(Image source: WhiteHouse.gov)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS


It’s a scientific issue and a political debate, but it was barely mentioned in the campaigns and not at all in the presidential debates. It’s climate change.

And the question environmentalists and science writers are asking now is: will President Barack Obama address the issue in his second term? (Via Christian Science Monitor, Yale Environment 360)

Editorials in the past week from the New Yorker and Politico have called for action from Obama, and the Guardian ran an appeal from Al Gore urging the president to push for a carbon tax in negotiations over the fiscal cliff.

But while President Obama did mention climate change in his victory speech last Tuesday night, there are still several obstacles on the way to meaningful legislation — like the Republican controlled House.

In an interview with USA Today, Speaker of the House John Boehner cast doubt on humanity’s effect on the climate, saying:

“I don't think there's any doubt that we've had climate change over the last 100 years. What has initiated it, though, has sparked a debate that's gone on now for the last 10 years ... I don't think we're any closer to the answer than we were 10 years ago.”

Add in the fact that the official GOP platform seemed to attack scientists, and it’s clear the president will have a tough time winning the other side over.

Mother Jones lamented:

“The idea that it is a liberal or left-wing ‘issue,’ rather than a global reality that must be dealt with, is now deeply embedded.”

But there’s another problem on the way to generating political willpower: the media seems to have a tough time talking about climate change. In fact, there’s a recurring joke about it: listing things the media talked about more during the campaign.

“I read a survey today that said the network evening newscasts mentioned Donald Trump three times more than climate change.” (Video via KSWB)

Media Matters found a good one: Joe Biden’s laugh during the vice presidential debate got nearly twice as much attention.

“Biden just kept laughing at him in a sort of outrageously-dismissive way.”
“Gesturing, interrupting, laughing.”
“Interrupting each other, smirking, laughing.”
“Laughing. Smiling.”
“And hectoring and laughing.”


In fact, few analysts seem to believe climate change will get much attention this term. A policy researcher told PBS’s WealthTrack the president will likely spend his second term defending Obamacare and financial reform.

“His second term will be about protecting the accomplishments of the first term. … Climate change — that’s an issue that a lot of liberals would like the next Obama term to address. I think the prospect for that is remote.”

So does anyone think Obama will tackle climate change? Conservative writer David Horowitz does, telling Secure Freedom Radio:

“He’s going to pursue, probably, this other chimera of the left, the climate change, because it means control over energy policies. They actually want to control when you turn on your light switch.”

Well, at least that’s one believer.

Will Obama Tackle Climate Change in his 2nd Term?

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Nov 13, 2012

Will Obama Tackle Climate Change in his 2nd Term?

 

(Image source: WhiteHouse.gov)

BY STEVEN SPARKMAN
ANCHOR ZACH TOOMBS


It’s a scientific issue and a political debate, but it was barely mentioned in the campaigns and not at all in the presidential debates. It’s climate change.

And the question environmentalists and science writers are asking now is: will President Barack Obama address the issue in his second term? (Via Christian Science Monitor, Yale Environment 360)

Editorials in the past week from the New Yorker and Politico have called for action from Obama, and the Guardian ran an appeal from Al Gore urging the president to push for a carbon tax in negotiations over the fiscal cliff.

But while President Obama did mention climate change in his victory speech last Tuesday night, there are still several obstacles on the way to meaningful legislation — like the Republican controlled House.

In an interview with USA Today, Speaker of the House John Boehner cast doubt on humanity’s effect on the climate, saying:

“I don't think there's any doubt that we've had climate change over the last 100 years. What has initiated it, though, has sparked a debate that's gone on now for the last 10 years ... I don't think we're any closer to the answer than we were 10 years ago.”

Add in the fact that the official GOP platform seemed to attack scientists, and it’s clear the president will have a tough time winning the other side over.

Mother Jones lamented:

“The idea that it is a liberal or left-wing ‘issue,’ rather than a global reality that must be dealt with, is now deeply embedded.”

But there’s another problem on the way to generating political willpower: the media seems to have a tough time talking about climate change. In fact, there’s a recurring joke about it: listing things the media talked about more during the campaign.

“I read a survey today that said the network evening newscasts mentioned Donald Trump three times more than climate change.” (Video via KSWB)

Media Matters found a good one: Joe Biden’s laugh during the vice presidential debate got nearly twice as much attention.

“Biden just kept laughing at him in a sort of outrageously-dismissive way.”
“Gesturing, interrupting, laughing.”
“Interrupting each other, smirking, laughing.”
“Laughing. Smiling.”
“And hectoring and laughing.”


In fact, few analysts seem to believe climate change will get much attention this term. A policy researcher told PBS’s WealthTrack the president will likely spend his second term defending Obamacare and financial reform.

“His second term will be about protecting the accomplishments of the first term. … Climate change — that’s an issue that a lot of liberals would like the next Obama term to address. I think the prospect for that is remote.”

So does anyone think Obama will tackle climate change? Conservative writer David Horowitz does, telling Secure Freedom Radio:

“He’s going to pursue, probably, this other chimera of the left, the climate change, because it means control over energy policies. They actually want to control when you turn on your light switch.”

Well, at least that’s one believer.

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