Record-breaking heat is helping to fuel an ever-worsening drought, which is in turn devastating our forests and crops.
Does science have anything to say about what is causing all these off-the-charts records today — and, more importantly, what the future holds if we keep doing what we are doing?
Apparently not, according to the man who famously promised that his election would usher in “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.” Here is Obama’s “weekly address” (which should really be described as “address weakly”):
This may be the President’s idea of an “All-Hands-On-Deck Response” but it is also a “No-Brains-On-Deck Response.” Where is a frog with a brain stem when you need one?
Obama ends by saying of his proposed drought response, “If we look out for each other, we’ll come out of this stronger than before.” Actually, if we keep ignoring climate science and climate scientists, the only thing that will come out of this stronger than before will be the droughts of the future — see “James Hansen Is Correct About Catastrophic Projections For U.S. Drought If We Don’t Act Now.”
And yes, it was just April that Obama told Rolling Stone that because of the poor economy:
… it’s been easy for the other side to pour millions of dollars into a campaign to debunk climate-change science. I suspect that over the next six months, this is going to be a debate that will become part of the campaign, and I will be very clear in voicing my belief that we’re going to have to take further steps to deal with climate change in a serious way.
Four months down, two to go. If not now, when? If not the President, who?
Team Obama needs to read the new Yale public opinion analysis, “The Political Benefits of Taking a Pro-Climate Stand in 2012” along with these other polls and studies:
- Polling Expert: Is Obama’s Reluctance to Mention Climate Change Motivated by a False Assumption About Public Opinion?
- “Independents, Other Republicans Split With Tea-Party Extremists on Global Warming“
- Stanford’s Krosnick: “Our research suggests that it would be wise for the President and for all other elected officials who believe that climate change is a problem and merits government attention to say this publicly and vigorously, because most Americans share these views. Expressing and pursuing green goals on climate change will gain votes on election day and seem likely to increase the President’s and the Congress’s approval ratings.”