Video: Obama claims the US did nothing on emissions before 2009

posted at 2:19 pm on September 22, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama spoke to the UN this morning on the topic of climate change, in part to take credit for pushing the US towards the state-run energy paradigm that Europe has begun to regret. After the obligatory “no one before us had the wisdom to think we could change the weather” opening, Obama makes a couple of odd — and eminently refutable — claims about his presidency:

Thank you very much.  Good morning.  I want to thank the Secretary General for organizing this summit, and all the leaders who are participating.  That so many of us are here today is a recognition that the threat from climate change is serious, it is urgent, and it is growing.  Our generation’s response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it — boldly, swiftly, and together — we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.

No nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of climate change.  Rising sea levels threaten every coastline.  More powerful storms and floods threaten every continent.  More frequent droughts and crop failures breed hunger and conflict in places where hunger and conflict already thrive. On shrinking islands, families are already being forced to flee their homes as climate refugees.  The security and stability of each nation and all peoples — our prosperity, our health, and our safety — are in jeopardy.  And the time we have to reverse this tide is running out.

And yet, we can reverse it.  John F. Kennedy once observed that “Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man.”  It is true that for too many years, mankind has been slow to respond or even recognize the magnitude of the climate threat. It is true of my own country, as well.  We recognize that.  But this is a new day.  It is a new era.  And I am proud to say that the United States has done more to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution in the last eight months than at any other time in our history.

As The Anchoress points out, this is simply untrue.  In the first place, we succeeded through partnership with the private sector where Europe and Kyoto did not in 2006, when we grew our economy and reduced our carbon emissions by 1.3%:

U.S. carbon dioxide emissions dropped slightly last year even as the economy grew, according to an initial estimate released yesterday by the Energy Information Administration.

The 1.3 percent drop in CO{-2} emissions marks the first time that U.S. pollution linked to global warming has declined in absolute terms since 2001 and the first time it has gone down since 1990 while the economy was thriving. Carbon dioxide emissions declined in both 2001 and 1991, in large part because of economic slowdowns during those years.

In 2006 the U.S. economy grew 3.3 percent, a fact President Bush touted yesterday as he hailed the government’s “flash estimate” that the country’s carbon dioxide emissions dropped by 78 million metric tons last year.

What’s more, while Europe pursued the completely ineffective Kyoto strategy, the US worked to engage the world’s biggest polluters in a joint program that seriously addressed both emissions and economic growth:

In a surprise move that caught Europe’s smug moralists and the environmental movement’s noisy extremists flatfooted, the United States announced in Vientiane, Laos, last week that it was joining five other nations – China, India, Japan, South Korea and Australia — in a new pact that offers a refreshing and effective alternative route to tackling the problem of climate change.

While given short shrift by the puzzled media, this is a big deal, in many ways.

First, it breaks the climate-change deadlock. This is the agreement that responsible scientists and public officials have been seeking since the failure of the Kyoto Protocol became evident at the global warming conclave in Delhi two years ago. Call it “Beyond Kyoto” – Way Beyond Kyoto.

Second, the new deal was negotiated and settled without the involvement of the United Nations or the European Union – a clear message from the United States that multilateralism does not have a single definition. In fact, according to The Guardian newspaper, the agreement – called the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate — was kept secret by President Bush from British Prime Minister Tony Blair, an uncompromising champion of Kyoto, during last month’s G8 meeting” in Scotland.

The net result of these policies?  Instead of imposing a $1700 cost burden per American household and costing the US 3.5% of its GDP by 2050, Bush grew the economy — and increased tax revenues as a result:

An unexpectedly steep rise in tax revenues from corporations and the wealthy is driving down the projected budget deficit this year, even though spending has climbed sharply because of the war in Iraq and the cost of hurricane relief.

On Tuesday, White House officials are expected to announce that the tax receipts will be about $250 billion above last year’s levels and that the deficit will be about $100 billion less than what they projected six months ago. The rising tide in tax payments has been building for months, but the increased scale is surprising even seasoned budget analysts and making it easier for both the administration and Congress to finesse the big run-up in spending over the past year.

Tax revenues are climbing twice as fast as the administration predicted in February, so fast that the budget deficit could actually decline this year.

Tax cuts and pro-growth policies actually increased the economy while reducing carbon emissions, something that Europe has yet to match.  Perhaps that success should be the model of future programs for curbing emissions, although the need for it becomes less and less certain every year.  At the very least, someone should inform the President of them, because once again, White House research has left him ignorant at the podium.

