Perhaps Germans can educate on our climate
It is appropriate that a major conference on climate change – and what to do about it – was held recently in Berlin. There, Germans once adamant about closing coal-fired power plants had something to say about the ill-considered rush to judgment on them.
The U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, often cited by those who insist fossil fuel burning is an environmental disaster, held the conference. Its goal was to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Just a few years ago, German leaders were entirely on board with the IPCC. They had made plans to cut back drastically on coal-fired power plants.
But then the high cost to the German economy of doing that became apparent. And, some Germans began to notice that IPCC predictions of drastic consequences of climate change seemed overblown.
Now Germany is building new coal-fired power plants and increasing its reliance on them for electricity. Hopefully Germans who had begun to think more clearly about climate change were able to educate those at the IPCC conference about reality.
Perhaps Kathleen Sebelius was just tired of the pressure of being secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. But as some are suggesting, her resignation may be an attempt by President Barack Obama to put a new “face” on Obamacare.
Clearly, the new HHS secretary, West Virginia native Sylvia Burwell, cannot be blamed for miscues in administering Obamacare, such as the persistent problems with the healthcare.gov website.
But Americans are not stupid. They are coming to understand that the law itself, not just how it is managed, is flawed deeply. All the new faces in the world at Obamacare press conferences will not change that.