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July 11, 2013

Column: Obama says Earth warm, may think it's flat

He got cute the other day, President Barack Obama did. Making a speech about global warming and people who don’t see solutions his way, he said the judgment of science is conclusive, all objections have been vanquished and “we don’t have time for a meeting of the flat-earth society.”

Obama himself is a flat-earther. How else would you describe someone who ceremoniously overlooks three years’ worth of scientific study watched over by a goodly portion of the federal government and summed up in eight volumes of precise, explicit, verifiable detail?

He did that, listening not to the findings of research on the Keystone XL Pipeline that said, look, this project is safe, or to the State Department that had been principally in charge. It said, go ahead, let’s lay these pipes from Canada to Texas, thus helping secure a reliable energy future.

No, even though the pipeline would provide hundreds of thousands of barrels of crude oil every day, thousands of jobs and billions upon billions of dollars to the economy, he delayed it in 2011 after some radical environmentalists said this old world of ours would be kaput with Keystone.

The fear was that this tar sands oil would emit disastrous amounts of carbon dioxide, but, if you want to get back to science, here’s what it says: It would add a fraction of 1 percent to our emissions of carbon dioxide each year. And by the way, if we weren’t using that oil, China would, and carbon dioxide from China gets in the atmosphere and has a greenhouse effect as surely as carbon dioxide from the United States. Does Obama know that?

I’ve written about all of this before, quoting much of the above data from Adam J. White, a D.C. lawyer who crafted a superb piece for the Weekly Standard, and am writing about it again because, in his supercilious speech on warming the other day, Obama incredibly said we had to check out the pipeline’s climate impact before giving it the go-ahead. There’s a lot of talk these days about low-information voters, and I guess Obama believes they were his listeners. High-information voters would know we’ve been checking out this pipeline since 2008. It’s OK.

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