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Buried deep in a State Department report that discloses the U.S. has spent billions to combat climate change in developing countries are surprisingly honest assessments of coal and fracking, both high on the Obama administration’s hit list.

Once Americans get through the shock of their government blowing $7.5 billion to fight global warming in foreign nations, it’s worth taking a look at another important bit of information clearly intended to get lost in the 310-page document titled 2014 Climate Action Report. The U.S. government prepared it for our United Nations overlords to list all the good work it’s done to protect mother earth from the ills of global warming.

“Climate change is one of the most urgent and profoundly complex challenges we face,” says Secretary of State John Kerry in an introduction letter attached to the report. He mentions all the great things the U.S. has done to reduce greenhouse emissions and reiterates the administration’s “commitment to leading the fight to confront climate change head-on for our children and generations to come.”

It’s been widely reported that the president has declared a war on coal to appease environmentalists, which is probably why this lengthy report to the U.N. buries the administration’s surprisingly positive coal assessment on page 19. “The United States uses about 890 million short tons of coal per year. Current estimated recoverable coal reserves would supply the U.S. demand for energy, assuming constant 2011 rates of consumption, for approximately 258 years.”

Yet the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is creating stringent new regulations on coal that are expected to negatively impact the economy, raise electricity prices for consumers and drastically slash jobs in coal-mining states like Kentucky and West Virginia. A group of federal lawmakers from coal-mining states have joined forces to counter Obama’s war on coal, asserting that the president is violating the law with his “overzealous anti-coal agenda.” Obama and his EPA have moved forward with an “extreme regulation” in an attempt to “bankrupt the coal industry and fulfill a campaign promise to radical environmentalists,” the lawmakers say.

The Obama administration is also sour on a natural gas drilling technique, known as hydraulic fracturing or fracking, that’s mentioned positively on page 13 of the report to the U.N. “A major contributor to the decline in U.S. GHG emissions has been the displacement of coal with natural gas that is extracted from shale rock formations through hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling. The production of ‘shale gas’ has grown rapidly in recent years.”

Yet the Obama EPA is also on a mission to crackdown on fracking and has promised to “provide oversight, guidance and, where appropriate, rulemaking” related to the drilling technique. The agency is investing in improving its “scientific understanding” of the process so that it can use its authority to “enhance health and environmental safeguards.” The goal is to ensure that natural gas extraction doesn’t come at the expense of public health and the environment,” according to the EPA.

 

 

 

While the United States pours billions of dollars annually into the famously corrupt United Nations, the world body’s laughable Human Rights Council welcomes even more of the globe’s violators to its list of disgraceful members.

It would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. For years the U.S. boycotted the U.N. Human Rights Council over the membership of the world’s worst human rights violators, but President Obama joined in 2009. This week the U.S. signed up for another three-year term on the panel, which includes renowned human rights violators like China, Cuba, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

The world body also added more than a dozen new members this week, including several countries that are known for trampling on human rights. Among them are Venezuela, Pakistan and Kazakhstan. The U.N. welcomed them even though two vetting groups determined they were not qualified to serve based on the U.N.’s own voting records and domestic rights protections.

None of this seems to matter to the Obama Administration, which has kept a generous flow of taxpayer dollars into U.N. coffers. The famously leftist world body is primarily funded by Uncle Sam to the tune of 7-plus billion dollars a year, even though some members of Congress have called for an end to the madness. In fact, last year the Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, introduced legislation to reform U.N. funding.

“We need a UN which will advance the noble goals for which it was founded,” the Florida congresswoman said when she introduced the bill. “Unfortunately, the current UN continues to be plagued by scandal, mismanagement, and inaction, and its agenda is frequently hijacked by rogue regimes which protect each other while targeting free democracies like the U.S. and Israel.”

Laughable human rights council aside, the U.N. has long been a pillar of corruption, fraud and mismanagement. Yet the U.S. gives the world body significantly more than any other nation—nearly $8 billion in 2010 alone—and there is no transparency, accountability or follow-up of any sort on how the cash is spent.

