Obama: Climate change is going to be one of my top priorities this time around

posted at 8:31 pm on December 19, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Over the course of Obama’s first four years as president, we watched him ‘evolve’ from a zealous, I-will-slow-the-rise-of-the-oceans climate change champion to a remarkably quiet almost-bystander on the whole debate. Now that his second term is secure, I’m sure we can expect that at least his rhetoric on the subject will once again reach much more vociferous levels, via The Hill:

President Obama has identified climate change as one of his top three priorities in his second term after coming under fire from environmentalists for giving the issue short shrift during the campaign.

The president, in an interview for TIME’s Person of the Year award, said the economy, immigration, climate change and energy would be at the top of his agenda for the next four years. …

“[O]n an issue like climate change, for example, I think for this country and the world to ask some very tough questions about what are we leaving behind, that weighs on you. And not to mention the fact I think that generation is much more environmentally aware than previous generations,” he told TIME.

Of course, the president did not get into policy specifics for the feel-good TIME interview, and he’s still holding back on a lot of major energy-related decisions that have sweeping implications for our economy (hydraulic fracturing regulations, drilling leases, natural gas, etcetera). But, at the urging of the green lobby and well-monied eco-radicals, no doubt, I’m sure we’ll keep on seeing taxpayer money being frivolously thrown at well-subsidized renewable ventures and completely backwards, prosperity-discouraging energy-manipulation in poorer countries, like this latest tidbit:

Imagine the United States sending low-calorie food aid to Ethiopia in response to the global obesity epidemic. Absurd, right? …

Sadly, that is pretty much what the United States does on energy. In response to rising global carbon dioxide emissions, the U.S. government put restrictions on the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a federal agency that is a principal tool for promoting investment in poor countries. A recent rule, added in response to a lawsuit brought by Friends of the Earth and Greenpeace, imposes blind caps on the total CO2 emissions in OPIC’s portfolio, which ends up barring the agency from nearly all non-renewable electricity projects.

Even if global carbon emissions are worrisome, it seems misplaced to ask people in poor countries to bear the costs of a problem they didn’t create. … The scale of energy poverty is such that sizable populations will still require old-school grid power.

“Misplaced” being the polite way of phrasing it.

By the way, in case you missed it, rational optimist Matt Ridley had a great piece on the latest news in climate-change science in the WSJ, definitely worth the full read:

In short: We can now estimate, based on observations, how sensitive the temperature is to carbon dioxide. We do not need to rely heavily on unproven models. Comparing the trend in global temperature over the past 100-150 years with the change in “radiative forcing” (heating or cooling power) from carbon dioxide, aerosols and other sources, minus ocean heat uptake, can now give a good estimate of climate sensitivity.

The conclusion—taking the best observational estimates of the change in decadal-average global temperature between 1871-80 and 2002-11, and of the corresponding changes in forcing and ocean heat uptake—is this: A doubling of CO2 will lead to a warming of 1.6°-1.7°C (2.9°-3.1°F). …

A cumulative change of less than 2°C by the end of this century will do no net harm. It will actually do net good—that much the IPCC scientists have already agreed upon in the last IPCC report. Rainfall will increase slightly, growing seasons will lengthen, Greenland’s ice cap will melt only very slowly, and so on.


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I remember way back in 2009 when he was going to focus all laser-like on jobs…

And in 2010!

And 2011!

And 2012!

So laser-like on the job front, no?

ajacksonian on December 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

It takes less than 5 years for most nations to go full tyrannical.

Obama, the black president, is right on schedule.

tom daschle concerned on December 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Omigosh, Obysmal is the “Person of My Entire Lifetime,” and I am so over him already.

onlineanalyst on December 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM

And John Boner just can’t wait to cave!!

our

side

sucks.

Tim_CA on December 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Why did Time paint him so ashy?

BKeyser on December 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

I remember way back in 2009 when he was going to focus all laser-like on jobs…

And in 2010!

And 2011!

And 2012!

So laser-like on the job front, no?

ajacksonian on December 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Lasers are focused energy, which can be destructive.

Obama was being honest about his intent to destroy jobs.

And all the godless reprobates say he is their lord and saviour.

May he lead you all into the gaping jaws of eternal hell.

tom daschle concerned on December 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Why did Time paint him so ashy?

