Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Energy Reform and Climategate

The first two years of Obama’s presidency have been dominated by the economic crisis and the wars in the Middle East. These are extremely important issues that have still not been fully resolved, but they’ve taken attention away from a much needed overhaul of our nation’s energy and climate change policies. Finally, FINALLY, though, President Obama has committed to pushing “an energy policy that begins to address all facets of our overreliance on fossil fuels,” although the President did acknowledge that “we may end up having to do it in chunks, as opposed to some sort of comprehensive omnibus legislation.”

This year the Senate failed to pass a bill looking to cap carbon dioxide emissions and establish standards for renewable power, and Obama, in a recent Rolling Stones interview (which you can and should read HERE, it’s a great article), blamed this on the Senate’s stalemate over the economic crisis, but he promises 2011 will be different.

Let’s hope so, but it will be a tough battle. It’s almost undeniable that midterm elections will bring more Republicans into Washington, and they’re already plotting against environmental activism. Wisconsin Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner has promised to investigate the “questionable” science behind global warming, and California Rep. Darrell Issa told POLITICO recently that he plans to conduct an investigation into “Climategate” emails that he believes show collusion among top scientists to fabricate evidence of global warming.

Let’s just pause for a moment so I can rant: GLOBAL WARMING IS REAL! Independent reports have found NO evidence of a grand conspiracy among left-wingers to fake the dramatic climate change all around us. The environment is changing, and it’s our fault. And now I’m done. Let’s continue…

After the midterm elections President Obama has a tough road ahead of him to push comprehensive reform on climate regulation, but it is imperative that he does so for two reasons. First: our country and our world need it. I don’t want to bore my lovely readers with the science, but we are burning holes in the ozone and destroying our natural resources. We need reform. Second: Obama needs the reform. Environmentalists are openly critical of Obama’s lackluster green agenda, and some members of the Green Party are already looking for an alternate candidate for 2012. As much as I hate to say it, President Obama is disappointing people. He needs a successful energy bill to regain credibility and support among his constituents.

Let’s ALL get out and vote in November so the country continues with forward progress, and so government funds aren’t wasted on investigating the Issa's blatant red herring. Send away for your absentee ballots or register now, because this earth is too precious to destroy.

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