A liberal trifecta – climate change, stem cells and not drilling for oil

Many people look on Monday with dread and gloom, but for the next couple of years I think I need to replace T.G.I.F. with D.G.I.F. – “Dear God,  it’s Friday.”   This afternoon while driving down the street on a quick errand, I was treated to the following three stories on WTIC:

1) EPA Takes First Step Toward Regulating Pollution Linked to Climate Change (FoxNews.com)
WASHINGTON — The debate on global warming is set to heat up again with the Obama administration’s release on Friday of an EPA proposed finding that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases are a danger to public health and welfare.

The finding is the first step to regulating pollution linked to climate change.

2) Guidelines for broader stem cell research unveiled (CNN.com)
WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Obama administration released a draft of guidelines for federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research Friday.

Under the new guidelines, federal funding would be allowed only for research using human embryonic stem cells from embryos created solely for reproductive purposes by in vitro fertilization. The embryos would have to no longer be needed for reproduction, and the donors would have to consent to their use for research.

3) Appeals Court Cancels Drilling Program Off Alaska Coast (FoxNews.com)
WASHINGTON — A program to expand oil and gas drilling off the Alaska coast was canceled Friday by a federal appeals court that ruled the Bush administration did not properly study the environmental impact.

A three-judge panel in Washington found that the Bush-era Interior Department failed to consider the effect on the environment and marine life before it began the process in August 2005 to expand an oil and gas leasing program in the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi seas.

Ah, Friday afternoon – the end of the weekly news cycle and the best time to bury stories that you want to keep in the shadows.

To think that these three topics were the focus of such outrage from the left for weeks on end during the Bush administration and during the election.  So now that “good” has finally triumphed, why does this come up on a Friday afternoon?  These should be the lead stories on Monday so that proper accolades can be given to those fearless Obama administration officials dedicated to righting the wrongs.

“Here, here!” the media should shout, ” We’ll have no drilling in Alaska thank you very much.  Especially now that Obama is on the path for green energy.”

“And hurrah! Taxpayers can finally fund experiments on humans, but of course we can’t condone embryo factories – that would be too obvious.   So we’ll just have to compensate the fertility clinics then.  That’s good, they can use the extra cash.”

“And who would have thought that the old joke could come true?  Finally a way to tax every one’s last breath!  Brilliant job guys and gals!”

I can only say, D.G.I.F.

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  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    It's going to be a long two years (minus 3 months).

    1) This regulation will effectively crush our economy.  This opens the door to regulating virtually every emission, benign or not, by the government.  And every time government "helps" you, it will cost you more money, either directly, or indirectly with hidden, embedded permit fees, charges and taxes passed on to us in the price of goods and services.   When AGW stops being a political consensus and actually reverts to the scientists, we might have some sanity restored to government and resultant legislation.  China and India will be under no such prohibitions.

    2)  Why don't they just experiment on animal embryonic stem cells?  And the feel good clauses will fail in the face of blackmarket stem cell sources when the money starts to flow.  And don't forget that all effective applications of stem cells have come from adult stem cells, and it greatly reduces rejection problems when one uses one's own tissues.

    3) The lifeblood of the country is oil, and coal is available in suffiicient quantities to heat homes and generate electricity for hundreds of years at current consumption rates.  It can be cleaned, just as Diesel emission were.  In the meantime, China and India will be using all the coal it can get (probably a lot of ours), and will run roughshod over us economically as the new world power.  But hey, we'll feel good.  Everything will be reviewed through a green lens, regardless of the effect on our economy or quality of life.

    China and Cuba will be drilling off the coast of Florida.  We can't.  Who will regulate them, or can?  Obama promises to "double the amount of energy from renewable energy sources."  So let's see: without nuclear, that should mean that we will leap from 1% to 2% (on sunny, windy days anyway).  That'll teach those Arabs!!  Just like locking up our own oil sources will, right?  And just think how burning our food for fuel will help food prices.

    When does that super intelligent Obama I keep hearing about come out from behind the curtain?  At least McCain, for all his faults, admitted his lack of understanding of economics (yet stands head and shoulders above this buffoon who is beholden to greenie groups).

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