BKeyser on December 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

That’s pixie dust.

Tim_CA on December 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM

What a disaster.

No, I am NOT talking about “climate change”.

Paul-Cincy on December 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I sincerely hope he focuses on this in the same manner as he did on jobs!

OldEnglish on December 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Why did Time paint him so ashy?

BKeyser on December 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Because he has made a complete “ash” of himself.

(thanks to sierra for the inspiration)

MelonCollie on December 19, 2012 at 8:37 PM

One more pivot and he’ll qualify for Lazy Susan status.

BobMbx on December 19, 2012 at 8:39 PM

May he lead you all into the gaping jaws of eternal hell.

tom daschle concerned on December 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Yup!

And once you are in hell the only way to get out is to get to the center, and then choose a direction. Reversing course soon stops being an option: the only way out IS through the center. Luckily those lasers are charged up with Solyndra panels… the damage is done, however, the worst is yet to come.

The Mayans were putting us on… the world doesn’t end on 21 DEC 2012.

We only will wish that it had.

ajacksonian on December 19, 2012 at 8:43 PM

The parasite class President is getting more delusional by the minute…

mnjg on December 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Next, the Nobel Prize for Economics!!! For his top priority of destroying America.

Ufdaubet on December 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Obama is racist for not admitting that nominating Obama in 2008 didn’t reverse global warming.

malclave on December 19, 2012 at 8:44 PM

Obama, the half black president, is right on schedule.

tom daschle concerned on December 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM

Fixed.

chewmeister on December 19, 2012 at 8:46 PM

Luckily those lasers are charged up with Solyndra panels…

ajacksonian on December 19, 2012 at 8:43 PM

Heh.

Tim_CA on December 19, 2012 at 8:46 PM

What, is he finally going to get around to healing the planet and slowing he rise of the oceans?

Stu Gotts on December 19, 2012 at 8:46 PM

What ever happened to separation of church and state?

The Count on December 19, 2012 at 8:54 PM

The American people want jobs, Mr. President.

Robert_Paulson on December 19, 2012 at 8:55 PM

barry has alread done great damage in this area…not only the coal stuff, which we will pay for later but the CAFE standards that industry ‘agreed to’ that will make cars very lightweight…by 2025

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/28/new-mileage-standards-obama_n_1836546.html

all this was strictly regulatory…Executive Branch stuff. I’m sure he has 100s of lawyers working the regs now for ‘improvements’

would that it be that we had a watchdog press

r keller on December 19, 2012 at 8:56 PM

Why did Time paint him so ashy?

BKeyser on December 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

More mind-boggling is: why they left out the halo (perhaps the ash/pixie dust is covering its effect)?

A better choice IMHO would have been the TOTUS; like good Leftists, Time must not be looking for the highest merits or earnings …

ShainS on December 19, 2012 at 8:59 PM

GACK!!!!

ladyingray on December 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Elections. Have. Consequences.

A big, sarcastic thank you to all those who just could not bring themselves to vote for Romney and an even bigger one to the GOP for giving us Romney in the first place.

Odysseus on December 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

That’s pixie dust.

Tim_CA on December 19, 2012 at 8:35 PM

I thought it was cocaine.

VegasRick on December 19, 2012 at 9:01 PM

Twit of the Year alright!

Boy the Environmentalists sure have been patient!

canopfor on December 19, 2012 at 9:01 PM

i just now looked at the barry photo on Time. Clearly something they wanted for History…it is FDR again. Forget clinton, carter, lbj, jfk, truman.

this is FDR…the press is awestruck, they were hoping for Camelot…but they got an even bigger, bolder preezy…another FDR.

tingles, thrills to be alive at This Moment..the Moment We’ve been Waiting For…

(yes, these people are cultists)

r keller on December 19, 2012 at 9:02 PM

What better funnel to spend us into oblivion?

wolly4321 on December 19, 2012 at 9:03 PM

Why did Time paint him so ashy?

BKeyser on December 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

…it’s the semen in the paint!

Obama: Climate change is going to be one of my top priorities this time around

…call Al Gore…if it was like his focus on ‘jobs’ the climate is going to get much worse…but make people happy!

KOOLAID2 on December 19, 2012 at 9:03 PM

There’s a lot of carbon in that painting..

