Obama: ‘We Want Our Children To Live In An America That Isn’t Threatened By The Destructive Power Of A Warming Planet’

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President Obama has been re-elected for a second term. “We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet,” he said in his acceptance speech early this morning. [Read the full transcript]

Democrats will maintain control of the U.S. Senate after their candidates picked up Republican-held seats in Indiana, Maine and Massachusetts, leaving the GOP no path to a takeover with the remaining competitive races that remain undecided. [USA Today]

Political groups of all stripes spent a record sum on the election thanks in part to a string of court and regulatory changes that loosened restrictions on political spending by corporations, unions and individuals. Less certain is whether that spending made much of a difference. [Wall Street Journal]

Green groups say Independent Maine Senate winner Angus King will be an ally when he gets to Washington, D.C. [The Hill]

Voters turned out the lights on the self-described “solar team” of three Democrats who hoped to control the Arizona Corporation Commission. [Phoenix New Times]

Proposal 3, which called for amending the Michigan Constitution to require 25% of the state’s energy to come from renewable resources by 2025, was easily trounced Tuesday. [Detroit Free Press]

Despite a few years removed from the national zeitgeist, there is one place where climate change has remained front and center – movie theaters. [Chicago Tribune]

F-gases, used in refrigeration and linked with high levels of global warming, need to be cut substantially by 2030, Europe’s climate boss said on Tuesday. [Reuters]

An epidemic of dengue fever in India is fostering a growing sense of alarm even as government officials here have publicly refused to acknowledge the scope of a problem that experts say is threatening hundreds of millions of people, not just in India but around the world. [New York Times]

NASA put together two visualizations to show how Hurricane Sandy — which is likely to go down in history as one of the costliest hurricanes to strike the U.S. — compared to the storm that currently occupies the top spot on that list, Hurricane Katrina. [Climate Central]

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21 Responses to Obama: ‘We Want Our Children To Live In An America That Isn’t Threatened By The Destructive Power Of A Warming Planet’

  1. fj says:

    We must start developing & deploying net zero mobility solutions at wartime speed. We have the technology now & have to sweat the details.

    For the half billion Chinese cyclists even very modest improvements will greatly improve their quality of life.

    For the quarter billion Americans completely safe roads & streets will be a huge step in advancing net zero mobility solutions & decreasing emissions.

  2. An additional roundup of election results, as well as climate and energy headlines, is posted at http://www.marcaccicomms.com/news/energy-and-environment-news-roundup-11-7-12/

  3. John Hollenberg says:

    > Voters turned out the lights on the self-described “solar team” of three Democrats who hoped to control the Arizona Corporation Commission

    This one has the wrong link.

  4. fj says:

    Probably a good time to consider micro grids & smart micro grids .or disaster recovery in the hardest hit areas.

  5. Ken Barrows says:

    Heck, this middle aged male (47 next week, thank you) doesn’t want to live in an America threatened by a warming planet.

  6. Mike Roddy says:

    I don’t agree that Hollywood is on top of climate change. The two movies you mentioned, including Damon’s, are low budget, and won’t have large audiences. Documentary audiences are always small.

    Hollywood could accomplish big things with a major studio production on the subject. This hasn’t happened because the eight major studios all have ties to the big banks, which in turn means tentacles to fossil fuels. As a result, studio chiefs won’t greenlight a movie that actually goes after the oil and coal companies.

    It’s a huge wasted opportunity. People like Koch and Boyce are perfect movie villains. The large canvas a major studio production could provide would wake up the public once and for all, and help overcome all of the bullshit still coming our of MSM.

    Independent financing might be needed, but so far the billionaires, even the decent ones, seem to still be members of the Billionaires Boys Club. Let’s hope one of them steps up and changes the world. I know some established screenwriters who have good scripts.

  7. Paul Magnus says:

    Bill Mckibben vs Epstein
    Debates Global Warming and Fossil Fuel use


    • Paul Magnus says:

      We really should get a PR agent to come up with a standard format for debating these issues.

      They are well defined and are not changing. The science is hardening and the evidence grows more overwhelming.

      Joe you input would be good here.
      Addendum to your new book…

  8. Paul Magnus says:

    Were living on a new Eaarth now….

    “Superstorm Sandy delivers a message first heard on Sept. 11, 2001: New York, as a proxy for the United States, is unprepared for anticipated 21st century threats.


  9. Paul Magnus says:

    ClimateFlightAction shared a link on Facebook.
    33 minutes ago

    Ministers warned over plans to exclude transport emissions
    Tim Yeo attacks plans by senior ministers to ensure that shipping and aviation are left out of UK carbon budgets

  10. Maria Gunnoe says:

    Please also keep in mind the areas where the coal is being extracted is being annihilated! They are poisoning our water wells and streams and blowing up our mountains for the coal that is warming our planet. AS WE ALL think about energy we must KNOW the true cost of extraction on people too! In Appalachia we face a very serious health crisis because of the blasting (near 5.5 Million pounds a day in WV & KY)and the air and water pollution from mountaintop removal coal mining. See Boone County WV on google earth and then look at all of the Southern Appalachian mountains. There have been more than 500 mtns blown up and shoved over into adjacent valleys to get to the coal in the mountain. I am a Hillbilly from WV and I am not so stupid to think that this would NOT affect climate change how can ANYONE EXCUSE SUCH A THING OR ATTEMPT TO JUSTIFY IT?
    Our energy plan to date is what our Grandmothers would have called the puppy chasing its tail. We are blowing up mountains and killing people in Appalachia to warm the planet to create energy to keep people healthy and warm in their homes (somewhere ??) and keeping them ALL connected to a grid that is FAILING!! ???… When will we move beyond trying to balance our economy on this insanity..

