Tuesday, October 16, 2012

What the Hell is the Obama campaign playing at?

Today is the second debate between the US election candidates Obama and Romney.

You’re really not going to believe this blog, and I wish I had taken screen captures to show - two different Obama campaign platform websites in two days.

Two days ago I was feeling really down that there was still no sign from the candidates or the media that global climate change, the most important issue that humanity has ever faced, will be allowed to even show up in the United States presidential election.

My mood was raised only slightly when I received an email from the United States friends of the Earth to lobby for the inclusion of climate change. Good for FoE. However there was no great appropriate outrage from the environmental community as a whole at this absurd grossest negligence of the democratic process in the United States.

What had really brought me down was that I'd checked through the Obama.com website to find what the Obama campaign’s issues were. Incredibly, global climate change was not even listed among the issues. I checked the energy issue page but climate didn’t even show up there.

Energy An unprecedented boom in domestic production has led to cheaper natural gas, and President Obama will take every possible action to safely develop this abundant source of American energy to support more than 600,000 jobs by the end of the decade. U.S. oil production is at a 14-year high and President Obama has charted a course to cut net oil imports in half between 2008 and 2020, lowering imports by 5.5 million barrels per day and reducing our reliance on foreign oil to its lowest level in almost three decades.

I just didn’t have the spirit to write about this ridiculous situation.

In the evening I decided to check the Obama.com platform one last time and much to my pleasant surprise found a very different website, one that featured global warming and climate change fairly prominently. I felt elated. 

Wow, the Obama campaign had listened to the little outrage at no climate change mention, and climate change would be in the campaign from now on.

Today, just before the second debate, I checked the campaign platforms again. Holy crap – the previous no-climate-change / no-environment site was back. What a fool I felt. 

I had already emailed to say we had a small victory getting climate change on the election agenda. Maggie Zhou took me to task with an outraged Oh Heavens! pointing out that Obama’s record on mitigating climate change was dismal and he couldn’t be trusted. The only candidate who could, Maggie said, is Jill Stein for the Green Party and I agreed, having written my first US election blog on Jill’s best-ever-from-anyone climate change platform.

So because it is totally unbelievable here is the Obama campaign list of issues, again, by screen capture.

That leaves the Energy platform as covering the Obama climate change position.

"... domestic production has led to cheaper natural gas, and President Obama will take every possible action to safely develop this abundant source of American energy."

That means fracking for gas. Natural gas is mainly methane, a deadly, powerful greenhouse gas. Plus, cheap fracked gas is squeezing out zero carbon renewable energy, making American gas fracking a planet killer.

"U.S. oil production is at a 14-year high."

This is a blatant pro-oil corporation policy and to hell with the climate. To avoid global climate catastrophe, according to the IPCC, we have to be burning less oil by 2015 at the latest, making increasing US oil production a planet killer.

The mysterious 2012 US election continues. Why would the Obama campaign change to a global warming / climate change look-what-Obama-has-done-for-climate website, only to change it back again? Now you see climate change, now you don't. Are they fracking with us? 

Is the responsible American climate voter caught between a rock and a hard place?

There is no indication from any media sources that climate change will be allowed in this second debate. All we can do is Hope for Change from the Obama 2012 campaign. 

Jill Stein is looking better than ever and the future worse than ever.


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  2. Great article Peter,

    I am an Australian, but I was so disgusted after the second debate that I emailed the Whitehouse to beg them to put climate change back on the agenda. For Chist's sake even Romeny agrees that his "best assessment of the data is that the world is getting warmer, that human activity contributes to that warming, and that policymakers should therefore consider the risk of negative consequences".

    What is the problem guys. Are you scared that US citizens don't have the brains to understand that this is a serious issue?

    However, we can do something. I have just started a petition on the Whitehouse website to get climate change and emissions back on the agenda. You can sign it here: