This article was originally published on Mismanaging Perception.
Obama May Not Act On Global Warming, But We Sure Can.
Climate hawks were shouting victory across the broad expanse of the Blog O’Shpere this week after president Barack Obama used his second inauguration speech to address our growing global climate crisis, “Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms. Failure to do so would betray our children and future generations.”
Bold words, if it were still the 1980’s.
Since the mid 50’s, scientists have foreseen that the burning of billions of tons of fossil fuels each year would begin to alter the makeup of Earth’s atmosphere. They knew that excess carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrogen oxide would trap additional solar energy, eventually causing warmer climates, destructive storms, extended droughts, wildfires, desertification, melting polar ice caps, and rising sea levels. We needed to hear a president issue these kinds of warnings a generation ago. That would have been real leadership.
During Obama’s first inauguration in 2009, no corporate money was allowed to pay for the events and festivities surrounding the occasion. Hope was alive. This time around, oil leviathan Exxon/Mobile chipped in $250,000.00 to help cover the tab. Despite numerous petitions and the pleading of nonprofits, Obama still has not fulfilled his largely symbolic promise of returning solar panels to the roof of the White House that have been notedly absent since the Reagan administration. And most telling of all, Obama has refused to halt construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, a project that climate change champion Bill McKibben deemed, “the fuse to the largest carbon bomb on the planet.”