Liberals are seething after President-Elect Donald Trump’s transition team asked a simple question.
How much taxpayer money are we spending on international “global warming” programs?
The answer will have you seething, too.
Though the United States Senate never ratified the United Nations’ Paris climate treaty, the Obama administration has been following its dictates and funneling billions of taxpayer dollars into the required U.N. programs.
But no one knows exactly how much taxpayer money is being shipped overseas.
So members of Trump’s transition team did what any fiscally responsible citizen would do.
“As part of a list of questions posed last week to the department’s Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, according to multiple people familiar with the matter, the Trump landing team asked, ‘How much does the Department of State contribute annually to international environmental organizations in which the department participates?,’” The Washington Post reports.
And liberals are freaking out. Why?
The dirty secret of “clean” energy is it requires hundreds of billions of tax dollars.
“According to a 2013 Congressional Research Service report, federal spending on climate change initiatives between fiscal year 2008 and 2013 totaled roughly $77 billion. Two-thirds of those funds went to developing carbon-free technology and deploying those advances, and most of that work was undertaken by the Energy Department rather than State,” the Post reports.
Under the terms of the U.N. climate treaty, the U.S. would pay $3 billion over four years. The payments started a year ago, when the State Department shipped the U.N. $500 million, taken out of a program to stop the spread of the Zika virus.
The Obama administration and liberal media then attacked Republicans over the sudden lack of funds to fight Zika.
Trump has told supporters he will cut off such payments to the U.N.
“(Trump’s) campaign released a policy statement (Nov. 1) suggesting that he would ‘cancel all wasteful climate change spending,’ which would include the elimination of all of the federal government’s international and domestic climate programs as well as a rollback in regulations aimed at cutting carbon emissions,” the Post reports.
“The campaign estimated that these moves would save $100 billion over eight years,” the Post reports.
Trump wants to spend that money on U.S.-based environmental programs, telling supporters he will “use that money to support America’s vital environmental infrastructure and natural resources.”