Five Critical Takes on Obama’s Climate Speech


President Barack Obama outlined a major new initiative to battle climate change in a speech that received kudos from environmentalists. The voices, however, were just as loud on those opposing any efforts to tackle global warming.

Here are five critical articles (and a video) that found Obama’s plan wanting –to put it mildly. The first three are as predictable as these type of critics all deny the elephant in the room and contend our climate is getting better, not worse, so ‘hey let’s keep spewing greenhouse gases like it’s 1999.’ The video is pretty much in the same vein. I think they are all advocating building our house out of straw (Check out “What Kind of Climate Change Piggy Are You” here).

The final two articles don’t deny climate change science but do raise some valid points on whether the Obama climate plan will work in the long run.

You can watch Obama’s speech and read some of the highlights here:
Ten Good Quotes from Obama’s Climate Speech (Plus Bonus)

Here are three rather shallow arguments against Obama’s plan:

* On Tuesday President Obama joined the Flat Earth Society.
-Real Clear Politics. Full article here.

*This so-called “crisis” will flood not various coastlines, but instead the front pages, replacing other, less flattering political headlines for the administration.
-The American. Full article here.

* He wants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17% by 2020, but over his 6,500-word address he articulated no such goal for the unemployment rate or GDP.
-Wall Street Journal. Full article here.

Here are two articles with a sharp, critical focus on Washington’s climate plan:

*The painful truth is that without cooperation from the world’s largest carbon dioxide emitter, any effort the United States makes to slow global warming likely won’t amount to much.
-The Atlantic. Full article here.

*President Obama’s new climate policies outlined Tuesday include both brilliant and useless ideas.
-USA Today. Full article here.

 

 

 

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