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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:35 PM

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

Source: The Guardian

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.



Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk//environment/2012/nov/14/obama-climate-change-second-term



Ho-hum, minimal reporting on this in US mainstream media.

This excellent Guardian article, however, is well worth reading in full.

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Turborama Nov 2012 OP
AlbertCat Nov 2012 #1
Ztolkins Nov 2012 #2
Turborama Nov 2012 #5
joshcryer Nov 2012 #9
Turborama Nov 2012 #11
truthiness918 Nov 2012 #3
pscot Nov 2012 #4
Sundome Nov 2012 #6
grahamhgreen Nov 2012 #7
Cha Nov 2012 #8
bloomington-lib Nov 2012 #10

Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:38 PM

1. Well, he can control the weather...

...as he demonstrated during the conventions and the election.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:46 PM

2. It's odd, Slate.com's write up of this topic

At the press conference was essentially "Obama's going to punt"

http://www.slate.com/blogs/future_tense/2012/11/14/obama_on_climate_change_carbon_tax_isn_t_going_to_happen.html


Different takes on the same comments.

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Response to Ztolkins (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:00 AM

5. And, strangely, Fox Business have a mildly supportive tone...

Even though the headline has a "No shit Sherlock" ring to it: http://www.foxbusiness.com/industries/2012/11/14/obama-climate-change-is-real/

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Response to Turborama (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 04:40 AM

9. Just so you know that's Reuters.

No way in hell a Fox writer would write something like that.

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Response to joshcryer (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 08:06 AM

11. Good catch!

I totally missed it, must have been because of where they positioned it and its faint/italic format.

Interesting they chose to use it at all, though.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Wed Nov 14, 2012, 11:47 PM

3. This is one of the few updates that I am excited to hear about

For some reason, everything else has been so beaten to death that I tune it out because of sheer frustration and becoming immune to all the rhetoric. Lets see some change

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 12:03 AM

4. I'll believe this when it happens

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 01:21 AM

6. It's an after election promise, so that's at least positive.

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:06 AM

7. Bye bye excel pipeline

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 02:26 AM

8. Figured he would.. I love

our President!

Since Corporatemediawhore$$$$ will bury everything but the latest hurricane, earthquake, tsunami, tornado, flood, and mudslide.. it's up to our Social Media to report on this..thanks Tuborama~

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Response to Turborama (Original post)

Thu Nov 15, 2012, 07:16 AM

10. k&r

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