President Obama talks a good game when it comes to balance of power and constitutional restraint. But when putting these principles into practice, he falls short.
When addressing an audience in Burma last month, the president emphasized that “those in power must accept constraints.” By way of example, he said, “as president, I cannot just impose my will on Congress — the Congress of the United States — even though sometimes I wish I could.”
Even though Congress repeatedly rejected the idea of cap-and-trade legislation aimed at curbing carbon emissions, it’s an idea the president just can’t let drop.
“The president couldn’t get it done through legislation, so now he’s doing it through regulation, using our tax dollars to make it happen,” Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., told Fox News.
But Obama isn’t stopping there. He’s taking his show on the road, lending his support — and billions of our tax dollars — to the United Nations’ efforts to pass an international global warming treaty. The United States has joined 200 other countries in Doha, Qatar, for the annual U.N. summit on climate change.
Members of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee released messages voicing their opinions on the U.S. role in the summit.
“Several weeks ago, Superstorm Sandy gave us a preview of what to expect if climate change is not addressed,” Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., said in her video message to conference participants. “That storm caused tremendous destruction along the United States’ East Coast and it ranks as one of the worst natural disasters to ever hit America.”
Inhofe strongly disagrees. He submitted his own video accusing the Obama administration of “quietly handing over billions of dollars to the United Nations in the name of global warming.” The actual goal of the U.N. conference, he said, is obvious: wealth redistribution.
“Of course, the focus of this year’s global warming conference — like all the conferences before — is not the environment,” he said. “It’s about one thing: spreading the wealth around. As the Associated Press reported, ‘one of the main challenges will be raising climate aid for poor countries at a time when budgets are strained by financial turmoil.’”
While the debate rages on in the Senate and the president lends his support to the U.N., the American people are the ones stuck with the tab.
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In the following Fox News video, Shannon Bream describes how the president has been working quietly behind the scenes in the area of climate change.
Sen. Inhofe’s video message to the conference:
Sen. Boxer’s message: