Over the past six years, the United States has reduced its carbon emissions more than any other nation in the world.
Efforts to curb so-called man-made climate change had little or nothing to do with it. Government mandated “green” energy didn’t cause the reductions. Neither did environmentalist pressure. And the U.S. did not go along with the Kyoto Protocol to radically cut CO2 emissions. Instead, the drop came about through market forces and technological advances, according to a report from the International Energy Agency.
Breakthroughs in how natural gas is extracted from underground shale formations were the key factors that led to the reductions, the report said. Natural gas has a low carbon footprint and is widely available in the United States. As a result, entrepreneurs are flocking to extract it from new areas.
“It’s good news and good news doesn’t get reported as much,” John Griffin, executive director of Associated Petroleum Industries of Michigan, said of the lack of reporting about the CO2 reductions. “The mainstream media doesn’t want to report these kinds of things.”
Rep. Chuck Moss, R-Birmingham, chair of the House Appropriations Committee, said he was unaware of the extent of the fall-off in carbon emissions.
“You know when I found out we’ve reduced our carbon emissions more than any other country?” Rep. Moss said. “It was when you just told me. So, maybe that says something about how many people even know about it.”
We posted on this exact news last August – I don’t expect the Chairman of the House Appropriations Committee to read this puny blog, but wouldn’t it be nice if he and his colleagues got some information from somewhere before passing laws that will cripple our economy?
There’s another lesson to be drawn here aside from the blatant ignorance of our lawmakers, and that’s the revelation of Obama and his warmist swarm’s true objective: global warming is all about control and has nothing to do with saving polar bears, as I and my betters have pointed out repeatedly over the years. If he were concerned about cutting the CO2 emissions he claims are destroying the planet, Obama would welcome the development of fracking and the consequent availability of cheap, less-polluting (by at least half) natural gas. Instead, he and his EPA are doing everything they can to stop fracking. Cheap, abundant energy is their enemy, not their goal, which is to have citizens dependent on government largess – you want to run a factory, you beg to the EPA and pay Al Gore’s investors big bucks. That’s the global warming movement in a nutshell.
It’s exactly like Obama’s goal of leveling wealth by taking from the successful and giving it to the moochers, as he admitted during the 2008 campaign. After it was pointed out to him that reducing capital gains taxes produced greater revenue, the community organizer said “I don’t care about revenue, I’m concerned about fairness [sic] “. Homeland security, the Department of Education, global warming – one and the same.