June 29, 2009

Letter to President Obama on Energy


Dear President Obama:

I watched your address to the nation today. The one you made yesterday morning, one day after the House of Representatives passed the 1,500-page Waxman-Markey Cap-and-Trade bill without reading it, and after adding 300 pages just hours before. You looked great, and your charm showed through. You always do, and it always does. In fact, I dare say I'd like you -- if it weren't for your policies.

I'm sorry, Mr. President. There is "no longer a debate about whether carbon pollution is placing our planet in jeopardy?" It's happening? Really? Why then, Mr. President, is Mars warming while we're stuck in a 10-plus year-long cooling trend? I haven't seen any little green men driving Hummers. The cool photos sent back to Earth from the Red Planet sure haven't shown any coal plants, or industry, or anything else your people claim to be driving global warming here at home. Could it be, Mr. President, that mankind and whatever pollution we're emitting has much less to do with climate change than other natural forces? Perhaps we should look at the sun when talking about global temperatures, no?

Here are some other questions I'd really like you and your kind--your "kind" being socialist, globalist progressives hell bent on destroying American exceptionalism any way you can (with climate change being a convenient vehicle for that goal)--to answer before you go and ruin the American economy:
  • Considering that a single volcanic eruption releases several times the amount of carbon dioxide than the entire human race releases in an entire year, how has the world survived countless such eruptions throughout the planet's 4.5 billion year history?
  • Termites release ten times more carbon dioxide than every single man, woman, child, factory and automobile in the entire world. How is it that mankind's carbon emission is the determining factor on how quickly the planet is destroyed? Shouldn't your farcical energy bill focus on termites? After all, they also eat wood, and environmentalists absolutely love wood . . .
  • Scientists are absolutely incapable of predicting the weather a week out with any significant accuracy. Why should we believe them capable of putting together accurate models looking forward by a century, or even a decade? If Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz here in Philadelphia says it's going to be 86 degrees here tomorrow and it turns out to be 91 degrees, why trust a liberal idealogue masquerading as a scientist to predict global temperatures in 2050 to within six-tenths of a degree?
  • In that same line of thinking -- why do existing climate models completely fail to predict the known past? In other words, if the same models used by your so-called experts don't work to predict known conditions, why should we bank our economy on those models and experts now?
  • Staying in the past, why did the planet cool between 1940 and 1975, even though human carbon dioxide emissions were sky high? Could it be that human carbon emissions and global temperature have absolutely nothing to do with each other?
  • Why don't we see, in core samples, actual empirical evidence over a broad span of time--not 100 year segments here or there--that carbon dioxide levels drive temperature? Why don't we see corresponding increases in such samples at the time of major volcanic activity?
  • The planet's climate has always changed -- why are we so willing to destroy the economy (or even take the risk in doing so) in order to fight a natural cyclical process?
With all due respect, Mr. President, the debate is far from over. Yes, I absolutely, positively believe that we should be responsible stewards of our planet; but believing that, after 4.5 billion years of plate-shifting and ice ages and asteroid strikes and a climate that has ranged from incredibly hot to unbelievably cold, we suddenly are endangering Mother Earth because of our industrial activities and internal combustion engines is more than ridiculous -- it's unfathomably arrogant.

And yet arrogance seems to be a hallmark of your presidency and your administration, Mr. President. You travel around apologizing to the world for America, when it is our economy that drives the globe, when it has been our brave men and women who have liberated it. You believe that your meaningless and empty words, authored by someone else and read from a TelePrompTer, can somehow change the ideological struggle between Islam and the West overnight, taking credit even for the uprising in Iran. As much as I like you on a personal level--and I do--as president of the United States your arrogance is matched only by your popularity among the politically ignorant. Combine yours with the arrogance inherent among the cult-like believers in detrimental climate change, and I fear for our world.

Wouldn't it be ironic, sir, if the very same efforts which on their face claim to be done in the best interests of the planet actually end up destroying it? What of the hundreds of millions of people teetering on the edge of death from famine and disease, propped up only by a robust American economy and the generosity of a capable American people? What of the hundreds of millions of people whose only line of defense against ruthless oppression is our strong military, funding by a strong American economy, manned by a capable American people?

Yet your actions, and the actions of those in your party, are directly threatening the very heart of American exceptionalism. You claim that there is no contradiction between investing in clean energy and economic growth, yet study after study shows otherwise, that this legislation rooted so shamelessly in the expansion of political power will result in disaster for American business and industry and unsustainable, increased costs on American people from coast to coast. This legislation, and indeed your presidency as a whole, has been built on a web of lies on everything from transparency to policy and everywhere in between, and the price for those lies will be paid by an increasingly burdened American people. My three-year-old child, and her children after her, will be paying for your inexperience, ignorance, arrogance and malfeasance.

You acknowledge that "dependence on foreign oil is endangering our security" as if you've done anything at all to guide our nation to true energy independence. In reality, looking at energy independence in terms of the national security it provides, this horrific legislation is little more than the latest salvo in your ongoing war against the safety and security of America and the American people you are charged with protecting, be it the way you've handled our detainees, the way your party has disheartened our intelligence community, or the way your detente-at-all-costs approach to foreign policy has emboldened enemies of the United States of America and everything for which She stands.

If you truly wanted to become energy independent, if you truly wanted to facilitate economic growth, you would invest in the American people and the resources America is blessed to sit upon. You would create hundreds of thousands of jobs by drilling for oil off our coasts and on the northern plain of Alaska, and by increasing efforts to explore our vast oil shale deposits located under your hated flyover states. Knowing that the United States of America is essentially the Saudi Arabia of coal, you would pave the way for clean coal and expansion of the coal industry rather than overtly working to destroy it. You would build nuclear plants. But this disastrous piece of legislation is no more about clean energy or the environment as your stimulus package was about stimulating the economy -- it's about advancing your collectivist agenda, it's about expanding the size and scope and influence of the federal government, it's about trampling the values and principles upon which this nation was founded, and it's about taking what you view as an unfairly powerful and successful America down a peg or two relative to Europe and the rest of the slowly developing world.

The problem, Mr. President, is that--for now, at least--you're getting away with it. An obedient media and ignorant people are lost in your smile and ample charm. An embittered Democrat Party is making the most of what I promise will be an extremely short time in power. And a global community jealous of our freedom and our prosperity is clamoring for one of their own, a true Citizen of the World, to reduce America from the world's only superpower to a beholden nation which relies upon everyone else for energy, for goods and, soon, for food. And you're taking them up on it, quicker than any of us could have imagined.

Right now, when perhaps the greatest possible question is asked of those who believe wholeheartedly in the danger of climate change--what, pray tell, is the appropriate temperature for planet Earth?--the answer may very well be: "Whatever our Dear Leader says it should be." But it won't be for long. 2010 is right around the corner, 2012 is not far behind, and we're waking up. America is waking up, Mr. President, and I take comfort in knowing you'll be on the speaking circuit and measuring the drapes for your presidential library in no time.

Warmest Regards,

Jeff Schreiber
America's Right

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