During the 2012 presidential campaign, Barack Obama promised that, while he hadn’t done much of anything about climate change during his first term in office, that would change if he was re-elected. Obama was re-elected, but in the month since that re-election, he hasn’t abandoned his neglect of climate issues. If anything, President Obama’s climate policies have become even worse.
First, Obama prohibited airlines based in the U.S. from participating in the European Union’s carbon trading system. Then, Obama held a huge auction for new oil drilling leases in the Gulf of Mexico – an auction so immense it had to be held in a professional sports stadium.
Now, Barack Obama has succeeded in blocking progress in negotiations for an international agreement to slow down climate change, at a summit held over the last two weeks in Qatar.
Because of the refusal of the Obama Administration to allow climate talks to move forward, the climate summit succeeded only in reducing the scope of the Kyoto Protocol, which was already gravely crippled by Bill Clinton back in the 1990s. Thanks to Barack Obama, the world now has even less effective global climate activism than it had before his re-election.