The U.N.'s climate chief, Yvo de Boer, reported that between $10 billion and $12 billion annually will be needed from developed countries (e.g., the U.S.) through 2012 to "kick-start" things. According to the World Bank, adapting for global warming (e.g., building larger dams and higher bridges) will cost an additional $75 billion to $100 billion a year over the next 40 years. (A business professor at the University of Cambridge says it could be as high as $300 billion.)
A Japanese energy commission revealed that the majority of Japanese scientists reject U.N.- and Western-backed theories of climate change.
Despite Rep. Ron Paul's call for members of Congress to consider the joint opinion of more than 32,000 U.S. scientists -- including more than 9,000 Ph.D.s -- who believe humans likely have little or no part in the creation of "global warming," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs justified the White House's position and waved away opposition by tritely retorting that most people believe in global warming. A recent survey, however, found Americans' belief in global warming has declined and is at a 12-year low.
With 16,500 delegates descending upon Copenhagen -- including 140 aircraft carrying world leaders, heads of state and VIPs -- the U.N. estimates that the 12-day conference will create 40,584 tons of carbon dioxide equivalents. And could it be merely coincidental that all these planes are amassing at one place Dec. 7, the very anniversary of Pearl Harbor? Or are these all signs that our real enemies are looming on the horizon?
As I consider all of these global warming quandaries, the questions that keep coming to my mind are:
If there's no final draft of a treaty to sign, why is our president "contributing to global warming" by flying that super-jumbo 747 Air Force One to Copenhagen?
Why does Obama want to require American households to pay possibly more than $3,000 in additional annual taxes to reduce greenhouse emissions?
In the midst of one of America's worst recessions, where is the federal government going to get the billions of dollars needed to fulfill the financial promise to assist developing countries with green initiatives outlined on Page 11 of the 181-page climate summit treaty, which says it would ensure "that global crises, such as the financial crisis, should not constitute an obstacle to the provision of financial and technical assistance to developing countries in accordance with the Convention"?
Hasn't the Obama administration charged enough on the nation's credit cards in its first year in power by its trillions of dollars in bailouts, borrowing and additional government programs, including socialized medicine?
How much more will we take? Or should I say, how much more will they take?
Our government would do well to reconsider and actually live and lead by the words of Thomas Jefferson, who said during his first inaugural address, in 1801: "A wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."