Bring back TOTUS! President Obama proved that he can commit an Obamateurism regardless of whether he uses the TelePrompter or not during his latest press conference. In pushing for adoption of his “clean energy” policies, Obama called carbon a “contaminant” in his opening statement:

These incentives will finally make clean energy the profitable kind of energy. And that will lead to the development of new technologies that lead to new industries that could create millions of new jobs in America — jobs that can’t be shipped overseas.

At a time of great fiscal challenges, this legislation is paid for by the polluters who currently emit the dangerous carbon emissions that contaminate the water we drink and pollute the air that we breathe. It also provides assistance to businesses and communities as they make the gradual transition to clean energy technologies.

The argument — such as it is — is that carbon emissions warm the Earth, not “contaminate the water we drink and pollute the air we breathe”. People have been breathing carbon since at least a little while before Obama was born … like since the dawn of man. It’s lethal, of course — it’ll kill you in 150 years, if you don’t stop breathing before then.

Fortunately, Obama has a plan to keep you from breathing long before that, but we’ll talk about ObamaCare later. (thanks to Scott and Lorellico for the tip)

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