…and the American taxpayers are footing the bill for it. Recently, the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published the Fifth Assessment Report on climate change.
Contrary to physical evidence such as the increase in the polar ice cap the IPCC report predicts death and desolation in the the year 2050. That’s right, we have UN weather forecasts for 2050.
A draft of a new UN report seen by The New York Times warns that our planet is at risk of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts” if the world’s governments don’t quickly alter their course and do more to limit the emissions of greenhouse gases.
The report says that we are already nearing a temperature at which the ice sheet covering Greenland is expected to begin melting — an unstoppable process that could raise global sea levels by 23 feet and bring other extremes of climate including heat waves and torrential rain.
Climate change could be limited to the internationally-agreed 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) according to the report, but if political delays continue for a decade or more, the process would be impossible without what The New York Times calls “severe economic disruption.” The average global temperature has already increased by around 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit on pre-industrial levels, a process that has reduced harvests in some countries.
You see they can’t predict for this year or the next because they can be proven wrong almost immediately. After all, Al Gore predicted that we would all be floating in a vast ocean of melted ice by now. Didn’t quite pan out for Al on the prediction front although he did make a boatload of money (pardon the pun).
The last year that there was a reporting requirement for the Office of Management and Budget to compile and release our expenditures to the United Nations was 2010. That year the United States contributed $7.691 billion.
These funds come from the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, hundreds of millions of dollars also flow into the U.N. system from other parts of the federal government.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides funding to the Food and Agriculture Organization, the Department of Energy gives money to the International Atomic Energy Agency, and the Department of Health and Human Services supports the World Health Organization. Needless to say a good chunk of American taxpayer funding went into the latest climate change report.
Climate change is an issue that the left just won’t give up. They are attempting to use it as a club to beat us into submission. We are seeing some wild and crazy attempts by the United States and other countries to try to control greenhouse gases.
For instance, Germany is set to ban high-powered hair dryers to curb electricity use. This way your hair will only be slightly wet when you go to work in the Fatherland. Could crewcuts be far behind.
In the United States, we are witnessing the sacrifice of an entire industry, coal mining, on the altar of climate change. There are approximately 174,000 blue-collar, full-time, permanent jobs related to coal in the U.S.: mining (83,000), transportation (31,000), and power plant employment (60,000).
This total does not include indirect employment – workers who are not directly employed in the coal industry, but whose jobs are supported by that industry. It is entirely possible that thousands – even tens of thousands – of workers are indirectly supported entirely by the coal industry.
Attempts by the Obama Administration’s EPA are meeting with fierce resistance at all levels of government in both the political arena and the courts. Currently twelve states are suing the EPA in the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to effectively invalidate the the agency’s recently-proposed regulations of carbon emissions from existing coal plants.
Meanwhile, the IPCC continues to churn out dire reports on the U.S. taxpayer’s dime.