Skip to comments.Obama: Climate change is going to be one of my top priorities this time around
Posted on 12/19/2012 7:44:32 PM PST by SeekAndFind
Over the course of Obama's first four years as president, we watched him "evolve" from a zealous, I-will-slow-the-rise-of-the-oceans climate change champion to a remarkably quiet almost-bystander on the whole debate. Now that his second term is secure, I’m sure we can expect that at least his rhetoric on the subject will once again reach much more vociferous levels, via The Hill:
President Obama has identified climate change as one of his top three priorities in his second term after coming under fire from environmentalists for giving the issue short shrift during the campaign.
The president, in an interview for TIME's Person of the Year award, said the economy, immigration, climate change and energy would be at the top of his agenda for the next four years.
[O]n an issue like climate change, for example, I think for this country and the world to ask some very tough questions about what are we leaving behind, that weighs on you. And not to mention the fact I think that generation is much more environmentally aware than previous generations, he told TIME.
Of course, the president did not get into policy specifics for the feel-good TIME interview, and he’s still holding back on a lot of major energy-related decisions that have sweeping implications for our economy (hydraulic fracturing regulations, drilling leases, natural gas, etcetera). But, at the urging of the green lobby and well-monied eco-radicals, no doubt, I’m sure we’ll keep on seeing taxpayer money being frivolously thrown at well-subsidized renewable ventures and completely backwards, prosperity-discouraging energy-manipulation in poorer countries, like this latest tidbit:
Imagine the United States sending low-calorie food aid to Ethiopia in response to the global obesity epidemic. Absurd, right?
Sadly, that is pretty much what the United States does on energy. In response to rising global carbon dioxide emissions, the U.S. government put restrictions on the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a federal agency that is a principal tool for promoting investment in poor countries. A recent rule, added in response to a lawsuit brought by Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, imposes blind caps on the total CO2 emissions in OPIC’s portfolio, which ends up barring the agency from nearly all non-renewable electricity projects.
Even if global carbon emissions are worrisome, it seems misplaced to ask people in poor countries to bear the costs of a problem they didn’t create. … The scale of energy poverty is such that sizable populations will still require old-school grid power.
“Misplaced” being the polite way of phrasing it.
By the way, in case you missed it, rational optimist Matt Ridley had a great piece on the latest news in climate-change science in the WSJ, definitely worth the full read:
In short: We can now estimate, based on observations, how sensitive the temperature is to carbon dioxide. We do not need to rely heavily on unproven models. Comparing the trend in global temperature over the past 100-150 years with the change in “radiative forcing” (heating or cooling power) from carbon dioxide, aerosols and other sources, minus ocean heat uptake, can now give a good estimate of climate sensitivity.
The conclusiontaking the best observational estimates of the change in decadal-average global temperature between 1871-80 and 2002-11, and of the corresponding changes in forcing and ocean heat uptakeis this: A doubling of CO2 will lead to a warming of 1.6°-1.7°C (2.9°-3.1°F).
A cumulative change of less than 2°C by the end of this century will do no net harm. It will actually do net goodthat much the IPCC scientists have already agreed upon in the last IPCC report. Rainfall will increase slightly, growing seasons will lengthen, Greenland’s ice cap will melt only very slowly, and so on.
It sounds like he planning on turning our country into another Kenyan sewer.
Never mind the economy.
More regulation, more taxes, more tyranny. Damn the nation!
F U B O !!
Stick it up your @$$!!!
More climate control, more gun control and more flexibility to help brother Putin....this should be an interesting four years.
My BHO question is:
Who was the last Marxist leader to voluntarily surrender leadership? I.e., Does BHO intend to rule after 1/20/17?
Chavez is not an answer, he’s dying and knows it.
Castro is not an answer, see above.
We all know he’s an emporer (thank you media and inept Repubs). But will this stop?? Can he tax air, cattle poop (supposedly a bg climate enemy), electricity? Will he tke conrol of our eletricity usage?
GOPEs llike Bohnner are paying the price for not taking the issues to the American people.
The Romney campaign could and should have made an issue of Obama’s energy policy as a pocket book issue. They did bring up the socialist master plan once but then dropped it.
But just like the buried fees and taxes in Obamacare comming up in 2013-14 as well as the increased role of staffing the bureacracy left that go.
If they made those taxes and fees an issue during the campaign Obama could never get away with lying about it as he is doing now. The same thing with the EPA.
Obama: wasting yet more of the taxpayers’ hard earned money is going to be one of my top priorities again this time around
He’ll be rewarding cronies with more bogus green contracts.
He’ll be rewarding cronies with more bogus green contracts.
There’s nothing socialists love more than grabbing money earned by others and flushing it down the toilet.
It’s a ghoulish habit of mind which demonstrates the sources of socialists’ inspiration.
Yes. Follow the money. They love to enrich their cronies while throwing away our money.
As the Kingfish would say.....
Yeaaa, Andy...Der be a ho-lotta control to get wid dat gorbal warmin scam.
We be able to make all da peoples do as we want, hehehe.