Obama’s re-election and climate change

by Bill Chameides | November 7th, 2012
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)

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President Obama and Governor Christie in storm-ravaged New Jersey
President Obama visited storm-battered New Jersey with Governor Chris Christie. Did superstorm Sandy give Obama an opening to return the subject of climate change to the political dialog? Either way, climate change got a nod last night. (Official White House Photo/Chuck Kennedy)

Did Obama’s victory speech signal a new commitment to acting on climate change?

Many believe that climate change is one of the greatest challenges of our time. Such a notion was belied by the presidential election of 2012 in which the words “climate change” and “global warming” never entered the debate and were absent from the candidates’ stump speeches. (The very idea of climate change was mocked at the Republican convention.)

But last night President Obama broke the mold and at least mentioned the issue:

“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.

Was that little shout-out to climate change just that, a shout-out? Or was it a call to action? Time will tell.

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  1. A Myers
    Nov 13, 2012

    One thing is clear: if we continue increasing CO2 to our system, we are changing the system. For instance, the oceans absorb aprox 30% of the CO2 from the air. This changes the ocean chemistry (ph) which affects organisms that form shell. Our food chain is dependent on these organisms. Are we really willing to risk change to our water and air when we don’t know the results? That would be recklesss. This is the challenge of our time, and we need our scientists, engineers, political leaders and young people working diligently to solve the problems. Now.

  2. Micheal
    Nov 12, 2012

    Finally, Barrack Obama won the re run election.The man is Great


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