Obama’s Long Neglect Of Climate Change Provokes Skepticism With Alaska PR Stunt
So, President Barack Obama is taking a hike on a melting glacier in Alaska this week. That’s nice. He’s giving speeches about the urgency of addressing climate change. That’s nice.
In 2008, though, Obama promoted ridiculous “clean coal” propaganda from the fossil fuels industry. In 2009, Obama walked away from climate legislation that he had half-heartedly suggested to a Congress that was completely controlled by Democrats – a Congress that could have passed significant laws to deal with climate change. In 2010, Obama covered up photographs of dead marine life in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico.President Barack Obama has supported the expansion of offshore drilling for oil, not just in the Gulf of Mexico, but in the Arctic and along the Atlantic Coast as well.
It will take more than just a three-day visit to Alaska to undo the damage to the environment caused by Barack Obama’s years-long antipathy toward the climate issues. That’s why, as Obama attends photo opportunities, Greenpeace declares that, “It’s time to demand that President Obama show real climate leadership.” The climate activist group 350 writes of Obama that, “the gap between his walk and his talk is almost painful to see. Remember, this is a President who has let a Keystone XL decision languish for years, and so far green-lit Shell’s drilling in the Arctic.”
As we wait for Barack Obama’s actions to match his words, it’s up to the rest of us to make real change. Some places to start:
Take comprehensive action to reduce your energy usage at home.
Barack Obama isn’t the only one who needs to walk the walk on climate.