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White House Seeks Your Earth Day Questions

White House Seeks Your Earth Day Questions

In honor of Earth Day, Obama Administration officials will answer our questions on environment and energy policy in a live “Open for Questions” event on Thursday. The live chat will stream from the South Lawn on of the White House on Thursday, April 21 at 4:30pm, EDT. Chair of the Council on Environmental Quality Nancy Sutley and Deputy Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change Heather Zichal will answer people’s questions about energy and environment on the eve of Earth Day. The range of issues needing clarity is stunning, but here are a few questions that might get us started:

  • Do you believe that clean coal exists?
  • What’s the worst thing that would happen if we addressed carbon emission reduction goals in a serious way?
  • What can the government do to discourage gas use?
  • What one piece of legislation would make the most difference to the future of our planet if it passed?
  • When will the U.S. end subsidies to oil companies?
  • Should Earth Day be a national holiday? (OK, I just threw that in :) )
  • Given the disaster at Fukushima, how should U.S. policy on nuclear power change?
  • What role with the U.S. take in the next round of U.N. climate talks?
  • What has the Administration done to prevent another catastrophe like the BP oil spill?

You get the idea! Send your questions in now via the White House webform, or during Thursday’s event via the Facebook chat application.

Come on, Care2 community, let’s make our voices heard and ask some potent questions of some powerful people. Good luck!

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10:59AM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

There is a remote chance that he will hear. But he is embedded in a corrupt political system and can effect little real change.

9:09AM PDT on Apr 22, 2011

This is really amazing! An open dialogue with Mr. Obama.

7:41PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Well, I submitted my questions today - not realizing that the event was today and not on Earth Day. Maybe I'll get an answer anyway.

6:40PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Yeah, I have a question. When are more intelligent people in power ever going to see to it that the no-neck Sarah Palin types get off the backs of grey wolves, the buffalo, the wild horses, the polar bears, the big cats, and any other species continually maligned and slaughtered by them? And I could ask the same question regarding the environment vs. Big Oil, Big Coal, and big everybody else who pollutes, not giving a tinker's damn about the harm they do. It's only going from bad to worse while we keep our collective heads in the sand.

5:06PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Mr.President,I've asked this before,and its a question that is'nt going away...why compromise the law,and politics by delisting wolves? This is such a controversial matter,that the whole nation should've been given their right to vote on it.The wolf is subject to so much hate that he does belong on the ESA list,further more the ESA should never have been made a political tool,it is a US landmark success.

3:28PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

good article

3:14PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Is the White House actually going to listen to us? NO! If one of us comes up with a good idea, they will steal it and try to profit of it and figure out how they can further control us with it.

3:03PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Dear Mr. President:
Can we not use tax incentives for individuals and companies to encourage a rapid transition for our nation from an economy based on fossil fuels to one that is based on affordable clean energy?
Could we not use tax incentives for individuals and companies to encourage safer and more secure decentralized energy sources and energy efficiency?
Could we not put a solar roof on every building and pave our parking lots and roads with pavement embedded with solar cells. http://www.wired.com/autopia/2010/09/solar-roadways-fix-the-power-grid-and-crumbling-pavement/
Could we not use incentives to insure that every community is walkable and bikeable ?
Could we not use incentives to encourage that all our resources and products are recycled?
Thanks for listening.

2:52PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

"Mr President I have a very serious concern, "Why did you endorse the rider1713 put into a FEDERAL BUDGET by Senator Jon Tester of Montana (d) to delist WOLVES off endangered species act put into place by Pres. RIchar...d Nixon? Over 1,000 scientist sent testimony to you and all Senators showing they are not harming anything or anyone and providing a complete ecosphere in Yellowstone area out west. I have suffered LYMES disease from too many deer carrying ticks. I WANT APEX PREDATORS to help with this issue!Drilling off the East coast and now REDRILLING in GULF is VERY not EARTH DAY FRIENDLY either. You do realize most who are environmentalists and animal lovers are DEMOCRATS and voted for you Sir to show you would promote Change? Thank you kindly for any response Sir-good day."--

2:28PM PDT on Apr 21, 2011

Obama, do you think you can get away with violating the constitution any time you want? The anti-wolf bill you included with the spending plan is unconstitutional as it violates the American people’s right to contest it in the courts. This is taking more rights away from the people. Do you think this is a dictatorship, not a democracy? There was no debate on the massive spending bill about wolves, and this is an unprecedented act by Congress to delist a federally protected species by tacking on the directive to a must-pass bill. This is no way to conduct the nation’s business. We are looking more like a banana republic than the world’s greatest democracy. You are stabbed many Americans in the back including some of your FORMER supporters. I am no longer worried about trying to get "the lesser of 2 evils" next election. It is more important now to teach a lesson to you corrupt greedy self-serving scumbag politicians.

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