President Obama promised in his nomination acceptance speech Thursday night to “continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet—because climate change is not a hoax.”
No, it’s not, and shame on any politician who says it is. Obama, however, has much to answer for in fumbling an historic opportunity early in his term to shift America onto a cleaner, more secure energy path.
Instead of asserting leadership on the most important stewardship issue facing America today, President Obama gave the tiller to partisan Democrats in Congress. Predictably, they produced a top-heavy climate and energy bill that only a red tape-loving liberal could love.
The bill sank of its own weight. The window of opportunity closed, the political winds changed, and the initiative shifted to congressional radicals who have sadly turned their backs on the Republican Party’s heritage of environmental leadership.
America lost precious time in confronting an issue that grows more urgent by the day. Any voter who was thrilled to hear President Obama’s acceptance speech promise should keep in mind that he made the same promise four years ago and failed to lead effectively. Given that coal interests are determined to block action at any cost, Obama should have realized that balanced and bipartisan legislation is the only path to success—and that takes an amount of hard work and commitment to the issue that we have yet to see.