Once upon a time politicians used to fear saying preposterously stupid and outrageous things. When they did, their careers ended—quickly. Well, those good ole days are gone, folks. Today it’s anything goes, and the more outrageous the better.

The latest offense to sanity is coming from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. The top dog in the Big Apple claims that the world’s largest free-market oil companies committed climate hara-kiri when they… wait for it… produced the energy that made and runs the modern world. Oh… my… God! Those evil bastards! For the sin of making billions of peoples lives longer, healthier and more prosperous, de Blasio wants these wicked oil companies to pay up—big time! For some reason the mayor doesn’t finger large, foreign-national owned oil companies. He just hates the free-market guys. I guess the oil that comes out of Russia, Iran, Iraq, Venezuela and other such countries doesn’t create CO2 when burned. I guess natural gas and coal don’t either. Doh! I may have given de Blasio his next big idea.

The premise for this outrageous extortion plot is that free-market oil is causing catastrophic climate change, the company execs knew it and decided to keep it all a secret. Here’s a thought. What if the big, bad oil companies announced to the world a long time ago that oil use was too risky and needed to be stopped ASAP! Does de Blasio imagine we would have used even a little less oil? Wait. Forget I asked that.

Of course Mayor de Blasio is among all New Yorkers who proclaim that NYC is the greatest city the world has ever known. A gazillion tourists visit de Blasio’s prized metropolis every year, each one of them burning lots of gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. He loves the visitors but loathes the fuel that brings them there. That’s the kind of thinking that passes for political logic these days.

There’s more, so much more, but who has the time? One of the worst vices of de Blasio is his unoriginality. NYC’s lawsuit against BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Shell is a photocopy of a suit filed against these same companies by San Francisco and Oakland California. When that suit dropped late last year CEA began making a video highlighting the absurdness of their claims. That’s the next video we will release.

Power On, America.