Obama’s re-election and climate change
by Bill Chameides | November 7th, 2012
posted by Erica Rowell (Editor)
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.filed under: climate change, faculty, global warming, policy, politics
and: Barack Obama, Mitt Romney