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Obama’s “Case for Action” on Climate Change Doesn’t Cut It
Posted By Katie Tubb On June 26, 2013 @ 12:30 pm In Energy | Comments Disabled
Yesterday, President Obama announced his climate action plan  to drastically cut carbon dioxide emissions and mandate greater energy efficiency. This four-paragraph “case for action” on climate change does not legitimize the next 15 pages of federal overreach into the energy sector (and by extension the homes, businesses, and pocketbooks of anyone who uses energy).
“Climate change is no longer a distant threat—we are already feeling its impacts across the country,” according to the White House’s plan. The climate is always changing—that’s what it does. So how do we know this is a problem? President Obama gives us four reasons that don’t quite pass muster:
This isn’t heel-digging denial; the President is simply wrong. Though almost no one denies that the earth has warmed, there is no consensus  on climate sensitivity, the role carbon dioxide plays or doesn’t, whether global warming is a problem, or how data fit into the broader climate context. Obama cannot solve a problem if we don’t know what it is or even if there is one. And it’ll certainly take more than four paragraphs to explain why.
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URLs in this post:
 plan: http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/image/president27sclimateactionplan.pdf
 didn’t even make it: http://blog.heritage.org/2013/01/11/global-warming-alarmists-pick-and-choose-data-to-support-theory/
 global temperatures have plateaued: http://www.thegwpf.org/temperature-standstill/
 the 1930s were a whole lot hotter: http://www.globalwarming.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/ChristyJR_130530_McKinley-PDF-of-PPT.pdf
 more research is needed: http://www.niehs.nih.gov/health/materials/a_human_health_perspective_on_climate_change_full_report_508.pdf
 South Korea: http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2010/jun/30jun2010a7.html
 globally: http://www.nipccreport.org/articles/2013/mar/27mar2013a3.html
 1934: http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/09/environmentalists-democrats-say-climate-report-demands-swift-action-on-climate-change/
 better explanation: http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2012/09/the-renewable-fuel-standard-ethanol-use-and-corn-prices
 hurricane “drought”: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204840504578089413659452702.html
 hit by large hurricanes: http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/11/01/hurricane-sandys-unprecedented-storm-surge/
 strong tornadoes: http://www1.ncdc.noaa.gov/pub/data/cmb/images/tornado/clim/EF3-EF5.png
 no consensus: http://www.heritage.org/events/2013/06/national-climate?ac=1
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