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It’s cooling. Why would we want to “reverse climate change?” now? Didn’t they just want to reverse global warming? What part of “everything these freaks do is about POWER” doesn’t EVERYONE understand?

marklmail on September 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM


Cybergeezer on September 22, 2009 at 4:40 PM

There’s evidence that cold weather helped spread the black plague, as humans and rats spent more time indoors, and scares food supplies made people weaker.

hawksruleva on September 22, 2009 at 2:48 PM

Another reason to hoard food.
Glad I know what I can eat in the wild.
I may be making flour out of cattail roots soon.

Badger40 on September 22, 2009 at 4:59 PM

If Obama tells a lie and the MSM doesn`t report on the lie, then did he lie?

albill on September 22, 2009 at 5:40 PM

barry is a legend in his own mind

redfoxbluestate on September 22, 2009 at 5:46 PM

barry is a legend in his own mind

redfoxbluestate on September 22, 2009 at 5:46 PM

The constant stream of post-Presidency “memoirs” is going to be ugly.

highhopes on September 22, 2009 at 7:09 PM

History is not Barry’s strong suit. Come to think of it, NOTHING is Barry’s strong suit.

GarandFan on September 22, 2009 at 3:27 PM

You are mistaken. LYING is Obama-nation’s strong only suit.

darktood on September 22, 2009 at 7:23 PM

I just can’t bear it another moment. Every time this worthless piece of sh1t opens his mouth, bald-faced lies come out – he knows it, we know it, everyone knows it, and yet there it is.

I can’t stand it.

Midas on September 22, 2009 at 7:23 PM

Well, didn’t Spike Lee say that we should be saying “before Barack and In the days of Barack” instead of B.C. and A.D.?

maynila on September 22, 2009 at 7:24 PM

For the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country.

maynila on September 22, 2009 at 7:25 PM

Hmmmmm…. snowing in Colorado, before Summer is even over…

Good timing there Barry…

Romeo13 on September 22, 2009 at 7:31 PM

I know over the last year we have made light of Obama calling him the one and other names.But this man is starting to really believe he is more than just a man.I believe he,s think he is more than a ordinary man.I think he is starting to think of himself as super human above all others can do no wrong and can change the world by just his words.In other words a god.It,s getting stranger and scarier by the day.

thmcbb on September 22, 2009 at 7:32 PM

More good news:

Arctic sea ice is 24% larger than 2 years ago.

CPT. Charles on September 22, 2009 at 7:46 PM

” Our generation’s response to this challenge will be judged by history, for if we fail to meet it — boldly, swiftly, and together — we risk consigning future generations to an irreversible catastrophe.”

Was that a reference to his Presidency?

M-14 2go on September 22, 2009 at 8:01 PM

The constant stream of post-Presidency “memoirs” is going to be ugly.

highhopes on September 22, 2009 at 7:09 PM

I’m starting to get the feeling that he is planning on staying on the job for the foreseeable future.

M-14 2go on September 22, 2009 at 8:05 PM

BO will keep spewing this self centered tripe until he is consistently challenged by his media whores. It ain’t going to happen with the Gov’t Media. Don’t bite the hand you may need for a bailout!

chickasaw42 on September 22, 2009 at 8:07 PM

I’m starting to get the feeling that he is planning on staying on the job for the foreseeable future.

M-14 2go on September 22, 2009 at 8:05 PM

Ozero trying to stay past two terms would not surprise me. It would scare the bejabbers out of me but would not surprise me.

bullseye on September 22, 2009 at 8:11 PM

Some inconvenient facts…


I often tempted break out into uncontrollable fit of laughter every time I hear some whack-job bozo expounding on AGW nonsense.
yet because carbon is a common denominator to all living things on Earth, the branch of study known as organic chemistry is devoted to the study of compounds containing carbon. Among the most important organic compounds are the many carboxylic acids that are vital to life,
Carbon’s name comes from the Latin word carbo, or charcoal—which, indeed, is almost pure carbon. Its chemical symbol is C, and it has an atomic number of 6, meaning that there are six protons in its nucleus.
Starting with simple soft-bodied creatures this evolutionary innovation culminates in the “Cambrian explosion,” a burst of biological creativity unprecedented in earth’s history.
North America was located along Earth’s equator then, courtesy of the forces of continental drift. The hot and humid climate of the Middle Carboniferous Period was accompanied by an explosion of terrestrial plant life. However by the Late Carboniferous Period Earth’s climate had become increasingly cooler and drier. By the beginning of the Permian Period average global temperatures declined by about 10° C.
Interestingly, the last half of the Carboniferous Period witnessed periods of significant ice cap formation over polar landmasses– particularly in the southern hemisphere. Alternating cool and warm periods during the ensuing Carboniferous Ice Age coincided with cycles of glacier expansion and retreat.

