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Monokultur » Obama har mistet interessen for klimaet


Obama har mistet interessen for klimaet

Diverse — Drokles on April 15, 2013 at 11:13 am

Virkeligheden for de fleste politikere er popularitet og så må man have en populær sag. klimaet er en populær sag så længe folk tror at politikerne kan frelse dem imod dets udvikling. Man ak, Washington Post skriver om det sørgelige i amerikanernes forhold til klimaangsten - den er for stærkt aftagende

As I said last week, fewer Americans view global warming as a “very serious problem” today than just six months ago. In October, 39 percent of Americans viewed global warming as a very serious problem, compared with 33 percent who believe that to be true today.  Carter is the pollster, but by my back-of-the-envelope math, if you exclude partisan Democrats who will follow President Obama on everything, you’re left with about 25 percent of Americans who think that global warming is a very serious problem.

Even worse for Carter and the Democrats who are hoping to make real progress in the 2014 elections, the Huffington Post/YouGov poll conducted the week that Hurricane Sandy hit asked the question, “If it meant we could stop climate change, would you personally be willing to pay 50 percent more on your gas and electricity bills?”  54 percent of respondents — a clear majority — said that they would not be willing (including 52.5 percent of independents and 80 percent of Republicans). Only 21 percent said they would be willing to pay more.

Det har Obama da også luret og lagt sin politik derefter, som man kan læse i The New Yorker

This new budget approaches the ambitions of 2009—with one glaring omission. There are sections aimed at consolidating Obama’s first-term successes: the mundane but crucial details of implementing health-care and Wall Street reforms. He asks Congress to reform immigration, pass gun-control measures, overhaul the tax code, make pre-school universal, boost American manufacturing, and cut defense spending—an aggressive second-term agenda. And in the section of the two-hundred-and-forty-four-page document that has received the most attention, he details his offer—or rather, re-offer—to Republicans of a long-term deficit-reduction deal: cuts to Social Security and Medicare in return for more revenue. Like the 2009 document, the new budget is more or less the prose version of Obama’s campaign poetry.

But the second Big Bang also represents a major dodge on climate change. Over the last two years, Obama has consistently talked about his second term as the time when he would forcefully confront the challenges of a warming planet. As I reported last year, in private conversations he has told people that dealing with climate change is one of the few ways that he believes he could fundamentally improve the world decades after he’s gone from office.

In his three most important speeches of the last year, he promised to confront this threat. In his convention speech in Charlotte, North Carolina, last September, he vowed, “my plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet, because climate change is not a hoax. More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They are a threat to our children’s future.”

Og hvordan spinner man den når man er Washington Post’s lederskribent?

Global warming is the greatest environmental danger. But so much focus on it has long crowded out other issues. Mr. Obama is right to take a wider view.

Se, Obama svigter ikke, Obama ser mere bredt end blot mod den største trussel. Klimahysteriet er ikke dødt, det sover bare…

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