Climate-change agenda a “top priority” in the second term

posted at 1:51 pm on January 18, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

What will Barack Obama’s second-term agenda push hardest?  The Associated Press says climate change will be at the top of the priority list, even though it doesn’t even appear on the list of voter concerns:

President Barack Obama’s second-term energy agenda is taking shape and, despite the departure of key Cabinet officials, it looks a lot like the first: more reliance on renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar, and expanded production of oil and natural gas. Obama also is promising to address climate change, an issue he has acknowledged was sometimes overlooked during his first term.

“The president has been clear that tackling climate change and enhancing energy security will be among his top priorities in his second term,” said Clark Stevens, a White House spokesman.

How important is this for the American people?  It’s so important that it doesn’t even appear on Gallup’s survey from earlier this week.  Gallup asked the open-ended question about the priorities of general-population American adults, and the top five issues were the economy, the federal deficit, dissatisfaction with government, unemployment, and lack of money.  Not one response related to the environment ended up on the list.  Clearly, the electorate’s priorities are not terribly in sync with those of the White House.  (Gun control, their other major push, only got mentioned by four percent, so this isn’t exactly news, I grant you.)

One important clue for the direction Obama will take will be the Keystone XL pipeline.  Approval for the new route got kicked past the election by Obama, even though the Republican House tried to force his hand last year in the middle of a budget fight.  The US could score tens of thousands of jobs through the project as well as strengthen ties with Canada (and deny China the opportunity for cheap crude), but environmentalists are demanding that Obama stop the pipeline:

The pipeline has become a flashpoint in a bitter partisan dispute. Republicans and many business groups say the project would help achieve energy independence for North America and create thousands of jobs.

But environmental groups have urged Obama to block the pipeline, which they say would transport “dirty oil” from tar sands in western Canada and produce heat-trapping gases that contribute to global warming. They also worry about a possible spill.

If the pipeline is approved, “the administration would be actively supporting and encouraging the growth of an industry which has demonstrably serious effects on climate,” 18 top climate scientists wrote in a letter to Obama this week.

Yes, it’s Obama’s job to control the weather, says the Sierra Club:

Michael Brune, executive director of the Sierra Club, said Obama’s second term will be pivotal in the fight against climate change, which he called the “singular issue of our time for anyone who cares about clean air, clean water and a safe future for our families.”

Brune urged Obama to take “swift, decisive action to prevent more erratic weather, superstorms and wildfires.”

No doubt these groups are thrilled to be dealing with Obama rather than Mitt Romney, who represented the filthy rich and the environmental abusers.  Thank goodness we’ll be celebrating Obama’s inauguration next week, they must be telling themselves, so that people who really care about the environment can rally around the President!

And about that rally

Charter buses, family minivans and trains are all arriving in the area, as hundreds of thousands of people make their way to President Barack Obama’s second inauguration.

Then there are those arriving by private planes — enough to close a runway at Dulles International Airport to clear out enough space for them to park.

“We expect about 300 private aircraft this inauguration,” says David Mould, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.

“We have parking areas at Dulles Airport that will accommodate a number of aircraft, but when those begin to fill up, we will move them out onto the runway area that we have reserved for this purpose,” he says.

Say, remember when corporate jets were the real cause of the trillion-dollar budget deficits? Good times, good times.  I wonder why all of these Obama supporters won’t fly commercial and save the environment?  Don’t they know that using private airplanes only puts more demand on energy resources — like the Keystone XL pipeline?

As Instapundit often writes, when they act like it’s a crisis, then I’ll take it more seriously.

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well the green thing is funded here in the UK but it has not been a success by any means. people are starting to turn against it, finally.

Steven McGregor on January 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

as ginsberg wrote, you can’t eat shit without having visions.
 
sesquipedalian on January 18, 2013 at 1:48 PM

rogerb on January 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

This is all a wealth transfer scam.

