Today, on Inauguration Day 2013, President Barack Obama promised: “We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries, we must claim its promise. That’s how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure — our forests and waterways, our crop lands and snow-capped peaks.”
Four years ago, on Inauguration Day 2009, President Barack Obama promised: “Each day brings further evidence that the ways we use energy strengthen our adversaries and threaten our planet… We will restore science to its rightful place… We will harness the sun and the winds and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories… With old friends and former foes, we’ll work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat and roll back the specter of a warming planet…”
Work tirelessly? Barack Obama stuffed his climate bill with favors to the coal industry, and then abandoned the legislation almost as soon as he introduced it to Congress.
In the last two months, Barack Obama has expanded offshore drilling for oil in the Arctic and in the Gulf of Mexico, and directed his diplomats to sabotage an international climate agreement. He has signed into law a bill that prohibits airlines based in the U.S.A. from cooperating with an international carbon trading plan designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions.
Since his re-election, Barack Obama hasn’t done a single thing to “respond to the threat of climate change”.
Why should we trust Obama’s renewed inaugural promises?