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Obama vows to fight for climate action, make global warming a key 2012 issue (Inner Weatherman)
The Hill ^ | 4/25/12 | Ben Geman

Posted on 04/25/2012 6:34:06 PM PDT by Libloather

Obama vows to fight for climate action, make global warming a key 2012 issue
By Ben Geman - 04/25/12 10:40 AM ET

President Obama is vowing to make the case for action on global warming during the 2012 campaign.

“I suspect that over the next six months, this is going to be a debate that will become part of the campaign, and I will be very clear in voicing my belief that we're going to have to take further steps to deal with climate change in a serious way,” Obama told Rolling Stone magazine in a newly published interview.

Obama’s comments follow a first term that saw global warming legislation collapse in Congress but several administrative steps to address climate proceed, such as tougher auto mileage rules and first-time greenhouse gas standards for new power plants.

“Part of the challenge over these past three years has been that people's No. 1 priority is finding a job and paying the mortgage and dealing with high gas prices. In that environment, it's been easy for the other side to pour millions of dollars into a campaign to debunk climate-change science,” Obama said.

Mitt Romney, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, has called for stripping the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) power to regulate greenhouse gases and also opposes cap-and-trade proposals.

On Capitol Hill, where Republicans are trying to thwart EPA’s rules, skepticism about climate science has become commonplace in the GOP, and cap-and-trade legislation is a nonstarter.

The vast majority of scientists say global warming is occurring and human activities are a key factor. A small minority call data on warming trends and the human contribution inconclusive or inaccurate.

Obama, in the interview, cited climate change in noting the GOP’s broader rightward shift.

“Think about John McCain, who obviously I have profound differences with. Here's a guy who not only believed in climate change, but co-sponsored a cap-and-trade bill that got 43 votes in the Senate just a few years ago, somebody who thought banning torture was the right thing to do, somebody who co-sponsored immigration reform with Ted Kennedy. That's the most recent Republican candidate, and that gives you some sense of how profoundly that party has shifted,” he said.

Internationally, plans for a binding global emissions treaty are proceeding far more slowly than advocates have hoped, although diplomats have made some progress in areas such as slowing deforestation and providing aid to help poor countries tackle climate change.

“Frankly, I'm deeply concerned that internationally, we have not made as much progress as we need to make. Within the constraints of this Congress, we've tried to do a whole range of things, administratively, that are making a difference — doubling fuel-efficiency standards on cars is going to take a whole lot of carbon out of our atmosphere. We're going to continue to push on energy efficiency, and renewable energy standards, and the promotion of green energy. But there is no doubt that we have a lot more work to do,” Obama said.

But while environmentalists will likely welcome Obama’s comments on climate, in the same interview he downplayed the climate-change impact if the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline is built.

The administration has delayed, until well after the 2012 elections, a decision about whether to issue a cross-border permit for the project, which would bring Canadian oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries.

High-profile NASA climate scientist James Hansen has said that exploiting the massive oil sands, which are already being developed significantly, would mean “game over” for the climate.

“James Hansen is a scientist who has done an enormous amount not only to understand climate change, but also to help publicize the issue. I have the utmost respect for scientists,” Obama said in the interview. “But it's important to understand that Canada is going to be moving forward with tar sands, regardless of what we do. That's their national policy, they're pursuing it.”

He later added: “The reason that Keystone got so much attention is not because that particular pipeline is a make-or-break issue for climate change, but because those who have looked at the science of climate change are scared and concerned about a general lack of sufficient movement to deal with the problem.”

Congressional Republicans are pushing legislation that would require approval of TransCanada Corp.’s project, efforts that Obama bashed in the interview.

“My goal has been to have an honest process, and I have adamantly objected to Congress trying to circumvent a process that was well-established not just under Democratic administrations, but also under Republican administrations,” he said.

Capitol Hill Republicans have also alleged that regulation of greenhouse gases will hurt the economy and attacked federal spending on green energy programs.

But Obama told Rolling Stone that the nation can take serious steps to battle climate change in a way that’s “entirely compatible with strong economic growth and job creation,” such as retrofitting buildings to slash energy use.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2012; climatechange; globalwarming; globalwarminghoax; hoax
The rookie Hussein can predict the future. How about Sosha Security?
1 posted on 04/25/2012 6:34:16 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

He’s pandering to his base. That’s all there is to it. He can’t run on his record so he’ll make stuff up. The GOP really needs to bring up his past.....over and over again. He has accomplished nothing.


