Obama’s Climate Record not so Bad

The President avoids talking about climate change, but in the face of a recalcitrant congress he has made substantial efforts through the administrative branch to do something about it. Michael Grunwald considers the record in TIME Magazine.

…while it’s absolutely fair to complain that Obama doesn’t talk about climate change anymore, except at rallies when he’s firing up his liberal base, it’s also worth noting that he’s probably done more to prevent climate change than anyone else on the planet. His stringent new fuel efficiency rules for cars and light trucks are expected to reduce emissions by 6 billion metric tons by 2025, the equivalent of wiping out an entire year of emissions. As I’ve written here, , and in The New New Deal, Obama’s stimulus bill also launched a quiet clean-energy revolution, with unprecedented investments in wind, solar, geothermal and other renewables; energy efficiency in every possible form; blue-sky research into low-carbon technologies; the smart grid; electric vehicles; advanced biofuels; and the factories to build all that green stuff in the U.S. It almost goes without saying that Republicans opposed all of these shifts towards a greener economy, as well as a cap-and-trade plan that had been part of McCain’s agenda. They’ve blocked Obama’s efforts to kill tax loopholes that benefit the oil industry, and extend tax credits that benefit the wind industry. But U.S. emissions are still falling even though the economy is growing.

Meanwhile, Ray Pierrehumbert reviews Romney’s climate record in Slate:

If there is one thing that is clear about energy policy as it relates to global warming, it is that most of the world’s coal must be left in the ground if we are to avoid a dangerous amount of warming. But Mitt Romney doesn’t want that. “I don’t believe in putting our coal under the ground forever,” he proclaimed in a southwest Virginia rally.

Whatever you call Romney, it’s clear he has a coal complex as big as the Powder River Basin. He just can’t stop trumpeting his love affair with Satan’s Rock. “And by the way, I like coal,” he declared during the first presidential debate. In his War on Coal commercial, he says, “We have 250 years of coal. Why wouldn’t we use it?”

Watts has a brilliant rebuttal to Ray’s article: Ray has a goofy beard and a sense of humor about himself. Well that settles it. You’ve run rings round him logically.

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