December 9, 2015 – a date that will live in infamy.
I hope you’ll pardon my satirical quote of FDR, but something just happened in Paris, France that could be just as devastating to one of the pet causes of the left-wing extremists as the bombs dropped by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor were to the U.S. Navy.
It only took 40 seconds, but it essentially ended 40 years of political activism.
Speaking at the Conference of Parties (COP 21) in Paris, Secretary of State John Kerry admitted what so-called deniers have known for years: Emissions cuts by the U.S. and other industrialized nations will make no difference to global climate.
“… The fact is that even if every American citizen biked to work, carpooled to school, used only solar panels to power their homes, if we each planted a dozen trees, if we somehow eliminated all of our domestic greenhouse gas emissions, guess what — that still wouldn’t be enough to offset the carbon pollution coming from the rest of the world.
If all the industrial nations went down to zero emissions — remember what I just said, all the industrial nations went down to zero emissions — it wouldn’t be enough, not when more than 65% of the world’s carbon pollution comes from the developing world.”
This is the first time such a senior government official has admitted that cutting American carbon emissions is little more than an exercise in futility, but he’s not the first.
A few years ago, Sen. Jim Inhofe was successful in getting former EPA administrator Lisa Jackson to admit that U.S. emissions cuts would do little to address the global climate. Current EPA administrator Gina McCarthy has admitted that the new EPA carbon dioxide rules targeting utility power plants were created to show global leadership.
Clearly Kerry’s admission will have political consequences, but if the spineless RINOs had any brains—wait a minute, what am I saying?—this admission should have legal consequences as well, based on the 2007 Supreme Court decision that gave the EPA authority to regulate so-called greenhouse gases. In that case, the Supremes carefully noted that, although the EPA couldn’t solve the global warming by itself, it was allowed to proceed with incremental progress on the problem. However, Kerry’s admission provides clear evidence that the U.S. government knew all along that such incremental progress was impossible.
Based on Kerry’s admission, the brainless Republicans on Capitol Hill should make sure this information finds its way into the continuing litigation levied against the Feds. If they do, just like Pearl Harbor, it should blow ’em up!
David Leach is the owner and publisher of The Strident Conservative, where you will find news and opinion that’s politically-incorrect and always “right.” He is also a frequent contributor at RedState.com.
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