Electrongod on December 19, 2012 at 9:05 PM

In other words, Obama will do nothing of any substance.

Liam on December 19, 2012 at 9:07 PM

****Alert **********

Now theres 4!

Update: US State Dept. says 4 of its officials have left after report on Benghazi consulate attack – @BBCBreaking

40 secs ago by editor
=========================

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20787086#TWEET462430

canopfor on December 19, 2012 at 9:07 PM

Why did Time paint him so ashy?

BKeyser on December 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Looks like they tweeked his nose too.

Mimzey on December 19, 2012 at 9:08 PM

Oh goodie

gophergirl on December 19, 2012 at 9:09 PM

Even in black and white, his lips are purple and his heart is blacker than black.

tom daschle concerned on December 19, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Now theres 4!

Update: US State Dept. says 4 of its officials have left after report on Benghazi consulate attack – @BBCBreaking

40 secs ago by editor
=========================

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-20787086#TWEET462430

canopfor on December 19, 2012 at 9:07 PM

If it doesn’t include where the buck stops…

Then Americans will return to their previously scheduled program…

Electrongod on December 19, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Libs won’t be happy until we’re all driving around in a pregnant roller skate. Geo Washington must be spinning in his grave. We have devolved from being created by a bunch of people who gave their lives and fortunes, to a bunch of sniveling whiny mush mouth hands out for the free stuff morons. Can’t wait for the nfl to convert to touch instead of tackle. Get rid of the PINK, guys.

Kissmygrits on December 19, 2012 at 9:14 PM

I think the picture making Barry blacker than he is is a purposeful attempt to have people comment on his color, and by doing that, keep the “racist” meme alive.
We’ll see.

Mimzey on December 19, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Why did Time paint him so ashy?

BKeyser on December 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

Power, gravity, serious, consequential, embattled, steadfast, stern (not severe), trustworthy,

*yawn*

thoughtful, mature, great.

Axe on December 19, 2012 at 9:15 PM

I am old enough to remember when it was the “Man of the Year”. When did they go so PC?

Theophile on December 19, 2012 at 9:17 PM

There was a Time – once.

OldEnglish on December 19, 2012 at 9:17 PM

What better funnel to spend us into oblivion?

wolly4321 on December 19, 2012 at 9:03 PM

I’m learning Mandarin.

I want to be able to communicate with our future masters.

Tim_CA on December 19, 2012 at 9:20 PM

I think the picture making Barry blacker than he is is a purposeful attempt to have people comment on his color, and by doing that, keep the “racist” meme alive.
We’ll see.

Mimzey on December 19, 2012 at 9:15 PM

Well…

I turned the brightness up on my monitor…

Now I see a white King..

But he is still King..

“It’s not the setting of their brightness..
It’s the content of their character”…

Something that Time’s painting doesn’t capture..

Electrongod on December 19, 2012 at 9:20 PM

Looks like they tweeked his nose too.

Mimzey on December 19, 2012 at 9:08 PM

During the OJ trial, Time make Simpson look ‘more black.’ They seem to do this regularly, and they’re liberals.

Hmmm….

Someone once wrote, “The more a person uses the term ‘African-American’ in public, the more likely he uses the N-word in private.”

Typical of liberals.

Liam on December 19, 2012 at 9:21 PM

food aid to Ethiopia

Leaving aside the absurdity of the Dog-Eater, food choices, obesity, global warming-cooling, and crony capitalism…

Ethiopian food is totally kick-ass and worth a try if you have the chance.

CorporatePiggy on December 19, 2012 at 9:22 PM

“Climate Change” means global redistribution, and global redistribution for us at this point means borrowing money to give it away. Just stating the obvious for the public record.

Axe on December 19, 2012 at 9:22 PM

Well…

I turned the brightness up on my monitor…

Now I see a white King..

But he is still King..

“It’s not the setting of their brightness..
It’s the content of their character”…

Something that Time’s painting doesn’t capture..

Electrongod on December 19, 2012 at 9:20 PM

*I forgot “regal.”

