Global Warming is the WNBA of American politics
While you have never met a fan of the WNBA, the women’s professional basketball league, the leading sports media outlets continue to bombard us with scores, highlights and even live games.
So it is, too, with Global Warming, which after 10 to 15 years of not-so-much warming is now referred to as “climate change.” After nearly two decades of media consensus, it is impossible to find a regular American not part of the Global-Warming-Industrial-Political-Complex, who is all spun up over the environmental calamities foretold.
More than another reason, the WNBA is an #epicfail because is it a winter sport played in the summer. In the summer we do not want to be cooped up in a sweaty sports arena, nor do we want to watch it on TV. We want outdoors and fresh air and they keep trying to change the subject.
In the same way, as Americans living outside the Beltway demand action to free up the economy and break our dependence on Middle Eastern oil—and all that comes with it—President Barack Obama is trying to change the subject through his Obama for America organization, renamed Organizing for America.
The subject changer will be “Action August,” a production of the OFA cadre manifesting Aug. 13 with rallies, full-court coverage in the media and in its volunteer created “blizzards.”
As a son of central Massachusetts, blizzards mean snow days out of school, hours of shoveling out the driveway, walks and stairs and missing paper boys.
According the OFA training manual, the cadre are told that blizzarding is the strategic use of flyers and postcards, especially during Action August when lawmakers are home for the August recess. The manual advises: “You can blizzard by yourself, or with a group of friends or local supporters that you help recruit.”
Lost in the blizzard are the facts about the job-killing Obama environment agenda.
The centerpiece of the agenda is Obama’s war on coal-fired electricity. Suppressing coal drives up fuel prices as demand slides to other sources. This is not only true for residential living, but most importantly, it increases the economic burden on whatever is left of our industrial base, at a time when our Asian competitors are enjoying cheap coal as we had for the last 150 years.
The Keystone XL pipeline is too easy and answer, but somehow the president only wants jobs he creates with money borrowed from China, and the 20,000 jobs from KXL mean nothing to him.
Here Obama is playing the corrupt referee. Calling phantom penalties on coal and crude oil, while giving out free throws to his natural gas and solar, wind and battery cronies.
Just as the WNBA is a sport and league nobody asked for, the time, space and energy wasted on global warming remedies takes us further from the adult conversation we need to have about unleashing the animal spirits eager to revive our economy.
After five years of economic malaise, the president should reach out to conservatives to fashion policies to free up our markets. There is no government program to produce sustained job growth compared to the next Microsoft or Federal Express.
Instead, Obama has us bracing for OFA blizzards and instead of jobs and a recovering economy, we get another snow job.