For those pundits who assured us that Barack Obama would postpone rewarding his supporters in the powerful environmental lobby, at least until the nation’s ailing economy can be taken off of life support, guess again. From his triage center known as the Office of the President-Elect, Doc Obama has determined that the planet’s condition is more critically in need of attention than the nation’s economic health.
In a taped address delivered to the Governors’ Global Climate Summit meeting in Beverly Hills Tuesday, the Green Lightworker told the audience, which included a delighted Arnold Schwarzenegger, that it’s time to set tight limits on greenhouse emissions:
“Now is the time to confront this challenge once and for all. Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response. The stakes are too high, the consequences too serious.”
Showing determination to keep his campaign promise to heal the planet, Obamessiah wants to go ahead with his cap and trade plan to restrict carbon dioxide emissions and make companies pay for the right to emit CO2. He says that the scheme will generate wealth, $15 billion of which he wants to redistribute to various alternative energy projects.
If this doesn’t sound like a tax on energy to you, then welcome to The Club for Freefall. At a time when the economy is in the tank and the domestic automakers are holding out their hats in hopes of a big bailout, critics say that this sort of radical environmentalism could lead to an economic collapse.
Meanwhile, I’m wondering if the Morton Kondracke’s of the punditocracy are at long last beginning to get the slightest clue that perhaps Obama is not the man that they hoped he was.