Blake on January 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

Without the UN’s Agenda 21 in full motion, the progressive utopia will not come…

katy on January 18, 2013 at 1:55 PM

Focused like a LASER…

…on destroying jobs and sending America’s wealth to 3rd world jihadist crapholes.

Time for the red states to start heading for the exit.

Rebar on January 18, 2013 at 1:56 PM

“The polar ice caps have been melting…” – Al Gore

GhoulAid on January 18, 2013 at 1:57 PM

“I believe in Global Warming…..hahahahah, suckers.” – Al Gore, signing over his CurrentTV network to oil-based Al-Jazeera

sentinelrules on January 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

Green energy=Taking $ from productive members of society and giving it to those who are less productive.

newportmike on January 18, 2013 at 2:00 PM

How in H **l did this “person” get re-elected?

sandee on January 18, 2013 at 2:02 PM

Second term agenda:

- Grant amnesty
- Take guns
- destroy cheap and abundant energy sources
- Make everything even more expensive
- Steal as much money as possible and give to cronies and left wing groups
- Make everyone poorer … except the Marxists, who will become all powerful and uber rich, controlling the serfs
- Blame it all on Republicans

darwin on January 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

I blame AGW on HotAir.

Limerick on January 18, 2013 at 2:05 PM

At least we know what the new “Squirrel” will be as the gun grab goes away (hopefully…I’m watching…Not through my scope…yet.)

Anything to avoid the failures of this Administration.

ProfShadow on January 18, 2013 at 2:05 PM

This is all a wealth transfer scam.

Blake on January 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

To fund their global government and third world welfare. It also has the added benefit of moving more and more people closer to urban areas, which will eventually make control of the populace much easier.

First they have to disarm us though.

darwin on January 18, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Take a picture of that runway with 300 planes on it.

Post it with the caption, “Obama’s Friends”

Circulate it.

Will cover a lot of ground with that one.

Jabberwock on January 18, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Crippling the economy climate change is at the top of my Agenda. Yah that’ll sound better in the state of the union. Print it!

can_con on January 18, 2013 at 2:07 PM

If it’s the same kind of “top priority” as jobs are, it’ll go nowhere. He’ll blather about for a bit saying nice sounding stuff and doing nothing. Does anyone know of anything Obama doesn’t consider a “top priority” besides doing his job?

Duncan Khuver on January 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Since 90% of the nation has been in a deep freeze for weeks now, I’d say the last thing people want to hear is about phony global warming.

darwin on January 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM

So all the trolls that are getting ready to log in,
after Hussein launders billions of taxpayers dollars through
” green” bundlers , to stand up to climate change,
there will be no more hurricanes ,cyclones, wildfires , floods and droughts ? Will the planet finally heal because I was told that rise of the oceans had already slowed ….

burrata on January 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Obama is a lie, stuffed inside a liar.

These shiftless nogood commie hack blood sucking vampire Democrats have nothing but lies and fraud.

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

The Clitons are the base lie.

Kerry is the show boat liar.

Al Gore is the creep liar.

Obama is a lie.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 18, 2013 at 2:15 PM

Obutthead can drastically improve the climate in America by simply resigning.

NOMOBO on January 18, 2013 at 2:16 PM

well the green thing is funded here in the UK but it has not been a success by any means. people are starting to turn against it, finally.

Steven McGregor on January 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

It’s a mantra that is perpetuated by the likes of Cameron and Clegg who are under the impression that everyone has a few hundred thousand put aside for a rainy day .

Anyhow what is it with positions being labelled ‘The Minister for Climate Change’ – does this mean you write to him or her every week for the weather forecast?

EnglishRogue on January 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

I have actually experienced climate change. I flew to Phoenix.

Rusty Allen on January 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Since 90% of the nation has been in a deep freeze for weeks now, I’d say the last thing people want to hear is about phony global warming.

darwin on January 18, 2013 at 2:10 PM

yeah last might, it snowed where i was! (nc) must be because of global warming!

Sachiko on January 18, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Climate-change agenda a “top priority” in the second term

…anything!…except unemployment…the economy…the debt…spending…etc.

