'It's not about the environment'

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

U.S. Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla.

WASHINGTON – President Trump is right to use his first federal budget to gut the Environmental Protection Agency and eradicate the cornerstones of Obama’s climate change strategy, says U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., because the EPA is being used as a tool by the left to kill free enterprise and destroy capitalism.

The White House submitted a “skinny budget” to Congress Thursday, calling for a 31 percent, or $2.5 billion, cut to EPA funding and reducing its workforce by 3,200 employees. The budget would save $100 million in fiscal 2018 by discontinuing funding for climate-change research and international climate-change programs.

The EPA, Inhofe told WND on Thursday, was set up to provide legitimate oversight of the environment but has been hijacked by big-government liberals and Marxists.

“The biggest problem that we’ve had in this country has emanated from the Environmental Protection Agency,” the Oklahoma senator said. “The Clean Air Act, it came out of that committee, and the amendments on that were in 1999 and they’ve been extremely successful. But then, with the Obama administration, he got away from that and started worrying about how he can regulate things that the American people don’t want – the thing that President Obama did was try to pass things to regulations that he couldn’t get [through] legislation. He couldn’t get them through legislation because the people at home would not tolerate it.”

President Trump already has taken the first step toward killing the controversial “waters of the United States” (a.k.a. WOTUS) rule, the Obama administration’s landmark orders that give EPA regulatory authority over any ditch, pond or watering hole in a farm field. WOTUS stirred up angst and uncertainty in farm country, which viewed the rule as an overreach, overregulation and a power grab by the EPA.

Inhofe, who has been in the Senate since 1994 and has served as the top Republican on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee for 12 of the past 14 years, contends that WOTUS is a primary example of Obama’s using environmentalism to expand the size and scope of the federal government.

“If you talked to any farmers or ranchers anywhere in America they’ll tell you of all the regulations that would be punitive to farmers and ranchers – it would be the water regulations, WOTUS, Waters of the United States,” he said.

“I am from Oklahoma; it’s a very arid state and I was out in the panhandle, a very arid part of the state, just last Friday. They know that if you take the jurisdiction that’s always been with the state and give it to the federal government then every place is going to end up being a wetland and they’ll have another bureaucracy crawling over – so that’s one of the major concerns and what the president has done is already reverse that.”

President Trump is expected to sign another executive order this week that will try to weaken the Clean Power Plan, an Obama administration policy issued in 2015, which is now in the federal courts and which mandates a 32 percent cut in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

Eliminating the Clean Power Plan will tremendously alleviate unneeded burdens on American taxpayers, Inhofe contends.

“We will not be saddled with a $300 billion tax increase for every year. Think about how much that increase would be; in my state of Oklahoma that would amount to about $2,000 [per] family in the state of Oklahoma that pays a federal income tax.”

Lisa Jackson, President Obama’s first director of the EPA, admitted that the Clean Power Plan would not actually reduce CO2 emissions despite the policy’s $300 billion tax increase.

“[Obama] tried for several years to get global warming provisions passed that would be very, very punitive to America – it would cost the people around $300 billion a year and it would not reduce CO2 emissions,” Inhofe said. “When I say it wouldn’t reduce them, that doesn’t come from me, that comes from Lisa Jackson – I asked her the question live on TV, ‘If we pass, either through regulation or legislation, the clean power plan and all these regulations is that going to reduce CO2 emissions worldwide?’ She said: ‘No, because this isn’t where the problem is, the problem is in China, it’s in India. It’s in Mexico.'”

Inhofe, author of “The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens You... acknowledged there is historical, scriptural and scientific evidence that climate always changes, but says the hoax is that progressives insist the world is coming to an end because of man-made gases.

The Clean Power Plan, like all global warming policy, was never genuinely intended to reduce carbon emissions, Inhofe contends, but is a means for progressives to implement “economic equality.”

“The real goal,” he said, “is to change the economic development model. In other words, redistribution of wealth between nations. That is what was really behind this thing to start with.”

Margot Wallstrom, who was the environmental minister of the European Union, said the Kyoto Protocol, the predecessor to the Paris treaty, was “about [the] economy, about leveling the playing field for big businesses worldwide,” he said.

“Then along came Jacques Chirac from France. He said, ‘It’s not about the environment, it’s about the first component of an alternative global governance.'”

Inhofe pointed out that Costa Rican diplomat Christiana Figueres admitted the global warming policy set by the U.N.’s Framework Convention on Climate Change, of which she is the executive secretary, is not to save the world from ecological calamity but to destroy capitalism.

“This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution,” Figueres said at a news conference in Brussels last month.