Who could forget the U.N.’s shameful oil-for-food program with Iraq? It was supposed to help the Iraqi people by allowing Saddam Hussein to sell oil on the world market in exchange for humanitarian goods, such as food and medicine. Instead, Hussein exploited the $64 billion program as thousands of companies paid the dictator illegal surcharges and kickbacks while the U.N. stood by. Read all about that from the independent committee assigned to investigate the oil-for-food scandal.

The U.N.’s fraud-infested contract division has also made headlines over the years for its shady deals. In fact, a few years ago the U.N. chief (Sanjaya Bahel of India) responsible for awarding billions of dollars in contracts to companies around the world, was sentenced to eight years in prison for accepting cash, real estate, wild parties and hookers as bribes.

Funded primarily with U.S. tax dollars, the famously corrupt United Nations has hit a new low, awarding a genocidal warlord indicted by an international court for crimes against humanity a seat on its laughable human rights council.

The worst part is that this madness is funded by Americans to the tune of 7-plus billion dollars a year. The American cash keeps pouring in even though the U.N. is pillar of corruption, fraud and mismanagement. Its so-called human rights council is a huge joke with members that are famous for oppressing their citizens and, in many cases, committing atrocious human rights violations. Cuba, Iran and Venezuela are among the offenders.

Now the U.N. is allowing Sudan’s Omar Al-Bashir, the last person on earth you would go to for anything related to human rights, have a seat on its human rights council. Here is a little background on the ruthless African dictator; He has been charged by the International Criminal Court of war crimes in Darfur and is responsible for killing thousands of his own citizens.

A renowned international human rights organization reminds that the Sudanese government has violently dispersed youth-led protests and that security forces have arrested and detained scores of perceived opponents. The Al-Bashir regime mistreats and tortures detainees and censors the media, the group, Human Rights Watch, writes in its assessment of the north African country. Additionally, Sudan’s indiscriminate bombing in civilian-populated areas has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

Letting Sudan’s genocidal dictator take a spot on the human rights panel is like putting “Jack the Ripper in charge of a women’s shelter,” according to a Geneva-based human rights advocate quoted by a national news outlet. The same story quotes a spokesman for the United States Mission to the United Nations saying that “Sudan, a consistent human rights violator, does not meet the Council’s own standards for membership.”

So why are Americans forced by their government to keep funding this pathetic world body? The U.S. gives the U.N. significantly more than any other nation—nearly $8 billion in 2010 alone—and there is no transparency, accountability or follow-up of any sort on how the cash is spent. U.S. tax dollars just keep pouring into the U.N. coffers, even though the world body is rife with fraud and corruption.

Who could forget the U.N.’s shameful oil-for-food program with Iraq? It was supposed to help the Iraqi people by allowing Saddam Hussein to sell oil on the world market in exchange for humanitarian goods, such as food and medicine. Instead, Hussein exploited the $64 billion program as thousands of companies paid the dictator illegal surcharges and kickbacks while the U.N. stood by. Read all about that from the independent committee assigned to investigate the oil-for-food scandal.

The U.N.’s fraud-infested contract division has also made headlines over the years for its shady deals. In fact, a few years ago the U.N. chief (Sanjaya Bahel of India) responsible for awarding billions of dollars in contracts to companies around the world, was sentenced to eight years in prison for accepting cash, real estate, wild parties and hookers as bribes.

At least one lawmaker, Florida Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, is trying to set limits on the U.N’s cash cow. Last year Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican who chairs the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced legislation (United Nations Transparency Accountability and Reform Act) that seems like a common-sense approach to the U.N. fiasco but has met powerful resistance from Democrats.

The measure calls for transparency and accountability relating to United States contributions to the United Nations and budget justification rather than automatically doling out billions. It also calls for independent and objective audits and investigations relating to the U.S. contributions and annual reports that reveal what the money is being used for. The U.N. would also have to provide annual financial disclosures if it wants to continue getting American dollars.

Rewarding Sudan with a seat on the human rights council is a new low that, once again, illustrates the need for reform, according to Ros-Lehtinen. “Allowing this genocidal dictatorship, which has killed thousands of its citizens, to serve on such a body is beyond hypocrisy, it is callous, dangerous, and tragic,” the congresswoman says in a written statement, adding that “it is beyond apparent that the UN is broken.”