2 posted on 04/25/2012 6:37:31 PM PDT by RC2 (Buy American and support the Wounded Warrior Project whenever possible.)
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To: Libloather

How about starting by reducing the number of ozone destroying flights on his run about the world airplanes. In other words, take the shoe leather express.


3 posted on 04/25/2012 6:37:31 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Rurudyne; steelyourfaith; Tolerance Sucks Rocks; xcamel; AdmSmith; ...

Thanks Libloather.


4 posted on 04/25/2012 6:43:23 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (FReepathon 2Q time -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Libloather

The more Hussein talks about global warming the more he will draw attention to the doubling of gas prices on his watch.


5 posted on 04/25/2012 6:45:39 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

nobama...truly a mental midget.


6 posted on 04/25/2012 6:46:33 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Libloather

Baraq is definitely the green candidate.

He’s spent more time on the golf course in the last 3 years than my SIL who’s a PGA pro.


7 posted on 04/25/2012 6:47:26 PM PDT by nascarnation
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To: Libloather

This is a good strategy on the part of the Ubanga team.

If you go back and study the Mittens/Kennedy race from 1994, you see how Mittens ran like a coward from the liberal press until he was more liberal (more gay-friendly, etc.) than Kennedy. It was pathetic. By the time this campaign is over Mittens will be more green-friendly than even the craziest rats.


8 posted on 04/25/2012 6:54:24 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Libloather

Rather than channeling global warming crap, Buckwheat should worry more about finding a hiding place after his clown posse secret service decides to desert post en masse and go find a whore.

Hey, senorita!
Me a hot secret service dude.
Me gotta big burrito in my pants.


9 posted on 04/25/2012 7:00:25 PM PDT by sergeantdave
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To: RC2

Barak Ostalin is using the climate change hoax to further ruin the United States economy.


10 posted on 04/25/2012 7:01:02 PM PDT by abclily
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To: Libloather

But what about that 16” of snow they received in upstate NY just the other day?


11 posted on 04/25/2012 7:01:44 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Libloather

He better hurry up. 2012 is flying by.


12 posted on 04/25/2012 7:04:32 PM PDT by HotKat (Politicians are like diapers; they need to be changed often and for the same reason. Mark Twain)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

“But what about that 16” of snow they received in upstate NY just the other day?”

Everybody knows that increased snowfall is caused by global warming...or have you been smokin’ crack again?


13 posted on 04/25/2012 7:04:50 PM PDT by dsrtsage (One half of all people have below average IQ. In the US the number is 54%)
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To: Libloather
The vast majority of scientists say global warming is occurring and human activities are a key factor. A small minority call data on warming trends and the human contribution inconclusive or inaccurate.

Horse Hockey

14 posted on 04/25/2012 7:10:06 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Don't be afraid to see what you see. -- Ronald Reagan)
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To: dsrtsage

Yeppers! I’ve been smoking the crack of anti-AGW lately. Glad someone brought me back to my senses! What would I do without ya?


15 posted on 04/25/2012 7:21:06 PM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: Libloather

Let’s hope he does make it a big issue, and looks like a fool doing it. Average people have caught onto the game, and won’t be fooled again. He’ll make himself a laughingstock, and provide more opportunity to publicly prove AGW is the most massive pseudo-scientific hoax of all time. I made a stink with the hierarchy of my church for backing it a few months before the emails came out, and one at a time they have come to me quietly and told me they had had their doubts, but were afraid to speak up. Now that the truth is out, they’re generally pretty pissed. This is a losing issue for the Idiot-In-Chief.


16 posted on 04/25/2012 7:22:59 PM PDT by Humble Servant
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To: Libloather

Obama will do everything except his job


17 posted on 04/25/2012 7:48:26 PM PDT by molson209
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To: RC2
“He’s pandering to his base. That’s all there is to it.”

He's pandering to his base because he knows his base is looking at Romney as an alternative champion to their AGW cause.

He's attempting to keep them from straying off the reservation.

18 posted on 04/25/2012 8:06:36 PM PDT by Puckster
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To: Libloather
The vast majority of scientists say global warming is occurring and human activities are a key factor. A small minority call data on warming trends and the human contribution inconclusive or inaccurate.

I hear this repeated all the time but have yet to see it supported or fact-checked.

19 posted on 04/25/2012 8:08:47 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Steyn: Obama sez: "Nice little Supreme Court you got here. Shame if anything were to happen to it.")
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To: Libloather

Mr Carlin had this right.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eScDfYzMEEw


20 posted on 04/25/2012 8:22:57 PM PDT by o-n-money
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To: Libloather

He and Mittens agree on Agenda 21 and the global warming agenda. Twisted sisters.


