Ed Driscoll

Memo to Turner

Almost everyone except for the most radical elements of the Professional Left question the timing of Obama, Pelosi and Reid jamming ObamaCare down our throats in the middle of a horrendous recession. But as is his wont, Ted Turner puts a crazy new spin on their efforts:

U.S. President Barack Obama made a “big mistake” in pushing health-care legislation before climate change, billionaire Ted Turner said today.

“We would have an energy climate change bill in the United States if President Obama had made that his top priority and brought that to the American people and Congress first rather than the health-care bill,” Turner, founder of Time Warner Inc.’s CNN, said today at a conference in Cancun, Mexico. “But he didn’t, and I think it was a big mistake.”

Obama, who campaigned on a promise to fight climate change, made the economy, health care, energy and education his top priorities after taking office. Health-care legislation was signed into law earlier this year after contentious debate while a “cap-and-trade” bill to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions stalled in the Senate. Obama now says he doubts such a measure can win passage until 2013 at the earliest.

“The climate bill is much more important than health care because the climate situation is about life and death whereas the health-care bill was much more limited,” Turner, 72, said.

If it’s life and death, then act that way, Ted. Time to retire the private jet. Since self-described climate experts have claimed that “meat [is] making global warming worse,” time to close the giant bison ranch and restaurants. There’s a stadium in Atlanta with your name on it. Demand that they disable their lights. Although you no longer own the TV networks you built, your word still likely carries some sway there as their founder. Demand that they go off the air and close down their Websites to eliminate their carbon footprint.

And it’s some footprint.

Here are seven more things I’d like to see, to prove that you’re serious about this “life and death” issue.

Because, to paraphrase the Professor, I’ll believe that global warming is a matter of life and death when the people who tell me that it’s a matter of life and death start to act that way themselves.

Related: The USS Neverdock spots the Guardian noting that “WikiLeaks cables reveal how US manipulated climate accord.” Meanwhile, in England’s Sun, “Author claims we’re in the grip of a mini ice age.” Everything old is new again!

Update: “Now the father of five, who has often publicly regretted having so many children, [Turner] wants to extend China’s policy to the rest of us.”

I wonder if the Ted’s kids — or his ex-wives — ever ask him which child he regrets the most?