President Obama has been mocked, and appropriately so, for his ludicrous comment that the upcoming climate change summit in Paris will be a “powerful rebuke” to the terrorists. No. This summit is a powerful rebuke to common sense.
It says a lot about the lack of clarity and commitment to the growing threat of the Islamic State that the world leaders are gathering in the city where the murderous attacks just happened, with the blood barely dry, and the prime topic of discussion will be how to stop the rise of the oceans.
Amazingly, the White House then wonders why so few voters have any trust in his handling of the terrorism crisis.
The concern isn’t just that climate change derangement syndrome has such an obsessive grip over this president and other world leaders that they choose to take their eyes off the ball. It’s worse than that: The entire global-warming agenda is an impediment to the war against terror.
One of our most effective economic swords to use against ISIS — and Iran, Putin’s Russia and OPEC — is America’s vast shale oil and gas reserves as well as our 280 years’ worth of domestic coal resources. This point should be self-evident: Every barrel of oil we produce here at home is one less barrel we have to purchase from abroad.
We know from intelligence reports that the Islamic State receives as much as half a billion dollars a year in petro-dollars. ISIS’ access to Middle Eastern oil finances a growing army of terrorists that are well armed, trained, and coordinated to wreak havoc on the Western world.
Why then do we continue to buy oil from those who are trying to kill us? That’s especially crazy given that we now have the capacity to achieve real energy independence within five years by pursuing a pro-America energy development strategy.
Our own Energy Information Administration reports that we have access to more recoverable fossil fuel resources than any nation in the world thanks to the new and ever-improving smart drilling technologies. We have hundreds of billions of barrels of oil underneath us, and by 2020 we can and should become the energy-dominant nation in the world. This could be an economic and geo-political game-changer, yet President Obama recently nonsensically declared in a speech on climate change that we should keep these resources in the ground.