Earth’s climate and atmosphere have varied greatly over geologic time. Our planet has mostly been much hotter and more humid than we know it to be today, and with far more carbon dioxide (the greenhouse gas) in the atmosphere than exists today. The notable exception is 300,000,000 years ago during the late Carboniferous Period, which resembles our own climate and atmosphere like no other.

Average global temperatures in the Early Carboniferous Period were hot- approximately 20° C (68° F). However, cooling during the Middle Carboniferous reduced average global temperatures to about 12° C (54° F). As shown on the chart below, this is comparable to the average global temperature on Earth today!
Similarly, atmospheric concentrations of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the Early Carboniferous Period were approximately 1500 ppm (parts per million), but by the Middle Carboniferous had declined to about 350 ppm — comparable to average CO2 concentrations today!
Earth’s atmosphere today contains about 380 ppm CO2 (0.038%). Compared to former geologic times, our present atmosphere, like the Late Carboniferous atmosphere, is CO2- impoverished! In the last 600 million years of Earth’s history only the Carboniferous Period and our present age, the Quaternary Period, have witnessed CO2 levels less than 400 ppm.

We are actually in an ice age climate today. However for the last 10,000 years or so we have enjoyed a warm but temporary interglacial vacation. We know from geological records like ocean sediments and ice cores from permanent glaciers that for at least the last 750,000 years interglacial periods happen at 100,000 year intervals, lasting about 15,000 to 20,000 years before returning to an icehouse climate. We are currently about 18,000 years into Earth’s present interglacial cycle. These cycles have been occurring for at least the last 2-4 million years, although the Earth has been cooling gradually for the last 30 million years.

Our Future Written in Stone
Today the Earth warms up and cools down in 100,000- year cycles. Geologic history reveals similar cycles were operative during the Carboniferous Period. Warming episodes caused by the periodic favorable coincidence of solar maximums and the cyclic variations of Earth’s orbit around the sun are responsible for our warm but temporary interglacial vacation from the Pleistocene Ice Age, a cold period in Earth’s recent past which began about 2 million years ago and ended (at least temporarily) about 10,000 years ago. And just as our current world has warmed, and our atmosphere has increased in moisture and CO2 since the glaciers began retreating 18,000 years ago, so the Carboniferous Ice Age witnessed brief periods of warming and CO2-enrichment.

What will our climate be like in the future? That is the question scientists are asking and seeking answers to currently. The causes of “global warming” and climate change are today being popularly described in terms of human activities. However, climate change is something that happens constantly on its own. If humans are in fact altering Earth’s climate with our cars, electrical powerplants, and factories these changes must be larger than the natural climate variability in order to be measurable. So far the signal of a discernible human contribution to global climate change has not emerged from this natural variability or background noise.

Archimedes on September 22, 2009 at 8:16 PM

First of all, this whole climate thing is insane. I live about 15 miles north of Philly. If you drive in the countryside here, you see huge granite boulders left by the receeding glaciers. That was something like 15k years ago. The glaciers from that ice age have been receeding for 90k years. Human being have been around 30k with the industrial age only about 200 years old. So, how in the heck did man make those stinking glaciers receeed?? go back with a time machine to spew emissions??

Also, try this out on your liberal global warming friends… Ask them what the great lakes would have looked like about 10k years ago. The fact is that 10k years ago, the area where the great lakes would eventually be was under a sheet of ice about 2 miles thick. Even as late as 4000 years ago, most of the area was under a glacial sheet.

So, what made millions of cubic miles of ice melt?? Was Ogg driving a Hummer to hunt wooly mammoths and saber toothed digers?? Was Oggette using tons of hairspray to keep her wooly body well groomed for when Ogg came home with the food??

bullseye on September 22, 2009 at 8:19 PM

Obama sabotages the economy. U8 DOL unemployment is reported above 16%. Guess what? Cars are driven less and less energy is consumed. That’s what Obama did about emissions. Now, if Obama would do something about his excessive carbon dioxide emissions……

BottomLine5 on September 22, 2009 at 8:41 PM

They do teach history at Harvard, right??

