Hot Stuff

No, this isn’t about sex. It’s about carbon footprints -- yours, mine and that of just about every other living creature that walks, crawls or flies over the face of God’s green earth. Once the California state legislature passed America’s first full-blown cap and trade law, we Californians all became very hot stuff indeed!

I know because I just took the Nature Conservancy’s online test for my personal carbon footprint. Identifying myself as a single person living alone in a one-bedroom apartment who hasn’t done much of anything special to control his energy use, I learned the cost of my carbon footprint is $80. So of course that’s what the Nature Conservancy asked me to donate to their cause.

Go ahead. Check it out yourself.  Make sure you’re honest about your personal energy use stats, though. My guess is you’re much hotter stuff than my hypothetical self is. Consequently, your carbon footprint is going to be much bigger and cost much more. Now, under the new California law, you’ll owe that and more to the Democrats in Sacramento.

You say you won’t put up with that and, if worse comes to worst, you’ll just pick up your hot stuff and move to Nevada? Well, don’t count on that as a long-term fix. Remember, California has always been first in the nation to innovate. As somebody said in a letter to the editor of the Wall Street Journal not long ago, the whole country is about to be “Californicated.”

Besides, this has long been part of Obama’s grand plan for America. Remember in January of 2008 when then presidential candidate Obama said energy prices “would necessarily skyrocket” under his cap and trade plan. Do you also remember during his nomination acceptance speech when he rhapsodized, “We will be able to look back and tell our children that this was the moment... when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

During the past six and a half years, Obama’s soaring rhetoric has come back to haunt him a little bit. As the UK’s Daily Mail reported on April 22, 2014: “President Barack Obama is marking the 44th Earth Day with a carbon-emitting extravaganza, spending more than 15 hours on Air Force One and 15 minutes aboard the Marine One helicopter. Not including his motorcades in Oso, Washington, the site of a recent devastating mudslide, his trip will consume an estimated 35,565 gallons of fuel.” 

Just think what his and his family’s carbon footprint must be with all those thousands of official and unofficial Air Force One flights in the past six and a half years. “According to the government watchdog group Judicial Watch, beginning with the infamous New York “date night,” the Obamas have spent $44,351,777.12 in taxpayer cash on travel expenses…. As of March 2014, Obama has spent more time traveling internationally than any other president, taking 31 trips since assuming office in 2009.  The 119 days spent overseas have cost taxpayers millions of dollars.” 

So I guess I ‘can keep it if I like’ my puny little $80 carbon footprint. Obama, after all, has much bigger fish to fry, as evidenced by his latest Clean Power Plan. This one “commands states to cut carbon emissions by 32% (from 2005 levels) by 2030.” That’s “9% steeper than the draft the Environmental Protection Agency issued in June 2014. The damage to growth, consumer incomes and U.S. competitiveness will be immense -- assuming the rule isn’t tossed by the courts or rescinded by the next Administration.”

Lots of luck with that, America. This president’s just too sexy for his shirt.

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