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Obama puts climate change front and center

By JOSH LEDERMAN
June 29, 2013

A jet looks like it is melting into the runway as it is distorted by the heat waves rising up from the north runway at Sky Harbor International Airport, Friday, June 28, 2013, the hottest day of the year so far. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

A jet looks like it is melting into the runway as it is distorted by the heat waves rising up from the north runway at Sky Harbor International Airport, Friday, June 28, 2013, the hottest day of the year so far.
(AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

President Barack Obama is urging Americans to make climate change a political litmus test, asking them to declare they won’t vote for any politicians who don’t protect future generations from environmental devastation.

Obama says Americans are already paying the price for climate change, including in lost lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. He says America will be judged as a people and a nation by how it responds.

“If you agree with me, I’ll need you to act,” Obama says, appealing to Americans to spread the word to their family, friends and classmates. “Remind everyone who represents you, at every level of government, that there is no contradiction between a sound environment and a strong economy — and that sheltering future generations against the ravages of climate change is a prerequisite for your vote.”

Obama’s remarks in his weekly radio and Internet address, released Saturday but recorded at the White House prior to the start of Obama’s weeklong trip to Africa, marks the start of a new phase for Obama’s efforts on climate change: convincing the public to sell it for him.

Obama last week unveiled a national plan to combat climate change and prepare for its effects, bypassing Congress after years of frustrated efforts to get lawmakers to pass legislation to deal with the issue. At the core of Obama’s plan are new controls on new and existing power plants that emit carbon dioxide — heat-trapping gases blamed for global warming. The program also will boost renewable energy production on federal lands, increase efficiency standards and prepare communities to deal with higher temperatures.

None of the measures in Obama’s plan require Congress to act — a consideration that liberates the president but also poses risks if it’s perceived as executive overreach. Republicans and some Democrats have already denounced the plan as a job-killing “war on coal,” and opponents could try to undercut Obama’s plan or hinder it through legal action if Americans don’t seem to be on board.

“The question is not whether we need to act. The question is whether we will have the courage to act before it’s too late,” Obama says.

In the Republican address, Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas says there are troubling, unanswered questions about the implementation of Obama’s health care law.

“We must put an end to the fear and uncertainty,” Roberts says. “Those ‘bumps’ and ‘glitches’ the president talks about? It’s a train wreck, folks, and we have to get America out of the way.”

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4 Responses to Obama puts climate change front and center

  1. Keith

    June 29, 2013 at 9:15 am

    It used to be called “global warming”. Now, it’s called “climate change”.

    The (inconvenient) truth that Al Gore and his tree-hugging followers DON’T want to discuss is that so-called “climate change” has been going on for millions (if not billions) of years on the Earth.

    For example, in Greenland, scientists have recently been digging up the remains of fossilized palm trees, tropical ferns and other assorted TROPICAL vegetation from a time when Greenland had a climate much like Egypt does today.

    Clearly this is strong evidence of “climate change”. But it was happening LONG before man even walked on the planet.

    Perhaps if all the politicians now yammering on and on about man’s contribution to same would simply shut their yaps (or the other (mostly interchangeable) parts of their anatomies) for a bit, that action would most certainly cut down on at least ONE source of the “toxic gasses” that are (supposedly) causing the problem.

  2. Wayne K Dolik

    June 29, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    The only climate we need to change is the stink that runs Washingtin D.C. and it’s district of criminals! Fire them all.

  3. woody188

    June 30, 2013 at 10:55 am

    The latest studies indicate that increased CO2 actually reflects more radiant energy from the sun back out to space.

    It’s already been proven that increased CO2 levels lag an increase in temperature.

    Combine this with the international effort to suppress dissenting opinion on anthropogenic climate change and the fact that the earth has stopped warming for the last 10 years, and what do we have?

    We have a political agenda to extract more taxes from a failing Keynesian based economy with the end goal taxing the very air we exhale from our lungs. Yes, the air we breathe out is also CO2, that terrible pollutant Obama is railing against.

    Sounds too crazy to be true, but here it is folks as straight fact.

    • Wayne K Dolik

      June 30, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Well said Woody.