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Obama Wields the Terrible Destructive Power of Government

by Mark Luedtke

Shortly before the 2008 election, then-candidate Obama described how he planned to ruin Americans by regulating their businesses and jobs out of existence, cut the supply of energy and raise energy prices, “So, if somebody wants to build a coal plant, they can — it’s just that it will bankrupt them, because they are going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

Finally, President Obama has made good on a campaign promise. Like a Great Pharaoh with raised scepter, Obama decreed that certain coal power plants must install carbon-sequestering technology or shut down. According to The Huffington Post, “More than 32 mostly coal-fired power plants in a dozen states will be forced to shut down and an additional 36 might have to close because of new federal air pollution regulations.” Last month American Electric Power announced that it will shut down five plants.

I thought Obama was working on jobs. Oh wait, he is. He’s killing them. On purpose. Obama knows darn good and well that this regulation will kill jobs, increase energy prices and lead to more brown-outs and black-outs. He knows more people will die from losing electricity during extreme weather. He just doesn’t care.

And the funniest part is that he’s using the production of plant food as an excuse. Reports claim these plants are dirty but present no evidence. They’re not being shut down for being dirty. They’re being shut down for releasing too much plant food into the atmosphere. You might think I’m joking, but I’m not. They’re being shut down for releasing CO2, a potent plant food. Rising CO2 levels have caused the world to become greener. Apparently Obama not only hates people, he hates trees too.

The global warming movement is a fraud. Study after study has been exposed for fraudulent cherry-picking and manipulation of data. First NASA scientist James Hansen was exposed for subtly manipulating his data to make it seem the past was cooler and the present hotter. Then Michael Mann was exposed for manipulating data to produce the infamous hockey stick graph. Then Climategate exposed how all the leading global warming frauds used “Mike’s nature trick” to hide the decline in temperature. Most recently Peter Gleick fraudulently obtained donor information from the Heartland Institute so environmentalists could harass its donors. These people are more like mafiosos than scientists.

Furthermore, these frauds continually refuse to make their data public. The scientific method requires the sharing of data so that others can check the results, but the global warming frauds always resist. And this data is all paid for with our tax dollars, but they still keep it hidden. Skeptics have filed dozens of FOIA requests to get access to the data, and the frauds fight the FOIA requests every time. That makes them pseudo-scientists, not scientists. That makes them political activists posing as scientists. Even one of the chief frauds, during the whitewash investigation in the wake of Climategate, was forced to admit there’s been warming since 1995 despite the continuing increase of atmospheric CO2.

Billions of taxpayer dollars spent every year on advancing the global warming political agenda has thoroughly corrupted climate scientists because they work to advance their personal interests like every other individual. They’re getting rich off our tax dollars by promoting a fraud designed to steal ever more of our money.

What we have here is another example of government doing something destructive in order to supposedly fix a problem it created. Because government has granted utility monopolies all over the country and then heavily regulated them, market forces cannot work in the energy market. We can’t change energy providers if we believe they produce dirty energy, so energy companies have no incentive to produce cleaner energy. We can’t change energy providers when they fail to get our power back on for over a week during one the hottest heat spells in recent history. Note that weather isn’t climate.

Even though government allows nominal ownership of electric companies, it owns them in reality because it ultimately controls them. These fascist utility companies have been stagnant for a century. If government had de facto owned the horse and buggy companies like it owns electric companies, we’d still be riding in buggies.

The solution to all our power problems is easy: get the government out of the power business. A competitive marketplace empowers consumers, and consumers will demand efficient, reliable and clean electricity generation and transmission. Innovation would thrive. Market forces would replace archaic transmission lines and obsolete power plants.

But Obama might temporarily block this regulation until after the election out of fear of losing Ohio. After hanging the sword of Damocles over us, he might offer a reprieve to pretend he’s being reasonable. But he could alienate his base by doing so. He’s between a rock and a hard place politically. So far this election cycle, he’s pandered to his base, but he may make a different calculation in this case.

Mark Luedtke is an electrical engineer with a degree from the University of Cincinnati and currently works for a Dayton attorney. He can be reached at MarkLuedtke@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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