 

The U.S. economy remains in shambles and a relentless unemployment crisis grips the nation yet the Obama Administration is giving away $20 million for an innovative green energy venture in Africa.

The allocation comes less than two years after the administration dedicated $50 million to replace “inefficient cook stoves” contributing to climate change and deforestation in developing countries. Under that brilliant plan, villages in Africa, Asia and South America got 100 million clean burning stoves in the name of saving the planet.

In both cases—the African green energy and clean burning stove project—the cash is being handled by the famously corrupt United Nations as part of costly plan to conquer global warming. The latest Africa green venture is part of a broader sustainable energy project launched last year. In all, 50 countries have pledged $50 billion to the effort which is supposed to double the share of renewable energy worldwide by 2030.

As always, the biggest contributor to these outrageous, leftist global experiments is Uncle Sam. In this particular case, the goal is a formidable one; to boost clean energy projects in African nations. A mere $20 million will hardly get the job started, but the U.S. believes it will lead to hundreds of millions of dollars from the private sector for projects that otherwise would never get off the drawing board.

At least that’s how Secretary of State Hillary Clinton explained it at a huge U.N. powwow (Rio+20) held in Brazil this month to reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet. The conference focused on two themes; a green economy in the context of sustainable development poverty eradication and the institutional framework for sustainable development.

Clinton’s generous multi-million-dollar pledge was undoubtedly the highlight of the event or, at least it received the largest amount of media attention. During her speech at the Riocentro Convention Center in Rio de Janeiro Clinton asserted that clean energy will bring Africans new jobs, create new livelihoods, support education, new businesses, healthier and more productive lives. Though Africa is blessed with vast geothermal resources, only one in four households has access to electricity, Clinton said. “That is 600 million men, women, and children living without power that can’t turn on the lights, can’t use a machine in a factory.”

The gap is not attributed to a technological hurdle, Madam Secretary clarified, but rather a fear among investors who often see obstacles and risks that stop them from investing in clean energy in Africa. Here is the key phrase: “So if we can remove some of the risk and cover some of the costs of preparing a project, we believe we can spur significant new private investments in clean energy,” Clinton said. This, of course, means Uncle Sam must whip out his check book.

 

It seemed as if the day would never come, but U.S. lawmakers are finally working to slash the billions of taxpayer dollars sent annually to the famously corrupt and severely managed United Nations.As the U.N.’s top donor, Uncle Sam has for years provided a huge chunk of its operating budget and funded many of its laughable, multi million-dollar “peacekeeping” and “human rights” projects. Just last year the U.S. gave the scandal-plagued world body $517 million for its “operating budget” and $2.68 billion for peacekeeping, more than any other nation.The cash has poured in over the years despite rampant fraud and abuse within the organization that was founded six decades ago to supposedly maintain international peace and security. Several high-ranking U.N. officials have been criminally convicted for bribery and fraud and more than a dozen others have been exposed for soliciting bribes and rigging bids in the last few years alone.Among the biggest U.N. scandals is the $64 billion oil-for-food program that allowedIraq to sell oil through the U.N. so that the proceeds could be used to purchase “humanitarian” goods for the Iraqi people. Instead, thousands of companies paid Saddam Hussein illegal surcharges and kickbacks as U.N. officials stood by.The U.N.’s so-called Human Rights Council (HRC) is also a huge joke since its best known for the oppressive regimes that comprise it. Among them are the world’s worst human rights violators, including Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Cuba, China andRussia.No wonder the new head of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Florida’s Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, says funding the HRC is a waste of taxpayer dollars. A few weeks ago she referred to the U.N. as a monster and beast, which is why she’s leading the effort to slash its funding. Her committee will hold a hearing today to begin the process, which the veteran lawmaker hopes will ensure that “U.S. taxpayer dollars are being well-spent” and “advancing our nation’s interests.”Predicting that the gravy train is about to end for the U.N., one national newspaper asks what the U.S. gets in return for the billions it pays to an ever-more bloated, corrupt, insolent bureaucracy carrying on as it always has, stuck in an entitlement mentality.

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