Taxpayer funding for ‘climate change’ twice that of border security

The liberal phantom menace of global warming gets more than twice as much federal money as cracking down on the very real menace of failing to secure the United States’ borders, the Daily Caller reported Tuesday.

According to a White House report, combined federal spending among cabinet departments to combat “climate change” was almost $22.2 billion, with $21.4 billion planned for next year.

immig1028That compares to about the Department of Homeland Security’s proposed 2014 budget, which includes spending about $12 billion on customs and border enforcement, the Daily caller reported.

Republicans on the House Energy and Science Committee want to know where all that global warming money is going.

“With billions of dollars currently being spent annually on climate change activities, Congress and the public should understand the scope of what the federal government is doing, how the billions of dollars are being spent, and what it will accomplish,” U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield, R-Ky., told the Daily Caller.

“Anyone who believes the committee ought to be focusing its attention on climate change related issues should be standing with us to get these answers.”

Democrats, of course, insist they already know the answers – the only answers that matter anyway. Because in contradiction to hundreds of years of the scientific method, the fountainhead of world progress since the Enlightenment, they insist the “science is settled,” that the conversation’s over. (For an excellent take on “settled science,” check out this National Review Online piece from Wesley J. Smith. )

“We have turned a corner on that issue,” Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said last week in a speech to the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “We are — including in our Congress — really past the issue of whether we need to respond.”

That’s hogwash. Former Vice President Al Gore’s endless bloviating notwithstanding, respectable, critical thinkers — whose snout isn’t buried in the public trough of grant money funding “climate change” research – who are skeptical of the whole theology are surprisingly easy to find if you look outside the pages of The New York Times and its fellow-traveling brethren.

Meanwhile, combating the actual fact of border insecurity, in a nation hated by terrorists the world over and already harboring an estimate 11 million people here illegally, is set to get half the money “climate change” fighting gets.

It’s classic liberal thinking: Exactly the wrong priority, exactly the opposite response, to what reality dictates.

Unfortunately for libs, and to paraphrase John Adams, reality is a stubborn thing.

That would be unfortunate for the rest of us, too.

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2 thoughts on “Taxpayer funding for ‘climate change’ twice that of border security

  1. NiCuCo says:

    The link in the paragraph, “That’s hogwash. Former Vice President Al Gore’s endless bloviating notwithstanding, respectable, critical thinkers — whose snout isn’t buried in the public trough of grant money funding “climate change” research – who are skeptical of the whole theology are surprisingly easy to find if you look outside the pages of The New York Times and its fellow-traveling brethren.” points to a Forbes article, “Peer-Reviewed Survey Finds Majority Of Scientists Skeptical Of Global Warming Crisis,” which says, “Only 36 percent of geoscientists and engineers believe that humans are creating a global warming crisis, according to a survey reported in the peer-reviewed Organization Studies.”

    The Forbes article links to the article “Science or Science Fiction? Professionals’ Discursive Construction of Climate Change,” on the site of the journal “Organization Studies.” http://oss.sagepub.com/content/33/11/1477.full

    The next three paragraphs are from “Science or Science Fiction? Professionals’ Discursive Construction of Climate Change.”

    “This paper examines the framings and identity work associated with professionals’ discursive construction of climate change science, their legitimation of themselves as experts on ‘the truth’, and their attitudes towards regulatory measures. Drawing from survey responses of 1077 professional engineers and geoscientists, we reconstruct their framings of the issue and knowledge claims to position themselves within their organizational and their professional institutions.”

    “To address this, we reconstruct the frames of one group of experts who have not received much attention in previous research and yet play a central role in understanding industry responses – professional experts in petroleum and related industries.”

    “To answer this question, we consider how climate change is constructed by professional engineers and geoscientists in the province of Alberta, Canada. We begin by describing our research context and the strategic importance of Canadian oil worldwide, to the economy of Canada, and the province of Alberta.”

    So only 36% of professional engineers and geoscientists in Alberta, home to massive tar-sands production, believe in climate change. If I am looking for “critical thinkers” on the subject of global warming, the tar-sand mines of Alberta is not the first place that I would look.

    1. jeffra says:

      touche’, well framed. And, when was the last time we had such a toasty warm blanket of carbon dioxide in our atmosphere? (not even counting new greenhouse gases created from our chemical engineering advancements) ? … ans – eons ago when the oceans were way higher. bummer is .. that earth hasn’t warmed-up to the higher temperature that our blanket of gases is rated to take us ! earth is retaining hundreds of thousands of Hiroshima bombs-worth of sun’s radiative energy each year that it wasn’t retaining before our human caused CO’2 got ( n is getting) up there. yes, way. all we’re going to be doin is living through this global change that those tree huggers have been tellin us was in the pipeline all these years. just wow. guess we should fix the cracks in the sidewalk n just ignore the hurricane coming in to shore– just agree’n w joe sanders on something here.. . cuz if it isn’t in our face, why prepare for it !

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