Well, Barack Obama has officially been sworn in for his second term. Whether you’re a fan of Barry or not, I think most of the country can agree we’re pretty jealous of the lunch he’s having right about now (which I’m told includes lobster, clam chowder, and apple pie – NOMS – and will clock in around 3,000 calories) – unless your lunch is better than that, who knows.
Anyway – in case you weren’t able to watch or listen in on the inaugural address, the President made a few comments that have already made headlines. Among them was climate change, an issue virtually overlooked in the campaign (until Sandy arrived) but which has come to the foreground politically since then in the wake of the superstorm’s devastation.
The President’s words on this issue were, for once, unequivocal.
To quote Barack himself:
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.
Part of an inaugural address, his remarks on climate change clearly didn’t come with any specifics. But, after hearing the issue raised as part of this all-important speech, many are hoping this means that climate change action will finally come during Barack’s second term – an answer to the frustration many environmental activists expressed that climate change was overlooked during the first four years in order to give attention to issues such as healthcare. The overwhelmingly anti-environment sentiment in the House GOP presents a significant roadblock for Obama, but all we can say now is – here’s hoping. Considering that a full 88% of Americans responded to a Yale survey saying that they supported climate change action, it seems like it’s about time – and hopefully not too late.