As part of President Barak Obama's speech at the White House Correspondent's dinner, as part of his speech, the President introduced his anger translator who expressed -- forcefully -- perspectives that many in the reality-based community feel (and believe are pent up in many) and wish were part of the general and open dialogue across our society. A bit more than halfway through this routine, things shift ... when it comes to climate change.
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At the three minute mark, President Obama shifts the discussion from money in politics to "the need to focus on big challenges: like climate change". For nearly a minute, the routine continues with President Obama speaking in the 'acceptable' zone of somewhat banal political language even if straightforward in laying out that
The science is clear.But, then President Obama begins to lean in forcefully.
OBAMA: The science is clear, the science is clear. Nine out of the 10 hottest years ever came in the last decade.For years, those understanding of climate change risks and challenges have expressed strong concern over "climate silence". From inadequate media coverage, to absence in the 2012 Presidential debates, to gaps in OFA calls for action, to commentators' failures to associate climate when discussing things like California's drought to ...., there was a prolonged period of stunning and distressing inadequacy of discussion of climate change -- including from the Oval Office's Bully Pulpit.
LUTHER: Now I’m not a scientist, but I do know how to count to ten.
OBAMA: Rising seas, more violent storms…
LUTHER: You got mosquitoes, sweaty people on the trains stinking it up. It’s just nasty!
OBAMA: I mean, look at what’s happening right now. Every serious scientist says we need to act. The Pentagon says it’s a national security risk. Miami floods on a sunny day and instead of doing anything about it, we’ve got elected officials throwing snowballs in the Senate.
LUTHER: Okay, I think they got it, bro.
OBAMA: It is crazy! What about our kids? What kind of stupid, short-sided irresponsible bull —
LUTHER: Whoa, whoa whoa, whoa!
LUTHER: All due respect, sir, you don’t need anger translator. You need counseling.
This has changed.
This has changed significantly.
President Obama has been speaking forcefully on climate change.
President Obama has been confronting forcefully science denial.
President Obama has been working forcefully to encourage those with a basic respect for science to move toward more meaningful action.
President Obama has been issuing forcefully executive orders and directing Agency moves (such as EPA regulations under the Clean Air Act).
Last night, President Obama let his anger shine forth in what some are calling his most forceful statement yet on climate change.
Last night, President Obama hammered forcefully the nail in the coffin any claims of the White House engaging in Climate Silence.
That is a coffin we need to bury across all of society.
President Obama's anger against those who deny climate science and who are impeding movement toward a prosperous, climate-friendly society is anger that we all should share.
While everyone who has understanding of climate science implications requires some form of counseling (let's be honest, this is pretty overwhelming and depressing ...), perhaps we need to emulate President Obama and let our anger shine forth.