(This is a April’s Fools joke. Obama would never say this, unfortunately).
I was really discouraged when I heard about the new IPCC report, which shows that unless we change our lifestyle quickly we will be heading for disaster that will kill and damage millions of people, especially in poor countries. However, I was very pleased to see President Barack Obama’s response to the report; firstly because he acknowledge that a quick lifestyle change is necessary, and secondly because he referred to Jesus Christ when seeking for inspiration for this lifestyle change. The Guardian reports:
“What we now have is a massive environmental crisis that requires urgent action,” Obama told reporters. “My meeting with pope Francis the other day reminded me of the simplicity and charity of Jesus of Nazareth, a person that is of great inspiration not only to me personally but to millions of other Americans. Christians, of course, but also Muslims, Hindus, and non-believers.”
The president argued that Jesus lived “environmentally friendly” by using a sail boat and his mere feet as means of transport, creating food and other resources out of thin air and commanding the rich to sell everything they have and give the money to the poor. Likewise, Obama said that the United States must end its consumer culture, quickly reduce its emmissions and increase its aid to developing countries.
“If everyone lived like Americans do now, we would need five planets,” said Obama. “I will make an effort to end our use of fossil fuels, increasing our foreign aid budget ten-fold and creating a culture where we value spirituality and discipleship more than economic growth and warfare. So help me God.”
Wow. Just wow. I thought it was cool enough when the pope turned out to be a Jesus hippie, but now Obama as well? Praise the Lord! Pray that others also will realize how urgent the IPCC’s message is so we stop joking around and actually do what Jesus would have done – turning the tables of consumerism into simplicity and replacing environmental destruction with creation care.
What is discouraging to me is the extent to which the media hysteria distorts reality, and this is truly at the expense of the poor.
“The Summary for Policymakers” is separate from the scientific assessment report. It is written for policymakers, at the behest of policymakers, many of whom manipulate it to fit their political agenda. On an earlier IPCC report, Dr. Philip Lloyd, a UN IPCC co-coordinating lead author, wrote, “The quantity of CO2 we produce is insignificant in terms of the natural circulation between air, water and soil . . . the UN IPCC . . . Summaries for Policy Makers . . . have distorted the science… I have found examples of a Summary saying precisely the opposite of what the scientists said.”
Dr. John R. Christy, a fellow Christian, Prof. of Atmospheric Science, and Director of the Earth Systems Science Center, has stated: “Our ignorance about the climate system is enormous, and policy makers need to know that. This is an extremely complex system, and thinking we can control it is hubris.” [THIS is the most important fact of the whole issue for policymakers .]
“CO2 emissions make… no difference one way or another….Every scientist knows this, but it doesn’t pay to say so…Global warming, as a political vehicle, keeps Europeans in the driver’s seat and developing nations walking barefoot.” – Dr. Takeda Kunihiko
Atmospheric Physicist Dr. Fred Singer on new report: ‘All the evidence suggests that Nature rules the climate – not Man’
Freeman Dyson, perhaps the most renowned living physicist of our age, was just interviewed: “Generally speaking, I’m much more of a conformist, but it happens I have strong views about climate because I think the majority is badly wrong, and you have to make sure if the majority is saying something that they’re not talking nonsense.”
See Dr. Roger Pielke, Jr., Professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder on how politics trumps science. http://rogerpielkejr.blogspot.com/2014/03/john-holdrens-epic-fail.html
Hey Micael, the Guardian links don’t seem to work.
Oh, sorry, perhaps this link is better 🙂
Oops! I should have realised. But I didn’t really think, I just thought I’d check out the links. Now I’m disappointed!
Ha ha – very funny… and I was about to re-blog this…
DOH! You had me, too, Micael… well played, brother.