Axe on December 19, 2012 at 9:27 PM

I don’t know. Somehow it makes me want to take a bunch of car tires & batteries, soak’em in gas,,, and figure out a way to ignite them from a 100 yards away with my AR.

wolly4321 on December 19, 2012 at 9:29 PM

In other words: The public will be disarmed and the New King will inform us of his big plans.

Can’t wait, the next 4 years are going to be some fun times.

Bishop on December 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I think that generation is much more environmentally aware than previous generations

The global warming hoax scientists all refuse to debate the issue so this “awareness” is complete brainwashing. They want you to come to their conclusion based on slogans like “it’s no longer debateable”, “the science is settled”, “everyone knows it’s real”, etc. Pure cult tactics. If you really believed that man was causing the earth to roast, you’d be making yourself available to debate anyone and you wouldn’t be shy about producing the data. If you are a scientist who determines a life-ending meteor is going to crash into the earth in 6 months, you aren’t running polls asking “do you believe that a meteor is going to destroy earth in 6 months?” and then using the results to bolster your assertion. That would be all the proof you need that it’s a hoax.

Buddahpundit on December 19, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Obama can talk all he wants, but we saw how his “laser like focus” worked on the economy. Every few months. Then the parties, golf, and campaign events became his life for months. Followed by a 2 day focus. Rinse, lather, repeat.

William Teach on December 19, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Barack Obama is the greatest man who ever lived and he is on the cover of a magazine and everything. He is so awesome he won a piece prize for doing nothing. Try that you haters.

SparkPlug on December 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Kill lists, illegal detention, illegal torture, illegal wiretapping of citizens, endless unconstitutional wars, drone attacks on men, women and children…you’ve got to do a LOT to get this honor. Congrats Obama!…

PatriotRider on December 19, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Barack Obama and Hugo Chavez want your guns. Hugo Chavez is man of the year in Valenzuela. Barry is man of the year in MSM land.

SparkPlug on December 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM

Global Warming is regarded by the sheeple as true, by anyone who can think for himself as false, and by the money grubbing and the power mad as … … useful.

VorDaj on December 19, 2012 at 10:20 PM

What would be the effect of this Global Warming fraud and coercion, if successful? To make one half the world fools and the other half hypocrites; to support roguery and error all over the earth. Al Gore and the Global Warming fraudsters converted simple changes in the weather into an engine for enslaving mankind to filch wealth and power to themselves. They, in fact, constitute the real Anti-Scientists.

VorDaj on December 19, 2012 at 10:24 PM

So we’re doomed to another four years of anemic job growth. Wonderful.

CW on December 19, 2012 at 10:48 PM

Is anybody really surprised by this? He owes his soul and his presidency to the green groups. We heard him promise war on coal before his first election. Now he has no excuse for not giving them everything he promised.

flataffect on December 19, 2012 at 10:50 PM

This is all going to end badly, you know.

claudius on December 19, 2012 at 10:57 PM

They made the first not even half black US president look darker than Tim Scott.

Berry’s mother cries in her grave.

Schadenfreude on December 19, 2012 at 11:01 PM

I wouldn’t line a bird cage with Time magazine. It’s utter nonsense at this point. And as far as Barry’s “climate change” goes… only morons wouldn’t smell the corruption.

Murf76 on December 19, 2012 at 11:27 PM

CW: “So we’re doomed to another four years of anemic job growth. Wonderful”.
I wish it would be just 4 more years.
Just think, 50% (& growing with amnesty) of Americans receive free phones, welfare, food stamps, health care, etc…a solid voting block for the Demons for the next 50 years.
I stand by my prediction: 2014 the Queen gets her gavel back; wish it wasn’t so.
On the Michael radio show tonight he reminded his listeners that when Hitler came to power he authorized that all firearms be registered, & then he took them all. Wait ’til mean ole Biden gets into this.
So Obama’s priorities to destroy the middle class are: carbon tax, continue to rob the treasury with stimulus & cronyism, go off the fiscal cliff to increase revenues, more auto bailouts & use of taxpayer monies to purchase Volts for taxpayer agencies; I know I’m missing some!
This link calculates how much more you’ll pay in taxes in 2013:

http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2012/12/19/tax-increases-coming-whether-fiscal-cliff-is-averted-or-not/

Belle on December 19, 2012 at 11:28 PM

A big, sarcastic thank you to all those who just could not bring themselves to vote for Romney and an even bigger one to the GOP for giving us Romney in the first place.Odysseus on December 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Why? So Republicans can get blamed as well for the unavoidable cliff? Better to let the Donks own it then we pick up the pieces.

