Vermont’s own Sen. Bernie Sanders, in his weekly appeal to the proletariat, er, the “voters”, recently lauded President Obama’s support for action on global climate change. Not sure if Bernie or Barry have spent much time in VT lately, because there’s nothing warm here except for some Vermonters’ dreams of moving to a warmer state, with more welcome levels of taxation. Speaking of warm, how are the hot seats coming along for those involved in the Solyndra scandal?
But I digress. Let’s get to the words straight from the Big Guy himself:
Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday welcomed President Barack Obama’s support for action to combat climate change. “The president is right to make action on global warming a central goal of his administration. The overwhelming scientific consensus is clear. Unless we take bold action soon the temperature of our planet could rise by up to 8 degrees Fahrenheit. That would be catastrophic. The Senate is about to vote on more than $50 billion in aid to help recover from Hurricane Sandy and insurers tell us that is only a fraction of the price we will continue to pay for extreme natural disasters made worse by our warming planet.
To quote a much more famous and authentic American – “There you go again“. Let’s de-construct the Senator’s narrative, shall we? A narrative written by a non-scientist, non-academic, non-economist, non….well, anything, really, other than being in politics.
1. The president is right to make action on global warming a central goal of his administration.
As opposed to, say, the economy? (hat tip to Zero Hedge). Aren’t these factors much more critical, real, and vital to American interests? I guess when realities are uncomfortable, you don’t want to deal with them. Realities like:
– The current unemployment rate, without BLS ignoring critical factors like the number of people not participating in the workforce, is really 11%.
– 1 out of every 6.5 Americans is on food stamps.
– Germany and other countries are repatriating some of their gold reserves currently held in US federal banks.
– Underwhelming GDP numbers, whose increases are largely driven by increased federal spending?
Those are real problems. They aren’t ones made up by self-aggrandizing clowns who manipulated data in order to make a case for something that may or may not exist.
2. “The overwhelming scientific consensus is clear.”
No, it’s not. Just saying something out loud does not make it true, Senator. When I want a scientist’s opinion on what’s clear, I’ll ask a scientist – dozens of them, because the odds are pretty
good that they’ll never all agree on anything at a 100% certainly level. I won’t ask a politician, who is more intent on spending someone else’s money in order to keep himself in office than he is on addressing any kind of the real problems facing Americans. That might require some real work.
3. “Unless we take bold action soon the temperature of our planet could rise by up to 8 degrees Fahrenheit.”
Or 10 degrees. Or it could go down by 17 degrees. Or nothing could happen. Or a big rock will strike the planet. Or it could just be yet another excuse for Sanders to bang the drum more loudly for increased government intervention in the economy. I guess grabbing 1/6th of it through ObamaCare isn’t enough for Dear Comrade Sanders, er, Senator Sanders. Was Sanders advocating for increased emissions when the global cooling phase was all the rage?
4. “That would be catastrophic.”
An economic collapse would be catastrophic, too – and it’s real. Ask any of the PIGS.
5. “The Senate is about to vote on more than $50 billion in aid to help recover from Hurricane Sandy and insurers tell us that is only a fraction of the price we will continue to pay for extreme natural disasters made worse by our warming planet.”
You cannot control weather. You can, however, spend money in ways that have not been done in order to protect low-lying, coastal areas from surges. You can also avoid looking like a complete fool in claiming that natural disasters are somehow new and increasing, while ignoring the growth in populations in low-lying areas, which turns what might have once been small-scale disasters into very large ones. We have hurricanes every year. We have earthquakes every year. No a
mount of federal spending can stop that. What it can do, though, is actually spend the right money on the right infrastructures that will help defend coastal cities against the inevitable storms – instead of paying a company like Solyndra to not make solar panels.
Sanders is, in the final measure, only interested in the expansion of state control. A disaster gives
him a perfect vehicle for achieving that goal. The real disaster, though, has been his election to public office, and every single one of his votes in Congress – because they are votes made by someone who has no regard for the rights of individuals other than the ones he deigns to mete out to them through the guise of federal regulations, transfer payments, and tax increases.