Smart Power. *giggle*

TN Mom on September 22, 2009 at 8:54 PM

With apologies if this has already been stated:
What about the less-than humble environmental whacko organizations that have been trumpeting their achievements against the “evil Republicans” in forcing through well-meaning but intellectually challenged legislation? Are they all going to shut up for Obo so as not to contradict him? Look at what they’ve accomplished; half a million acres of burnt Ca forest at a shot is hard to argue with.

mad scientist on September 22, 2009 at 9:16 PM

Obama is the worst emission the U.S. has ever issued.

profitsbeard on September 22, 2009 at 9:22 PM

And I am proud to say that the United States has done more to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution in the last eight months than at any other time in our history.

tsk, tsk, tsk, Obama

March 14th, 2007 New biofuels process promises to meet all US transportation needs
March 9th, 2007 Progress toward Artificial Photosynthesis?
April 28th, 2007 Demonstration turns methane gas to energy
March 14th, 2007 MIT provides blueprint for future use of coal
March 13th, 2007 Research provides model for improving alternative energy source
March 19th, 2007 Nano scientists to develop next-generation LEDs
ERDC-CERL Projects
Jan 02, 2007 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Outperforms Diesel Counterpart
March 22nd, 2008 Air Force Prod Aids Coal-To-Fuel Plans
Apr. 26, 2007 Nanotechnology Provides ‘Green’ Path To Environmentally Sustainable Economy
Apr. 18, 2007 Device Uses Solar Energy To Convert Carbon Dioxide Into Fuel
Apr 24, 2007 Largest US Solar Photovoltaic System Begins Construction At Nellis Air Force Base
April 11, 2007 3D Solar Cells Boost Efficiency, Reduce Size

Just a very small list of all those lazy people who did nothing about clean energy or reducing carbon pollution before you became President.

BDU-33 on September 22, 2009 at 9:26 PM

Never mind – give it a few years and scientists are bound to say that Earth needs more CO2 emissions.

It’s like that when you are paid to be a megalomaniac brainbox

uptight on September 22, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Here’s th one I use on the AGW kool-aide drinkers…

If I had known they had coal and oil on Mars, I would have been even more supportive of NASA.

Empiricist on September 22, 2009 at 9:52 PM

You lie!!

elclynn on September 22, 2009 at 9:59 PM

Here’s a question some reporter… if they can find one of this now near extinct species… might ask Obama:

Would you rather lose a little of the civilized world’s coastlines, slowly, which we can easily adapt to, or have 2 mile thick ice sheets over the majority of the Northern hemisphere, as we had during the last Ice Age, before non-man-made Global Warming began, about 15 thousands years ago?

Barry would probably just reply:

I inherited this climate.”

Or just:


profitsbeard on September 22, 2009 at 10:53 PM

A narcissistic racist. What can go wrong?

Yellowdog12 on September 22, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Is Barry wee-weeing on BJ again?

bayview on September 22, 2009 at 11:15 PM

YOU LIE! YOU . . . YOU . . . lousy Obama you LIE! I ask you, Where were the acorns (not the ACORNS)? Ah, yes, but it is the UN of which we speak . . . To boldly lie where no man(one) has gone before! These are the voyages of the Starship Obama . . . . Some day America needs to pull a Lincoln on some of the UN delegates. Like when the legislators of Maryland got kind of . . . uh . . . held up on the way to the Statehouse . . . . A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the UN . . . .

Sherman1864 on September 22, 2009 at 11:17 PM

It’s cooling. Why would we want to “reverse climate change?” now? Didn’t they just want to reverse global warming? What part of “everything these freaks do is about POWER” doesn’t EVERYONE understand?

marklmail on September 22, 2009 at 4:31 PM

They don’t acknowledge that it is now cooling.

They won’t acknowledge that until after they have their anti-freedom tax scheme in place…

… then they will say “We fixed global warming. It’s working!”

That’s always been the plan.

Saltysam on September 22, 2009 at 11:21 PM

This BO guy reminds me of what the antichrist will be like. This is sorta of a preview of whats in store for the world when this happens. I swear this BO does think he is god in some way. The weight of the pride of what this man possess would weigh the universe down completely. You know what they say about pride that it usually takes a fall.

garydt on September 23, 2009 at 12:30 AM

I wish a lame reporter will ask Bill Clinton whether it is true that he did nothing on climate change while he was POTUS.
Well, there was Monica and others. Maybe, Obama’s claim is true as far as old Bill was concerned.

Birdseye on September 23, 2009 at 12:48 AM

Oh lookee, it’s Mr.”Lets stick out shwantz in our mouth and bash America some more because we’re in front of some foreign leaders”.

If this piece of crap isn’t the definition of a traitor, there just aren’t any traitors out there.

Spiritk9 on September 23, 2009 at 1:15 AM

I think all of the global-warming, anti-climate change people should be forced to live in a bubble where no CO2 is allowed, just like they want for the whole planet.

Of course, they wouldn’t live very long now, would they?

On the politicans side, it’s all about power and control. On the citizen side, it’s about ignorance of science and history. What’s that phrase about “a sucker born every minute?”