Heck just watch boner and mitchless cave again and again to odumbo – that’s the GOPe standard bearers.

AH_C on December 19, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Hey, Odysseus: I’d take a liberal republican any day over a socialist/marxist. That was the choice, & the food stamp president won.

Belle on December 19, 2012 at 11:40 PM

I hope the Mayans were right.

PappyD61 on December 20, 2012 at 12:05 AM

Why is there a federal agency called the “Overseas Private Investment Corporation”?

Montjoie on December 20, 2012 at 1:07 AM

Off topic but has anyone noticed that the ideological skew of Google search results seems to be getting worse? For instance, if you’re researching “American contributions to technology,” you’re bombarded with nothing but pages about African American contributions to technology. And if you’re researching “American foreign policy successes,” the overwhelming lean is toward pages which talk about Obama. Try it!

Sharke on December 20, 2012 at 1:26 AM

Why did Time paint him so ashy?

BKeyser on December 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

He didn’t use his lotion. You know how black people get when they don’t lose their lotion.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-fCHfGexkww

The Notorious G.O.P on December 20, 2012 at 5:07 AM

Off topic but has anyone noticed that the ideological skew of Google search results seems to be getting worse? For instance, if you’re researching “American contributions to technology,” you’re bombarded with nothing but pages about African American contributions to technology. And if you’re researching “American foreign policy successes,” the overwhelming lean is toward pages which talk about Obama. Try it!

Sharke on December 20, 2012 at 1:26 AM

I can back that up. Completely different search earlier kept yielding results that were leftest schtick. I had to flip pages could never get an actual match for the data I was searching for.

But there might be a lot more of it, the schtick.

Axe on December 20, 2012 at 6:37 AM

*flip pages and even then could

dunno what happened. :)

Axe on December 20, 2012 at 6:50 AM

Here come more “green” energy bailouts.

JetBoy on December 20, 2012 at 9:24 AM

1st Term:

J*O*B*S is my #1 Priority…..

….Right behind shoving Obamacare through into law in the wee hours of the morning….

….Right after nationalizing GM, stripping 20,000 auto workers of their pensions as punishment for not belonging to a Union…

…Right after Arming Mexican Drug cartels with thousands of guns/grenades, racking up a body count of 300+ & counting…

…Right after setting monthly, annual, & ‘Total’ deficit-spending records, adding $6 Trillion to the Natl debt – more debt than almost as much as every President in US History – COMBINED, & getting our credit rating downgraded for the 1st time in US History…

…Right after giving hundreds of billions to 13 failed / bankrupting Green Energy companies heavily invested in by Obama donors to ensure they didn’t lose any of their money….

…Right after refusing to provide the American Ambassador in Libya more protection after 2 previous terrorist attacks & ordering response teams 2hrs away during that last 6+ hour terrorist attack to ‘Stand Down’ & not go – relieving of command the AFRICOM Commander who voiced his intent to ignore that order & go to their rescue anyway….

Now his priorities seem to be:
1) Eliminating the Debt Ceiling so he can add as much debt as he possibly can in the next 4 years while refusing to reduce record-setting deficit spending ($292 Billion in the 1st 2 moths of the new fiscal year – on pace to add $1.7 Trillion in new debt in his 1st year of his 2nd term
2) Raising taxes on the ‘rich’ so he can raise $1.6 Trillion in new revenue over the next TEN YEARS…while adding $1.7 Trillion in new debt EVERY YEAR….
3) Continuing to pump hundreds of billions of tax dollars into failed/failing donor-supported Green Energy Companies while continuing to bankrupt the coal & natural gas industries, destroying whole communities/states like West Virginia & Pennsylvania (BIG Coal Mining states/areas)
4) Stripping Americans of their 2nd ammendment Rights — where his Fast & Furious plan failed, lunatics like the ‘Joke’ & the Ct school shooter & the raw emotion their attacks produced will aid Obama get the job done. As Rhambo Emmanuel said, ‘Never let a good tragedy go to waste….’

easyt65 on December 20, 2012 at 9:29 AM