Obama camp: Climate change is going to stay in the campaign’s background

posted at 6:41 pm on August 23, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Earlier today, Mitt Romney released his solidly detailed plan for an American energy agenda — and it’s pretty much what I would call winner-winner-chicken-dinner. Opening up more land and offshore areas to drilling access, easing up on overzealous regulations, handing some of the responsibilities back to states, putting a stop to government “investments” in green venture capital; none of it’s likely to win Romney the support of the eco-alarmist crowd, but the economic impact for all Americans would be an intensely positive one.

President Obama, however, doesn’t have it quite so easy. The influential and well-financed environmental lobby, not to mention your run-of-the-mill, casually eco-trendy, self-fancied “green” voters, make up a solid portion of his base, and he can’t risk angering them with too many pro-drilling, pro-traditional energy platforms. But, on the other side of the coin, the traditional-energy industry is populated by employees who are well-unionized, and unionized crowds typically vote Democrat — unless, of course, the leader of the Democratic party is engaged in an active, albeit guarded, campaign to shut down your entire industry, as with President Obama’s war on coal (as much as the White House tries to deny they’re doing any such thing).

I’m sure it’s quite the conundrum for him, which is probably why Team Obama would rather we just not talk about climate change this time around and instead focus on… other issues.

A spokesman for President Obama’s reelection campaign suggested Thursday that climate change is unlikely to take center stage in the 2012 White House battle, noting that Obama’s contrast with GOP rival Mitt Romney is already apparent.

“Clearly [climate change] is something that is important to the administration, but right now we are obviously going to be focusing on jobs and the economy and talking about what our contrast is,” said Tom Reynolds. …

White House-backed cap-and-trade and energy legislation cleared the House in 2009 but sputtered thereafter. However, the Obama administration has moved ahead — albeit slower than many activists had hoped — with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate regulations.

Jobs and the economy? Really? ‘Cause it isn’t like you’ve been focused like a laser on avoiding an economic discussion, what with all of that talk about Romney’s tax returns and Republicans’ “extreme” abortion positions and class warmongering, or anything.

It is true that environmental concerns don’t tend to rate highly on people’s lists of priorities when they’re in the midst of economic hardship, but it is a bit awkward that Team Obama is going to try and stay mum on an issue that’s usually such a big rallying cry for the left (especially with those trendy youths whose optimism he wants to recapture so badly!). I think the White House thought they found a solution to this pickle with their “all of the above” energy approach, but the catchphrase has been wearing increasingly thin since its inception, and I doubt more meek calls for both “clean energy investment” and “safe resource development” are going to stand up to Mitt Romney’s energy plans.


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Oh well. So much for it being the most important issue of our time.

aunursa on August 23, 2012 at 6:42 PM

What climate change? I thought Obama being nominated in 2008 took care of that.

Why is the Obama campaign so raaaaacist as to call Obama a liar like that?

malclave on August 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM

We should make the fact that Barack Obama is the real Grandma Killer front and center to the GOP attack on why Obama should not be reelected.

Obama, the man really pushing Grandma off a cliff.

SWalker on August 23, 2012 at 6:43 PM

That and gay mirage.

CW on August 23, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Hockey Stick Graph cross-checked into the boards…

Bruno Strozek on August 23, 2012 at 6:44 PM

The oceans have receded.

faraway on August 23, 2012 at 6:44 PM

These idiots can’t possibly be this tone deaf, can they? Oh wait, they’re Democrats.

wargamer6 on August 23, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Wonder why this particular bunch of complete and total bullshit is being segregated from the rest of the complete and total bullshit that makes center stage in Obama’s campaign? Are they getting picky all of a sudden? “Oh sure, the ‘War on Women’, ‘More jobs than Reagan’, “Republicans Hate Old People and puppies’ and ‘anything else DWS dreams up’ bullshit is ok, but the ‘AGW and Climate Change’ bullshit needs to stay out of the limelight.

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In the immortal words of ‘Otter’, “What a Tool”.

a5minmajor on August 23, 2012 at 6:47 PM

It is amazing how the legacy media’s narrative fits right in with the administration’s…

d1carter on August 23, 2012 at 6:47 PM

come on SCOAMF, if you don’t get that done how will you reverse the ocean’s rise?

How will you heal the land?

harlekwin15 on August 23, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Between biscuits and chicken dinners today..may have to make a run to Popeye’s. Thx Ericka. ;)

I am very happy with Mitt on his stance..

“none of it’s likely to win Romney the support of the eco-alarmist crowd”

As if that crowd would vote for him anyway.
*eye* on indies…

bazil9 on August 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM

poor darryl hannah

cmsinaz on August 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Mother Earth or Father Sky — what’s it gonna be, son?

John the Libertarian on August 23, 2012 at 6:50 PM

Obama camp: Climate change is going to stay in the campaign’s background

…yep!…they’re changing the climate of everything!

KOOLAID2 on August 23, 2012 at 6:53 PM

““Clearly [climate change] is something that is important to the administration,…”

Run with it Pantload…

… It’s all yours.

