JohnnyRook for Daily Kos makes the unavoidable point:
No candidate, even if he or she truly understands the urgency of dealing with the climate crisis, is going to say what really needs to be said about global warming until after they are elected. The reason: if they do they won’t get elected. (FDR didn’t start talking about the New Deal until his inauguration speech.)
The simple truth is that the people who understand the magnitude of
the problem and the magnitude of the required solutions are a small
minority. Why just from Mike Huckabee’s poll numbers one can
extrapolate that at least 30% of the US population still doesn’t even
believe that it’s real.
Talking bluntly about the true nature of the problem that we face
and the size of the commitment that it’s going to take to solve it
would be the kiss of death for any presidential candidate because the
expense, discomfort and dislocation involved in solving it are just too
big for most people to grasp and accept on their own without much
larger "natural" disasters than we’ve had so far.
Agreed, but please note that in every Obama speech I’ve heard in the last two or three weeks he has brought up "the planet in peril." Rook calls for the president elect to speak on climate change every week. Obama (in his poetic way) has been doing that on the campaign trail. Last night he said:
It’s a game where lobbyists write check after check and Exxon turns
record profits, while you pay the price at the pump, and our planet is
put at risk. That’s what happens when lobbyists set the agenda, and
that’s why they won’t drown out your voices anymore when I am President
of the United States of America.
"Our planet is put at risk." Maybe that’s not enough, but it’s a start, Mr. Rook.