Recently, Senate Democrats launched one of their latest PR stunts entitled “Up 4 Climate” or simply #Up4Climate. 30 US Senators of the Democratic Party held the Senate floor for 15 hours to discuss the supposedly destructive effects of climate change and raise awareness. However, as Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe bluntly put it: “They’ll have an audience of themselves, so I hope they enjoy it”.
There were several important things missing from so called “climate talkathon”. Among them were four of the most vulnerable Democratic Senators up for re-election in 2014: Senator Mark Begich (D-AK), Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR), Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA). Curiously, all of them hail from states where the President is deeply unpopular and energy policy is a vote moving issue. Hiding from their Party’s grandstanding will not obscure the fact that the reason Harry Reid is Senate Majority Leader is because these absent senators prop him up. These senators are enabling Harry Reid to famously say “coal makes him sick” and President Obama, who has made it his goal to bankrupt the coal and fossil fuel energy industry with burdensome regulations.
Also missing from the “climate talkathon” was any mention of concrete legislative solutions to our nation’s energy needs. Perhaps, that is because the facts just do not support the radical environmentalist agenda that Democrats are pushing. First, the boom in hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has led to a massive expansion in American made natural gas, which has created hundreds of thousands of jobs and led to a reduction in carbon emissions. Furthermore, the very renewable energy industry that Democrats love to tout has been an expensive failure in Europe. As Robert Bryce writes in National Review: “For years, left-leaning politicians and their allies have been claiming that renewable energy can create jobs and boost the economy. […] In January of this year, both the European Union and the German government announced separately that they were rolling back aggressive subsidies and mandates for renewable energy because of the staggering costs those efforts have imposed.”
The “climate talkathon” was an abject and hypocritical failure. Democrats stayed up all night using energy powered by the Capitol’s coal-fired power plant to appease radical environmentalist donors in San Francisco, yet offered nothing in the way of real solutions for the American people.