Wasn’t Bush president in 2001?
I get some odd items in the Obama Conspiracy Theories mailbox, and this was one of the odder conspiracy theories. I had thought that Barack Obama was immune to 9/11 conspiracy theories, but I’ve been wrong before.
That image comes from a 2013 article at Veterans Today: Journal for the Clandestine Community titled “Following the Money: Obama, 9/11, Chemtrails, Climate Change, $Trillions in Carbon Taxes.” The thesis follows from this claim:
It is statistically significant that 44 % of the souls murdered on 9/11 (including firefighters, police etc.) worked for companies that were in competition with the Chicago Climate Exchange. (CCX)? Al Gore, Obama, Maurice Strong, and whoever in Congress owns stock in CCX stands to cash in on $Trillions if they can pass enforceable Cap and Trade legislation.
They say the jetliners that crashed into the World Trade Center were pilotless drones. The motivation was money to be made in climate change economic activity. And exactly where is climate change coming from? It’s all tied up in a neat conspiracy package:
Did you guess? It’s chemtrails!
So where does Obama fit in? According to the article, in 2001 Barack Obama was on the board of directors of the Joyce Foundation (true), an organization that supports the development of policies that improve the qualify of life for people in the Great Lakes Region. Pretty scary. Obama was paid $70,000 over the 8 years he was a director of Joyce. In 2000 the Joyce Foundation provided a grant to Northwestern University to develop carbon trading software. (The article alleges that folks at Northwestern were guiding the 9/11 planes to the WTC.) According to an Obama campaign spokesperson, most of the grant votes at the Joyce Foundation were unanimous, so Obama probably did vote for it, along with 1,499 other grants.
There are two points that seem crucial to the advancement of this conspiracy theory. The first is the claim that climate change is a hoax, or a an event engineered by the conspiracy. The second is that a patent developed at Northwestern University and owned by a number of individuals is worth trillions of dollars and gives them a “lock on the fledgling carbon trading market, thus giving it a major financial stake in the success of cap-and-trade legislation” according to the Climateer Investing blog. It also gives them a motive, say the conspiracists, to commit mass murder. The patent, # 6,904,336 has the foll0wing abstract:
The present invention is directed to a method of residential emissions trading and a residential emissions trading commodity. In particular, an embodiment of the present invention is a method for identifying, quantifying, and aggregating reductions in residential emissions into a tradable commodity. The step of quantifying the emissions reduction may further comprise the steps of measuring an energy savings resulting from the energy savings opportunity and calculating the emissions reduction resulting from the energy savings. The method may further comprise the steps of verifying the quantification of the emissions reduction and monitoring the residential energy savings opportunities and the quantification of the emissions reduction.
The particular method described in the patent does not seem to this naive reader to be the only method that could be invented, and hardly comprises a “lock” on the market, nor on the entire value of carbon trading on the globe. It is also for residential trading and not industrial trading.
Anyhow, lots of names get dragged in, including Fannie Mae, Valerie Jarrett and Al Gore.