Obama in Berlin: Climate change is the “global threat of our time”

posted at 2:01 pm on June 19, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Germany might be looking to scale way back on their own overly optimistic long-term and government subsidized renewable-energy plans as electricity prices are skyrocketing around the country, but that didn’t stop President Obama from advocating more of the same during his speech in Berlin today, accompanied by all of the usual grandiose platitudes. Via The Hill:

“Peace with justice means refusing to condemn our children to a harsher, less hospitable planet,” he said in a speech at Berlin’s Brandenberg Gate. “The effort to slow climate change requires bold action.” 

Obama touted his first-term work on green energy and boosting auto efficiency rules, but added: “We know we have to do more – and we will do more.” …

“With a global middle class consuming more energy every day, this must now be an effort of all nations, not just some.  For the grim alternative affects all nations – more severe storms, more famine and floods, new waves of refugees, coastlines that vanish, oceans that rise. This is the future we must avert,” Obama said.

“This is the global threat of our time.  And for the sake of future generations, our generation must move toward a global compact to confront a changing climate before it is too late. That is our job. That is our task. We have to get to work,” he said, according to a White House transcript.

And the White House is planning to do more, especially via executive and regulatory fiat. I mentioned last week that the Obama administration has been hinting to ardent climate-change activists and Democratic base supporters that they have big plans they’re going to reveal next month, and a White House spokesperson gave a few more not-unexpected indications about the type of rules and regs they have in the pipeline, reports National Journal:

“If there’s one thing I learned in the four and a half years in the White House, it’s not to get in front of the big guy, but it is worth mentioning the Clean Air Act,” Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change, said at a forum hosted by The New Republic. “This is a tool whether it’s the car rule or the mercury rule, we know that we can implement it with success.”

This is the first time a White House official has said on the record that Obama’s forthcoming strategy, first reported by Bloomberg last week, will include some component of the Environmental Protection Agency’s greenhouse-gas rules. Exactly what that means is still unclear. Zichal declined to offer details, including whether the July package would contain a proposal for existing power plants that account for 40 percent of the greenhouse-gas emissions in the country. EPA last year issued a draft rule for new power plants, whose impact on reducing greenhouse-gas emissions is significantly limited compared with the rules for existing plants. …

The other two components of the strategy are tightening energy-efficiency standards of appliances and speeding up development of renewable energy on public lands. “None of them require new legislation and none of them require new funding,” she said of the three-part plan.

Oh good, still more zealous rules and regulations with major implications for the entire energy sector handed down from on high — just what our economy needs!


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You might be next in line for an honorary doctorate at the University of Michigan. Perhaps you can provide an analysis of the melting Arctic and imminent opening of new shipping lanes through part of the world previously inaccessible. A result of cooling?

bayam on June 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Idiots like you would destroy the earth trying to save it.

zoyclem on June 20, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Obama in Berlin: Climate change is the “global threat of our time”

So are we to understand that Obama has now taken to calling himself “Climate Change”?

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on June 20, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Global warming climate change is the global threat of our time.”
No. The hockey stick has been shown to be a false, fabricated by a leftist activist “scientist” (Michael Mann). In the hockey stick graph Mann manipulated the data to eliminate the Medieval Warm Period (warmer than today!), he eliminated the Little Ice Age (which we have been recovering from), and Mann grossly exaggerated the mild / barely noticeable warming of the 20th century. With the hockey stick debunked that means there’s nothing unusual about current temperatures, so the climate is not broken, the climate is fine!!
In addition, there is actually no evidence (only a questionable theoretical model) that CO2 causes the climate temperature to change: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg&info=GGWarmingSwindle_CO2Lag

