Phil Kerpen

President Obama once told the San Francisco Chronicle editorial board: "Under my plan of a cap-and-trade system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket." Yet he was saying something quite different when he announced his plan to force states to adopt his cap-and-trade system.

With no mention of his desire to drive up electricity prices to combat global warming, Obama instead focused on Beale's infamous co-benefits theory.

"Kids being treated here all the time for asthma and other breathing problems," Obama said. "Often these illnesses are aggravated by air pollution. Pollution from the same sources that release carbon."

It was pure sleight-of-hand, equivocating regulation of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which EPA itself has concluded "do not cause direct adverse health effects such as respiratory or toxic effects" with particulate matter that is already tightly regulated.

The reliance on purported co-benefits is necessary because Obama's cap-and-trade rule has no direct benefits. The EPA has 26 published indicators for measuring the impacts of global warming, but when questioned by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy admitted that none of the EPA's proposed regulations will have a positive impact on any of the indicators. Instead she said the regulations are just "positioning the U.S. for leadership in an international discussion."

Wonderful. We're going to make electricity prices skyrocket in the hopes that it will somehow help convince China, Russia, India, and the rest of the world to sign on to a new global climate treaty.

Which brings us back to Beale.

President Obama is exploiting children with asthma, relying on the same two secret studies developed by criminal fraud John Beale to justify driving up energy prices for what amounts to international posturing. That's wrong.

Phil Kerpen

Phil Kerpen is president of American Commitment, a columnist on Fox News Opinion, chairman of the Internet Freedom Coalition, and author of the 2011 book Democracy Denied.

American Commitment is dedicated to restoring and protecting America’s core commitment to free markets, economic growth, Constitutionally-limited government, property rights, and individual freedom.

Washingtonian magazine named Mr. Kerpen to their "Guest List" in 2008 and The Hill newspaper named Mr. Kerpen a "Top Grassroots Lobbyist" in 2011.

Mr. Kerpen's op-eds have run in newspapers across the country and he is a frequent radio and television commentator on economic growth issues.

Prior to joining American Commitment, Mr. Kerpen served as vice president for policy at Americans for Prosperity. Mr. Kerpen has also previously worked as an analyst and researcher for the Free Enterprise Fund, the Club for Growth, and the Cato Institute.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mr. Kerpen currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife Joanna and their daughter Lilly.