With the American economy trudging its way through the third year of the Bush-Obama recession, an unemployment rate that is still officially 9 percent (and unofficially much higher than that), and gas prices steadily creeping toward a national average of $4.00 a gallon, President Obama has announced that he plans to veto a measure under consideration in the House of Representatives that is intended to contain fuel costs and rein in an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which has run amok. At the same time, Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) declares that it is not energy costs and overregulation that are the problem; no, the problem is those Republicans in the House who are trying to restrain the EPA’s overregulation of the energy industry that are “hurting the American people.”
Environmentalists demand that America’s oil companies do not drill for oil, even in those areas that have proven for many years to be safe for drilling, such as the Gulf of Mexico (the BP disaster notwithstanding), or in areas where hardly anyone lives, such as the north slope of Alaska. The lifeblood of the nation flows out to foreign nations that have no love for America, but the U.S. reaction has been to increase its military presence in the region rather than to reduce its dependence on those foreign sources. Consequently, when Libyans riot to end a brutal tyranny, U.S. futures markets shoot up the price of oil and President Obama orders naval vessels to the Mediterranean to protect U.S. oil supplies.
In what sounds like a page out of George Orwell’s classic novel 1984, where “perpetual war for perpetual peace” is the de facto state of affairs, government scientists released a report on Monday, February 28, claiming that an all-out nuclear war is an acceptable and pragmatic solution to the “festering problem” of global warming.
Last November’s political “sea change” hasn’t ebbed. In what is believed to be the first such action of its kind in the entire nation, the five-member Board of County Commissioners in Carroll County, Maryland, recently voted to abolish the county’s Office of Sustainability. They speedily followed that move with a vote to quit the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), the front group launched by the United Nations to carry out the provisions of its huge Agenda 21. Both votes were unanimous.