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Friday, February 12, 2016

An American Apologizes in Paris

If President Obama has his way, the 140-nation conference on global warming – excuse me, climate change – will have been the most consequential event of his presidency. If Obama’s plans to reduce America’s energy use is allowed to go forward, it would go a long way toward fulfilling Obama’s 2008 promise of “fundamentally transforming the United States of America.”

The meeting of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held near Paris last year at a secure conference center overlooking Le Bourget airport. That’s where the great American hero, Charles Lindbergh, landed his “Spirit of St. Louis” on May 21, 1927. Obama’s tedious keynote speech. He droned on for many minutes beyond his allotted time, ignoring the chimes that repeatedly signaled his time was up.

At another stop on his apology tour, Obama said: “I’ve come here personally, as the leader of the world’s largest economy and the second-largest emitter, to say that the United States of America not only recognizes our role in creating this problem, we embrace our responsibility to do something about it.” Obama flattered the delegates that “this is the moment we finally determined we would save our planet.” He claimed that “our nations share a sense of urgency about this challenge and a growing realization that it is within our power to do something about it.”

That silly statement was reminiscent of his 2008 campaign boast: “I am absolutely certain that generations from now, we will be able to look back and tell our children that . . . this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”

Listen to the radio commentary here:

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