There’s been so much stormy weather around the White House in recent weeks that it’s no wonder that President Obama has heeded the radar and returned to the familiar, vapid region of climate change.
On Tuesday, Mr. Obama heads to Georgetown University in the nation’s capital to remind his green-minded pals, global alarmists and fierce critics alike that he has not forgotten a promise of five months ago.
“In my inaugural address, I pledged that America would respond to the growing threat of climate change for the sake of our children and future generations,” the president says in a new video that is punctuated with nice piano music and outdoor imagery that Al Gore would certainly approve of.
“This Tuesday, I’ll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go - a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it,” Mr. Obama says. “This is a serious challenge - but it’s one uniquely suited to America’s strengths.”
What’s missing so far is any authentic discussion of the flawed science and data manipulation that has gone into much climate warming reasoning. The jury is still out of whether mankind or cow-emitted methane has caused either the rising or falling of the planet’s temperature. Also missing is that fact that opportunists have arrived: federal spending on climate warming “research” is approaching $2 billion a year, according to some press reports.
Also in the mix: environmental concerns and climate change languish at the bottom of the list of public worries say several opinion polls, bested by, oh, you know. The economy, jobs, national security.
Mr. Obama will call for the help of scientists, farmers who can grow the plants for biofuel, engineers with an eye for new energy, and workers to “build the foundation for a clean energy economy.”
Pretty climate rhetoric?
“We’ll need all of us, as citizens, to do our part to preserve God’s creation for future generations - our forests and waterways, our croplands and snowcapped peaks,” Mr. Obama continues in his video message.
“There’s no single step that can reverse the effects of climate change. But when it comes to the world we leave our children, we owe it to them to do what we can.”
Well, that good. That’s lovely. But the White House planners must include precise thinking, genuine science and careful language among their many steps, and yeah, this should be a bi-partisan effort. The point men should separate themselves from feel good breezes and alarmist whirlwinds, and avoid making mawkish statements to the media. It could be expensive, unproductive and frustrating if they don’t.
To help the Earth, please stay down to Earth, Mr. President. In another era, determining “what works” in a clear and innovative matter was a big help to the Reagan administration when the big thinkers where called upon for big policies.
That might help here too.