey Obama – Well were living here in Allentown (USA)
    And you’re closing all the factories down..
    Out in Bethlehem were killing time, filling out forms, standing in line…
    Well our fathers fought the 2nd WW. ing hereSpent their wkends on the now gone Jersey Shore.
    Met our mothers in the USO. Asked them to dance, danced with them slow
    And were living here in Allentown (USA)
    But the restlessness was handed down, And its getting very hard to stay.
    Well were waiting here in Allentown (USA)
    For the Americxa we nvr found, for the promises our teachers gave. If we worked hard, if we behaved. So our graduations hang on the wall. No they never taught us what was real.
    Iron and coke, and chromium steel….
    Hey Obama, we are waiting here in Allentown (USA)
    & its hard to keep an American down, but I will b getting up today,.
    Cause we are living in the USA

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  6. Hotlanta Mike

    January 28th, 2013

    Bizarro World Barry. Climate change is a threat to our children and future generations, but nary a wimper about the national debt.

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  7. Hotlanta Mike

    January 28th, 2013

    And in other news…

    ‘Norway Data Shows Earth’s Global Warming Less Severe Than Feared’

    New estimates from a Norwegian research project show meeting targets for minimizing global warming may be more achievable than previously thought.

    After the planet’s average surface temperature rose through the 1990s, the increase has almost leveled off at the level of 2000, while ocean water temperature has also stabilized, the Research Council of Norway said in a statement on its website. After applying data from the past decade, the results showed temperatures may rise 1.9 degrees Celsius if Co2 levels double by 2050, below the 3 degrees predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

    “The Earth’s mean temperature rose sharply during the 1990s,” said Terje Berntsen, a professor at the University of Oslo who worked on the study. “This may have caused us to overestimate climate sensitivity.”

    The findings also show the effect of reduced airborne particulates from burning coal, which may decrease the cloud cover that cools the earth, probably has less of an impact on climate through indirect cooling than originally projected.

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-27/norway-data-shows-earth-s-global-warming-less-severe-than-feared.html

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  8. What a great guy

    January 28th, 2013

    Obama EPA kills power plant, 3,900 jobs in Texas
    Chase Power, the parent company behind the $3 billion Las Brisas
    coal power plant in Corpus Christi, Texas, announced yesterday that
    it was cancelling the project.
    “Chase Power … has opted to suspend efforts to further permit the
    facility and is seeking alternative investors as part of a plan of
    dissolution for the parent company,” Chase CEO Dave Freysinger told the Corpus Christi Caller-Times .

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  9. bill jones

    January 28th, 2013

    “The threat posed by humans to the natural environment is nothing compared to the threat to humans posed by global environmental policy.” -Fred Smith Jr.

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  10. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 28th, 2013

    …knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.

    Are those the children and future generations that you murder by the millions every year through abortion?

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  11. Tim

    January 28th, 2013

    Translation: “I’m going to continue to push my globaloney socialist agenda down your throats and continue to plunder the treasury – you, as the peasantry, will EAT SHIT AND LIKE IT!!!”

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  12. Death_By_Farts

    January 28th, 2013

    I blame the millions of Republicans who stayed home on election day…They in turn have no one to blame but themselves.

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