Power Grab: How Obama's Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Orient, Jane M.
Pub Date: 03/22/2012
Publication: Name: Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons Publisher: Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health care industry Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2012 Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, Inc. ISSN: 1543-4826
Issue: Date: Spring, 2012 Source Volume: 17 Source Issue: 1
Topic: NamedWork: Power Grab: How Obama's Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Horner, Christopher C.
Accession Number: 293813008
Full Text: Power Grab: How Obama's Green Policies Will Steal Your Freedom and Bankrupt America, by Christopher C. Horner, hardcover, 396pp, $27.95, ISBN 978-1-5995, Washington, D.C., Regnery, 2010.

The book is well summarized in its subtitle. The conclusion elaborates a bit further, stating that with the leftist environmentalist agenda, "the issue really isn't the issue. This is not about the climate, it is not about jobs, and it is not about national security."

The issue is to transfer power, wealth, and decision-making from individual producers and consumers to big government and its retainers, including environmental activist groups, purportedly to save us from the latest apocalyptic threat. There are about 100 notes on about 80 pages documenting numerous examples.

Horner exposes the radical background of some of the players. Climate czarina Carol Browner, who appears at the President's side for all manner of critical announcements, was appointed as a senior adviser, thereby circumventing the normal process of Senate confirmation. A Senate probe might reveal that Browner is a commissioner for a project of Socialist International, and that while a business partner of Madeleine Albright, she went to Russia to say that she didn't want the United States to be the leading state in the world any longer. During her tenure as head of the Environmental Protection Agency under Clinton, she ordered her computer files to be deleted just after a federal court enjoined her to preserve them.

The Administration's war on energy, especially the war on natural gas, is also a war on agriculture, Horner says. As the cost of natural gas goes up, so does the cost of fertilizer, and therefore food. He states, "Agriculture has long been a target of the Greens, who will never forgive us for managing to feed all of those people ... the enviros insisted would starve if they, horror of horrors, managed to be born."

The Green agenda stands for money, Horner states, providing many examples. Obama's former chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, helped to create Exelon, which is "the president's utility," according to Exelon's chief lobbyist. Exelon would reap about $1 billion per year in windfall profits under a carbon trading scheme, but its fortunes are not too bright without a carbon price of some sort.

Horner's quotations from supposed capitalists who are collaborating in schemes to destroy capitalism remind me of rationalizations from the AMA: "It's inevitable"; "you can't just say 'no'"; or "you've got to be at the table or you're on the menu. "As Horner observes, such useful idiots naively seek to employ government defensively against something worse.

Passing any part of the Green agenda is dangerous, Horner warns. Regulatory regimes are vastly simpler to create than to dismantle. Thus the rent seekers intent on a "cap and trade" scheme are willing to compromise on adopting anything just to get the scheme in place. He points out identical language buried in both House and Senate versions of "cap and trade" bills, "ensuring that all laws on the books shall now be construed as 'global warming' regimes and shall be employed to that end"[emphasis in original].

One of Horner's subheadings is, "How many unionized slacker federal bureaucrats does it take to change a light bulb?" This is really not a funny joke, as he quotes Obama himself promising to "hire young people who don't have a trade and give them a trade ... changing light bulbs ...."

If you have hopes that the threats of the United States becoming a Third World tyranny are overblown, Horner's book will probably dash them. His main hope is that Americans may wake up soon enough.

Jane M. Orient, M.D.

Tucson, Ariz.
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