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14yr Old Asks – What Should The Government Do About Climate Change?

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The earth has been around for approximately six-thousand years, and is much more than capable of supporting life, yet some people hold President Obama’s view that, “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”  Personally, I firmly disagree with the theory of climate change.  There has been no recorded global warming since 1997*.  From 2012-2014, a satellite found that Arctic ice volume increased fifty percent*.  But some Americans wonder, if climate change were to exist, “What should the government do?”

The answer is a pretty simple one: nothing.  The Tenth Amendment says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

James Madison wrote in Federalist 14, “The general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects.”  James Madison said at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, “The powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction.”

The Constitution never tells Congress that they can tell business owners how much carbon dioxide their company can emit.  The EPA, unconstitutional in itself, was never given authority to attempt to regulate private property in order to conserve wetland.  Since the Constitution never grants the power, the government has no authority to attempt to regulate the climate.

Some politically liberal individuals may argue that Congress has the power to protect climate on the basis of it being for the general welfare.  But the founders saw otherwise.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to Albert Gallatin, “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.”

The Constitution never gave Washington authority to try to manage climate change.  We must stop federal action on climate change, or sacrifice individual liberty.  Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1825,  “The greatest calamity which could befall us would be submission to a government of unlimited powers.”  This solemn truth is as true today as it was in the past.

*Global warming facts scientific evidence from Breitbart News

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