Obama Shifts Blame without Warming

Barb Wire

Are you late for work? Did you forget someone’s birthday? Blame global warming! Everyone else is. Severe acne, bad beer, crumbling gingerbread houses — you name it! These are just some of the things scientists are pinning on what they claim is a man-made climate crisis. Only now, it isn’t just scientists. It’s the president too. On Monday, the White House joined in the charade, desperate for a scapegoat for its pile of foreign policy failures.

Looking for a fall guy for the mess the administration has helped create in the Middle East, President Obama astounded everyone by suggesting global warming was at least partially to blame for the conflict under the Assad regime. “There’s already some interesting work — not definitive, but powerful — showing that droughts that happened in Syria contributed to the unrest and the Syrian civil war,” Obama claimed.

Of course, this isn’t the first time the administration has used the climate hoax to blame-shift. The Pentagon and Homeland Security have both waded into the murky water of the warming debate. For liberals, it’s become the blanket excuse for everything. Every mistake that’s made, every display of irresponsibility and ineptness is chalked up to climbing temperatures and gas-chugging suburbans. Even more amusing, the president made the statement standing next to Hollywood’s Leo DiCaprio, whose record on the environment is more than a little hypocritical. Earlier this year, he won an award for his emphasis on the climate issue — and flew 8,000 miles to pick it up in a carbon-emitting private jet! Now, he’s at the South Lawn of the White House promoting his new global warming flick, Before the Flood, where he argued that climate skeptics should be kicked out of the political process.

“The scientific consensus is in and the argument is now over, if you do not believe in climate change, you do not believe in facts or in science or empirical truths and therefore, in my humble opinion, should not be allowed to hold public office,” he insisted. How’s that for tolerant? If you challenge the Left’s ideas or refuse to surrender national autonomy to international treaties, you’re suddenly ineligible from participating in the political process. First, the climate crowd wanted to lock up climate change deniers, now it wants to exclude them from their right to run for office. As shocking as this is we should not be surprised. This is the same intolerant approach that was attempted in San Antonio to force acceptance of same-sex marriage. Businesses would have been prohibited from doing business with the city if they have moral or religious opposition to same-sex marriage or the redefinition of gender.

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But as far as factual leaps are concerned, NBC’s Ron Allen is right there with the president. His suggestion that an international climate agreement could stop hurricanes like Matthew from happening takes the cake. On Wednesday, he joined MSNBC to talk about the president’s environmental push, saying, “It’s very interesting that this is happening a day when there’s a hurricane bearing down on the U.S. and in the Caribbean, because these severe storms, beach erosions, intense weather episodes that we’ve had is perhaps the most practical sample of what the president was talking about as the threat that the planet faces.” Then, as Newsbusters points out, he told host Kate Snow that Matthew “is what this whole climate agreement signed by 190 nations and now ratified by 60 or so is designed to stop.”

Well, someone had better tell the hurricane that, because it’s about to bear down on states like Florida and South Carolina. The idea that man can stop nature is as ridiculous as insisting that car emissions are fueling a civil war. You just can’t make this stuff up — unless, apparently, you’re a liberal!

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Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)
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