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At CFIF, we’ve unceasingly highlighted the foundational role of intellectual property (IP) rights – patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets – in what we know as “American Exceptionalism.”

No nation matches our legacy of IP protection throughout the decades and centuries.  Our Founding Fathers specifically inserted IP protections in Article I of the Constitution, even before the First Amendment or other Bill of Rights protections.

As a direct result no nation in human history remotely matches our legacy of scientific inventiveness, artistic innovation, global influence, power and prosperity.

And today, IP-centric industries account for about 40% of the total U.S. economy, and 45 million jobs – nearly 30% of the U.S. labor force.  For perspective, that U.S. IP…[more]

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Another Global Warming Projection Fails, But Obama Digs In Print
By Timothy H. Lee
Thursday, December 03 2015
From the lack of entire nations wiped off the face of the earth to failed climate models to a record absence of hurricanes, the global warming scare maintains a record of accuracy no better than the global cooling scare of the 1970s when publications like The New York Times, Newsweek and Time warned us to brace for an ice age and massive worldwide starvation due to agricultural failure.

"The streak survives.  For the 10th year running, Florida dodged a hurricane, setting a new record, while the rest of the eastern seaboard escaped a hit by a major hurricane." 

So announced the Miami Herald this week under the headline "Florida Sets Record:  10 Years Without a Hurricane." 

Another day, another global warming prediction succumbing to cold (no pun intended), hard reality. 

Ten years ago, on the heels of Hurricane Katrina, anthropogenic (human-caused) climate alarmists desperately warned us that destructive hurricanes would become an increasingly frequent occurrence due to rising temperatures.  Of course, back then they labeled the looming threat "global warming" rather than "climate change."  But then the incoming data revealed that temperatures actually peaked in 1998 despite enormous increases in carbon output from China, India and the rest of the world over those 17 years.  So "global warming" morphed into "climate change." 

Regardless of that transparent semantic ploy, the simple fact is that instead of more frequent hurricanes, we have now witnessed the longest period without a major hurricane. 

That failed prediction is hardly an isolated one, as anyone who follows the ongoing debate knows. 

We're now a quarter-century into the synthetic global warming scare, and the landscape is littered with similar projections that appear preposterous in retrospect.  All the way back in June of 1989, several months before the Berlin Wall fell to end the Cold War, United Nations officials warned of worldwide apocalypse if we didn't reverse global warming by the year 2000, as reported by the San Jose Mercury News

"A senior environmental official at the United Nations, Noel Brown, says entire nations could be wiped off the face of the earth by rising sea levels if global warming is not reversed by the year 2000.  Coastal flooding and crop failures would create an exodus of 'eco-refugees,' threatening political chaos, said Brown, director of the New York office of the U.N. Environment Program.  He said governments have a 10-year window of opportunity to solve the greenhouse effect." 

We're still waiting. 

From the lack of entire nations wiped off the face of the earth to failed climate models to a record absence of hurricanes, the global warming scare maintains a record of accuracy no better than the global cooling scare of the 1970s when publications like The New York Times, Newsweek and Time warned us to brace for an ice age and massive worldwide starvation due to agricultural failure. 

Not one to let facts get in the way of his agenda, Barack Obama nevertheless continued to insist this week that man-made climate change remains the true threat to the civilized world.  The same man who refused to join worldwide leaders in Paris last January to show solidarity after the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks found it perfectly appropriate to visit the same city to participate in a pointless climate change boondoggle. 

We even learned this week that the Obama Administration refrained from hitting ISIS targets out of fear that destroying its revenue-generating oil infrastructure would somehow result in unacceptable environmental damage.  Imagine President Franklin Roosevelt refusing to target Nazi or Japanese industrial infrastructure out of the same misplaced fear. 

And speaking of ISIS, this week also brought further refutation of Obama's claim that it has been "contained" under his leadership - a claim that he made mere hours before the latest Paris terrorist attacks.  Specifically, it has captured the Libyan city of Sirte, its first conquest beyond the borders of Syria or Iraq. 

The reason that news is relevant is that it goes to the reliability that we should place in Obama's admonitions and priorities.  He demands from the salons of Paris that we reorder our economy, disrupt existing industries and modify our way of living in the name of a climate change crisis that the evidence continues to suggest doesn't even exist. 

Obama likes to claim that he inherited a recession from George W. Bush and prevented it from becoming another Great Depression.  In reality, he inherited an economy that was already on an upward trajectory, and the recession officially ended less than five months into his tenure, before any of his "stimulus" policies even took effect.  Since that date in June 2009, we have endured the worst "recovery" in recorded U.S. history, one that would have been stronger but for his interference. 

Much of that interference was done in the name of climate change activism, including the targeting of America's coal industry and the jobs dependent upon it. 

So as we mark a record 10-year stretch without the major hurricanes that alarmists confidently predicted, it becomes increasingly obvious that jobs and economic growth have been sacrificed for nothing.  It's time that activists and leaders like Obama recognized reality and confronted the true threats to civilization. 

Man-made global warming is not such a threat.

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