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.
That 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.