    Understand the price we pay for energy in this country only begins with the bill we get from the carbon cloud machines (coal fired power plants)that currently make 46% of our power. The people in Appalachia are tired of seeing the destruction caused by coal extraction too! WE are tired of our people dying for coal! We are tired of seeing our babies, brothers, Dad’s and Grand Dads die for an industry that doesn’t care to kill everything it touches. As long as the price is right THEY WILL LEAVE US ALL IN RUIN. WE are tired of seeing our people dying of cancer who only live nearby the mining. We too are tired of dying and being lied to about it. Its time for A REAL CHANGE IN OUR ENERGY PLAN AND WE SHOULD HAVE STARTED 100 YEARS AGO!


  11. Ozonator says:

    “destructive power of a warming planet”

    With profound condolences, the AGW killer Guatemalan quake was about the same distance from also predicted Chiapas and the AGW injurious Iranian quake was about 120 miles from the predicted Turkey.

    Chiapas is a correct AGW quake prediction. It was about 200 miles from El Salvador but 50 miles from Chiapas/Guatemala, in the “Moon Walk Model: … Chiapas (7+) … Guatemala (5+) – El Salvador (8+) – Costa Rica (7+)” region, under 10/28 – 11/3/12, easily within the 6.5 minimum, and easily within the standard 2-week model found in the following blog comment – http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/28/1101241/cnn-bans-term-frankenstorm-but-its-a-good-metaphor-for-warming-driven-monster-largest-hurricane-in-atlantic-history/#comment_link

    “A 7.4-magnitude earthquake off Guatemala’s Pacific coast has killed … and damaged buildings and homes … shook most of the country for more than 30 seconds … Perez Molina, who said he was planning to visit San Marcos, announced that the death toll had risen to 39 … At least 100 people were missing and 15 people were thought to be buried under fallen rock, homes and buildings … military is being deployed to the damaged areas to assist with rescue efforts … Cellular towers collapsed and many phone lines were down … The temblor was felt in Mexico City and as far away as Costa Rica. … the quake’s epicenter was 39 miles (63 kilometers) from Suchiate, Chiapas in Mexico and 53 miles from Retalhuleu, Guatemala … The USGS issued a local tsunami warning … A small tsunami wave was recorded in Acajutla, El Salvado” (“Guatemala 7.4-Magnitude Earthquake Kills at Least 39 People”; By Adam Williams and Nacha Cattan; bloomberg.com, 11/7/12). And, “Ozonator says: November 4, 2012 at 8:36 pm … Monster Quakes and potential extinction events from space should also be include. With condolences, AGW driven harmonics strongly indicate major quakes (7+, tsunamis, and/or loss of lives) that may be predicted in this linked Think Progress blog will occur within this week. The following is the 2nd correct AGW quake and 2nd correct fireball predictions” in the comments of –

    Ditto Iran, Guatemala’s security forces, justice department, and treasury will be more than happy to send a jet for the money or a prisoner exchange with the US. “‘Yes, we plead guilty … ‘… proudly … Climate Depot takes full responsibility for the fate of your children and grandchildren from any future man-made climate catastrophe” (“Australian PM warns skeptics ‘are too ‘dangerous to ignore’ and are ‘holding the world to ransom’”; By Marc ‘legal serial killer’ Morano, Climate Depot Editorial, whistlesuckers – perfuming the stink at icecap on or about 11/6/09).

    With the USGS reporting a 5.5, “Quake in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province injures over 50 people” (Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov; en.trend.az, 11/7/12). I had predicted a 6+ for northern Iran under 11/4 – 10/12 in a GBRWE supplemental not as public.

  12. Ozonator says:

    Making at least a 4th correct prediction for this website, “destructive power of a warming planet”-

    Preceded by a meteor, Vancouver was a correct AGW quake prediction. It was in the “Moon Walk Model: a). Vancouver (6+)” region under 10/28 – 11/3/12, within 100 miles of the island, well within the 5.5 minimum, and well within the standard 2-week model. The prediction was found in the following blog comment – http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2012/10/28/1101241/cnn-bans-term-frankenstorm-but-its-a-good-metaphor-for-warming-driven-monster-largest-hurricane-in-atlantic-history/#comment_link.

    As they are the masters, we don’t worry our pretty little slave-heads. This is according to extremist Republicans and Christians from Zubidoo to Roy’d-rage so it must be true. “Anthropogenic global warming … crushing the economy with regressive carbon taxes … there is no scientific basis, either empirical or theoretical, to justify such claims. … prosperous communities have a sounder social fabric than poor ones, so that people can generally rely on their neighbors for help in an emergency … might be able to prevent it from being hit by terrorists equipped with an Iranian atomic bomb” (“Global Warming Did Not Cause Sandy“; By Robert ‘coast2coast4$’ Zubrin; nationalreview.com, 11/4/12). “Global-warming … requires belief in a series of improbabilities … it’s “unsophisticated” to blame one … on climate change … the word “stupid”” (“Rich Lowry: Global-warming alarmists need disasters too exploit”; Richard A. “whole” Lowry, editor of National Review, perfuming/recycling the stink; dailyadvance.com, 11/6/12). “Jul 17, 2010 … My Global Warming Skepticism, for Dummies … By Dr. Roy Spencer … it only takes one of us to be right for the IPCC’s anthropogenic global warming (AGW) house of cards to collapse” (icecap.us).

  13. Dr.A.Jagadeesh says:

    Great acceptance speech by President Barack Obama. Much is expected from the President in the coming years in the fields of Environment and Renewable Energy.

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
    E-mail: anumakonda.jagadeesh@gmail.com