Biden: “Keep the faith,” green lobby

posted at 1:11 pm on January 21, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

The Obama administration has lately been assuring us that climate change is going to be a top priority during the president’s second term — no, this time, he really means it, guys — and Vice President Biden stopped by the Green Inaugural Ball on Sunday night to reassure the well-monied environmental community that the administration will not be treating it as a second-tier issue (despite its resounding second-tier status among Americans’ priorities, hem hem):

Vice President Joe Biden reassured environmentalists Sunday night that the Obama administration would not let climate change fall by the wayside in the president’s second term.

“I’ll tell you what my green dream is: that we finally face up to climate change,” Biden said during a surprise appearance at the “Green Ball,” an inaugural weekend event for environmental groups. …

Biden offered no details about what the administration’s approach will be but said, “I don’t intend on ending this four years without getting an awful lot more done.”

He added: “Keep the faith.”

It’s the type of reassurance that the Obama administration should probably keep on coming to stay in the environmental lobby’s good graces, because Team Obama pragmatically let the issue fall by the wayside during the campaign season and the extent of the administration’s second-term policies are still unclear.

While it’s certainly too much to hope that the federal government will stop playing venture capitalist with our money in the ostensible attempt to decrease our reliance on foreign energy with renewable “investments” (womp, womp), how much or how little the Obama administration will allow for oil-and-gas permitting and/or clamp down with zealous environmental regulations is still to be determined. The green lobby is looking for even more on the front of emissions and hydrofracking regulations, and the Obama administration is going to have to decide how to balance their demands with the clear opportunities afforded by the shale oil-and-gas boom already underway. Decisions on the Keystone XL pipeline and replacements for Jackson at EPA, Salazar at Interior, and probably Chu at Energy are all on deck here, and I think will provide at least some measure of insight into which way the Obama admin intends to play it.


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I agree 3 letter Joe…..

Impeachment will not deter.

FlaMurph on January 21, 2013 at 1:16 PM

The new president of the USA.

Schadenfreude on January 21, 2013 at 1:21 PM

big effin deal Joe

gsherin on January 21, 2013 at 1:22 PM

I don’t really think O and his minions are going to be able to make a lot of headway on this as we are going to bounce from crisis-to-crisis be it fiscally or in foreign affairs. I hate to even say it and I hope I am so wrong but it feels like it is going to be even bumpier than the last 4 years.

CoffeeLover on January 21, 2013 at 1:25 PM

Unfortunately, Barry has some heavy IOU’s to pay off before the next election cycle. He’s not concerned. The Democratic Party is.

GarandFan on January 21, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Obama’s administration is what I would call the final chapter in reparations. They are all about fulfilling the promise of 40 acres and a mule. Only now its your 40 acres and your mule they want. How this is being supported by the majority of the population I do not understand. Sad day for the country.
P.S. I do not intend this to be a racist comment. Only pointing out the obvious and socialist nature of the agenda.

UncleZeb on January 21, 2013 at 1:27 PM

The administration will play it in the direction that will most damage the economy and future prosperity if the United States. Easy prediction

AZfederalist on January 21, 2013 at 1:28 PM

Biden 2016!!!!

Because Obama didn’t finish us off.

PappyD61 on January 21, 2013 at 1:34 PM

Biden offered no details about what the administration’s approach will be but said, “I don’t intend on ending this four years without getting an awful lot more done.”

Well, he got the awful part right. More of our money going down the crony green rat hole.

Kissmygrits on January 21, 2013 at 1:36 PM

The Green Lobby? Is that a presidential golf links club?

Limerick on January 21, 2013 at 1:42 PM

While it’s certainly too much to hope that the federal government will stop playing venture capitalist with our money in the ostensible attempt to decrease our reliance on foreign energy with renewable “investments” (womp, womp), how much or how little the Obama administration will allow for oil-and-gas permitting and/or clamp down with zealous environmental regulations is still to be determined.

It’s waste of money like this that the GOP House needs to defund, and can defund! Look, I like and support Boehner, but the House needs to do some things like this to cheer the base.

thuja on January 21, 2013 at 1:44 PM

An even bigger rathole for green projects in the next four years, along with a stack of EOs to help them along.

Ward Cleaver on January 21, 2013 at 1:45 PM

…more money for the bundlers!

KOOLAID2 on January 21, 2013 at 1:47 PM

Obama has created such a fiscal mess he isn’t going to be able to do much the next 4 years. The court is really the only place he has much of a chance to do any new damage to our country. Time to just buckle down again for the next four years and find ways to work around his destructive economic policies.

Ellis on January 21, 2013 at 1:48 PM

The facts stand in the commies way.

Even the dumbed down Democrat voters can add 2 and 2 and deal with the 4.

http://www.wattsupwiththat.com

Plus seems to many that blogs like this one should have

Watts Up With That as their top link.

This CO2 fraud is one of the fake coner stones of the commie Democrat Party lie base.

Just break the coner stone. Let them fall where they may.

APACHEWHOKNOWS on January 21, 2013 at 1:56 PM

I honestly believe you have to be a special case of stupid to believe in “climate change” as something we can control or have to do “something” about. If the Earth is changing climate, it’s because it’s what it’s always done. Of course, you have to be a special case of stupid to be a liberal, so I see why they go hand in hand.

tyketto on January 21, 2013 at 4:21 PM