by J.D. Heyes
President Obama’s efforts to destroy American commerce by limiting U.S. companies’ abilities to explore new sources of energy took another turn recently when the nation’s chief executive used his phone and pen to put new vast areas of ocean off-limits.
The announcement was made in June by Secretary of State John Kerry, who also urged leaders at an international summit to take rapid steps to reduce “overfishing” and pollution.
As is normal, Kerry blamed humans for causing “enormous damage” to oceans, which he claimed was jeopardizing the food security of nearly 3 billion of the earth’s people. He offered no evidence, mind you, just rhetoric, but the assumption is that, because he and Barack Obama said it, then it must be true.
The two-day conference included officials from some 80 countries, The Guardian reported, and was the most visible effort to date by an Obama administration obsessed with convincing the rest of the world that evil, greedy men are destroying the planet. No one seems to realize that the same people who make such claims are, by their own definition, causing the most damage. Ever wonder how many pollutants Kerry and the rest of the global warming sycophants place into the atmosphere when they jet all over the world, lecturing the rest of us to stop placing pollutants into the air?
Even Hollywood was getting into the act, so to speak. Kerry’s State Department convinced actor Leonardo DiCaprio, who donated $3 million of his hard-earned money to “save the world” group Oceana recently, attended the international summit.
Wasting no time, Kerry immediately called on leaders to take steps to reduce overfishing, pollution and alleged changes in ocean chemistry caused by rising carbon dioxide emissions — again, to which he contributes mightily.
Furthermore, with the Middle East raging, Russia and China on the march and North Korea contemplating additional nuclear weapons testing, the Obama administration thinks the biggest threat to our country comes from — you guessed it — global warming.
“No one should mistake that the protection of our oceans is a vital international security issue,” Kerry told conference attendees. “Most people under-estimate the enormous damage we as people are inflicting on our oceans every single day.”
And with that, Kerry announced that Obama would be issuing new executive orders aimed at “ocean protection” efforts. In a video address to the summit, Obama said he planned to declare additional marine protection areas near the U.S., as if fish will suddenly remain in those areas, on their own and, thus, problem solved.
As if that weren’t enough, green groups said they further expected Obama to order a new task force targeting illegal fishing, as well as increase funding for monitoring changes in ocean chemistry.
Unfortunately, other leaders have taken this bait hook, line and sinker.
Within moments of Kerry leaving the stage, Anote Tong, president of the Pacific Island state of Kiribati, announced an economic limitation policy of his own: He ordered a ban on a current commercial fishing area nearly 158,000 square miles in area by the end of 2014. That ban targets the Phoenix Islands Protected Area, which represents more than one-tenth of Kiribati’s fishing waters. Tong says the action will allow fish stocks to recover, but there’s no scientific evidence substantiating that.
There was more. Leaders were also set to implement new rules in their own countries aimed at reducing the amount of waste plastics in the oceans, as well as the amount of fertilizers that flow into waterways from farmland (a legitimate problem, by the way).
Finally, the conference had its own air of legitimacy; organizers made sure to recruit scores of scientists who, of course, backed up each claim being made, no matter how dubious or incomplete or incoherent. As reported by The Guardian:
State department officials, briefing reporters last week, said that some of the technology – to detect illegal fishing, or monitor ocean chemistry – was already in existence. But it was not yet widely deployed.
Which begs the question: If this wonderful technology isn’t being widely used, how did scientists and John Kerry come to the conclusion that we have overfishing and chemical imbalance problems?
One thing about presidential executive orders, by the way — they can always be rescinded by the next president.
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