Last night President Obama mentioned climate change promising strong action. Let us hope he follows through – and that he isn’t blocked by naysayers.
“…Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth. But we have to act with more urgency – because a changing climate is already harming western communities struggling with drought, and coastal cities dealing with floods. That’s why I directed my administration to work with states, utilities, and others to set new standards on the amount of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed to dump into the air…”
President Obama delivered what has been called “his most forceful push for action on global warming” this past Tuesday, June 25, 2013. What he called for is absolutely the right way to go. In fact, it has been the right way to go since the Jimmy Carter administration forty years ago when the exact same things with the exact same arguments both for and against were proposed.
A lot of political theatre has unfolded about President Obama’s call for action, just as it has every time the environment or climate showed up in the media since the 1970s. Maybe this time we will actually do at least some of the things that were called for back when flower children and miniskirts were new.
Had we not engaged in forty years of obfuscation and outright deception – brought to us by the same people who told us for decades that tobacco was good for us – the USA would own this vital lucrative economic sector instead of China and Germany as is the case now.
Had we started to do the right things back then, people would not now be dying and suffering untold other harm from the super storms and mega fires that now happen here with increasing frequency.
What will our planet look like in another forty years if we don’t enact the sensible measures that the president has put forward? How long will we survive as a species if we continue to dither in the facing of a pressing danger?
This morning I heard that a group of President Obama’s supporters are doing tweets to “Call Out the Climate Change Deniers.” An excellent project in my view but…
What had me gnashing my teeth was the report went on to describe the effort as difficult in political terms because it was framed as Climate Change vs. jobs.
This is – as has been proven over and over again – a completely false paradigm! Clean energy and technology will not only help save us from vast destruction from a climate gone insane, but creates far far more good quality and well paid jobs here than the old fossil fuels.