Obama speaks for the environment.

Yesterday Obama made a statement regards the US Climate Change Bill;

We can’t afford more of the same timid politics when the future of our planet is at stake. We are already breaking records with the intensity of our storms, the number of forest fires, and the periods of drought. By 2050, famine could force more than 250 million from their homes. And if we do nothing, sea levels will rise high enough to swallow large portions of every coastal city and town.

This bipartisan legislation establishes an economy-wide cap on greenhouse gas emissions. It helps states, cities, and towns invest in technologies to reduce energy bills for homeowners, increase energy efficiency, construct green buildings, and expand public transit. It invests in green technology to help our automakers to retool and our fossil-fuel industries to become clean. The bill provides real financial relief to working families. Importantly, the bill restores our great nation’s international leadership role, while including provisions to ensure that all major emitting nations also take serious action to solve this global problem.

Let me clear, this bill is not perfect. Emissions reductions must reflect the scientific consensus, which are reductions of at least 80 percent 2050. We must ensure that more middle-class families reap more of the financial benefits created by this bill. And we must direct greater resources to the regions of the country that will bear the brunt of this critical transition to a clean energy economy.

I believe that the American people are ready to lead the world on this issue. The time for distractions, divisions, and excuses is over. The time for new coalitions, informed and civil debate, and a sense of shared purpose is long overdue. As president, I am committed to ensuring that our children and our children’s children can point to this generation as the time when American found its way again.”

Action speaks louder than words, but it’s a start.

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5 Responses to Obama speaks for the environment.

  1. earthpal says:

    Hi Matt.

    Yes it sounds very positive. Very inspiring. But like you said, action speaks louder …..

  2. the Grit says:

    Hi Matt,

    While Obama is just another politician who will say anything to anyone to get a vote, considering that our liberals are expected to keep control of Congress, his Presidency will be quite the boon for environmentalists. Of course, when our economy collapses, which it will undoubtedly do if even a small percentage of Obama’s proposals are enacted, we’ll drag everyone else down with us. If you want supporting evidence for this, look up the global impact our Great Depression had. You can also see the beginnings of the eventual world nightmare in the effects the last two years of liberal control of our Congress has had. Oil prices are at an all time high. While this may be good for soothing the imaginary worry of Global Warming, it’s also pushed food prices to all time highs through the increases in production and transportation costs, which is putting millions of people at risk of starvation, and putting the stability of the world’s economy at risk of collapse.

    Sorry to be so gloomy, since I normally like to look at the bright side of events, but, regardless of who becomes our next President, the only up side I see for the US is the ease I’ll have poking fun at our Government. At least, that is, until the power goes off and/or they shut down the Internet, which, since it consumes a little more than %25 of our electricity generation is an environmental enemy and already a target of our extremists. Oh, and those same extremists are the ones paying for Obama’s campaign, so they’ll have his ear if he’s elected.

    In any event, the next four years are going to be a very rough ride. Stockpiling food and necessities doesn’t seem at all like a bad investment.

    the Grit

  3. matt says:

    I take it you won’t be voting Obama then Grit. 🙂

  4. the Grit says:

    Hi Matt,

    Actually, this is the first time in 30 years that I am honestly torn as to my voting decision. Obviously, no sane person could vote for Obama, but that same statement applies, more or less, to McCain. I suspect that Libertarian is the way I’ll go this year. On the bright side, since no third Party has any chance of winning under our system of Government, I’ll be assured of having a clear conscience in bitching at whoever wins 🙂

    the Grit

  5. matt says:

    Same over here Grit.

    I was thinking of setting up my own ‘Party’ and voting myself in … but then the mirror cracked.

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