Hillary Clinton, at a town hall meeting in Los Angeles this week, said the American public should do more to halt climate change by modifying their personal habits.
“On an individual level,” she said, “there are a lot of things that if more people did it, you would see results.”
Hillary went on to recommend some changes the average American could make to reduce their carbon footprint.
“Be careful about your own energy use,” she advised. “Pay attention to your energy use, pay attention to how much you’re driving. If you have an electric car, more power to you. Do what you can to reduce your own carbon load. It’s hard, you know. I don’t know, most people are doing something, but maybe not enough. And I include myself in that.”
How magnanimous of her to include that final comment, as though her jet setting lifestyle isn’t spewing more carbon into the air than 1,000 regular Americans put together.
Hillary also took aim at Republicans, saying she wanted to scream every time one of them said they would leave issues of climate change to the scientists.
“Go talk to a scientist,” she yelled. “I really am tired of the debate, which is a phony debate. Climate change is real. It is here. It has to be dealt with.”
For Hillary, “dealing with” climate change is likely to include measures much more drastic than encouraging Americans to take shorter showers. The DNC is currently drafting the final Democratic Party platform, and the panel has already approved a statement that would call on the Justice Department to investigate “alleged corporate fraud on the part of fossil fuel companies who have reportedly misled shareholders and the public on the scientific reality of climate change.”
The implications of such an investigation cannot be overstated. Not only is the Democratic Party going to forcibly make American energy unaffordable…not only are they going to pursue policies that will gut the job market…but they will do irreparable damage to the First Amendment by punishing climate skeptics for challenging unproven – some might even say fraudulent – scientific opinion.
But Hillary’s right about one thing: Republicans need to come up with a stronger argument than “I’m not a scientist.”