21 posted on 04/25/2012 8:27:34 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: Humble Servant
You are right. A cyclic cooling trend has turned Global Warming into a losing issue. I think it is hard for the left to give up on something that they put so much effort into. It was the ultimate power grab... seize control of energy production, the life blood of the developed world's economy.

I suppose that they had hoped to take advantage of a several hundred year long warming trend augmented by a cyclic warming pattern that began in the late 1970s. Some of them must have known that they had to seize the power they desired before a cooling phase began again. Part of their problem is that many who should have known better actually bought into their own misinformation.

When the data started contradicting their CO2 warming theory they started "adjusting" the numbers. After nearly 15 years of no statistically significant warming... it is getting harder and harder to keep up the charade. This is why they have had to resort to more and more outrageous tactics.

22 posted on 04/25/2012 8:47:50 PM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: Libloather

Are we sure that this isn’t satire?

This guy needs ome new TOTUS script. He’s getting more irrational daily.


23 posted on 04/25/2012 8:54:00 PM PDT by 43north (BHO: 50% black, 50% white, 100% RED)
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24 posted on 04/25/2012 9:12:10 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: Libloather

*shakes head* He can’t run on any economic or labor success, so he must invoke the climate hoax and continue to play on the fear that susie fluke won’t have enough condoms for the weekend..


25 posted on 04/25/2012 9:49:03 PM PDT by cardinal4 (Do I really need a /s tag?)
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To: Libloather
Obama vows to fight for climate action, make global warming a key 2012 issue (Inner Weatherman)

Pbbbbbt! The man's a political GENIUS. PLEASE run on AGW and the need to curtail our lifestyles, rights, and incomes to combat it, Barry, when just about everyone now knows it's a hoax, PLEASE!!!

26 posted on 04/25/2012 10:26:25 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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There is a simple response to his quoting and praising Hansen -

Introduce a law in Congress that says all data used for AGW analysis must be released in total, along with all adjustment to historical data, stating the reason and the amount of adjustment.

As always shining a light on cockroaches makes them run away... Show Hansen up for the data manipulator he is.

27 posted on 04/25/2012 11:06:22 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: Libloather
You would never know that the United Sates has a Sixteen Trillion Dollar National Debt, is running the Government with 40% borrowed money without a Budget BTW or that we lost at least one Soldier every single day in Afghanistan last month.

No, Obama is joking around on Jimmy Fallon and granting interviews to the Leftist Rolling Stone while his EPA and Interior Secretary are plotting to double Gasoline Prices.

They will have to invent another word to describe the American people, because Ignorant ain't even close.

28 posted on 04/25/2012 11:18:46 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (A day without Obama is like a day without a Tsunami.)
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To: Libloather
Okay. Lets run the following Obama quote through a truth translation. Original quote follows.

“Part of the challenge over these past three years has been that people's No. 1 priority is finding a job and paying the mortgage and dealing with high gas prices. In that environment, it's been easy for the other side to pour millions of dollars into a campaign to debunk climate-change science,” Obama said.

After parsing through the truth translator, we have the following actual factual statement.

We have spent millions of dollars promoting climate change, and the reason we have failed to convince the public is because unemployment and gas prices are high.

That is what he actually said.

29 posted on 04/25/2012 11:41:51 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Libloather

“Obama vows to fight for climate action, make global warming a key 2012 issue”

For all of the “evil genius” theories espoused about 0, he has done no end of very stupid things.

“Global warming” is near last among the concerns of Americans. They are FAR more concerned with the cost of gas. If he hangs his hat on this, he is very much playing into the hands of the GOP.

A very good thing if true.


30 posted on 04/26/2012 6:12:33 AM PDT by PreciousLiberty (Pray for America!!!)
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To: Lancey Howard
By the time this campaign is over Mittens will be more green-friendly than even the craziest rats.

The media will point out that with all this global warming we won't need mittens anymore.

31 posted on 04/26/2012 6:23:29 AM PDT by palmer (Jim, please bill me 50 cents for this completely useless post)
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To: Libloather

“Just Say Snow”.


32 posted on 04/26/2012 6:25:39 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Obama ate his own dog as a child in Indonesia??)
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To: Libloather
the GOP’s broader rightward shift.

LOLWUT??? When did this happen? I missed it.

33 posted on 04/26/2012 2:22:28 PM PDT by America_Right (Why can't anyone tell me why Ron Paul is crazy?)
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