Andy Revkin: Dispatches from Rio: None from Obama?

I understand why President Obama is not going to the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio, which is a reprise of the 1992 Earth Summit there at which President George H. W. Bush and nearly all the world’s leaders appeared.

(He’s skipping the conference despite taking direct heat in a YouTube message to Rio from Senator James Inhofe, the Republican of Oklahoma and steadfast ally of big coal, and indirect heat from Senator John Kerry, the Democrat of Massachusetts who gave a long floor speech on global warming and the Rio meeting yesterday, decrying “the conspiracy of silence that now characterizes Washington’s handling of the climate issue.”)

Climate change is not, and never has been, a salient issue for American voters and — despite the starkly different stances on this issue between the president and Mitt Romney — won’t be close to a deciding factor in November. The other issues in Rio are mostly trouble for an American president, having to do with foreign assistance, inequitable distribution of wealth and power, oceans (the United States is still blocked from ratifying the Law of the Sea treaty by a small Senate bloc) and efforts to find common approaches to conserving global assets like the planet’s biological diversity — a fight far beyond the power of a single leader to sway.

NYT

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2 responses to “Andy Revkin: Dispatches from Rio: None from Obama?

  1. he’s saying, President Obama in re-election mode behaves like a cynical bastard

  2. Of course, If GWB, McCain, or Romney had opted not to participate in the charade of a “conference” Revkin would be screaming bloody Murder.

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