Climate change is a total downer. The topic is so dire and depressing in fact that very few media outlets even want to mention the phrase “climate change” or “global warming.” While that’s not entirely surprising, particularly given the right-wing funding pools of many mainstream media conglomerates (think Fox News), when our own President can’t even put the words climate and change together in a sentence, then there’s a big problem.
This was the case at a recent speech President Obama gave at TPI Composites, a wind-blade manufacturing plant in Newton, Iowa. Obama danced around the issue once again, never saying “pollution,” “climate change,” “greenhouse gases,” “carbon,” or “global warming.” Instead, the President decided to focus on general energy production and the ever-classic front, job creation. Obviously job creation and energy are important aspects of any prosperous economy, but the fact the President spoke at a wind-blade plant, a plant that ultimately makes and supplies blades for wind turbines, and neglected to mention renewable energy is beyond ironic and very disconcerting.
This blatant omission trend is nothing new for the President. Take his 2012 Earth Day proclamation. Nowhere in that speech is “climate change” or “global warming” mentioned and this is on top of the President’s State of the Union address, which not only touted fracking as a promising source of domestic energy, but also entirely deleted any mention of climate change.
What we need today is an immediate, comprehensive, full-steam-ahead approach to mitigate and, ultimately, adapt to climate change. The last thing we need is calculated denial and equivocation, especially from our national leader. Other countries are looking to the United States to take positive action against a warming planet, yet we’ve done anything but.
With the Presidential elections right around the corner, Obama is obviously trying to stay away from the hot-button topic to avoid any pitfalls at the polls, but in the end, more Americans believe climate change is real and is happening now than those who do not. Isn’t it time the President paid attention to the voice of the people?
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