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  •  the elephant in the room is the fossil fueligarchy (5+ / 0-)

    this president tends to be conciliatory and hesitant to antagonize wealthy and powerful forces--and the multi-billion dollar fossil fuel industry is one of the most powerful.

    We are talking about an administration that quietly started approving oil drilling in the Arctic a couple years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster. They just hope the political outcry will go away, and then proceed apace in appeasing the fossil fuel companies.

    There was not a word said during the campaign about the fact that 2/3 of the US was in a drought state this year. Total silence. It's up to the newly reelected president to break that silence.

    The president is more than a mediator. When he speaks, people listen, and he can move the public debate by what he says to the media. Obama has chosen not to do that on the issue of climate change.

    We were told that now that Obama will never run for office again, that he would feel free to be bolder and more imaginative.

    But judging by yesterday's press conference, he won't . At least not when it comes to climate change, where he will pursue the same meandering, middle-of-the-road course of compromise and conciliation that he's done for the last four years (and the entirety of his political career). Clearly for him it is just another issue on the docket (and judging by his tone, not nearly as important to him as defending Susan Rice from Republican attacks), and as long as Congress can reach an agreement--any kind of agreement, he's satisfied.

    That's a dereliction of his responsibilities as president--it is the most important issue on the docket, and he should say so. He needs to shape the agenda, and he is stepping aside, which means the fossil fuel-igarchy will shape the agenda by default.

    "In America, the law is king." --Thomas Paine

    by limpidglass on Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 01:20:02 AM PST

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