KOOLAID2 on January 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM

- Blame it all on Republicans

darwin on January 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

You forgot white Christians, conservatives and pro-life folks. I guess you could say pretty much anyone not a BO worshiper.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM

I know how we can put a dent in AlGoreBull warming! Make BHO shut his pie hole for a few days and stay off of AF-1 for 6 months. Ever heard of Skype mister Urkel?

Key West Reader on January 18, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Support for the theory that man is causing global warming, er… climate change, is fueled primarily by liberal-driven media hype. We need to sweep away all the secondary issues to concentrate on the two main points:

1. Current temperatures are not unusual. The hockey stick, which was a fabrication by the Berkeley grad Michael Mann to imply that temperatures in the 20th century were skyrocketing and in at record levels, was debunked. Simply put, there is nothing wrong with the climate.
2. Even if temperatures were unusually high, there is no evidence that CO2 has anything to do with it. That’s true, and for a primer on the CO2 topic see and share this 3 minute video that convincingly exposes Al Gore’s & the IPCC’s glariing deceptions on CO2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WK_WyvfcJyg&desc=GGWarmingSwindle_CO2Lag

anotherJoe on January 18, 2013 at 2:30 PM

2008 – 2016 will be known in the history books as the deluded years.

can_con on January 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Brune urged Obama to take “swift, decisive action to prevent more erratic weather, superstorms and wildfires.”

Yes! Because EVERYONE KNOWS we’ve NEVER had erratic weather, superstorms or wildfires before now.

GarandFan on January 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM

Now that The TRAITOR-in-chief can concentrate on the more lucrative scams, you peons are going to have to wait for Immigration & Finances, until after the Butcher of Benghazi, scams you suckers out of a few Billion dollars from Climate Fraud Scams & Schemes. He’s got Gal Bore ready to kick the Scam into hi gear, so he can redistribute your wealth to those who really deserve it. Him! Just ask yourself… Were you stupid enough to let them put one of those “Smart Meters” in your house? Then you will be the first to give up your wealth to Gal Bore & The Butcher of Benghazi!BTW, they won’t be redistributing your money to others. It goes to them. The rest of you peons wouldn’t know what to do with that much money. For your protection, Benedict Obama & Gal Bore will keep it for you… and I HOPE YOU APPRECIATE IT! Don’t You?

http://www.paratisiusa.blogspot.com

God Bless America!

paratisi on January 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM

yeah last might, it snowed where i was! (nc) must be because of global warming!

Sachiko on January 18, 2013 at 2:22 PM

That it is. You must have missed that memo. It’s Catastrophic Anthropogenic Global Warming or CAGW.
“Global warming” is just so 2000ish. Maybe I should have said 2kish? It does kind of sound more hip.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

I have actually experienced climate change. I flew to Phoenix.

Rusty Allen on January 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Hey – so have I – without flying anywhere.
A few days ago it hit -10 overnight, then as that bright yellow thing moved up in the sky it got up to about 40. And today we’re into the 50s. I’ve personally seen a 60 degree differential in the “climate” within a few days.

dentarthurdent on January 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

- Blame it all on Republicans

darwin on January 18, 2013 at 2:03 PM

You forgot white Christians, conservatives and pro-life folks. I guess you could say pretty much anyone not a BO worshiper.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM

And the guns – those EVIL guns!!!
I know mine get hot when I put a lot of bullets through them….

dentarthurdent on January 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

2008 – 2016 will be known in the history books as the deluded years.

can_con on January 18, 2013 at 2:31 PM

How silly, you still think BO will be gone in 2016. I think 2008 – will be known as the “Golden Age of BO”.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

rogerb on January 18, 2013 at 1:53 PM

LOL!

Night Owl on January 18, 2013 at 2:38 PM

When they start to act like it’s a crisis …

It would still be BS, whether these leftist nihilists act as if they believe what they say or not. I don’t care how leftists act. That has nothing to do with their idiotic ideas. They’re wrong and they would be wrong if they all went the full Ed Begley on us.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on January 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM

“singular issue of our time for anyone who cares about clean air, clean water and a safe future for our families.”

