Glenn Beck may have caused the president to remove Van Jones as the Green Jobs czar but this victory was little more than appeasement to misdirect our attention two years ago. Mr. Jones’ is still impacting governmental decisions including being on the advisory committee of the Presidential Climate Action Project (CPAC). He also has rejoined the Center for American Progress (CAP) to lead their “Green Opportunity Initiative”.
What is the purpose of CPAC?
Our principal objective has been to identify actions the President could take without further approval from Congress. To make sure our recommendations were grounded in law, one of our first initiatives was to commission two detailed studies on presidential authorities. In those reviews, the University of Colorado School of Law looked at federal laws and executive orders going back to the 1930s, as well as the different leadership philosophies of past presidents.
In August 2010 when it became clear that Congress would not act on a climate bill, we issued several additional recommendations for presidential action — short-term steps the Administration could take to enhance U.S. credibility in international negotiations as COP-16 approached in Cancun, Mexico.
In this final report, we make the case that President Obama’s legacy will be determined in the next two years, even if he is re-elected in 2012. Scientists have watched the consequences of global climate change appear more quickly than many predicted; they warn we are coming close to “tipping points” that will make it impossible to avoid irreversible, catastrophic consequences if the United States and other nations do not take decisive action soon.
The above objective appears to be a select committee designed to usurp authority from Congress and give it to the president as part of his “legacy”. Of course, these recommendations must be “grounded in law”.
Imagine what could be accomplished if the president put some effort into his duties under the Constitution instead of projects which only waste resources in support of the Cloward-Piven strategy. We continue to see the results of his green initiatives as one company after another files for bankruptcy at a huge expense to the American taxpayer.