Climate Silence Lives: White House Insists Mayors’ Discussion Of Climate Change Occur ‘Behind Closed Doors’
"Climate Silence Lives: White House Insists Mayors’ Discussion Of Climate Change Occur ‘Behind Closed Doors’"
The White House continues its fatally counterproductive strategy of promoting climate silence.
Reuters reports this remarkable story:
The White House asked that a discussion about climate change at the mayors’ meeting on Thursday take place behind closed doors, frustrating some participants, even as hot button topics from immigration to gun control got public airings.
“This should be discussed openly,” said Jim Brainard, the Republican mayor of Carmel, Indiana, who co-chaired the climate panel.
White House liaison for climate change Heather Zichal led the discussion, but declined to comment on why the meeting was closed.
While one academic political scientist seems to think Obama’s climate silence is not significant, real-world politicians know the President is the only person who can single-handedly change the media coverage and public conversation — and the national agenda:
“We are looking for leadership from the president in detailing to the American people the magnitude of this issue,” [Seattle Mayor Michael] McGinn said after the meeting with about two dozen peers….
“There is a lot of call for the president to use his ‘bully pulpit’ and explain the consequences here,” said Brainard.
Hear! Hear! Or, rather, Speak! Speak! and Act! Act!