Al Gore arrived on Capitol Hill today, presumably via dog sled, to peddle the increasingly laughable global warming propaganda that should make us all grateful that voters returned him to private life a little over eight years ago. In the linked article, Gore is said to have “served essentially as a cheerleader and lobbyist for Mr. Obama”, in support of the latter’s desire to leave no stone unturned in finding innovative ways to reduce U.S. GDP to the level of Belgium’s. A key phrase that should receive close attention is this one: “The plan’s unprecedented and critical investments [i.e., Obama’s environmental spending goals] in four key areas – energy efficiency, renewables, a unified national energy smart grid and the move to clean cars – represent an important down payment…”
Stop right there, Porky. We’ve had some rather unpleasant surprises, recently, with respect to “down payments”. The $700 billion TARP budget, apparently, turns out to have been a “down payment” on the more expansive trillion-dollar-plus stimulus bill. “Down payment” in this context is Libspeak for “the sky’s the limit”, and there are clearly-discernible gagging noises starting to be heard among taxpayers and even – Hurrah! – Republican congressmen. Unsurprisingly, there’s no mention of increasing drilling opportunities for oil companies and no mention of nuclear facilities.
“Our home – Earth – is in grave danger,” Al somberly intoned. Well, no, Al, it isn’t; but my quality of life may well be if Obama continues to cling to your Buck Rogers fantasies.
By the way; if “the road to Copenhagen is not easy”, it may just be because it’s covered with snow and frost-bitten polar bears.