Al Gore loves to use carbon dioxide in a game of slight of hand he plays in all of his media presentations. Gore simultaneously shows two graphs: one tracking CO2over the last 650,000 years, alongside another tracing temperature over the same period, embellished with the aforementioned hockey stick spike. The casual observer is struck by the way these two graphs seem to mimic one another.
In his film, with a gleam he addresses the camera and says regarding the graphs, “Incidentally, this is the first time anybody outside of a small group of scientists have seen this image.”
Gore only allows a brief glance at his graph, making it impossible to dissect 650,000 years of data. However, if allowed a closer examination the viewer would see that atmospheric concentrations of CO2 always fluctuate and CO2 is a lagging indicator of temperature change, not a leading indicator.
Atmospheric carbon dioxide is measured in parts per million (ppm), and currently is 380ppm. CO2 reached a low of about 180ppm during several periods of extreme cold over the past 400,000 years, but always rose to over 300ppm between these frigid periods. According to ice core records, at the end of each of the last three major Ice Ages, atmospheric temperatures rose 400 to 1000 years before CO2 levels increased.  And, in more recent times, Al’s graph reveals that when temperatures began to warm following the LIA, an increase in carbon dioxide followed. Likewise, from 1940 to 1970—the temperature dropped while the carbon dioxide levels rose.
Nevertheless, given historical record of CO2, the knowledge that it’s part of a cycle, and the fact that it’s a lagging indicator of change, environmentalists would have you believe that it’s a toxin. It’s stunning how they have so perfectly pulled this caper off. A perfectly natural atmospheric gas is now a vilified pollutant. But we’re told there is a cure: rigid government intervention and mitigation of ones personal carbon footprint.
Your carbon footprint is the amount of carbon you are personally responsible for emitting. This includes using energy to illuminate, heat and cool your home, wash your clothes, and enjoy your big screen TV. It also entails the gasoline you use to drive your car, truck, tractor, snowmobile, or boat. If you have a diet that includes beef, your carbon footprint is enlarged because of the greenhouse gas associated with cow pies and bovine flatulence. Fly for business or pleasure? That drives up your footprint too—same thing with the use of a fireplace or barbecue.
Regarding personal carbon emissions, NASA director James Hansen (the man who keeps the global temperature records) recommends putting “a flat rising fee on carbon. It will affect consumers and gradually change lifestyles. But give the collected money to the public in an honest transparent monthly dividend. People with lavish life styles will pay more in increased energy costs than they get in their dividend…and they will see that their personal decisions make a difference.”
Hansen is preaching the green gospel of sustainable development and social equity: penalize the rich with a pollution tax, which will modify their lifestyles. Then give the tax revenue to the poor in the form of a monthly dividend.
Barack Obama agrees with Hansen’s plan. As a Senator, one of the few pieces of legislation sponsored by Obama was the Global Poverty Act. The Act would require the U.S. achieve specific and measurable goals consistent with the United Nations Millennium Resolution, including, “mobilizing and leveraging the participation of businesses and public-private partnerships; [and] coordinating the goal of poverty reduction.” The goal was create a system of fees to collect and give $75 billion a year to the world’s poor.
The corresponding press release from Senator Obama’s office declared:
In 2000, the U.S. joined more than 180 countries at the United Nations Millennium Summit and vowed to reduce global poverty by 2015. We are halfway towards this deadline, and it is time the United States makes it a priority of our foreign policy to meet this goal and help those who are struggling day to day.
Jeffrey Sachs, who runs the associated U.N. Millennium Project, has confirmed his plan is to force the U.S. to pay 0.7 percent of Gross National Product, (that would be about $75 billion in addition to the roughly $50 billion the federal government currently allocates overseas). The only way to raise that funding, Sachs confirms, “is through a global tax, preferably on carbon-emitting fossil fuels.”
Fortunately Senator Obama’s Global Poverty Act never passed—and thus far in his Presidential term he wasn’t able to make it happen either. Let’s not allow him another four years in the White House–I’m sure this legislation is on his presidential bucket list. We all know how fond he is of using his Executive Order pen.
 “Hansen calls for Key to lead on climate change,” The Standard, May 25, 2011, http://thestandard.org.nz/hansen-calls-for-key-to-lead-on-climate-change/.
 Senate Bill 2433, “Global Poverty Act,” Senator Barack Obama, lead sponsor, introduced December 7, 2007.
 Larry Petrash, “Reject Obama’s Senate Bill S. 2433”, Times Record News, August 3, 2008
 Vincent Gioia, “United Nations’ Power Will Grow Under Obama”, The Post Chronicle, December 31, 2008
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