A half a kudo — guess that would be a “ku” — to The Associated Press for bringing attention to President Obama’s hyperbole yesterday attacking businesses as polluters that “currently emit the dangerous carbon emissions that contaminate the water we drink….”
From the AP’s “Fact Check” feature:
OBAMA: Speaking about a climate bill coming up for action in the House this week, he said: “At a time of great fiscal challenges, this legislation is paid for by the polluters who currently emit the dangerous carbon emissions that contaminate the water we drink and pollute the air that we breathe.”
THE FACTS: Carbon dioxide is not directly harmful to humans’ air and water in the way of traditional pollutants, such as sulfur dioxide or mercury. Carbon dioxide has no direct effect on drinking-water quality, but is likely to affect how much is available. Carbon dioxide in itself is not harmful when inhaled in normal amounts, but increased warming from carbon dioxide increases harmful smog.
The AP gets only a ku because it goes to extreme lengths to find merit in the President’s misrepresentation: “The gas that is exhaled every time a person breathes, and released by the burning of fossil fuels, is primarily considered a pollutant because as it builds up in the atmosphere it raises the temperature of the planet.” So has the AP agreed to redefine the term “pollutant” in lines with the usage demanded by anti-carbon activists? Now where did we put that Style Book…
Remember how the politicians, activists and media went bonkers when then-candidate Ronald Reagan suggested trees cause more pollution than vehicles? The result was constant mockery about “killer trees” — a theme meant to define Reagan as a pro-pollution dolt.
So the same group of opinion makers and their philosophical progeny are right now calling President Obama to account for similar rhetorical excess, right?
Well, no. A few conservative bloggers noticed, along with the AP. Otherwise the punditry and activists and media are staying silent, breathing quietly, hoping no one notices their exhalation of dangerous carbon pollution.
Full kudos go to:
- Chris Horner at Planet Gore, “Perrier President”
- Rob Port at Sayanything, “‘Paid For By The Polluters’ Wasn’t What Obama Was Saying In 2008 …”
- Power Line, “He Thinks You’re Stupid,” an analysis of the costs of Waxman-Markey, which will hit more than just the “polluters.”
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