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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Don’t know much about history…

Daggett on September 22, 2009 at 2:21 PM

It’s not an Obama speech without being chalk full of lies, strawmen and inaccuracies, but hey, he says it all so well and isn’t that what really matters?

NoDonkey on September 22, 2009 at 2:22 PM

He really does believe that history starts with him.

MarkTheGreat on September 22, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Dang, I should have read the tag line first.

Daggett on September 22, 2009 at 2:22 PM

“You Lie”

the_nile on September 22, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Ever heard of CAFE standards moron? Do you really believe they were at 0mpg before you raised them?

MarkTheGreat on September 22, 2009 at 2:22 PM

It’s Year Zero, Ed.

myrenovations on September 22, 2009 at 2:22 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

You Lie!

cmsinaz on September 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Obama’s either an absolute idiot,or one hell of a liar.

theTarCzar on September 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Don’t tell me he lied again…..

d1carter on September 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Remember, Time restarted when Obama was elected.

There was 2008 BO (Before Obama)

And 2009 AB (After Obama)

There was nothing EVER pre 2008BO.

portlandon on September 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM

U.S. history started the moment Ogabe was officially inaugurated, everyone knows that.

Bishop on September 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Where is Joe Wilson when you need him?

ctmom on September 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Good overview, Ed, but he’s a communist who has extensive management experience in the form of being a community organizer… his “facts” come from his fantasy Utopian dream world.

mankai on September 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Welcome to 2009 A.D. 2009 A.O.

Drained Brain on September 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Blame America, Dadda.

bloggless on September 22, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Wow.

Car emissions was in the same “era” as getting rid of other emissions even before the treaty. I guess that was forgotten as well.

stuck on stupid comes to mind, as he obviously wasn’t ignorant to it.

upinak on September 22, 2009 at 2:24 PM

He really does believe that history starts with him.

MarkTheGreat on September 22, 2009 at 2:22 PM

who made the comment?
B.O. & A.O.

Before Obama & After Obama

cmsinaz on September 22, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Seriously-I really want to know just how many & what kind of science classes this man took in college.
WTF does he think he knows about climate change, anyway, in order to be able to make real decisions based on myth?!

Badger40 on September 22, 2009 at 2:24 PM

don’t know much about anything.

SHARPTOOTH on September 22, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Obama’s either an absolute idiot,or one hell of a liar.

theTarCzar on September 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM

both my friend

cmsinaz on September 22, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Obama’s either an absolute idiot,or one hell of a liar.

theTarCzar on September 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Yes

MarkTheGreat on September 22, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Climate change killed off the unicorns…

elderberry on September 22, 2009 at 2:25 PM

“It’s Year Zero, Ed.
myrenovations on September 22, 2009 at 2:22 PM”

hahaha, that’s funny… oh crap.

WitchDoctor on September 22, 2009 at 2:25 PM

SMART POWER

Doctor Zhivago on September 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

who made the comment?
B.O. & A.O.

Before Obama & After Obama

cmsinaz on September 22, 2009 at 2:24 PM

Spike Lee. Seriously.

Marcus on September 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Obama’s either an absolute idiot,or one hell of a liar.

False dilemma. He could be both.

Crawford on September 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Carbon = pollution. That’s gonna suck for you plants out there.

Hey, let’s drive the economy over a cliff!

Pablo on September 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

don’t know much about anything.

SHARPTOOTH on September 22, 2009 at 2:24 PM

exept, it’s boooooshesss fault.

SHARPTOOTH on September 22, 2009 at 2:26 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

It starts with you BO: supreme Carbon emitter.
And temperature is FOLLOWED by a rise in atmospheric CO2.
Not in your fantasy world the other way around.
I. want. to. scream.

Badger40 on September 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

Obama is The One. An alleged event which did not involve him personally could not actually have happened.

jwolf on September 22, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Rising sea levels threaten every coastline.

I thought he said they started receding in a speech once? About himself of course.

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.

This is just a bald faced lie.

Rocks on September 22, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Spike Lee. Seriously.

Marcus on September 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

thanks…
*sigh*

cmsinaz on September 22, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Carbon = pollution. That’s gonna suck for you plants out there.

