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  •  It's a fair characterization. (2+ / 0-)
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    JesseCW, 3goldens

    But I'm afraid I'm glass half-empty on this one. He made some minor obvious & easy changes that only hadn't been implemented because, well, Bush.

    He also provided in a dramatic increase in fuel extraction, particularly fracking, with little oversight. He's been AWOL in terms of promoting environmental considerations.

    I suppose I just don't see the long-term steps to reduce it by much more.

    His carbon credit market kind of seems like Clinton's attempt at health-care reform. It's a really good idea too easily abandoned out of either political cowardice or just not caring all that much. Largely the second, I'm guessing.

    •  AWOL? (2+ / 0-)
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      6412093, Onomastic

      That's an exaggeration. Making the stimulus the largest investment in clean energy and efficiency in America history many times over was not minor or easy. Forcing Detroit to finally reduce fuel consumption wasn't so easy for Clinton, who failed to do so.
      Moving forward with half a dozen EPA regulations on coal isn't being AWOL. It's the most important action item right now since coal plants are the top source of climate change pollutants.
      Cap-and-trade and regulating fracking both require Congressional action. You can fault Obama for not pushing those harder in his first two years, but it's obvious to everyone that fossil fuel Democrats in the Senate would have made that a wasted effort.

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