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  •  Not entirely fair (27+ / 0-)

    Obama was ripped going into 2010 mid-terms, for ignoring jobs and the economy to push through a health care plan. He certainly doesn't want to have that bit of history repeat itself.

    So, he says:

    "if the message is somehow that we’re going to ignore jobs and growth simply to address climate change, I don’t think anybody’s going to go for that. I won’t go for that."
    It's not great messaging, but he's not saying the reverse, either -- He isn't saying that he'll pick the economy and jobs and growth to ignore climate change.

    You're saying he's made a dichotomy between the two, but I think he's trying to bridge or erase that dichotomy. He's going to make the case that we can do both -- indeed he has already made the case for green jobs to compete globally.

    He is laying the groundwork, I expect, for a more aggressive push to link growth, jobs, and addressing climate change.

    Coming Soon -- to an Internet connection near you:

    by FischFry on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 04:49:51 PM PST

    •  He could have done a better job of (5+ / 0-)

      talking about a green job boom, and explaining how transitioning to clean energy makes us safer for a lot of reasons.  I don't really see this as waffling, he's never been especially strong on climate change and I really can't imagine him going to bat for a serious reform.  I hope I'm wrong about that.

      We need to work toward a dem house in 2014 and then get them to pass comprehensive climate bills that Obama can sign.

      The revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 05:08:28 PM PST

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      •  This is why we lose the mid-terms! (3+ / 0-)
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        chicagoblueohio, Chaoslillith, AoT

        He concentrated on health care and then didn't push a climate change bill through!
        I don't understand why he didn't after we gave him that super-majority at the 2 year mark; led by Joe Lieberman and those good ol' Blue Dog Democrats?!

        "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

        by Cruzankenny on Wed Nov 14, 2012 at 06:25:30 PM PST

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