11/14/14, "Obama Touts Energy Taxes To Fight Global Warming," Daily Caller, M. Bastasch
"President Barack Obama told a group of Asian youths in Burma Friday that countries that tax energy usage emit the least carbon dioxide and use energy most efficiently.
“The countries that are most efficient in energy use, not only do they not subsidize energy — in fact, they tax energy use,” Obama said. “So you look like — in a country like Norway, which produces a lot of oil, but gasoline there is still $6 or $7 a gallon, which in liters — who wants to do a liter conversion for me?”
“Anyway, it’s very expensive,” Obama added....
“Now, oftentimes this is with the best of intentions,” Obama said. “The idea would be we want to make gasoline cheaper or electricity cheaper so that poor people can afford it. The problem is that when you subsidize energy, there’s no incentive to use less energy.”
“In the United States, I’ve instructed my Environmental Protection Agency to regulate the amount of greenhouse gases that power plants can send into the atmosphere,” Obama said....
Obama’s remarks come after the White House announced an agreement with China to cut future carbon dioxide emissions...despite 18 years with no significant warming trend....
The U.S. has committed to cut emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025 while China has only vaguely promised to have its emissions peak around 2030.
“The joint U.S.-China statement is part of a giant game of climate poker in which all big players are bluffing like mad,” Dr. Benny Peiser, president of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, told The Daily Caller News Foundation.
“This poker game is only going to intensify in the run-up to the 2015 U.N. climate conference in Paris,” Peiser said....
“I have heard from Kentuckians across the commonwealth about the pain being inflicted on them by EPA’s unilateral actions,” said Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell. “I fully intend to do everything I can do to fight these onerous E.P.A. regulations.”
McConnell is set to become Senate majority leader next year when Republicans officially take control of the Senate."
First image: "(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe). US President Barack Obama shakes hands with the audience after a an event with Young South Asian Youth Leaders at Yangon University in Yangon Myanmar, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014."
Second image: "(AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe). US President Barack Obama speaks during an event with Young South Asian Youth Leaders at Yangon University in Yangon Myanmar, Friday, Nov. 14, 2014."
Comment: Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell said,
“I fully intend
to do everything I can do to fight these onerous E.P.A. regulations.”...
"I fully intend..." ??? McConnell doesn't even try to pretend he gives a damn.
""You're always popular in somebody else's country," the president told the cheering youth."...
"President Barack Obama is getting his first glimpse of life as a lame-duck president traveling overseas. And so far, he has reason to like what he sees.
Obama arrived in the Asia-Pacific region weakened by a cascade of crises that have put him on the defensive for much of this year, and politically damaged by Democrats' thrashing in last week's midterm elections. But during stops in China and Myanmar, there were few overt signs that Obama's troubles at home had followed him abroad.
In Myanmar on Friday, Obama...was enthusiastically greeted by young people at a town hall in the bustling commercial capital of Yangon.
"You're always popular in somebody else's country," the president told the cheering youth. "When you're in your own country, everybody is complaining."
From Myanmar, Obama flew to Brisbane, Australia, where he arrived Saturday for the Group of 20 economic summit....
For second term presidents who, like Obama, find themselves with diminished political and popular appeal, the world stage can look like a welcoming place....
In Myanmar, which is also known as Burma, leaders repeatedly thanked Obama for being a willing partner as the country emerges from a half-century of military rule....
Obama did little to quell critics of his Myanmar policy who say his desire to make the country's democratization part of his legacy has clouded his ability to clearly see the shortcomings of that process. While he was blunt in his calls for Myanmar to swiftly enact constitutional reforms and end persecution of minorities, the president publicly outlined few consequences if those steps don't occur.
"Consequences are the key, not words," said John Sifton, the Asia advocacy director at Human Rights Watch and a tough critic of the administration's Myanmar policy. "Incentives and disincentives must be communicated as often as possible, including in public."
Obama was due to arrive back in Washington Sunday night, where the reception from congressional Republicans may not be as warm as those he received overseas."