Can Obamacare Help Fight Global Warming?


We all know about Obamacare’s de facto 30 hour work week. The insurance mandate applied to full-time employees is inspiring many employers around the nation to cut hours for their employers. Also, the taxes included in that law are already costing jobs too.

But you know what? Maybe it’s a good thing, because according to a DC-based liberal think tank, we can help fight global warming by being less productive:

A worldwide switch to a “more European” work schedule, which includes working fewer hours and more vacation time, could prevent as much as half of the expected global temperature rise by 2100, according to the analysis, which used a 2012 study that found shorter work hours could be associated with lower carbon emissions.

The Center for Economic Policy and Research is a liberal think tank based in Washington.

“The relationship between [shorter work and lower emissions] is complex and clearly understood, but it is understandable that lowering levels of consumption, holding everything else constant, would reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” writes economist David Rosnick, author of the study. Rosnick says some of that reduction can be attributed to fewer operating hours in factories and other workplaces that consume high levels of energy.

I’ve often joked that the global warming alarmists would rather we carbon-based life forms spend most of our time reducing our carbon footprints by laying in darkened rooms and breathing shallowly.

Maybe that’s not really a joke.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters.

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  • mickey_moussaoui

    slacker science

  • $16179444

    the stupidity of liberals never ceases to amaze

  • SigFan

    Of course no one’s standard of living would be reduced by working fewer hours because all your altruistic employers would keep paying you the same thing – if the Imperial Federal Government so decrees. What a bunch of idiots these lefties are.

  • mikemc1970

    Sure! It can [fake] reduce global warming, just like it has [fake] reduced the cost of medical care.

    • Onslaught1066

      Actually, Mike, it can and it will reduce global warming.

      As everyone with only half a brain knows, mankind is burning up this planet.

      As everyone with a functioning brain knows, Obamacare does not concern itself with the health and well being of mankind.

      As everyone will eventually discover, the extinction of mankind will result in no more global warming.

      i.e. If the Earth is burning up but no one is around to appreciate it, is it still burning up?

  • slackwarerobert

    If he loads up the wife and kids, parks AF1 in the hanger and leave the engines running. That would cause a massive drop[ in green house gasses. No more killing farms so the crops will make oxygen. No more windmills that cause global warming. No more chinese solar panels. No more russian space launches that use fossil fuels.
    No more stupid genes poisoning the gene pool that think my car will kill the planet, but obamas 12 SUV’s that he leaves running even when he gets there is not a problem.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    I can’t get the Dire Straits Money For Nothing video out of my head:

    Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    You play the guitar on the MTV
    That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    Money for nothin’ get your chicks for free
    Money for nothin’ get chicks for free

  • Kevin Flanagan

    Obamacare and the global warming schemes are just tools to redistribute income and assets from the productive to slackers.

  • mickey_moussaoui

    CBO projects “Seven million will lose insurance under Obama health law”
    Slacker Science says that will save the planet.
    silly libs

  • sbark

    Sure it can………..the death panels just have to speed up the “process” to get rid of a few excess generations.
    Enviro Liberalism has always stated a reduction in the worlds population and rate of pop. growth is a goal……….why wouldnt they tie it to Obamacare?……its a natural “progression”

    • slackwarerobert

      I didn’t think about that. What about the LARGE carbon footprint of abortion clinics? All those decomposing tissue masses, armored cars don’t get good gas milage, and the energy to make the vests are responsible for at least 10 feet of sea water rising.