30 Jan '15, 4am

Obama ignores Obama on climate change

President Obama is once again contradicting himself on climate change. His new push for offshore oil and gas drilling is just the latest instance. Last week, in his State of the Union address , Obama reiterated at length the urgent threat climate change presents and the importance of taking decisive action to address it. “The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security,” he said. “We should act like it.” But Obama himself isn’t acting like it. This week, his administration released a draft of its next five-year plan for offshore drilling. It would open up a previously off-limits area along the Southeastern coast, from Virginia down to Georgia, as well as offer many new oil leases in the Gulf of Mexico. And while it would protect some key areas north of Alaska from drilling, it would open other Arctic areas up. So, after bragging in the ...

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