The “issue” if this keeps up is the air will be dirtier from wood smoke from the campfires near the tents and hovels. People will be boiling water to use for cooking and drinking if they are lucky enough to find small game to take with the bows and arrows.

docflash on January 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM

And the guns – those EVIL guns!!!
I know mine get hot when I put a lot of bullets through them….

dentarthurdent on January 18, 2013 at 2:37 PM

And they do get hot. Hot enough to give one a nasty burn. I know. It happen to me years ago.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 18, 2013 at 2:40 PM

O/T Ray Nagin indicted on 21 charges.

docflash on January 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Progressive and morbidly obese methane generator Governor Christie will be very happy with the long legged Mac daddy.

Mr. Arrogant on January 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Hey – so have I – without flying anywhere.
A few days ago it hit -10 overnight, then as that bright yellow thing moved up in the sky it got up to about 40. And today we’re into the 50s. I’ve personally seen a 60 degree differential in the “climate” within a few days.

dentarthurdent on January 18, 2013 at 2:34 PM

But of course that big yellow thing couldn’t possibly be wha causes that – must be all the SUVs that come out during daylight…..

dentarthurdent on January 18, 2013 at 2:41 PM

And they do get hot. Hot enough to give one a nasty burn. I know. It happen to me years ago.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 18, 2013 at 2:40 PM

Haven’t gotten a gun burn yet – now the exhaust headers on my old Camaro are another story….

dentarthurdent on January 18, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Yes! Because EVERYONE KNOWS we’ve NEVER had erratic weather, superstorms or wildfires before now.

GarandFan on January 18, 2013 at 2:32 PM

We’ve have erratic weather because Idi Hussein was not in the WH .
Now just watch, with just a few fatwas banning erratic weather , and a few dozen money laundering games, Hussein will make superstorms and wildfires and hurricanes a thing of the past.
(They were Bush’s fault anyway)

burrata on January 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

The “issue” if this keeps up is the air will be dirtier from wood smoke from the campfires near the tents and hovels. People will be boiling water to use for cooking and drinking if they are lucky enough to find small game to take with the bows and arrows.

docflash on January 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM

You sum up the environmentalist wet dream pretty good. Except, they expect that most of the population will be dead so there will not be many fires causing dirty air.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

The “issue” if this keeps up is the air will be dirtier from wood smoke from the campfires near the tents and hovels. People will be boiling water to use for cooking and drinking if they are lucky enough to find small game to take with the bows and arrows.

docflash on January 18, 2013 at 2:39 PM

You sum up the environmentalist wet dream pretty good. Except, they expect that most of the population will be dead so there will not be many fires causing dirty air.

Dr. Frank Enstine on January 18, 2013 at 2:45 PM

And what makes you think they won’t ban wood fires?
It’s already against building codes in some areas to build a new house with an actual wood burning fireplace.

dentarthurdent on January 18, 2013 at 2:49 PM

Better get used to eating any kind of meat sushi style – i.e. raw.
Of course that’s assuming they don’t also outlaw eating meat….

dentarthurdent on January 18, 2013 at 2:50 PM

Like weather, climates do change.
The Earth is a planet in a Solar System.
The Sun is a mid-range star amoung countless others.
The SUN is the source of ALL ENERGY on THIS PLANET. (I’ll exclude nuclear … but it could be factored in if you wish define the TOTAL SYSTEM.)

Geololgical energy sources are a result of our mass orbiting in the Sun’s gravitational field. Molten core and all that.
CARBOHYDRATE based energy forms orginated from the SUN LIGHT irradiating this planet. The Sun radiates something like 10^26 WATTS per SECOND continuously.
We are lead by lawmakers/politicans who for the most part are trained as lawyers or polisci majors. We are informed of their endeavors by so called journalists. AS I’ve recollected many times … I never, ever once, ever saw any jouralism majors in ANY upper level core science or engineering classes in college. EVER.

