From President Obama’s inaugural address yesterday:
We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms.
And don’t forget those global-warming-induced chilly temperatures!
As President Obama wouldn’t sign a single “executive order” on guns and relied on lesser “executive actions,” I’d put my money on “not much” getting done about climate change in his second term. Scientific American at least writes honestly that, yes, the president finally mentioned climate change in a big speech, he didn’t mention any specifics:
Now the question turns to what Obama can accomplish. His climate priorities are unknown and his address yesterday failed to set out his goals, but that could come later in his State of the Union address.