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Nicholas St. Fleur writes at The Atlantic that low oil prices may also undermine the message from the UN's climate panel. The price drop comes after the UN declared earlier this week that fossil fuel emissions must drop to zero by the end of the century in order to keep global temperatures in check. "I don't think people will see the urgency of dealing with fossil fuels today," says Perl. Falling oil prices may also deter businesses from switching to energy-saving technology, as a 2006 study in the Energy Journal suggested. Saving several pennies at the pump, Perl says, may tempt Americans away from actions that can lead to a sustainable, post-carbon future.
'They're going after people who are really not criminals,' said David Smith, a former federal prosecutor who is now a forfeiture expert and lawyer in Virginia. 'They're middle-class citizens who have never had any trouble with the law.'" The article describes several specific cases, all of which are beyond egregious and are in fact entirely unconstitutional. The Bill of Rights is very clear about this: The federal government cannot take private property without just compensation."
The reason Bush and Cheney did not shout it out was that Republicans made them and sold them to bad guys.
Yeah, I remember hearing about that. Evidently most Republican offices on Capitol Hill had hidden chemical weapon factories in closets, and the Republican senators and representatives spent long hours personally manufacturing these weapons and having staffers sell them on street corners to anyone wearing a name tag which said "Bad Guy". The only way anyone found out was when visitors touring the Hill were affected by a leak of "Grey Poop-on-you" Mustard Gas emanating from the office of the ranking Republican.
I can't believe this news story was so quickly hushed by the current Democrat-led administration, considering their incredible record for transparency with the press. It's unlike them to hide things the way Bush and company did.