Unsurprisingly, Democrats and environmentalists oppose cuts to EPA’s budget. Leftists argue that slashing EPA funding will make the U.S. look more like pollution-choked China.

“Donald Trump is using his office to hand the reins of government over to corporate polluters. History has repeatedly shown that corporations cannot be trusted to protect public health,” Ben Schreiber, senior political strategist for Friends of the Earth, said in a statement. “Yet the Trump administration has used its budget to assault the agencies tasked with protecting America’s public health.”

Environmentalists are also accusing Trump of being an “environmental racist,” claiming the EPA’s budget cuts will have a devastating impact on communities of color across the U.S. that already suffer disproportionately from toxic pollution.

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WND reported two years ago Inhofe described global warming alarmism as much more than a political persuasion.

“Global warming alarmism has evolved into a religion where one is either an alarmist or a skeptic,” Inhofe said. “The modern-day religion of climate change has been very artful in establishing and controlling carefully scripted talking points intended to scare the American people under the guise of environmental protectionism.”


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Our EPA is underhandedly maneuvering us right into the arms of the UN.

WOTUS is the step child of the UN Water Rights Treaty that wants all the water rights of America. We are #1 on the UN's "Want" list.

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(TeaParty.org)The Democrats have slandered and degraded the legacy of America’s combat veterans by hijacking this country’s moral values for the sake of their totally anti-American agenda.

In a letter penned by thirteen Democrat-affiliated national security officials and sent to the highest four Congressional leaders, they begged them to quickly pass the ‘Dream Act’ amnesty. At the end of that letter, the Democrats urged Congress to extend the military’s policy of “leave noone behind” to the 3.6 million illegal immigrants and 690,000 DACA beneficiaries in a demand for unconditional amnesty, Breitbart reports.

The original transcript of the letter:

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With every day that passes, these Dreamers are getting closer to the reality of deportation. We urge you to pass the Dream Act of 2017 as quickly as possible to provide permanent protection for Dreamers and relieve this deserving group of the uncertainty created by the President’s decision to rescind DACA. We should leave no man or women behind. Let that be our guiding principle.
The Democrats have finally revealed their true intent for the United States of America. The rhetoric weaponized in this letter reveals how liberals actually view illegal aliens – as foot soldiers meant to conquer American territory and overthrow the Constitution.

Immediately after this letter was made available to the public, the actual veterans of America’s wars threw up an outrage.

The phrase “Leave No One Behind” is one of the most important values of military culture, signifying the unwavering brotherhood of soldiers in the face of impossible odds, and their commitment to one another for victory even after death.

Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, has called this letter a moral hijacking of America’s values. “It is an insult to the people who have gone out there and earned their moral authority by doing something for the country … those people earned it by self-sacrifice and the illegal-aliens want amnesty for their self-interest… that does not entitle them to amnesty.”

A quick look at the Center for Immigration Studies’ findings on the Dreamers, however, shows that the reality of these people contradicts what the Democrats would have us believe about them:

73 percent of DACA recipients he surveyed live in a low-income household (defined as qualifying for free lunch in high school);
22 percent have earned a degree from a four-year college or university;
20 percent have dropped out of high school;*
20 percent have no education beyond high school and no plans to attend college;
59 percent obtained a new job with a DACA work permit, but only 45 percent increased their overall earnings; and
36 percent have a parent who holds a bachelor’s degree.

These sad statistics prove that the vast majority of these DACA “kids,” who are actually full-grown men in their 20s and 30s, are parasitic lowlifes who want nothing to do with our way of life or even our language. Nothing even remotely like the men and women in America’s Armed Forces who sacrifice their well-being and lives to keep other countries from taking over and occupying us.

But if the Democrats succeed, and Congress grants this barbarian horde the right to amnesty, then everything the true American veterans fought for will be lost – we will be de facto occupied by foreign invaders, and they will carve up our land and government for themselves, just like the Aztecs, Mongols, and Muslims of old.

The pure fact that liberals think they can compare the men and women who fought, killed, were wounded, and died to keep our nation and freedom safe … to hordes of foreigners who have done virtually nothing for our country, who will most likely squat on our territory and feed off of taxpayer-provided cradle-to-grave services, is such an outrageous and insulting comparison, any Democrat who utters such sentiment should be instantly punished for treason and have their positions revoked.

Immigrants – legal and illegal – overwhelmingly uses the Democrats’ social services and vote for them. No doubt in their minds that liberals see them as a constant flow of reinforcements in their battle against law-abiding, natural American citizens. They are the Democrats’ soldiers for dismantling Western values, Christianity, secularism, capitalism, and freedom. Without these foreigners pouring into the United States from third world, socialist hellholes, the Democrats would never have survived this long.

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