Posted by: Grant | September 6, 2012

Election Follies

THE HILL
Dems back global climate deal in platform
By Ben Geman – 09/03/12 10:20 PM ET
http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/247257-dem-platform-backs-climate-change-regulations

” …Still, the new version’s language on an international agreement is arguably less aggressive than the 2008 platform, which included stronger language making the case for an international deal: “We need a global response to climate change that includes binding and enforceable commitments to reducing emissions, especially for those that pollute the most: the United States, China, India, the European Union, and Russia,” it stated.
Domestically, the platform is weaker in calling for climate change legislation that the party’s previous platform in 2008.
It lacks the 2008 version’s explicit call for cap-and-trade, a proposal that collapsed in the Senate in 2010 after House Democrats moved legislation through the lower chamber. Some Democrats say that vote was a factor in Democrats’ losing their House majority in the fall of 2010…. “

and Al Gore is as popular as a french kiss at a christening! (At Dems. convention)

POLITICO
Where’s Al Gore?
When the president takes the stage this week, Gore will be nowhere in sight.
By ANDREW RESTUCCIA | 9/5/12 4:30 AM EDT
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/80680.html#ixzz25dOEW01z

“ ….Four years ago, Gore had a starring role on the final night in the 75,000-capacity stadium in Denver, where he was one of the last few speakers chosen to stir up the crowd before Obama’s acceptance speech.
Gore himself was coming off a year of triumphs, including his Nobel Peace Prize and the Oscar awarded to his global-warming documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” And he assured voters Obama would take action on the issue that George W. Bush had neglected. “We are facing a planetary emergency, which, if not solved, would exceed anything we’ve ever experienced in the history of humankind,” Gore said. Obama, he promised, would offer “solutions for the climate crisis.”
Obama himself had stoked such hopes earlier in the 2008 campaign, famously promising at one point  that “this was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal.”
But this time around, climate change has all but disappeared from Obama’s campaign rhetoric, although his recent speeches have included a line that “denying climate change won’t make it stop” and climate remains part of the DNC platform.
Some greens remain frustrated.”

POSTSCRIPT – I feel guilty not to mention a couple of little personal scandals – something about a massuese and divorce from Tipper. “Climate” however has become a real political embarrasment – google “Solyndra scandal”

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