US President Obama Defends Climate Change, Lectures Skeptics
Snowfall does not mean climate change isn’t real. Don’t believe me? Well, then you might want to take matters up with the US President, who will tell you the same thing.
On Friday, US President Barack Obama gave a nice little lecture to climate change skeptics. Using recent unusual weather pattern samples, such as lack of snow at the Vancouver Winter Olympics opposed to snowstorms in the Deep South, he stated:
“Opponents of climate change, they say—‘see, look at that, there is all this snow on the ground’—this doesn’t mean anything.” … “I want to just be clear that the science of climate change doesn’t mean every place is getting warmer. It means the planet—as a whole—is getting warmer.”
With pressure on to reduce emissions and take further steps in the fight against global warming, it’s certainly a good thing to know that Obama is taking the environmental issues seriously; unlike the Bush administration, which did a fine job at really screwing things up for a lot of creatures, places and people.
Where and how things will progress with the Obama administration remains to be seen. With the Copenhagen Accord practically in the toilet and Congress still having issues with the whole cap-and-trade system, it may still be a while before bigger steps are taken. In the meantime, at least there is further research being done and plans to start a Climate Service, which is more than what could be said of certain previous presidential efforts.
By Heidi Marshall