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Tue Feb 12, 2013, 08:11 PM

Three Decades Of SOTU Climate Remarks Plus A Brand New Drinking Game


Three Decades Of SOTU Climate Remarks Plus A Brand New Drinking Game

By Joe Romm on Feb 12, 2013 at 6:21 pm

First the bad news, via a tweet from CNN White House Correspondent Brianna Keilar:

"Pres. Obama will NOT announce regs on carbon emissions for existing power plants in the SOTU, per sr. admin official."

The good news is I have a brand new drinking game. And the “ugly” news is below the jump: All the climate mentions from State of the Union addresses (SOTUs) and joint Congressional addresses from 1992 through 2012, showing that talk has been cheap for a long, long time….

I needed a new drinking game after that whole Second Inaugural business, which led to a full week in Las Vegas with Charlie Sheen and Chelsea Handler (and then a month in rehab with Lindsay Lohan). So here it is:

1. Each time the President uses the phrase “climate change” or “global warming,” down one beer.
2. Each extreme weather event the President links to climate change, down a Hurricane or a Damn-The-Weather Cocktail
3. Every time Obama talks up domestic oil production, drink an espresso.
4. If Obama mentions clean coal, drink a cup of coffee.
5. Finally, the Gov. John Hickenlooper special: Every time Obama talks up domestic natural gas production, drink “a glass of fracking fluid produced by oilfield services giant Halliburton.”

And don’t worry about the fracking fluid, since the company asserts it is made entirely “of ingredients sourced from the food industry” — and who has more credibility than a firm once run by Dick Cheney or one that intentionally destroyed evidence” of its culpability in the Gulf Oil disaster? (As an aside, there is plenty of stuff “sourced from the food industry” that no one should drink.)

Climate mentions in SOTUs and joint Congressional addresses, 1992-2012


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