Common Sense on September 23, 2009 at 2:05 AM

Hey, Barry…How was that cruise to the “ice free” north pole this summer? I’m sure you had to fight through all those hurricanes right?

Fighton03 on September 23, 2009 at 2:19 AM

You are mistaken. LYING is Obama-nation’s strong only suit.

darktood on September 22, 2009 at 7:23 PM

and it’s a very ill-fitting one too.

Fighton03 on September 23, 2009 at 2:22 AM

What is it with people???? The arrogance of this species to think that we can and even should change any activity of the earth. No environtmental initiatives before 2009???? Really!!?? Then why have we spent hundreds of dollars having our vehicles emissions tested since the 1980’s?? I’m beginning to feel like Bob at Drinking with Bob???? I got news for any libs reading this blog: you can’t control the earth and it’s cycles anymore than you can make a bullfrog bark!! Get over yourselves.

Driefromseattle on September 23, 2009 at 4:34 AM

Yeah Obama is starting to believe in his own faux halos and
in his ability to bring about miracles.

Truly, I say to you, that I am a messiah unto myself, and I will stop the rising seas.

Here is the real reason the left has attached itself to this patently false ideology and called it blessed.

“No nation, however large or small, wealthy or poor, can escape the impact of climate change”

Hoe to do it?

Since climate transcends all borders, hence, all sovereignity. Create the lie, after 5 decades or more of setting up the masses with saving the environment. Deliberately confuse good natural things like CO2 as a deadly pollution type gas (a little tweek at the real God?) and make sure it starts in a political body large enough to control the USA – the UN – The left’s Vatican.

The key is these people violate truth with impunity -so why not abuse science too? Why not change it from having to prove a thesis, to just having to develop a consensus of any group of idiots who wear white coats? Since political parties fund universities and give grants, the lie is easy to accomplish. The crisis, so enamoured as an excuse to control the masses is easiy created. I can already feel my ankles getting wet from the rising seas – as I sit here at Cape Cod enjoying the rising tide.

Don L on September 23, 2009 at 7:48 AM

Its been cool for almost the entire summer here in ATL. While we normally keep the pool open until at least mid Oct, it has been closed for weeks now. Even then, most days were just too cool. Add that to almost no tornados, an extremely quiet hurricane year, then things are totally abnormal. We had a big snow in April. We had a freaking flood this week. All oddities.

Oh, and Obama is not very well educated. Harvard must teach Science like Berkeley teaches Am History.

di butler on September 23, 2009 at 9:26 AM

He apparently forgot or never knew how polluted things were back in the sixties and seventies, or that we cleaned all of that mess up. Bozo is such an embarrassment.

dogsoldier on September 23, 2009 at 10:30 AM

Q: What do Kaddafi and Barney Frank have in common?
A: Both were ‘pitching a tent’ while Obama spoke.

Red State State of Mind on September 23, 2009 at 11:36 AM

that is a load of crud. they changed the Title V regulations 15 years ago and cost manufacturing millions in compliance and testing. This go around will cost Billions.

workingforpigs on September 23, 2009 at 12:38 PM

Obama + moving lips = liar

TrickyDick on September 23, 2009 at 1:33 PM


Cybergeezer on September 22, 2009 at 4:40 PM

I need to ask Obama what he use to say in the senate seat when he agreed with something. I know he liked to say “present” a lot, but my right wing mind wants to say “I agree” and proudly.

I think I will go with my right wing mind. It doesn’t flip flop all the time.

This SOB is cooked for the rest of his term. He will always be just little old Obama never President Obama. He has done nothing Presidential.

Ashly33 on September 23, 2009 at 2:35 PM

We needed a Joe Wilson at the UN shouting YOU LIE!!!

whatzit2u on September 23, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Our President is a a$$hole

J_Crater on September 23, 2009 at 5:51 PM

And I am proud to say that the United States has done more to promote clean energy and reduce carbon pollution in the last eight months than at any other time in our history.
Spoken like a real paper pusher.

J_Crater on September 23, 2009 at 6:12 PM

Obama has hijacked our nation and as we plummet to the ground he is saying “Obama akbar, Obama akbar”.

InfantryBeanie on September 23, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Barack Obama, You Lie!

pabarge on September 24, 2009 at 7:02 AM

Shazaam! I’m sure glad Obama came along and fixed all that thorny stuff that irritated the third world despots and dictator guys he wants to be pals with.

kens on September 24, 2009 at 11:33 AM

What else is new? Obama is in the business of self-congratulation and self-promotion. If he has to lie to smear the reputation of the country he (nominally) leads in order to look good, he will do it. He has done it several times, before, during and after the campaign.

el gordo on September 24, 2009 at 1:18 PM