Past performance is no guarantee of future results:
“We can’t drive our SUVs and eat as much as we want and keep our homes on 72 degrees at all times … and then just expect that other countries are going to say OK,” Obama said.
“That’s not leadership. That’s not going to happen,” he added.
— Then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, May of 2008.
Speaking today in Stockholm, Sweden, John Kerry called “climate change” a “life and death” issue. And the secretary of state apologized on behalf of the United States for not doing enough to fight “climate change.”
“I also want to say that we appreciate Sweden’s partnership because these challenges in Europe and North Africa and Central Asia simply do not belong to one nation; they’re shared by all of us and they affect all of us. And at the top of that list of shared challenges which does not get enough attention, and it’s one of the principal reasons that I came here today to share bilateral meetings with the Prime Minister and the Foreign Minister but also will travel on to Kiruna to take part in the Arctic Council, a principal challenge to all of us of life and death proportions is the challenge of climate change,” said Kerry.
— Secretary of State John Kerry, May 14, 2013.
A warehouse maintained by contractors for the Environmental Protection Agency contained secret rooms full of exercise equipment, televisions and couches, according to an internal audit.
EPA’s inspector general found contractors used partitions, screens and piled up boxes to hide the rooms from security cameras in the 70,000 square-foot building located in Landover, Md. The warehouse — used for inventory storage — is owned by the General Services Administration and leased to the EPA for about $750,000 per year.
The EPA has issued a stop work order to Apex Logistics LLC, the responsible contractor, ensuring the company’s workers no longer have access to the site — EPA security officials escorted contractor personnel off the premises on May 17 — and ending all payments on the contract.
Since awarding the contract in May 2007, EPA has paid Apex Logistics about $5.3 million, most of which went to labor costs. Conditions at the facility “raise questions about time charges made by warehouse employees under the contract,” the report said.
“The warehouse contained multiple unauthorized and hidden personal spaces created by and for the workers that included televisions, refrigerators, radios, microwaves, chairs and couches,” the IG report said. “These spaces contained personal items, including photos, pin ups, calendars, clothing, books, magazines and videos.”
— “Secret Man Caves Found in EPA Warehouse,” Government Executive.com yesterday.
As the Professor likes to say, I’d be more willing to start believing that global cooling / warming / climate change / climate chaos, whatever it is this week that the left wants to use as a wedge to implement their “Moral Equivalent of War” worldview is a crisis, if the people who tell me it’s crisis act like it’s a crisis. But if the employees at the EPA aren’t taking the notion of “climate change” seriously, wasting gobs of electricity on “televisions, refrigerators, radios, microwaves, chairs and couches,” even as they and their boss are going out of their way to make electricity and oil and more and more expensive, why should anyone else?
Speaking of which, in late May, even after his secretary of state declared “climate change” is a “life and death issue,” Mr. Obama used 3600 gallons of fuel per hour to fly Air Force One into Chicago for a Democrat fundraiser in which he declared “I don’t have much patience for people who deny climate change.”
No wonder the EPA workers need their man caves — Obama’s patience, already worn gossamer-thin as a result of the fallout from his myriad scandals, must be at the very breaking point with all of his fellow recalcitrant non-environmental radical environmentalists on the government payroll.
Related: In between crashing in their man caves, “EPA accused of singling out conservative groups, amid IRS scandal.”