The Administration of Barack Obama and its allies in the so-called green movement have seemingly been on the offensive this week. And the vehemence and sarcasm accompanying their message make one thing remarkably clear: Environmental progressives will not tolerate debate on the topic of climate change.
In recent Washington Post article, a handful of Obama Administration officials attested that the current President wishes to stake a large part of his second term legacy on pushing stricter government environmental regulations.
From the piece:
Under Secretary Ernest Moniz, the Energy Department is emerging as a more powerful policy driver. Moniz has launched a Quadrennial Energy Review, aimed at analyzing the nation’s energy infrastructure. Moniz also is collaborating with [EPA administrator Gina] McCarthy and Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to craft a national strategy to address methane, a potent greenhouse gas that leaks from natural gas operations, and he will continue to draft new efficiency standards for buildings and commercial products.
At Interior, Jewell is gearing up to make expanding offshore wind energy a hallmark of her tenure in the same way her predecessor, Ken Salazar, made federal leasing of solar projects a top priority. On July 31, Deepwater Wind won the first-ever auction to pursue offshore wind development in federal waters, paying $3.8 million for two areas off Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Interior will offer additional leases in Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey and Massachusetts over the next nine months.
In an agency-wide address to employees Aug. 1, Jewell took the unusual step of suggesting that no one working for her should challenge the idea that human activity is driving recent warming. “I hope there are no climate-change deniers in the Department of Interior,” she said.
Did you get that? Jewell, addressing her agency employees, threatened, “I hope there are no climate-change deniers in the Department of Interior.”
Of course, Jewell was not acting in a manner inconsistent with Administration policy in making what appears to be a veiled threat to anyone who resists the dogma of global warming. On Tuesday, Obama issued a sarcastic dismissal of anyone who prefers evidence to emotional outrage as well as a sort of informal directive for progressives:
And the folks over at Organizing For America, Obama’s campaign-machine-turned-lobbying-behemoth, got in on the fun as well. OFA announced via Twitter that it would be handing out “climate denier award” trophies with unicorns on top to members of Congress who do not toe the green movement line:
Also underway is a $2 million ad buy from the League of Conservation Voters which will be used for ad buys to push green propaganda in the States of four Republicans who have opposed Obama’s moves on climate change. The ads will appear in the districts of Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) and Representatives Rodney Davis ( R-Ill.), Dan Benishek (R-Mich.) and Mike Coffman (R-Colo.).
“The American people are tired of Washington politicians ignoring basic scientific facts and standing in the way of action on climate change,” Gene Karpinski, the president of the League of Conservation Voters, said in a statement. “This ad campaign shows that members of Congress won’t be able to sweep their extreme, anti-science voting records under the rug.”
The President unveiled an aggressive climate change strategy last month, complete with provisions that would throttle existing coal-fired power plants and require the EPA to establish carbon pollution standards for other active plants.