Fri Nov 30, 2012, 10:53 PM
AgingAmerican (9,806 posts)
Mr Obama: Time To Lead On Climate Change
By MARK URBAN and ROBERT S. CAPERS
Following a contentious presidential election, we find ourselves beset by one of the biggest challenges our country has ever faced.
No, it is not the fiscal cliff we hear so much about. The largest challenge our country faces is the climate cliff. If we do nothing to address climate change in the next four years, the solutions become more limited, more expensive and more damaging to our country.
Right now, many Americans do not understand the threat. Congress frustrated the president's early efforts. Powerful interests have sown confusion. In spite of this, business leaders, financiers and insurers now recognize the growing threat of climatic uncertainty to economic prosperity. The science is clearer than ever, and the public and financial communities understand the need to act now. But we lack leadership.
President Barack Obama has acknowledged that climate change is happening and that it represents a grave threat to America. We ask now for his leadership.
Climate change was noticeably absent from President Obama's speeches both before and during the election. By not discussing climate change, the public gets the impression that climate change is not a concern. By openly discussing climate change at this moment in history, the president can inform and unite Americans against the common threat we face.
This is not a partisan issue. Climate change threatens everybody, regardless of their political affiliation. Now is the time to launch a major program to address these changes, to mitigate the damage that we already have done and to minimize any additional damage.
HEAR US MR PRESIDENT!
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Mr Obama: Time To Lead On Climate Change (Original post)
Response to AgingAmerican (Reply #1)
Sat Dec 1, 2012, 12:57 AM
99Forever (13,455 posts)
... it is disturbing, and the lack of interest in the general population isn't just disturbing, it's borderline suicidal. No other issue will mean anything if we keep heading the way we are and much sooner than most dare think.
The denial is strong.