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In his acceptance speech last Tuesday, President Obama stated that: "We want our children to live in an America that isn't burdened by debt, that isn't weakened by inequality, that isn't threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet."

The President's words will be put to the test very shortly.

As Glenn Hurowitz points out on Grist, a bill is about to land on the President's desk that will allow US airlines to ignore a European Union climate law.

Hurrowitz writes:

"If he signs the bill, Obama will not only be failing to take sufficient action to address climate change, but actively going out of his way to stop another country from doing so – a pretty extreme act at the worst possible time."

This is a line in the sand and a really big deal. We will soon know if President Obama plans to stay true to his word on his commitment to curb the emissions of climate change pollution by industry in the United States.

Hurrowitz's piece is well worth the read, as it goes into a lot of detail on the issue of transnational aviation and climate change policy.


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Will Obama stay true to his word and block this bill?

30%6 votes
50%10 votes
20%4 votes

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  •  No. Look, as a global warming (2+ / 0-)
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    jsfox, MrAnon

    activist I'd love him to stand with us on every issue, on every bill, on every single opportunity to set the world on the right course. But I also know that is not possible, and probably not even prudent. I expect him to do a better job on this than he did in his first term, mostly because the economic crisis is ebbing, so he can. But I won't make every single decision a test for him to prove his mettle. I think that attitude is actually counterproductive.

  •  ah... (0+ / 0-)

    What are the ramifications on the industry if he does not sign?

    and yes..it is important to start with this....now

    2+2=4

  •  Doesn't matter (0+ / 0-)

    The EU has postponed indefinitely this reg on airline carbon emissions.

    The 47% also "pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more" but when Romney does it he thinks it's a virtue, while when they do it, he thinks they are deadbeats.

    by jsfox on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 04:54:36 PM PST

  •  First we have to see whether the Senate (0+ / 0-)

    passes this. According to govtrack.org, this has not reached the President's desk yet.

    Republicans are far more socialist than Democrats. Just because they want to redistribute the wealth upwards does not make it any better.

    by MrAnon on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:04:37 PM PST

    •  The EU has tabled the reg (0+ / 0-)

      So the bill is now pointless.

      The 47% also "pay all the taxes that are legally required and not a dollar more" but when Romney does it he thinks it's a virtue, while when they do it, he thinks they are deadbeats.

      by jsfox on Tue Nov 13, 2012 at 05:17:04 PM PST

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