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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Obama Claims Africans Must Maintain Lower Living Standard or Else World Will "Boil Over"



Thus speaketh the Light-bringer: "Hey, the Earth demands that some folks live impovershed and without electricity, clean water and die young-- and it sure isn't going to be me. But maybe if you give a bunch of money to companies like Solydra we'll alllow you to raise your living conditions. Maybe."


Displaying the basic spoiled Leftist's ignorance of the actual problems of poverty, Obama told Africans that they must remain in dreadful living conditions until new, and presumably "green," sources of energy can be found or else the Earth will "boil over."

From CNS News:

President Barack Obama said at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday that unless we find new way of producing energy "the planet will boil over" if people in Africa are allowed to attain air conditioning, automobiles and big houses. 
“Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over -- unless we find new ways of producing energy.”  
[...] 
According to Obama, global warming constitutes “the biggest challenge we have environmentally,” one greater than all other environmental calamities like “dirty water, dirty air.” 
However, the President’s statements do not reflect statistics released by the United Nations: Based on a data released in October, 2012, the World Health Organization estimated that “Global warming” is responsible for approximately 140,000 excess deaths each year. 
By comparison, as many as three million people died from indoor and outdoor air pollution – in other words, over 20 times the number of alleged victims of global warming, according to the Word Health Organization. 
The list of victims of unclean drinking water is even more staggering.
According to UNESCO, unsanitized water causes billions of preventable diseases annually, from diarrhea (4 billion), cholera (120,000), malaria (300-500 million), intestinal parasites (25% of world’s population), typhoid (12 million), trachoma (6 million), and schistosomiesis (200 million). list from highest to least affected. 
The president gave short shrift to these more traditional health concerns during his visit to the continent. Instead, Obama implied several times that the U.S. would only encourage growth in Africa should it be grounded in “clean energy strategies” and not in “corrupting” energy economies that gave rise to unprecedented levels of health and prosperity among Western nations.
I sure hope Obama's gift of electric soccer balls are going to help people with the malaria and typhoid and diarrhea and such.

The crux of the president’s new energy strategy is a $7 billion investment that Obama hopes will stimulate the alternative energy sector in Africa – much like the president sought to do with huge domestic investments in green energy companies like Solyndra. 
“In partnership with African nations, we’re going to develop new sources of energy. We’ll reach more households – not just in cities, but in villages and on farms. We’ll expand access for those who live currently off the power grid. And we’ll support clean energy to protect our planet and combat climate change,” President Obama said Sunday at the University of Cape Town.
Ah yes, these "green" initiatives that worked so well in the United States-- the investment billions of taxpayer dollars for absolutely no return (aside from political payoff)-- are going to go over great in Africa.

The sad fact is the Left, spurned on by the eco-scare nuts their environmentalists wants the Third World to remain living in substandard conditions and for their populations to not increase. The fear is that as the Third World develops, it uses more gas, electricity, etc. to save lives (and there's already far too many of them according to this theory) and raise their standard of living, thus putting an intolerable strain on our Mother Earth. Kinda fortunate that those who believe this, generally enjoy a very high standard of living.

This how you get the unbelievable crap like Population Matters and Pop Offsets-- which I find to be among the most blatantly arrogant and disgusting things to be seen in this movement. You see, Pop Offsets is essentially saying "Hey Third World people, stop having so many kids so I can still go on airplane flights, use my air-conditioning and heating, and go on long vacations!" It's unbelievable. My write up on PopOffsets is here.

Obama's echoing this line of thought right down the line. This is completely expected with people like John Holdren as his "science czar." Obama's, of course, not mentioning the "there's too many of you people on the Earth" line, but could you realistically expect him too?

In the meantime Africa, you'll just have to suffer until windmills and unicorns make it okay for you to live better. Sorry.


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