Pablo on September 22, 2009 at 2:26 PM

And according to the EPA-dust=pollution.
To rural folks this = DEATH

Badger40 on September 22, 2009 at 2:27 PM

“no one before us had the wisdom to think we could change the weather”

He really does think that he is a god.

farright on September 22, 2009 at 2:27 PM

Ed, anything that does not fit the narrative did not occur, according to Barry and the sycophants. Why do you think the AP scrubs their ‘news’ stories?

Vashta.Nerada on September 22, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Does this sum up Obama? I think so.

http://vodpod.com/watch/848561-the-mask-of-barack-obama-a-psychological-profile

I can only hope the he does eventually get tired of himself.

milwife88 on September 22, 2009 at 2:28 PM

I’m really glad that you transcribe the central parts of Obama’s speeches in these tapes, Ed, because I really can’t stand to listen to this self-important, sanctimonious ….

ProfessorMiao on September 22, 2009 at 2:28 PM

Climate change killed off the unicorns…

elderberry on September 22, 2009 at 2:25 PM

???? I thought the Irish Rovers had is pegged:
They were playing silly games when Noah kept calling them into the Ark.
They missed the boat!

Badger40 on September 22, 2009 at 2:28 PM

I see two possibilities with this dude:

1) He’s such a self-obsessed, delusional narcissist that he really believes the crap coming out his mouth.

2) He knows the media is so in the tank for him that he can say anything he wants and won’t be called on it.

Either way, the people are screwed.

Doughboy on September 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM

I want all my money back for all those f**king emissions inspections and gas taxes.

Haunches on September 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM

CLIMATE CHANGE/GLOBAL WARMING/WHATEVER THE LOONS CALL IT NOW IS A FREAKIN HOAX.

txag92 on September 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM

I can only hope the he does eventually get tired of himself.

milwife88 on September 22, 2009 at 2:28 PM

That never happened with Stalin,Mao, or Saddam Hussein.
I won’t even mention Hitler.

Badger40 on September 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM

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.

My question is, is Michelle proud?

Because it’s all about her when it isn’t about you, right Barry?

NoDonkey on September 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM

White House research has left him ignorant at the podium.

who messed with TOTUS?

cmsinaz on September 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Well, if they can expend their attacks on their critics, continue to scrub the internet of any videos critical of Obama, intimidate and/or shut down enough of the opposition,, it won’t be long before all we will have is our memories to rely on for what took place yesterday.
I think the goal is that Obama will be able to claim credit for anything he wants,, and no record will exist to show otherwise. Don’t expect the MSM to correct him.

JellyToast on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

It’s snowing in Colorado today.

Google it.

BadgerHawk on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

I hear Colorado skipped fall and went straight to winter. It’s snowing in Colorado. Too bad they didn’t do the global warming conference there.

Guardian on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Where are the Trolls? I want to see what silly defense they can come up with.

kingsjester on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Global Warming now Climate Change (because it’s been cold this year, how inconvenient)

Environment= new god to worship.
Green buildings= new churches to worship in
Cap and trade taxes= tithes to the new churches and her ministers
Environmental Czars= new ministers to whom we listen, pay our penance
Climate Change Skeptics= new heretics, blasphemous and treasonous trolls who must be pursued and beaten

and it’s the LEFT that crows about a separation of church and state….

ted c on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

I want all my money back for all those f**king emissions inspections and gas taxes.

Haunches on September 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM

I remember having to get inspections for my car every year when living in the Seattle area.
How I love ND-my crappy polluting gas guzzlers can still be used.
I suppose that will change.
But my horse is ready for the 15 mile ride to school.

Badger40 on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

who messed with TOTUS?

cmsinaz on September 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM

maybe it tried to commit suicide again?

upinak on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Obama’s either an absolute idiot,or one hell of a liar.

theTarCzar on September 22, 2009 at 2:23 PM

Don’t make me choose…

Wethal on September 22, 2009 at 2:31 PM

I was promised that his mere election was going to turn back the tide of global warming. The seas were going to recede to somewhere, the ice caps were going to freeze, the ozone layer would thicken and polar bears would frolic on Al Gore’s Tennessee estate. What happened?

Haunches on September 22, 2009 at 2:31 PM

It’s snowing in Colorado today.

Google it.

