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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:52 PM

While everyone's getting distracted by the Petreaus/Benghazi/etc shiny objects...

THIS is something to get really excited about and should be front page news in the US.

However, while the US mainstream media focus on salacious stories about affairs and what's the biggest concern of the losers of the election, the best/most informative article on what the President had to say during his 1st post-election press conference has to come from the UK...



Obama vows to take personal charge of climate change in second term

Barack Obama claimed climate change as a personal mission of his second term on Wednesday, offering for the first time to take charge of the effort to find a bipartisan solution to the existential crisis.

Obama, speaking in the first White House press conference since his re-election, acknowledged his first term had made only limited progress on climate change. But he promised to remain personally engaged in getting Republicans and Democrats to agree on a course of action.

"So what I am going to be doing over the next several weeks, the next several months, is having a conversation a wide-ranging conversation with scientists, engineers and elected officials to find out what more we can do to make short term progress," he said. "You can expect that you will hear more from me in the coming months and years about how we can shape an agenda that garners bipartisan support and help moves this agenda forward."

The comments were Obama's most expansive in years on the dangers of climate change and his strategy for addressing the problem. It was also the first time Obama said he would take personal charge of climate change.

Full article well worth reading in full: http://www.guardian.co.uk//environment/2012/nov/14/obama-climate-change-second-term

Surely something we can all get behind supporting President Obama on?

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Reply While everyone's getting distracted by the Petreaus/Benghazi/etc shiny objects... (Original post)
Turborama Nov 2012 OP
Trajan Nov 2012 #1
roguevalley Nov 2012 #7
spanone Nov 2012 #2
BillyJack Nov 2012 #3
flamingdem Nov 2012 #4
aletier_v Nov 2012 #5
InsultComicDog Nov 2012 #6
Turborama Nov 2012 #8
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #9
ReRe Nov 2012 #11
JoeyT Nov 2012 #10
ReRe Nov 2012 #12
Turborama Nov 2012 #15
dem4ward Nov 2012 #13
marions ghost Nov 2012 #14
progressoid Nov 2012 #16
hootinholler Nov 2012 #17

Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:58 PM

1. One of the reasons I love DU ....

LOTS of DUers want us to STOP talking about what we want to talk about, and talk instead about what they want to talk about ....

Hey ... Why not ? .... What I was going to say was boring anyways .....

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Response to Trajan (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:17 AM

7. actually, some of us can do two things at once. I love my shiny baubles as much

as the serious stuff. Anytime a republican cries, my heart sings.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:59 PM

2. k&r...

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:03 AM

3. Wow!!! President Obama is one smart man! Climate change IS the most important issue of our time.

Climate change changes EVERYTHING....and he's smart enough to get out ahead of the curve on this one, for ALL of our sakes....politics be d*mned.

Thank you Mr. President!

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Response to BillyJack (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:04 AM

4. Everyday when I go to bed I think thank you

Obama, cuz I'd be a wreck if you weren't the one in charge.

With Obama we have a chance anyway!

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:05 AM

5. I grant you permission to follow important events on my behalf

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:11 AM

6. I know Al Gore

is supposed to be at Daily Kos tomorrow

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Response to InsultComicDog (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:19 AM

8. Awesome

Thanks a lot for the heads up!

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Response to InsultComicDog (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:52 AM

9. Oh good I am off tomorrow....can't wait

Please proceed Mr. President!
This is awesome news!
To hell with some of the nay sayers that have been posting rather negative threads days after the election. These next four years are going to rock!

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Response to InsultComicDog (Reply #6)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:44 AM

11. Al will be at the table when the talks begin

K&R

I would send each and every attendee a copy of An Inconvenient Truth, in advance of the conference, along with all the stats on Hurricane Sandy. Including photos of the damage. I look forward to hearing what Al says later today.

And you are right. One needs to take a look at The Guardian each and every day to keep up on what's going on over here. Another place to go here in the US (besides DU ), is DemocracyNow.org.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:10 AM

10. Kick and rec. n/t

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:55 AM

12. Thanks, Turborama...

... for tipping us off to this news about our country, from The Guardian in ENGLAND. Really, everyone here needs to click on that link above and bookmark that sucker. And check it out everyday. I wonder if the BBC will cover Obama's statement on the environment? I bet they do.

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Response to ReRe (Reply #12)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 11:03 AM

15. Hi, ReRe

I've had a look but haven't been able to find anything on the BBC's site yet, oddly.

BTW this is the Guardian's best Clmate Change link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/climate-change

I totally agree, it's definitely worth giving it a regular check!


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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 03:04 AM

13. GO GREEN!!!

 

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 05:49 AM

14. OK

this is more like it. I'll believe it when I see it. Obama--so progressive in many things but I wish he did not support fracking and deepwater drilling.

Will be watching.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:57 PM

16. CLEAN COAL!

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:28 PM

17. Well there goes his re-election chances!



Yes, of course I know. This is good that at least he will try to bring something together.

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