We are broke, have a huge national debt, running record deficits, and STILL President Barack Hussein Obama wants $770 million to combat “global warming.” That, in and of itself, would be bad enough, but he wants the money to counter global warming in the developing world. Obama and his administration continue to pursue its policy of using foreign aid funds for anti-global warming measures, known as the Global Climate Change Initiative (GCCI). Despite our financial situation, the government has spent a total of $2.5 billion on GCCI since 2010 on overseas anti-global warming efforts in Latin America, Asia, and Africa. Here is yet another case of Obama, like Don, Quixote, tilting at windmills.
According to the Congressional Research Service (CRS), there are three major component to GCCI: adaptation, clean energy, and sustainable landscapes.
- Adaptation seeks to help developing countries insulate themselves from the effects of climate change by giving farmers and government planners access to better climate data, and to aid countries by teaching them new agricultural and land use methods, as well as methods to protect against the rising sea levels, floods, and increased droughts said to be the result of global warming.
- Clean energy seeks to aid poor countries in developing their own clean energy infrastructures in order to offset the fact that developing countries are the single fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions. The federal spending supports the creation of so-called green jobs in the developing world as well as the creation of clean energy projects.
- Sustainable landscape projects seek to stop developing countries from cutting down forests, particularly in tropical areas, for farming or logging, or at least teach them to develop more modern logging and farming techniques, laws, and regulations.
Let’s see… Obama and his administration have already spent $2.5 billion of our tax dollars (and money that we don’t have) on foreign projects, when he can’t even get our own house in order, particularly with respect to clean energy, the second GCCI component mentioned by the CRS. Can anyone say “political payoffs?”
The CRS said that Congress should consider several issues as it weighs the administration’s fiscal year 2013 GCCI budget request, and there is a high probability that foreign countries would misuse or waste GCCI funds. Also the CRS noted that foreign economic aid programs like GCCI have a mixed record of results.
All we can do is shake our heads in disbelief, and say that November, 2012, cannot get here soon enough.