The Unreality-Based Presidency

But it's in the area of "climate change" -- the supposedly less threatening term replacing "global warming" -- that Obama reveals how dangerous it is when we have an unapologetic, unreality-based White House occupant.

Marc Morano at Climate Depot exhaustively demonstrated in a Wednesday post that the climate-related assertions in Obama's speech are almost entirely without basis (links in Climate Depot quotes are in the original post):

  • Obama: "[T]he 12 hottest years on record have all come in the last 15." CD: "Global temperatures have essentially been flat lining for 16 years nowThe halt in global temperatures has shown up in multiple data sets and peer-reviewed literature." Even NASA climate change crusader James Hansen has admitted that "Mean Global Temperature Has Been Flat For The Last Decade" -- which perhaps explains why he didn't write that "Obama has four years to save the planet," as he did in January 2009.
  • Obama: "Heat waves, droughts, wildfires, and floods -- all are now more frequent and intense." CD: "(The) EPA says heat waves were worse in the 1930s"; "flooding has not increased in the United States over records of 85 to 127 years"; "Wildfire numbers since 1950 have decreased globally by 15%."
  • Obama: "We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy ... (and other natural disasters) were all just a freak coincidence. Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science -- and act before it's too late." CD: "Sandy was terrible, but we're in a relative hurricane drought."

What will happen if Congress doesn't buy into Obama's unreality and fails to "act soon to protect future generations" from this non-existent calamity? Why, he'll do everything he can to force his unreality upon us:

I will direct my cabinet to come up with executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.

Kirsten Powers, one of an apparently very few sane liberals remaining on our non-warming planet, recognized the chilling nature of that threat: "The edict on climate change was despotic, not liberal."

Despotism is the final refuge of those in power who choose to remain trapped in their unreality. They believe they can ultimately bend reality to their will. The more their flawed perceptions cause them to fail, the more despotic such people become.

We truly live in dangerous times.