The Climate for the Constitution

President Obama is in full legacy mode this week as he proclaimed America’s share of the guilt for climate change. Obama’s speech at the Paris climate conference was an effort to appease developing nations like India that have no interest in being asked to limit their economic growth as part of a solution to the problem that the president seriously believes is a bigger threat to the world than terrorism. So in order to be able to have posterity look upon him as the man who, as he grandiloquently claimed in 2008, would slow “the rise of the oceans,” he promised the West would help fund the efforts of poorer nations to comply with the emissions restrictions he hopes will be agreed upon in Paris. That appears to be a promise to fulfill Hillary Clinton’s 2010 promise — when she was Obama’s secretary of state — that developed nations would annually fork over $100 billion to the undeveloped world to compensate them for such a scheme in what many in the Third World see as “reparations” for the West’s climate sins. That’s a hefty financial commitment, and that’s not even taking into account the vast cost to the American economy that will be exacted if Obama gets the agreement he wants.

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The Climate for the Constitution

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