Obama Says He’ll Use ‘Bully Pulpit’ on Climate Issues

Isn’t bullying wrong? That’s what it says on StopBullying.Gov.

Marketwatch reports:

The issue came up on Thursday evening when the president took questions on the Google + social networking platform – the first time he has addressed the issue since his climate declaration in Tuesday’s State of the Union address: “If Congress won’t act soon to protect future generations, I will.”

Environmentalists hope that means taking executive action to reduce fossil fuel use, such as rejecting the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline from Canada or issuing Environmental Protection Agency regulations that would curb greenhouse gas emissions from existing U.S. power plants.

On Thursday Mr. Obama said his administration can take steps to make buildings and appliances use less electricity and to “make sure that new power plants that are being built are more efficient that the old ones.” He didn’t mention existing power plants or Keystone.

“My job, I think, is to use the bully pulpit help raise people’s awareness [of climate change] because if the public cares about it, Congress eventually acts,” Mr. Obama said.

He said the American public “is still not entirely convinced that [climate change] is an urgent problem,” and that means members of Congress don’t feel pressure to pursue climate policy.

“It’s not all partisan,” Mr. Obama said. “There are some Democrats, for example, who represent states or districts that are heavily reliant on old power plants and are more heavily manufacturing-based” and therefore might fret about regulations that would require expensive power-plant upgrades.

“If you produce power using old power plants you’re going to be emitting more carbon, but to upgrade those plants means energy is going to be a little bit more expensive, at least on the front end,” Mr. Obama said. Carbon dioxide is the primary greenhouse gas linked to climate change.

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3 responses to “Obama Says He’ll Use ‘Bully Pulpit’ on Climate Issues

  1. It seems Obama tries his best to push the American economy back to the 19th century by whatever means possible. And we’ve got to endure four more years of this. Pity.

  2. Originally, the bully in “bully pulpit” just meant great. There was no implied intimidation.

    The contemporary definition is more suited to a demagogue, though.

  3. Westchester Bill

    Plants take sunlight, H2O and CO2 to make sugars to store energy. Some of that energy is recovered to do work by changing fuel back to H2O and CO2. Apparently our President does not understand that fact and believes as many do that the CO2 is just a byproduct, begging the question of what does education do? Also, why are President Obama and Chancellor Merkel so stupid?

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