Wednesday, June 4, 2014

On Climate Change, Obama Shifts Tactics To Saving Our Children

Obama knows that there are two major criticisms of his proposed smack down of the coal industry in his latest go-it-alone roll out of EPA regulations.

First, it will effectively put 1.6 million relatively high paying jobs at risk that are directly involved in coal mining in 26 states.  Many of these workers live in towns where these are the only jobs available. Then, too, how many other jobs will be lost, not directly involved in the mining process is anyone's guess. Secondly, the economy will lose billions trying to comply with these regulations. Ultimately, every American will be paying higher prices for electricity and higher costs for almost everything that is dependent on electricity for its production.

Further, foreign made products, which won't have to contend with harsh regulations, will only become more competitive.  Thus, if American manufactures are to compete in their own country, they'll have no other choice but to move their manufacturing out of the U.S.  And, in doing so, create even more atmospheric CO2 than would have been created if production remained in the U.S.

So, in order to thwart any criticism of his planned EPA crackdown on coal and other energy sources, the President has now decided to put his critics in an indefensible position by using America's children as props, or more accurately, as human shields.

On Saturday, May 31st, he gave his weekly address from the very hospital where he had just visited children with asthma.  He said this:
"In America, we don’t have to choose between the health of our economy and the health of our children."
So, there we have it. If you oppose his new regulations, you are a heartless person who is putting the almighty dollar above the plight of the nation's children. End of story.

Additionally, in order to emphasize how beneficial and health-wise, his plan would be, he made these predictions.
"In just the first year that these standards go into effect, up to 100,000 asthma attacks and 2,100 heart attacks will be avoided – and those numbers will go up from there."
These types of projections are bogus.

First of all, I would ask him to show us the actual research behind those numbers.

Secondly, heart attacks are not normally environmentally triggered. In adults, lifestyle issues -- such as smoking, alcohol consumption, high cholesterol, and obesity -- are the most important contributing factors. For children, heart attacks are rare; and, if they do occur, they are almost always genetic in origin.  But, more importantly, preventing 2100 heart attacks against the 700,000+ that occur per year is nothing in comparison with the reduction that could be achieved with lifestyle changes.

Thirdly, there are 25 million asthmatics in this country; each of whom have at least one attack per year.  That's well in excess of 25 million attacks per year. When weighed against a prevention of 100,000  per year, we are talking about a very insignificant number.  Probably far less than one-half of one percent. The primary purpose of the President's EPA regulations is to reduce CO2 emissions; an odorless gas that each of us breathes in and out every 2 to 3 seconds.  No asthmatic or heart attack in the world would ever have been caused by an increase in CO2; even though there are some silly arguments out there that it may be causing an increase in pollen.

If Obama is worried about our kids, he should stop doing the kind of things that leave them with jobless parents or parents who keep seeing their incomes fall and their purchasing power decline as a result of price inflation for food, clothing, healthcare, and, especially, energy .  Jobless families and those with losses of income are existing in a very stressful environment; often resulting in anger, domestic violence, depression, or, even divorce.

If the President would spend more time saving families by getting them jobs and slowing inflation, he would help a lot more children than his heavy-handed EPA regulations will.


After visiting kids with asthma, President Obama emphasizes need to cut carbon pollution:

2009: Obama Promises Skyrocketing Energy Costs:

Coal and jobs in the United States:

Annual Coal Mining Wages vs. All Industries, 2012:

Asthma Statistics:

Heart Disease Facts:

Consumers Under Attack from Stagnant Wages and Inflation:

Reality of stagnant wages, rising costs stifles middle-class dreams:

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