And I’m sure, there are trolls readers/responders here that believe King Putt can control the Sun.

Missilengr on January 18, 2013 at 2:54 PM

They think the world has too many people, but they refuse to self-immolate to help the problem. They think there is too much carbon, but they won’t quit flying their private planes. They think we should live in small hovels using ferns and such to wipe, while they live in big mansions in snazzy locations which require copious amounts of air conditioning. I’m starting to think they aren’t sincere in their deep concern for Gaia.

Night Owl on January 18, 2013 at 2:55 PM

EnglishRogue on January 18, 2013 at 2:18 PM

i thought it was a joke the first time i saw that gov title. one day the democrats will be as open about socialism as labour is here. very scary.

Steven McGregor on January 18, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Bend over America, we’re going to take what you’ve got left. For Gaia. Oh yes.

CorporatePiggy on January 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM

And I’m sure, there are trolls readers/responders here that believe King Putt can control the Sun.

Missilengr on January 18, 2013 at 2:54 PM

Everyday at around 3 PM i.e before going to bed,
Herr Hussein signs an EO, commanding the sun to rise the next day.
When he fails to do so due to partying or golfing or just because he is lazy, there is no sunrise the next day.

burrata on January 18, 2013 at 3:10 PM

During a local sports talk show today there was a skit, “Things Manti Teo still believes in.” Among them – unicorns, global warming…

¡No shi’ite!

Akzed on January 18, 2013 at 3:42 PM

This is all a wealth transfer scam.

Blake on January 18, 2013 at 1:54 PM

To fund their global government and third world welfare. It also has the added benefit of moving more and more people closer to urban areas, which will eventually make control of the populace much easier.

First they have to disarm us though.

darwin on January 18, 2013 at 2:06 PM

Agenda 21.

petefrt on January 18, 2013 at 4:15 PM

I sure hope the One tells us what the perfect climate is supposed to be. Has anyone answered that question yet? I mean, if we are supposed to be so worried about climate change or global warming, or whatever else they want to call it, then what is it supposed to be? What is the ideal climate we are talking about wasting, I mean “investing” trillions of dollars to achieve? If you can answer that please provide detailed reasoning for me.

Ellis on January 18, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Brune urged Obama to take “swift, decisive action to prevent more erratic weather, superstorms and wildfires.”

Environmentalists are insane. Simply insane.

KS Rex on January 18, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Lord Monckton says that we don’t have to worry about climate change:

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2012/03/10/moncktons-schenectady-showdown/

Warning: Progressives can’t stand Lord Monckton.

Special Forces Grunt on January 18, 2013 at 4:24 PM

What a joke! Two years ago, YES – TWO YEARS – Obama was “focused like a laser” on jobs. Now, more than 25+ million Americans are unemployed!!!! His Job Council has not met in over ONE YEAR!

Obviously, Obama and his commitments have no substance! Obama panders, poses for PR Photo ops, and dodges. No one calls him on his pernicious policies and lack of leadership.

America is in such deep trouble….is there no one out there protecting voters? America?

phoebe1 on January 18, 2013 at 5:32 PM

Is murdering twenty five white Americans part of his climate change agenda? That is what Obama’s friend Bill Ayers (Obama and Osama both have friends that bombed the Pentagon) suggested in his book Prairie Fire.

tom daschle concerned on January 18, 2013 at 7:39 PM

^25 million

tom daschle concerned on January 19, 2013 at 1:23 AM

The Obamunists want to tax us more—and more. ‘Climate change’, née ‘Global warming’, is a big, fat excuse for a ‘carbon tax’, i.e. a tax on energy use.

The big question is whether The Puppet President’s handlers can find some way to implement such a tax by executive order, and thereby get around the House of Representatives.

Of course, they can probably convince the lackluster House Republicans to roll over and play dead, too.

MrLynn on January 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM