Considering leading climatologists Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Barack Obama all consider so-called climate change the greatest threat faced by mankind, it should come as no surprise this blithering idiot believes a carbon tax will stop ISIS and Vladimir Putin. Really, that such idiocy even makes it into print boggles the mind.
The most effective leadership abroad starts with respect earned from others seeing us commit to doing great and difficult things at home that summon the energy of the whole country — and not just from our military families. That is how America inspires others to action. And the necessary impactful thing that America should do at home now is for the president and Congress to lift our self-imposed ban on U.S. oil exports, which would significantly dent the global high price of crude oil. And combine that with long overdue comprehensive tax reform that finally values our environment and security. That would be a carbon tax that is completely offset by lowering personal income, payroll and corporate taxes. Nothing would make us stronger and Putin and ISIS weaker — all at the same time.
How so? First you need to understand how much Putin and ISIS have in common. For starters, they each like to do their dirtiest work wearing a mask, because deep down, somewhere, they know that what they’re doing is shameful. The ISIS executioner actually wears a hood. Putin lies through his poker face.
That an adult would be so naive as to author something like that tells you all you need to know we’re dealing with climate fanatics who are not living in the real world.
If the price of oil plummets to just $75 to $85 a barrel from $100 by lifting the ban, and we have implemented tax reform that signals our commitment to clean growth, we inevitably weaken Putin and ISIS, strengthen America and show the world that we deserve to lead because we’re back to doing big, hard things at home that once again differentiate us — not just bombing in distant lands and pretending that’s getting the job done.
You want to drop the price of oil imports? Open Keystone. Nobody seems to have thought of that. Even token MSNBC Republican Joe Scarborough thinks Friedman is insane: