Crank of the Week – January 23, 2015 – Barack Obama
Showing the same stubborn capacity to stick around and bother people as a genital wart, US President Barack Obama managed to once again lie to the American public and the entire world during his penultimate State of the Union (SOTU) address to Congress. His command of misinformation was breathtaking, repeating the charge that global warming was causing increased violent weather and the reality twisting claim by NASA that 2014 was the hottest year ever. Though Obama has won the coveted COTW several times before we felt that he truly deserved this one. Besides, as he slips rapidly into irrelevance this might be his last chance to deliver climate change whoppers with his patented bogus sincerity.
Obama's SOTU address was so filled with misinformation and outright lies that it was hard to keep track of specific fabrications, yet when he rounded off on matters of climate change our ears perked up. “No challenge—no challenge—poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”
Obama has said tripe like this before. At the 2014 climate summit he put it this way, “For all the immediate challenges that we gather to address this week – terrorism, instability, inequality, disease – there’s one issue that will define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent and growing threat of a changing climate.” At least his inanity is consistent.
Not worldwide Islamic terrorism, not a porous and unsecured border, not a hemorrhaging federal debt that now exceeds $18 trillion, not falling wages for middle-class Americans, not the lowest labor participation rate since under president Jimmy Carter in the late 1970s, not the fact that 109 million live in households on federal welfare programs, not a belligerent and lawless Russia, not a soon to be nuclear Iran. These are not the greatest threats facing us today. The greatest threat is a speculative prediction of a slight warming of the planet 100 years from now. This based on predictions made by wonky models that have been consistently wrong for almost two decades, during which Earth has not warmed at all.
Once again he trotted out the claim that an increase in extreme weather events is being cause by climate change, a claim refuted by the UN's IPCC, ground zero for climate alarmism. When the very scientists you cite for support say you are wrong, maybe you should take that line out of your speech. This man is the opposite of perceptive, he is willfully ignorant.
Indeed, institutional stupidity is the touchstone of the Obama administration. Nowhere is this more evident that in the Environmental Protection Agency, the green shock troops of Obama's war on climate change. This is the agency that recently declared CO2, a chemical necessary to all plant life on Earth, a pollutant. On top of promulgating asinine, economy destroying regulations, the EPA also functions as a mouthpiece for green propaganda—like the little slap at Congress shown below.
The 97% claim is a total fabrication. According to The Wall Street Journal: “the assertion that 97% of scientists believe that climate change is a man-made, urgent problem is a fiction. The so-called consensus comes from a handful of surveys and abstract-counting exercises that have been contradicted by more reliable research.” Evidently no lie is too discredited to not be repeated on nationwide TV. And didn't the Senate just vote 98-1 that “climate change is real and not a hoax,” while declining to say that human activity significantly contributes to it?
Of course climate change is real, the climate is constantly changing. But the CO2 driven theory of Anthropogenic Global Warming (CAGW) has been proven false—global temperatures, even as measured by NASA/NOAA, have remained flat, with statistically zero warming for more than 18 years, while atmospheric CO2 levels have continued to clime constantly. While correlation does not prove causation, lack of correlation does prove lack of causation.
After decades of failure, new models are being proposed.
This fact has caused even climate alarmists to declare their climate models faulty and in need of a rethinking. Others have stated that the climate's sensitivity to carbon dioxide has been greatly overstated. And despite heroic efforts by many to “correct” historical climate data there have been reports from both Europe and the US that much of the historical data overstated the rise in temperatures over the last century. The hoax is trying to use a failed theory, bad data, and erroneous models to drive a political agenda full of socialist insanity.
Obama has denigrated climate skeptics before. In June 2013, when rolling out his climate action plan, he dismissed climate deniers as members of “the Flat Earth society.” In Tuesday night’s address, Obama said: “I’ve heard some folks try to dodge the evidence by saying they’re not scientists – that we don’t have enough information to act. Well, I’m not a scientist, either. But you know what? I know a lot of really good scientists at NASA, and NOAA, and at our major universities.” Obama wouldn't know a good scientist if one bit him on the ass. Remember, this is the guy who appointed crackpot and misanthrope John Holdren as his science adviser.
NASA/NOAA thinks this is how to get global coverage.
Sorry Bucko, the NASA/NOAA suspiciously timed announcement that 2014 was the hottest year ever has since been thoroughly debunk and NASA has been forced to walk the claim back. NASA Scientists admit only 38% chance that 2014 was the hottest year on record. What's more, the claimed record was only by 0.02°C, well within the margins of measurement error, and based on sketchy ground station coverage. The more reliable RSS satellite data has 2014 a whopping 0.3 °C cooler than 1998.
While the president's exaggerated claims and draconian plans found little acceptance among the new GOP Congress his blather was well received by Greenpeace. They applauded the tough talk and some of Obama’s recent initiatives, but said he had still not done enough. “Addressing global climate disruption requires immediate global action” said a group statement. Undoubtedly, this means Obama must accelerate the defacing of world cultural sites to fight climate change.
Greenpeace, saving the future by destroying the past.
Obama added that the U.S. military is saying that climate change is causing immediate risks to our national security—although he did not explain exactly what this meant or how the “Pentagon” had arrived at this conclusion. “That’s why, over the past six years, we’ve done more than ever before to combat climate change, from the way we produce energy, to the way we use it,” said Obama. So says the man with no energy policy other than trying to block fossil fuel production in any way possible.
Earlier in the speech he claimed credit for lower gas prices and bragged about how his leadership had put Putin's Russia in the hurt locker. His leader ship has nothing to do with Russia's failing economy—it's the drop in oil and gas prices that have crippled the Russian economy. That drop, and the commensurately low pump prices in America, have come from fracking, which this blockhead was opposed to and blocked on federal land. In fact, Obama has gone out of his way to stifle US energy production, all in the name of fighting climate change and shoveling government cash to his crony capitalist green economy scammers.
The scientific faux pas in the SOTU speech are so multitudinous we have not tallied them all here, but other real scientists have (see “Raw politics of climate change in the US”). Is it any wonder that this silver tongued devil with the IQ of a houseplant is a perennial favorite for this award? So once again, this Crank of the Week is for you – Barack Obama, green warrior and worst president in the history of the USA.