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So was I.  A lot of people were not just surprised, I was shocked and appalled.  But hey, I think this is the most important issue facing the human race.  I'm glad President Obama thinks it's important as well.

“We are not moving as fast as we need to, and this is an issue that future generations, MTV viewers, are going to have to be dealing with, even more than the older generation is,” Obama said in an interview on MTV Friday afternoon.

“And so this is a critical issue. And there is a huge contrast in this campaign between myself and Governor Romney. I am surprised it didn’t come up in one of the debates,” the president said.


But the media, not so much.
Climate change, I had that question.  All you climate change people.  We just - you know, again, we knew that the economy was still the main thing, so you knew you kind of wanted to go with the economy, maybe the gas prices again was something that hadn't come up.  So - that was part of it.  Part of it was kind of a variety of questions that were important but had not yet been kind of fully aired at least in this large of a forum.


"You Climate Change People".

Really?  When something as far reaching as a global warming, a change in our weather on a planetary level, we should all be "Climate Change People".  Especially when we use this as a means to grow our economy, save energy, resources and push for a real growth in our research and development by investing in our Universities with meaningful funding!

I heard some talking heads discussing the stimulus that rebuilding would create and thought, why are we always cleaning up and not preparing?  Granted, I will never say that such a devastating storm could have been prevented and I hope no one would go so far as to say such a thing.  But we need to deal with the reality of such a future and start preparing.

But just as Romney won't answer questions regarding his elimination of FEMA, do you think he really would want to discuss Global Warming and Climate Change?

I highly doubt it.  Romney is too busy running away from reality right now, the reality that President Obama is handling the situation just as he should be, showing true leadership by admitting the reality of Climate Change and the true need for FEMA and how it can work!

Romney collects items the Red Cross doesn't need and doges questions.  The President does his job.  

Romney's energy plan says it all as to what he would do about Climate Change.  Nothing.

The words "climate change" and "global warming" are nowhere to be found in the 21-page document. The term "greenhouse gas" appears just once, in a passage decrying the Obama administration's efforts to curb noxious emissions from the nation's coal-fired power plants.
And how he would roll back any investment in alternative energy and regulations.  Not what we need.

I wrote about how the debates were missing something, The Debates: The letter that was missing, E for Environment, at least President Obama recognizes this.  I hope we will all push for more discussions about climate change and all the other important environmental issues directly related to global warming.  

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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    My 8-year-old, Charlotte, asked if Herman Cain's tax plan was called, "Mine, mine, mine!"

    by Ellinorianne on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 09:17:14 PM PDT

  •  Much to Say On Nov. 7th. nt (1+ / 0-)
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    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 09:19:13 PM PDT

  •  Frankly, I'm beyond caring whether or not (4+ / 0-)

    the President say it. I know that Pres. Obama has done more than any president since Carter to get us on a path towards energy sanity. I see it as taking what you might call a stealth approach to deal with climate issues - by investing in solar and wind energy projects, increasing fuel economy standards, and using some of the stimulus funds to retrofit buildings for energy efficiency, for example. All of this against massive opposition in the Repub-dominated House.

    Sometimes I've even thought it wise that President Obama has not talked so much about climate change, since it's been so politically toxic, especially given the MSM's enabling of the RW. Of course, I'm glad that the President is starting to speak the words. I appreciate that. But for me, the bottom line is - talk, shmalk. Just do it!

  •  You bet this storm could have been prevented. (0+ / 0-)

    There may have been a modest hurricane but with the havoc being wrought in the Arctic, it would have never been this.

    Certainly from our standpoint, this gives us a sense of momentum -- when the United States has accolades tossed its way, rather than shoes. - PJ Crowley

    by nsfbr on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 09:27:06 PM PDT

  •  While it's good to keep the pressure on Barack... (3+ / 0-)

    Remember he's already done some good stuff.

    From Mike Grunwald:

    But while it’s absolutely fair to complain that Obama doesn’t talk about climate change anymore, except at rallies when he’s firing up his liberal base, it’s also worth noting that he’s probably done more to prevent climate change than anyone else on the planet. His stringent new fuel efficiency rules for cars and light trucks are expected to reduce emissions by 6 billion metric tons by 2025, the equivalent of wiping out an entire year of emissions. As I’ve written here, and in The New New Deal, Obama’s stimulus bill also launched a quiet clean-energy revolution, with unprecedented investments in wind, solar, geothermal and other renewables; energy efficiency in every possible form; blue-sky research into low-carbon technologies; the smart grid; electric vehicles; advanced biofuels; and the factories to build all that green stuff in the U.S. It almost goes without saying that Republicans opposed all of these shifts towards a greener economy, as well as a cap-and-trade plan that had been part of McCain’s agenda. They’ve blocked Obama’s efforts to kill tax loopholes that benefit the oil industry, and extend tax credits that benefit the wind industry. But U.S. emissions are still falling even though the economy is growing.
    You should read The New New Deal if you haven't yet. It's a great read.
  •  I'm sure the lack of attention had nothing to do (0+ / 0-)

    with the need to pander to Ohio coal country.  Nothing at all.

    We may have democracy, or we may have wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both. - Former Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis

    by RageKage on Tue Oct 30, 2012 at 10:07:14 PM PDT

  •  The Romney dig at Obama in his RNC (1+ / 0-)
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    speech, that Obama was more interested in preventing rise of the the oceans than interested in families, should have been followed up, by one at least of the moderators. Besides all the personal biography, it seemed to me the only new line in a typical Romney stump speech, and he delivered it with the sneer of disdain and glee for the applause he was getting from that Clint Eastwood stunned room. However, I am afraid we would only have gotten a flip-flop from Mitt: "of course I care about alternative energy," etc. etc.

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