IT’S ABOUT TIME – As I wrote on Jan. 20, 2017, the inauguration of President Donald Trump will be remembered as the day the “kick me” sign was removed from the back of Americans. The United Nations, which has long been the center of anti-American activity, received a shot across the bow on Jan. 27, 2017, when our newly confirmed UN Ambassador Nikki Haley presented her credentials to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
“You are going to see a change in the way we do business,” said Haley. “Everything that’s working we’re going to make better; everything that’s not working, we’re going to try and fix; and anything that seems to be obsolete and not necessary, we’re going to do away with.” She didn’t shy away from commenting that the U.S. might significantly cut back on funding for many UN projects. The UN creates standards and laws based on the whims of member nations, many of which are dictatorships, each with a vote equal to ours.
THOSE WACKO ENVIRONMENTALISTS in California were successful in getting a ban on single-use, carry-out plastic bags by a vote of 53 to 47 percent in the state that already was dealing with a patchwork of anti-plastic bag laws from county to county. Under the law, grocery and convenience stores may offer paper or plastic, but they are required to charge a minimum of 10 cents each. Leftist lawmakers cited the reduction of global warming and reliance on foreign oil as their justification, even though just three percent of plastic bags are produced using oil. No surprise … most reusable bags are produced in Asia. Employment has dropped by an average of 10.4 percent at grocery stores since the ban passed, according to Allysia Finley of the Wall Street Journal.
CLIMATE CHANGE TO BACK BURNER – Look for President Trump to reverse President Obama’s heavy-handed climate change agenda in the days ahead. He has already hinted that he was going to ease the miles-per-gallon café standards imposed on auto manufacturers and has initiated a go-ahead for the Keystone XL and Dakota pipelines. Incidentally, a State Department study made known prior to Obama’s stopping Keystone, revealed that greenhouses gases emitted by the pipeline would be negligible and considerably less than rail and truck transporting of oil.
A PLEDGE TO CANCEL THE PARIS CLIMATE AGREEMENT and stop all payments of U.S. tax dollars to the UN project by President Trump is expected soon, but it may be too late to stop the half-billion-dollar contribution to the UN Green Climate Fund, Obama ordered of the State Department in his last days in office. It brings to $1 billion of Obama’s total $3 billion commitment. By 2020, under the Copenhagen accord, developed nations are supposed to be allocating $100 billion annually on climate-change aid to poorer, developing nations, to be used for clean energy projects and climate change adaptation measures. It’s another UN money grab.
THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION got the message as it postponed a summit of scientists and health practitioners, who were going to meet to discuss implementing climate-related health initiatives such as heat-wave preparedness plans, predicting and monitoring the spread of infectious disease, emergency preparations for severe weather and other issues.
LOOK FOR THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT and other departments and agencies to review their budgets as pertains to climate change initiatives. In 2014, then Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel bowed to President Obama’s top-down examination of the effect of climate change on national security. “In our defense strategy, we refer to climate change as a ‘threat multiplier,’”said Hagel, while attending a meeting of Western Hemisphere defense ministers in – wait for it – Peru.
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