Never allow a Crisis go to Waste
by Tom Donelson on June 17, 2010 at 12:56 PM
It is a policy of this administration to “never let a crisis go to waste,” and the Obama “Oil Spill” speech was a classic Obama performance in which he went from let's plug that hole to let's save the planet.
The environmentalists have treated global change debate as if climategate never happened, but the reality is that the debate has changed when it became clear that much of what has passed for scientific consensus had flaws or may have even been fabricated. When one of the leading climate change is causing the world to end advocates, Phil Jones, admitted after the exposure of the climategate emails that, yes, we have seen warmer climates in the past 1000 years and there has been no significant warming since 1995, he destroyed the central thesis of the climate change crowd, namely we are in the midst of a manmade warming trend that will end civilization as we know it. (It should be pointed out that climate change is part of Earth's history. Climate change occurs, the only question is why. And we have seen climate change both warmer and colder over the past millenniums. When Dr. Jones admitted that maybe, just maybe, the medieval period may have been warmer, he undermined the major case that others have made, that we are witnessing unusual warming instead of normal changing of climate similar to what has occurred over the centuries.)
Climategate exposed the extent that many in the environmentalist movement would go to create a consensus including even attempting to keep other scientists who didn’t agree with conventional wisdom from getting published. The debate has now changed but not the agenda.
The Obama agenda is simple, raise the price of energy, shut down much of the carbon industry and replace it with a “green agenda.” At a time of high unemployment, the logic of raising energy prices would seem suicidal, but it goes with the fairy tale that is environmentalism. The dream begins with transforming an entire economy from carbon to more peaceful renewable energy as we return to a simpler life.
The dream has a downfall since it is a dream that will soon turn into a nightmare. An economic nightmare. In Spain, the green economic agenda that Obama has modeled his own vision from, has turned into an economic calamity. One Spanish newspaper summed up the economic disaster,
“After the government of José Luís Rodríguez Zapatero demonized a study of different experts about the fatal economic consequences of renewable energies, an internal document from the Spanish cabinet that it is even more negative has just been leaked… The internal report of the Spanish administration admits that the price of electricity has gone up, as well as the debt, due to the extra costs of solar and wind energy. Even the government numbers indicate that each green job created costs more than 2.2 traditional jobs, as was shown in the report of the Juan de Mariana Institute.”
Which brings us to never allowing a crisis to go to waste, for the Democrats are now looking to pass an energy program that promises to not only increase energy cost but force us to be even more energy dependent upon foreign sources. The shutdown of more drilling is simply the first step to “reducing our dependence upon oil” but what will replace the oil not being explored in America?
As the Spanish experience shows, jobs will be lost and unemployment will increase as a result. It is one thing to deal with an immediate crisis like plugging the pipeline but the Obama administration is using the crisis to move forward with a green agenda. Of course the Americans may ask the questions, before saving the world can we simply clean the Gulf first?