The $6 quadrillion cost of the climate scam

Seven Percent Solution on August 23, 2012 at 6:57 PM

He’s still looking for some sustainable energy for his campaign.

backwoods conservative on August 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Sad, because the oceans that Obama inherited from George W. Bush were rising so much faster than they are now. They would have been much worse without his policies, and now we won’t hear about his success in that arena. So sad.

stefano1 on August 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM

And here I thought high speed rail was going to save us all.

txhsmom on August 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Ask Bill McKibbin and Al Gore whether this is the most important issue EVER, Mr. President. And don’t worry, they are such lapdogs that they’ll vote for you even if you started up 100 new coal plants.

thebrokenrattle on August 23, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Team Obama is going to try and stay mum on an issue that’s usually such a big rallying cry for the left (especially with those trendy youths whose optimism he wants to recapture so badly!)

The youth’s enthusiasm for the green movement is almost entirely a fantasy of liberal Baby-Boomers who remember how awesome it was back in their day.

Stoic Patriot on August 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

Come on, Obama. Let’s hear a convention speech about algae and switchgrass – I think voters are ready for that.

The Count on August 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

…but right now we are obviously going to be focusing on jobs and the economy…

Carney grilled by Tapper over Obama’s silence about dire warning from CBO yesterday

Flora Duh on August 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

This is easy to understand. If they keeping pushing how hot its getting, putting your dog on the roof of your car would help cool him off and you could lose the PETA vote you got from the cruelty to Seamus the roof riding dog campaign they have running so hard on./s

KW64 on August 23, 2012 at 7:04 PM

Climate change activists are the left’s version of Republican anti-abortion activists. Saving lives… saving the planet… etc.

Except that the left understands that it’s not popular, so they won’t bring it up – unlike Akin.

beatcanvas on August 23, 2012 at 7:07 PM

txhsmom on August 23, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Speed rail? I was thinking sneakers, bicycles and prayer. And the third one would probably be illegal.

Didn’t you ever watch the promos for the bespectacled MSNBC host coming to work?

Speaking of which, the Republican Presumptive Nominee for President is going to be on the Catholic Channel on cable, EWTN tonight at 8 PM Eastern.

He is going to talk about religion. I don’t believe any of it and I’m excited!

You would have had to subpoena President Obama for such an activity.

Pass it on!

IlikedAUH2O on August 23, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Climate change will not need to be an issue out front because Barry had already healed the planet.

bayview on August 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

That and gay mirage.

CW on August 23, 2012 at 6:44 PM

And Joe Biden.

Curtiss on August 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

The Climate Scam lie cant trump the other batch of lies, so with a stiff upper lip and some modesty; they will shelve that lie.

Odie1941 on August 23, 2012 at 7:11 PM

Like Gun “Control”, Liberals know when the winds have shifted, and they are bloing strongly away from anymore “Climate” Hysteria. When concealed carry lews were coming out in Florida, Texas, Washington, Alaska,…(Well pretty much everywhere) Liberals would screech the usual “Blood in the Streets!, High Noon in America!, Triple the crime rate! Babies shooting Babies, People shooting themselves!, If only one child is saved!” on and on. When it did not happen, or the reverse happened, they would pack up, fold the tent, take down the Circus and move to the next State; all with the help of the Judeo-Bolshevik Democrats.

Now it is Climate Change. Once a powerful earth mover, the whole movement has become a joke, and a poor one at that. Lies, false data, E-mails about “Hiding the Decline” and the fall apart of the UN Report. There is no “Climate Consensus”, no Optimum temperature, no water rising 100ft, no swarms of mosquitoes and other ecological terrors to haunt us. The Democrats have packed it up, folded the tent, taken down the Circus and are moving on to the next Issue. I wonder what it will be?

Bulletchaser on August 23, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Meanwhile, unlike Obama and the Democrats, the GOP has taken a definitive stance on immigration
incorporating it into the official party platform.

thatsafactjack on August 23, 2012 at 7:15 PM

I hope R&R have the balls to expose this climate change scam. It is killing our economy.

Blake on August 23, 2012 at 7:17 PM

They don’t want to talk about gwarming er climate change er whatever you call it because public opinion has turned against it, and the “science” has been shown to be trumped up hooey (hockey stick debunked so current temperatures are not unusual + the ipcc claims on CO2 have been shown to be false).
Yet one problem for them is the entire justification for their green energy boondoggles was climate change. Yet these heavily subsidized alternative energies only serve to crowd out conventional energy, and to make energy more expensive for everybody. Look at Europe: their heavy heavy spending on wind and solar have put them nearly in bankruptcy. We haven’t gone quite as far as Europe, but of course we have Solyndra et al as testament that all this is a pointless joke.
And don’t think that spending a ton of money on green energy would reduce our dependence on foreign oil. The economics of that are plain: if you have to spend 10x the amount of resources (money) to produce an equivalent unit of alternative energy, by definition you are actually using more resources (and thus energy) to produce the ‘green’ energy. I don’t know why they can’t hire a college Econ major to point this out before they go and spend billions of $.

anotherJoe on August 23, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Carney grilled by Tapper over Obama’s silence about dire warning from CBO yesterday

Flora Duh on August 23, 2012 at 7:02 PM

..Tapper’s on a roll, firing these zingers. Expect to see The Fetus experience a meltdown in the next 10 weeks. Frankly, when the Pantload is ejected, I hope this bloviating tool gets thrown out in a sack of medical waste.

