Democrats' Apocalyptic Global Warming Rhetoric Doesn't Match Their Actions

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Democrats' Apocalyptic Global Warming Rhetoric Doesn't Match Their Actions


If the liberal commentariat is right, the world is about to end now that President Trump has reportedly made the decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement.

"If Trump pulls the US out of the #ParisAgreement he will be committing a traitorous act of war against the American people," liberal billionaire donor Tom Steyer, who once reportedly choked up over the importance of raising taxes on the wealthy, shrieked on Twitter.

"@POTUS' decision to support a dirty energy agenda & pull out of #ParisAgreement is a grave threat to our planet," House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said on the social media platform, which seems to make everybody dumber.

"Abandoning the #ParisAgreement would be catastrophic for our planet, for ourselves, and for our kids," California Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris added.

Speaking of the possible U.S. withdrawal from the Paris agreement in early May, former President Barack Obama said of all the problems facing this troubled world, climate change is "the one that will define the contours of this century, more dramatically perhaps than any other." The former president also claimed he made the issue "a top priority" during his two terms in the White House.

All this a bit much.

Democrats like to claim global warming is the greatest threat the world faces, but when Obama swept into office in 2009, with liberal majorities in the Senate and the House, this supposedly existential threat was nowhere near the top of the Democrats' agenda.

Instead of spending his political capital trying to save the planet from global warming, Obama used the momentum of his first eight months into office on less existential issues, like pushing a large stimulus package and a healthcare bill that increased the amount of people covered by insurance from roughly 84 percent of the country to about 89 percent by the time he left office -- and that's if you use the term "covered" very loosely. …

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