01 Jul '11, 11am

President Obama is writing the climate legacy of his first term now

President Obama is writing the climate legacy of his first term now

Al Gore's essay about climate change in Rolling Stone last week was mostly about how the news media have utterly failed to be an effective referee of the phony debate over science, but most of the attention it generated (predictably) focused on his criticisms of President Obama's handling of climate policy. Gore encapsulated the conventional wisdom: Obama failed to use his bully pulpit to educate the public about climate change, failed to deliver comprehensive clean energy and climate legislation, and failed to deliver a strong international agreement in Copenhagen. True enough, but it's not the end of the story. Neither the fate of climate legislation nor Copenhagen was entirely within the president's control. No doubt Obama could have done more to push the Senate and the international negotiations, but whether that would have changed the outcomes is impossible to determi...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/politics/2011-07-01-president-obama-...

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