BadgerHawk on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

7200 feet… about 2 inches or so.

I have snow in the mountians right now. Darn that global warming.. er I mean cooling.. er I mean.. WTF do they call it now.

upinak on September 22, 2009 at 2:31 PM

JellyToast on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

new history books in every class and grade, I tell ya

cmsinaz on September 22, 2009 at 2:31 PM

Badger40 on September 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM

I know I am tired of him, tired of seeing him and hearing him. Well, not so much hearing him…that’s what the mute button is for.

milwife88 on September 22, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Serial lier

grapeknutz on September 22, 2009 at 2:32 PM

It’s snowing in Colorado today.

Google it.

BadgerHawk on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

It snowed in June here in ND this year.
And another bad winter, worse than last year, is predicted for this year.
But I’ll get out the flip flops, pool, and the flamingos bcs BO says were are globally warming.

Badger40 on September 22, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Weeee! On NPR no less.

Guardian on September 22, 2009 at 2:32 PM

Google it.
BadgerHawk on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Just say no to the Google savages.

Bing it instead.

Bishop on September 22, 2009 at 2:32 PM

“…. but I do know that I hoodwinked you….”

Shy Guy on September 22, 2009 at 2:33 PM

upinak on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

:-)

cmsinaz on September 22, 2009 at 2:33 PM

wow…

moonbatkiller on September 22, 2009 at 2:33 PM

Don’t you have to have a HUGE ego to think changing the weather is wisdom?
Wouldn’t a humble man think it’s folly? Even if necessary?

Rocks on September 22, 2009 at 2:33 PM

What do we expect? All US history was evil before we elected The One. Thank Gawd that all is right now that we have The One to make it so. LOL

EliTheBean on September 22, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Well with his statist economic plans, Dear Leader is doing everything He can to cripple the American economy, thus leading to further economic contraction and less energy used and thus lower emissions.

Soon enough, we’ll all be serfs living on the lord’s manor.

rbj on September 22, 2009 at 2:34 PM

I want all my money back for all those f**king emissions inspections and gas taxes.

Haunches on September 22, 2009 at 2:29 PM

Makes me wonder, did he ever own a car? Maybe he’s never been able to pass a test to get a driver’s license, thus, unaware of emissions inspections.

betsyz on September 22, 2009 at 2:34 PM

I guess The Won is responsible for the dearth of hurricanes this year.

Cindy Munford on September 22, 2009 at 2:34 PM

Is the smell of sulfer in the air in NYC?

WashJeff on September 22, 2009 at 2:35 PM

It’s snowing in Colorado today.

Google it.

BadgerHawk on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

It’s 94 degrees in Portland Oregon today, the first day of fall. Obama MUST be right!!! /s

portlandon on September 22, 2009 at 2:35 PM

BTW: that green marble wall does nothing for him. He looked…..greenish kinda creepy, almost zombie like.

milwife88 on September 22, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Ed — should we skip ahead and just make this the next Obamateurism of the Day? ;-)

D2Boston on September 22, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Chicago Climate Exchange

Right in Barry’s back yard and voluntary.

Christien on September 22, 2009 at 2:36 PM

It’s snowing in Colorado today.

Google it.

BadgerHawk on September 22, 2009 at 2:30 PM

I’m living it.

thomasaur on September 22, 2009 at 2:36 PM

It’s 94 degrees in Portland Oregon today, the first day of fall. Obama MUST be right!!! /s

portlandon on September 22, 2009 at 2:35 PM

I will come down and put termination dust on your car!

upinak on September 22, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Wow. Global warming is occuring and we got the snow to prove it already

ConservativePartyNow on September 22, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Could it be that the lower emissions for the first eight months have something to do with our economy going down the tubes.

crash1211 on September 22, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Either Obama is taking credit for the economy shrinking, or he’s telling a lie. I’ll gladly let him choose.

hawksruleva on September 22, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Coolest summer ever in your own hometown Barry. You lie.

Knucklehead on September 22, 2009 at 2:38 PM

…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.

Your Baracki mind tricks will not work on me.

eeyore on September 22, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Chicago Climate Exchange

Right in Barry’s back yard and voluntary.

Christien on September 22, 2009 at 2:36 PM

Can I exchange Chicago’s climate with another city?

WashJeff on September 22, 2009 at 2:38 PM

One of our great philosophers Ron White once said: “You cant fix stupid. There aint a pill you could take, a class you could go to. Stupid is forever”

MDWNJ on September 22, 2009 at 2:38 PM

Wow. Global warming is occuring and we got the snow to prove it already

ConservativePartyNow on September 22, 2009 at 2:37 PM

Even the New York Times is looking at data that says the warming trend has, at most, stagnated for the past decade. Of course, global warming researchers say that the lack of warming doesn’t prove them wrong about global warming.

Will Obama take credit for the non-warming trend? Stay tuned to find out!

hawksruleva on September 22, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Obama cannot control Climate Change. It’s above his pay grade. Way above.

kingsjester on September 22, 2009 at 2:39 PM

Liar, liar empty jockstrap is on fire.

SouthernGent on September 22, 2009 at 2:39 PM

I miss sunspots. :(

upinak on September 22, 2009 at 2:40 PM

It’s 94 degrees in Portland Oregon today, the first day of fall. Obama MUST be right!!! /s

portlandon on September 22, 2009 at 2:35 PM

Haven’t you guys had an unusually warm summer, opposite most of the rest of the country?

BadgerHawk on September 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Remember Robert Reich arguing against Clinton’s and McCain’s support for a gas tax holiday last summer by supporting Obama’s assertion that it is the American people’s reckless gas-guzzling lifestyle that’s at the core of most climate issues?

Obama’s never changed his mind about that opinion. He still believes that Americans are unconscionable provincials who need urbane Joel Klein crypto-socialists to force them into living “responsibly”.

That’s always been at the heart of his entire energy policy: America’s reckless pursuit of happiness is the source of the world’s ails…. nothing we’ve ever done to mitigate it will ever be sincere while we continue to cling to our rights to make our own decisions for ourselves.

The collectivist view rejects the legitimacy of all individual choice—it regards all self-interest as suspect and believes that nothing meaningful is ever accomplished without collective compulsion.

Khorum on September 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM

If only he had been in charge from the beginning…. if dreaming made it so.
Quite the historical record there Mr. Prez.

JeffinOrlando on September 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Real science is saying we are in for a cooling period. Climate change liars are starting to get a clue their BS is not working and are trying to cover their lies with statements to the effect that this cooling period is just a delay in global warming. I am sure that is what they would have said about the last iceage. If Obama would spend more time keeping up to date on real issues instead of pressing on with his agenda, which is unneeded and unwanted, he could actually lead the country in a direction it needs to go. And that is not to the left.

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on September 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM

“Our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man.”

“…we don’t need God!”

jgapinoy on September 22, 2009 at 2:42 PM

Too funny. The economy tanked, people quit going in vacation or out to eat and he is taking credit for reduced emissions! Wow. That’s some spin ya got going there Barry.

Haunches on September 22, 2009 at 2:42 PM

I encourage everybody to check out Ian Plimer’s book on global warming. It’s called “Heaven and Earth”. It’s a very very detailed scientific look at the real variety of factors that affect climate, and at the lack of evidence for human-induced climate change.

He also points out that global warming has always been better than global cooling, for humans and most other forms of life. So if we COULD affect the environment (and we can’t) we’d want warming.

hawksruleva on September 22, 2009 at 2:42 PM

I used to live in an environment very similar to Colorado. We often got snow in May, June, September. Is it really that unusual to have snow in late September in Colorado?

ProfessorMiao on September 22, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Can’t he control the weather with the wave of his hand.

Oil Can on September 22, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Real science

Zelsdorf Ragshaft on September 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM

Something BO should leave to REAL scientists.

Badger40 on September 22, 2009 at 2:43 PM

Haven’t you guys had an unusually warm summer, opposite most of the rest of the country?

BadgerHawk on September 22, 2009 at 2:41 PM

It’s hard to say. The last few years have been unusually warm, but than my mother says it was unusually cold when she was growing up.

It’s all cycles. I’m sure there is warming, but it is a trend that will eventually return to cooling.

portlandon on September 22, 2009 at 2:43 PM

In climate change parlance, Barry (like Russia) has a whole lot of “Hot Air.”

Christien on September 22, 2009 at 2:43 PM

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