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  •  Obama skirted it, but this might not be good forum (7+ / 0-)

    This might be the kind of thing that would call for a major Presidential address. Perhaps even a prime-timer, a la Jimmy Carter's so-caled "malaise" speech. That would be a time for him to deliver hard truths, rather than as a throwaway answer in a press conference from which the headlines were sure to be other issues.

    I certainly don't have any inside info -- and I bemoan the fact that nothing will get done at Doha, even with the Kyoto commitment period expiring at the end of the year. That's the real cliff we face -- a climate cliff. However, if I were advising the President, I would say wait until the new year, preferably after there is some deal to to end Bush tax cuts and extend our debt ceiling and credit.

    Then, he can lay out the case for significant new investment, to mitigate and even reduce future climate gas emissions. Also, he could explain that we will need even more significant infrastructure investment to adapt to consequences of the climate change that is already in the climate system. Finally, he can make the case, that the time is now -- because the consequences of waiting would be too costly and too dire, and because it would be much less expensive to make those investments now, with borrowing rates so low.

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

    by FischFry on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:12:39 PM PST

    •  Tried to be (6+ / 0-)

      very balanced in the discussion.

      President Obama could be planning on / working out a series of discussions and Presidential speeches much along the lines of what you suggest. His commentary, today, certainly could point to such a path.  

      And, I agree that a press conference isn't the place try to lay out the serious case for a major program/policy on the first go.

      As stated in the diary, however, there are some specific wordings and implications of the wordings that discomfitted me and, in at least one case, were simply false.

      Re the partisanship issue, it wouldn't have taken many words to say "There are obviously huge partisan issues but there are many other divisions when it comes to how best to deal with climate change ..."

      Blogging regularly at Get Energy Smart NOW! for a sustainable energy future.

      by A Siegel on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:23:36 PM PST

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      •  my worry about Obama is what he addressed in (3+ / 0-)
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        the MTV interview...basically he said that we have to have a geo engineering solution.  I don't agreed with that it leaves too much to chance.  he's so brilliant and it's scary that he's saying this.  perhaps as he said he is needing to consult with the scientists maybe then he will see that there are other solutions.

        Macca's Meatless Monday

        by VL Baker on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:51:19 PM PST

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