The Audacity of Fear

Barack Obama is now doubling down on the fear mongering in order to get the massive tax increase/boondoggle that is the Waxman-Markey cap and trade bill through the House of Representatives. The cooler climate appears to be an insignificant truth, for The One, who deems it’s getting hotter. Fortunately for us the climate isn’t an inconvenient Inspector General, who can be fired.

The Obama administration is poised for its most forceful confrontation with the American public on the sweeping and life-altering consequences of a failure to act on global warming with the release today of a long-awaited scientific report on climate change.

The report, produced by more than 30 scientists at 13 government agencies dealing with climate change, provides the most detailed picture to date of the worst case scenarios of rising sea levels and extreme weather events: floods in lower Manhattan; a quadrupling of heat waves deaths in Chicago; withering on the vineyards of California; the disappearance of wildflowers from the slopes of the Rockies; and the extinction of Alaska’s wild polar bears in the next 75 years.

Today’s release is part of a carefully crafted strategy by the White House to help build public support for Obama’s agenda and boost the prospects of a climate change bill now making its way through Congress.

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Americans have already been living with evidence of changing climate, the report said. Over the last 30 years winters have grown shorter and milder, with a 3.9C (7F) rise in winter temperatures in the midwest and northern Great Plains. Hurricanes have become deadlier. If climate change is left unchecked, the future promises to bring even more ferocious hurricanes to coastal regions – in the Pacific as well as the Atlantic, punishing droughts to the south-west, and increasingly severe winter storms in the north-east and around the Great Lakes.

The human consequences, as envisaged by the draft, are similarily catastrophic: potential food shortages because of declining wheat and corn yields in the breadbasket of the mid-west, increased outbreaks of food poisoning and epidemic diseases.

US cities will be choking because of deteriorating air quality; leisure pursuits will disappear. The report predicts that the ski season in the north-east will be 20%shorter. As for summer holidays, 14 of 17 North Carolina beaches will be permanently underwater by 2080, the draft forecasts.

Of course, these “claims” are based on the same discredited, faulty computer models, which do nothing but predict doom and gloom. One could enter Betty Crocker recipes into these models and get the same result. As Chris Horner notes the report was written by the same stooges pulling the same stunts they did with the first National Assessment on Climate Change in 2000. A report that the Competitive Enterprise Institute forced the Department of Justice to slap a warning label on that warned readers that it was not subjected to the scrutiny of the Federal Information Quality Act. Nor, as Horner notes would those models be admissible in federal court because they would fail the Supreme Court’s Daubert test for sound science.

We here in Maryland have seen this type of stupid environmentalist trick before.

Should Obama’s fear mongering move the weak lilies in the House from their opposition to the bill here’s what it will get us:

· Reduce aggregate gross domestic product (GDP) by $7.4 trillion,
· Destroy 844,000 jobs on average, with peak years seeing unemployment rise by over 1,900,000 jobs,
· Raise electricity rates 90 percent after adjusting for inflation,
· Raise inflation-adjusted gasoline prices by 74 percent,
· Raise residential natural gas prices by 55 percent,
· Raise an average family’s annual energy bill by $1,500, and
· Increase inflation-adjusted federal debt by 29 percent, or $33,400 additional federal debt per person, again after adjusting for inflation.

Hope and change, it hurts so good.

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