For five years supporters of President Obama who also support decisive action on climate change have been forced to wait patiently for leadership from the 44th President of the United States.
In 2008 and 2009 the prospects of federal climate action seemed imminent and inevitable. A new clean energy economy was on the horizon. Republican standard-bearers such as Newt Gingrich and John McCain were on the bandwagon and even leading the charge (watch video).
Jeff Flake was introducing effective, revenue neutral carbon tax legislation in the US House, and the public was solidly behind action (they still are). Momentum withered in the face of a furious and funded lobbying campaign by fossil fuel interests. In 2009 the oil and gas industry spent a record $175 million in lobbying efforts against climate action, funding a swarm of 807 lobbyists. The White House responded by raising a white flag and focusing elsewhere.
It seems finally, momentum is swinging back towards action. In a significant move and possibly an indicator of impending leadership from the White House, President Obama’s grassroots group “Organizing for Action” is ramping up activities around the nation to call out congressional climate change deniers and bring the issue to the forefront. If the President holds true to his bold words on climate in January’s inauguration address and February’s State of the Union, then the painful wait for climate-concerned citizens may be coming to an end.
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