Obama Says the C Word

August 30, 2012

Given the events of this summer, Iowa seems like as good a place as any to try this out.
If you want to hear more of it, might be good to let  him know.

From His August 28 Speech in Ames, Iowa:

And I know that’s a pretty heavy idea to lay on you on a Tuesday. (Laughter.) But it’s true. The decisions we make as a country on big issues like the economy and jobs and taxes and education and energy and war and climate change — all these decisions will directly affect your life in very personal ways. And I’ve got to say, this is something I’m acutely aware of when I make these decisions, because they’re decisions that are going to affect Malia and Sasha, my daughters, as well.

Will this be a country that keeps moving away from foreign oil and towards renewable sources of energy like wind and solar and biofuels — (applause) — energy that makes our economy more secure, but also makes our planet more secure? (Applause.)

Governor Romney wants to pass a new $5 trillion tax cut targeted towards the wealthiest Americans. That’s not going to cut our debt. Ignoring inequality doesn’t make it go away. Denying climate change won’t make it stop. These things won’t make for a brighter future. They won’t make your future stronger.

29 Responses to “Obama Says the C Word”

  1. This man, David Roberts, speaks my mind:


    “There was a fragile mainstream consensus forming around climate change in the 2000s. George W. Bush acknowledged it. John McCain campaigned on solutions to it. Then Obama was elected, the Tea Party picked off most of the remaining Republican moderates, and the right went crazy. It is now the official Republican position that abortion should be illegal with no exceptions for rape or incest, that the U.S. government should return to the gold standard, and that climate scientists are conspiring to lie to the public on behalf of the U.N., which wants to force people onto bicycles.

    Nothing about the way environmentalists talk sent conservatives into these paranoid conspiracy fantasies. Support for climate solutions from Obama and Democrats was all it took.”


  2. Its predictable. Everyone wondered what would happen when global warming and peak oil started. Now we know. It places pressures on governments and economies. The status quo sociopolitical system is in disarray, because it supports unlimited growth. In reaction, astroturf groups dupe useful idiots into supporting the status quo. The more change is inevitable, the more whacky the politics. Its a predictable by product of the overwhelming need for change. Its why there is so much discussion about whether a fix (carbon tax) or new paradigm (sociopolitical system) is in order. I dont think the one we have can last. The status quo is what got us here. It wont solve our problems. With the rampant union busting, banks and brokers swindling small investors, austerity measures, and all the manifestations of GW etc, the thin curtain of facade separating us from the wizard of oz is fading. Its not enough to notice that GW or peak oil is happening. You have to discover why.

  3. Neil – that last part is a false narrative (“Nothing about the way environmentalists talk sent conservatives into these paranoid conspiracy fantasies. Support for climate solutions from Obama and Democrats was all it took.”).

    The paranoia and conspiracy theories mentioned have always been a part of American culture. It existed well before Obama. This segment of our culture has just become more vocal because Obama was elected. They are always there, they’re just relatively quiet when they think they’re in charge (or have someone whom they think represents their interests).

    They’ve been pushed along by the pundits (who have managed to whip a lot of people into a frenzy) as a political tool. To say these people have become paranoid simply because Obama agrees with AGW theory and outwardly supports solutions to it is like saying an addict turned to heroin because their high school principal confiscated their meth.

    What extremists do is push as far to the extremes as possible to get a shift in the middle. And that’s what is happening right now – the far right is trying to push the middle to the right (and doing quite well at it). I read Roberts’ article, and it seems to me that it’s criticizing the flaw in thinking both sides have valid points when one side actually doesn’t have valid points.

    This is the great weakness of the left (and center). They are open to considering opposing viewpoints (which is a noble thing), but because of this they allow themselves to be subtly moved towards a compromise position defined by how far right the opposition is. The “compromise” is thus manufactured to work more in favor of one side.

  4. While there wasn’t much question, given the choices, Obama just got my vote.

  5. rayduray Says:

    It seems there are alternatives to the blandishments of the Obama campaign juggernaut. We know Obama would never dare set foot in Tampa during the RNC circus, but how about Burning Man?


    Release your inner child!

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