Climate Change: What Should Government Do?

Phil Jensen


Tenth_Amendment_ConstitutionBy Mason Chandler

The earth has been around for approximately six-thousand years, and is much more than capable of supporting life, yet some people hold President Obama’s view that, “No challenge poses a greater threat to future generations than climate change.”  Personally, I firmly disagree with the theory of climate change.  There has been no recorded global warming since 1997.  From 2012-2014, a satellite found that Arctic ice volume increased fifty percent.  But some Americans wonder, if climate change were to exist, “What should the government do?”

The answer is a pretty simple one: nothing.  The Tenth Amendment says, “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Rick Kriebel 2016


James Madison wrote in Federalist 14, “The general government is not to be charged with the whole power of making and administering laws: its jurisdiction is limited to certain enumerated objects.”  James Madison said at the Virginia Ratifying Convention, “The powers of the federal government are enumerated; it can only operate in certain cases; it has legislative powers on defined and limited objects, beyond which it cannot extend its jurisdiction.”

The Constitution never tells Congress that they can tell business owners how much carbon dioxide their company can emit.  The EPA, unconstitutional in itself, was never given authority to attempt to regulate private property in order to conserve wetland.  Since the Constitution never grants the power, the government has no authority to attempt to regulate the climate.

Some politically liberal individuals may argue that Congress has the power to protect climate on the basis of it being for the general welfare.  But the founders saw otherwise.

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Thomas Jefferson wrote in a letter to Albert Gallatin, “Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.”

The Constitution never gave Washington authority to try to manage climate change.  We must stop federal action on climate change, or sacrifice individual liberty.  Thomas Jefferson wrote in 1825,  “The greatest calamity which could befall us would be submission to a government of unlimited powers.”  This solemn truth is as true today as it was in the past.

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Mason Chandler is a 14 year old who is associated with the Institute on the Constitution.



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  • retiredday

    A well thought-out article! Keep up the good work. Unfortunately, the “sky is falling” attitude of those who worry and warn about global climate change doesn’t seem to respond to thoughtful reasoning. The politically correct position is that Man, in his carelessness toward progress, power generation and productivity, is causing climate change, therefore Man can control climate change.

    It takes a hugely distorted and over-inflated sense of significance to think the human race capable of making any real impact on climate change. But many people nowadays like to think of themselves as their own gods, so it is only natural for them to think they can control forces of nature. It’s an old story. Read about the tower of Babel in Genesis 11.

    But politicians know that even though they can’t change the climate, they can use fear and manipulation of the masses to gain more power and wealth for themselves. They don’t care about the Constitution. They scoff at it, as they scoff at our national sovereignty. The only thing that matters to them is their own power and wealth — and getting re-elected.