But the real major problem with AGW theory is the evidence of the rate of temperature change going back at least two centuries. See what I’m talking about in this C3 piece: http://www.c3headlines.com/2013/06/ipccs-gold-standard-hadcrut-confirms-co2s-impact-on-global-temps-statistically-immaterial-insignific.html, with an outstanding reproducible graphic here: http://c3headlines.typepad.com/.a/6a010536b58035970c01901d26f85e970b-pi
We’ve had multiple ups and downs in temperature. But you see the slopes of temp change look identical in recent (high CO2) and past times (low CO2). CO2 has done… nothing. This doesn’t fit the supposed “established physics” on CO2. Seriously, back to the drawing board on CO2.

anotherJoe on June 20, 2013 at 2:40 PM

You might be next in line for an honorary doctorate at the University of Michigan. Perhaps you can provide an analysis of the melting Arctic and imminent opening of new shipping lanes through part of the world previously inaccessible. A result of cooling?

bayam on June 19, 2013 at 5:54 PM

Idiots like you would destroy the earth trying to save it.

zoyclem on June 20, 2013 at 1:14 PM

This is literally true. If we take for granted the assumption that climate change is real and a major threat, then as I pointed out above, the large scale conversion of our economy to nuclear power is the only way to deal with it.

And who is more opposed to nuclear power than the anti-science left?

Not only that, but solar power requires dozens of times the raw materials as does equivalent amounts nuclear generation capacity and literally thousands of times as much land.

China is the only major supplier of the rare earths minerals needed by most renewable energy projects, but the mining industry has devastated vast swaths of the Chinese countryside. And that is with less than a few percent of Earths energy needs supplied by solar. If any country tried to supply more than 20% of its energy with solar, millions of square miles of natural habitat would be paved over and/or destroyed by rare earth mining.

If we make use of Generation IV nuclear reactor technologies we wouldn’t have to kine another ounce of Uranium. The United States already has enough U-238 stockpiled from all previous mining to supply all its energy needs for three thousand years.

Which makes it a shame that Bill Clinton cancelled Integral Fast Reactor development in 1994.

Anytime you hear of droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes and wildfires on the news, thank the democrats. Because if they are right, it’s all their fault.

Alberta_Patriot on June 20, 2013 at 3:18 PM

@ChuckTodd blames O’s bomb in Berlin on the heat.

O’s Berlin speech on 19 June 2013: 86°F;

O’s Berlin speech on 28 July 2008: 91°F

Resist We Much on June 20, 2013 at 3:48 PM

It doesn’t make sense…unless your goal was to destroy the economy of America. Then, it makes perfect sense….

Don L on June 20, 2013 at 5:40 PM

Then and now

Plus, RWM nailed the fool who lives in obama’s azz – from another thread

@ChuckTodd blames O’s bomb in Berlin on the heat.
O’s Berlin speech on 19 June 2013: 86°F;
O’s Berlin speech on 28 July 2008: 91°F
Resist We Much on June 20, 2013 at 3:44 PM

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2013 at 5:41 PM

“I’m not a Berliner – I’m the hole in the donut” –obama

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2013 at 5:42 PM

Hah, Sophie, just trying to help. It was in this thread too :) Excellent!

Schadenfreude on June 20, 2013 at 5:43 PM

The ignorance of this President knows no bounds.

Talk about fiddling while Rome burns. Could one man do any more to destroy what hundreds of men, smarter and wiser than he could ever dream to be, have spent hundreds of years building?

You really have to be a blind ideologue to look at the foolishness of Barack Obama and not be embarrassed for our country.

If only there was another political party to fight his stupidity….

alecj on June 21, 2013 at 8:36 AM

I think even Europeans are tired of Climate Change/ AGW now, because they are seeing all their economies coming to a halt, while Italy and Greece have lost their democracy, being administered from Brussels. Spain is next.

The Copenhagen AGW freak-show was a bust and the Eurozone is just trying to stay in one piece. If they have to listen to more Americans lecturing them about the climate, let it at least be the original sweaty oracle-of-doom and Divinity drop-out, Al Gore.

virgo on June 24, 2013 at 12:01 AM

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