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Tue Jun 25, 2013, 04:50 PM

Obama talked about climate change like a man itching for a ferocious battle

By Steve LeVine

President Barack Obama today unleashed a robust plan to rein in carbon pollution, and a stinging broadside against those who would oppose him.

In 2009, Obama came into office promising a law that established a system of carbon reduction known as “cap and trade,” in which emitters essentially paid for the right to pollute. Passage seemed almost certain. Instead, under a strong lobbying attack by industry, the legislation died in the Senate in 2010.

Today, speaking at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC, Obama struck an evangelistic, defiant and single-minded tone as he said that, given Congress’s refusal to act, he will take executive action to usher in a sharp cut in carbon pollution from vehicles and electric turbines. He said that the US will no longer fund coal plants abroad unless they are equipped with equipment that captures emitted carbon. (The full text of the plan is at the bottom of this post.)

And, in the most ringing tone of all, he challenged his listeners to “invest, divest”—which, to a lot of folks on Twitter, sounded like a call to put money into zero-carbon technology companies, and pull it out of companies contributing to carbon pollution.

Obama said he had “no patience” for those who deny that climate change reflects a monumental challenge to the country—a reference to the Republican Party position that scorns the science of global warming. “We don’t have time for a meeting of the Flat-Earth Society,” he said.

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http://qz.com/97796/obama-talked-about-climate-change-like-a-man-itching-for-a-ferocious-battle/


About time, Mr. President.

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n2doc Jun 2013 OP
LibAsHell Jun 2013 #1
CaliforniaPeggy Jun 2013 #2
Berlum Jun 2013 #3
longship Jun 2013 #5
Uncle Joe Jun 2013 #4
monmouth3 Jun 2013 #6
LibAsHell Jun 2013 #7

Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 04:56 PM

1. Glad to hear him being vocal about this issue.

It's just unfortunate that any attempts at action will be fiercely opposed, not only by right-wing morons, but some Democrats. The "well, I do believe in climate change but the scientific community is still out on whether man is a major factor" guys.

I'm all for that executive action, Mr. President! Best of luck!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 04:59 PM

2. This is what he should have been doing all along, on all these vital issues.

Take that bully pulpit, and hammer his points home.

Give no quarter. Take the fight to those who oppose him, and us.

It is about time!

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 05:02 PM

3. "But, but, we just paid for a new batch of climate change lies. Whine." - RepubliCONS (R)

"Yeah, and I was gonna get a big fat freaking bonus for spewing them."
- Rush 'DraftDodger' Limbaugh (R)

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Response to Berlum (Reply #3)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 05:06 PM

5. That looks like a pimple about to burst.

R&K for this response alone.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 05:04 PM

4. Kicked and recommended.

Thanks for the thread, n2doc.

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Response to n2doc (Original post)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 05:44 PM

6. The Weather Channel was the only one to cover his entire speech. Sad..n/t

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Response to monmouth3 (Reply #6)

Tue Jun 25, 2013, 07:33 PM

7. Somewhat amusing given its founder's stance on climate change

i.e., he doesn't "believe in it."

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