Obama Tiptoes Around Congress on Greenhouse Gas Issues

The following is a guest post by Joseph Hall.

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Obama Tiptoes around Congress Again on Greenhouse Gas Issues

The Obama White House continues to bypass congress on issues that are important to him. In the latest maneuver, the Administration has decided to follow the UN mandate that the US contribute $12 Million to a trust fund to educate people in Third World countries about how to reduce their carbon footprint and to grow more trees.

Reported in USA Today, on Friday, “Obama bypasses Congress again on climate change,” Secretary Clinton is quoted in what appears to be a case of inventing more fudged figures to support the pseudoscience of climate change.

Clinton said it’s still important to reduce the primary culprit of climate change: carbon dioxide emissions, which remain in the atmosphere for hundreds of years and which the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change has been trying to address for decades with little success. Yet she said action is needed on short-lived pollutants that can also cause extensive damage.

“Millions die annually from constantly breathing in black carbon soot that comes from cookstoves in their own homes, from diesel cars and trucks on their roads, from the open burning of agricultural waste in their fields,” Clinton said.

While the statistics seem ominous, the source of such data must be examined. In an attempt to fact check Clinton’s alarming climate induced death accusations, a search of relevant terms indicated that her numbers are likely based on a UN report that estimates future deaths during the report time frame of 2005 to 2030.

Integrated Assessment of Black Carbon and Tropospheric Ozone, Summary for Decision Makers” (page 16)

In a 2010 EPA paper, “Report to Congress on Black Carbon” Section 3, “Black Carbon Effects on Public Health and the Environment” (Sub Section 3-3, page 3-4) Pinpoints the problem to be most common in Third World countries and China where coal, wood or manure is used as fuel in cooking stoves with no ventilation. The paper quotes the World Health Organization.

“Exposure to indoor air pollution from solid fuel use has been linked to approximately 2 million deaths per year (WHO, 2009).  The use of solid fuels in poorly ventilated conditions results in high levels of indoor air pollution, most seriously affecting women and their youngest children (Bruce et al. 2000).  Recent observational studies have suggested that indoor air pollution from biomass fuel is associated with respiratory morbidity, including acute lower respiratory tract infections in children (Smith et al., 2000) and COPD in women (Ezzati, 2005; Orozco‐Levi et al.

The report does not provide any substantial proof of a global health problem with millions of soot related deaths, but the president seems intent on paying the UN suggested tax on a problem that is not identified as a USA problem. The reported problem of deaths due to indoor black soot is not an atmospheric problem. The US is being charged for someone else’s problem.

Just how bad is the problem? For most of us, a trip to China would likely provide the answer. On the Facts and Details website, the first paragraph reveals:

“China’s environmental protection ministry published a report in November 2010 which showed that about a third of 113 cities surveyed failed to meet national air standards last year. According to the World Bank 16 of the world’s 20 cities with the worst air are in China. According to Chinese government sources, about a fifth of urban Chinese breath heavily polluted air. Many places smell like high-sulfur coal and leaded gasoline. Only a third of the 340 Chinese cities that are monitored meet China’s own pollution standards.

According to the article, over 75% of the problem is in China. So why is the Obama administration so willing to pay for someone else’s problem? Since China is a major economic power, they should pay for this problem.

In fact, the major reported concern associated with black soot is the melting of the Greenland ice pack. If death by black soot is a global problem, is seems to be a hidden problem until Clinton took issue with this.

The choice to vote on a huge payment to the UN is certainly a congressional issue. Apparently in an election year, the president is clearly choosing the environmentalists over the majority of Americans.

Watch YouTube video: “Secretary Clinton Announces an Initiative on Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants”

Submitted by: Joseph Hall, Daymar Institute, Health Care & General Education

Update: Linked by Doug Ross – thanks!