Ah, back to the past. Back to John Kerry's 'global test' theory. "You have to do it in a way that passes the test--that passes the global test--where your countrymen, your people understand fully why you're doing what you're doing and you can prove to the world that you did it for legitimate reasons." Then, it'll be back to the further back past. It'll be Jimmy Carter's national malaise. I can't wait. Stop complaining and toss on a sweater, you selfish American. Reaping the fruits of your labor? Bah. It's all going to D.C. as taxes on your success anyway. And all those green jobs that will appear, poof, right out of the air, paid for by tax money. And to Al Gore's investment portfolio stocks.
Barack Obama wants to be your daddy. He'll find out how much you can eat and what car you can drive and what temperature your house can be after he polls the nations of the world. All on the premise that climate change is curable if we'll just go back to pre-Industrial Revolution productivity. This is just more of the arrogance Obama brings to politics. How arrogant to think nature and the climate will be 'saved' by political demands.
"Steven Hayward of the American Enterprise Institute has actually sat down and crunched the numbers and found that Obama's 80% reduction from 1990 levels means that in 2050 we cannot emit more than one billion tons of CO2. The last time U.S. emissions were that low, Hayward estimates from historical energy data, was in 1910." That from Investor's Business Daily. Hayward says that per capita carbon emissions would have to fall to just 2.5 tons in order to reach Obama's goal. Nations relatively independent of fossil fuels like France (nuclear) and Switzerland (hydroelectric) still emit 6.5 metric tons of CO2 per capita. What Obama sets as a goal for America is at the level of a Belize or a Somalia."
Leading by example is a worthy ambition. Obama, in his crack the whip mode however, fails to acknowledge that America already leads the world in controlling emissions of greenhouse gas emissions and on energy efficiency. America exceeds the European Union, for example, who are Kyoto signatories.
Blaming America first is not always in line with the facts.
Who's your daddy? We need a real grown up with solutions, not platitudes and pie in the sky. Or, political pandering to the crunchy granola crowd in Oregon.