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Thursday, December 03, 2015

Let’s Blame America First

We have met the enemy, and it’s us. Or at least that seems to be the way President Obama sees it.

The president repeated this week that climate change – formerly known as global warming – is a greater long-term threat to the United States than radical Islamic terrorism. Of course the president left out the “radical Islamic” part. Most voters didn’t buy that argument when Obama first made it earlier this year, anymore than they agreed with Secretary of State John Kerry when he declared that global warming is “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”

Is it therefore reasonable to conclude that the president considers his fellow Americans a worse long-term threat to their own country than those pesky terrorists since he thinks global warming is caused by human activity and blames the United States for being one of the world’s worst “emitters”?

Obama is pushing full speed ahead this week in Paris for an international treaty to fight global warming – even as the Parisians finish burying the victims of the recent terrorist atrocity. That treaty is likely to have a major negative impact on the U.S. economy and will be strongly opposed by Congress. After all, just 24% of voters in this country think the scientific debate about global warming is over. And, yes, while many see global warming as at least a somewhat serious problem, far fewer are willing to pay anything extra to deal with it. But that hasn’t stopped the president before.

For Rasmussen Reports, I’m Fran Coombs.