It’s Earth Day again, boys and girls. And what does that mean? It means another Earth Day proclamation from the White House.
But this one has to be read to be believed. For those who lack the time or patience to wade through 650 words of self-congratulatory piffle, herewith the condensed version, with all the well-deserved pats on the back of this president by this president [emphases added]:
As the world’s technological leader and home to some of its most breathtaking natural wonders, America has a special responsibility to safeguard our environment. On Earth Day, we celebrate our rich legacy of stewardship and reflect on what we can do, as individuals and as a Nation, to preserve our planet for future generations….
As environmental challenges evolve with a changing world, my Administration is committed to meeting them.
During my first term, we launched the America’s Great Outdoors initiative, made historic progress restoring precious ecosystems, and finalized standards to curb toxic emissions from power plants. Implementing these standards will help prevent thousands of premature deaths each year by substantially reducing mercury and other pollutants.
We have made real progress, but we cannot stop there. We cannot afford to ignore what the overwhelming judgment of science tells us: that climate change is real and that it poses an urgent threat to our people and our planet.
That is why my Administration set historic fuel efficiency standards that will nearly double how far our cars go on a gallon of gas while reducing harmful carbon pollution. It is why we made unprecedented investments in clean energy, allowing us to double renewable energy production in only 4 years. And it is why I am challenging Americans to double it again by 2020.
Apart from its affirmation of his massive ego, the proclamation remarkably reaffirms Obama’s ownership of regulations that have kept the economy weak and the unemployment rate high.
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