The War Planner on August 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Communists everywhere are going to be pi$$ed.

Badger40 on August 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Hey O! Just remind them who you are. These idiots are so confused they don’t know whether to poop, pee or gargle. Ever watch a dog chase its tail until it catches it and then looks at you with that WTF look on its face…Same with Bummer’s campaign.

HoustonRight on August 23, 2012 at 7:27 PM

Communists everywhere are going to be pi$$ed.

Badger40 on August 23, 2012 at 7:21 PM

Nope, communists and Marxists are if anything patient, they will rework their scam and keep moving “Forward”…

SWalker on August 23, 2012 at 7:27 PM

This opens up more room for abortion on the schedule.

Alberta_Patriot on August 23, 2012 at 7:48 PM

Why don’t they have it front and center along with Obama’s other accomplishments?

arnold ziffel on August 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

You’ve got to have ClimateChange if you want to justify spending so much on the “green spoots” investments that pour money onto your contributors pockets.

J_Crater on August 23, 2012 at 8:01 PM

t is true that environmental concerns don’t tend to rate highly on people’s lists of priorities when they’re in the midst of economic hardship

Except when the policies being implemented to address those “environmental concerns” are one of the causes of the economic hardship being perpetrated upon those people suffering that hardship. It’s one thing when those policies cause discomfort, it’s entirely another when policies, based upon hoaxes and fantasies, cause hardship and economic destruction. Seems like this is a ripe field of exploitation for the election cycle.

AZfederalist on August 23, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Aren’t the majority of Americans skeptical about AGW these days?

TarheelBen on August 23, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Nope, communists and Marxists are if anything patient, they will rework their scam and keep moving “Forward”…

SWalker on August 23, 2012 at 7:27 PM

You’re right.
How silly of me.
It’s the PETA people who aren’t patient.

Badger40 on August 23, 2012 at 8:46 PM

… Now it is Climate Change. Once a powerful earth mover, the whole movement has become a joke, and a poor one at that. Lies, false data, E-mails about “Hiding the Decline” and the fall apart of the UN Report. There is no “Climate Consensus”, no Optimum temperature, no water rising 100ft, no swarms of mosquitoes and other ecological terrors to haunt us. The Democrats have packed it up, folded the tent, taken down the Circus and are moving on to the next Issue. I wonder what it will be?

Bulletchaser on August 23, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Outstanding post. I can feel it: the party’s over…

anotherJoe on August 23, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Has anyone compiled a list of things that Obama will no longer talk about this campaign? Here’s a short one off the top of my head:

1. Green energy
2. Jobs
3. The national debt
4. Economic growth
5. Transparency and civility
6. Public employee unions and card check
7. Bailouts
8. Stimulus

MJBrutus on August 24, 2012 at 6:04 AM

I guess it’s easier to use the term “Climate Change” than “Massive Worldwide Wealth Re-distribution via a Carbon Tax.”

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 24, 2012 at 8:41 AM

The Democrats have packed it up, folded the tent, taken down the Circus and are moving on to the next Issue. I wonder what it will be?

Bulletchaser on August 23, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Gore moved on to the term “Sustainability”, using it as a substitute for a moral code test of fairness about two years ago.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on August 24, 2012 at 8:43 AM

“Clearly [climate change] is something that is important to the administration, but right now we are obviously going to be focusing on jobs and the economy and talking about what our contrast is,” said Tom Reynolds. …

Wait a minute here…I thought “green energy” was the new silicone valley, this was going to bring us out of the recession, provide unlimited jobs, push back the rising tides…

I thought global warming was going to be the catalyst for a new America…

Don’t abandon the ship of hope…

right2bright on August 24, 2012 at 9:29 AM

However, the Obama administration has moved ahead — albeit slower than many activists had hoped — with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) climate regulations.

Which have brought the permitting and construction of new power plants to a screeching halt, including those powered by natural gas, which produces less emission of real (sulfur dioxide and particulates) and imaginary (carbon dioxide) pollutants than coal-fired power plants.

Meanwhile, lots natural-gas reserves have been recently discovered (Marcellus shale in PA and NY; Bakken fields in ND and MT), but their development has been strangled by Obama’s EPA.

Obama told us in 2008 that energy costs would “necessarily skyrocket”, and he did keep THAT promise! Which is why he doesn’t want to talk about that now, and a good reason why Romney should shout his energy plan (to develop North American fossil-fuel reserves, which will lower costs) from the rooftops.

Steve Z on August 24, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Feeling sheepish, are ewe?

FIFY.

Steve Z on August 24, 2012 at 10:52 AM