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  •  right on, let's keep our fingers crossed (13+ / 0-)

    I'm thinking that the best way to make the case is to not treat climate change in a vacuum but also keep it connected to other issues relevant to people's lives. That way he can also combat the false meme of Good for Environment = Bad for Economy.

    One example would be to take Michelle's issue to create a healthier future for children and link it up the food chain:

    obesity crisis => public health => food production => farming => agribusiness => fossil fuel => climate change.

    If anyone could do it, Barack Obama has the skill to broaden the public dialog and making people look at the bigger picture. The more he can make people understand how climate change is linked to their personal lives, the less people will see the solutions to climate change as a threat to their existence, but in fact a big BOOST to their existence.

    •  absolutely (8+ / 0-)

      can't have a good economy with a bad climate. Sometimes Obama comes off as way too conventional and boxed in in his public statements. There are so many great ways to frame it and bring it home.

      interestingly, both Cuomo and Bloomberg were pretty good linking climate to Sandy (and the previous storms in the past couple of years to hit NY).

      An ambulance can only go so fast - Neil Young

      by mightymouse on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 06:07:20 PM PST

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      •  President Obama (4+ / 0-)

        and us CAN do this second term.

        The left needs to organize.

        Furthermore, Obama's press conference is a good start. Obama knows he did not use the message pulpit as well as he should have.

        Obama can learn from his mistakes. He learned from his mistakes in the first debate. I am sure he will do better and wants to do better :)

        •  God I hope you're right (3+ / 0-)
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          DawnN, citisven, mightymouse

          But I fear he won't do it.

          We need the movement that 350.org is trying to build, and we need to organize as well around the solutions.

          Clean Energy = Jobs.  Why not a national feed-in tariff like Germany has, to democratize power, for example.

          Why not build the Atlantic Wind Connection and power the East Coast with our terrific offshore wind resources?  Building and maintaining wind turbines means JOBS.

          etc.

          “Better the occasional faults of a government that lives in a spirit of charity than the consistent omissions of a government frozen in the ice of its own indifference.” -- FDR, 1936

          by SolarMom on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 08:39:15 PM PST

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