Allegation: White House to act on global warming

Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reporter Eric Holthaus put out a truly epic series of tweets from a briefing on the all-time heat records set last year here in these United States. Let me cite just a couple:

BREAKING: NOAA announces 2012 officially the warmest year on record for the United States. http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/ 

NOAA: "Every state in the contiguous United States had an above-average annual temperature for 2012." http://1.usa.gov/VINhAn 

NOAA: July 2012 was "the hottest month ever observed for the contiguous United States." http://1.usa.gov/Rplfqp  

This brings up the inevitable question: Will our American government, led by President Barack Obama, do anything about global warming? Amazingly, according to the Guardian, the answer is…sort of.

Barack Obama may intervene directly on climate change by hosting a summit at the White House early in his second term, environmental groups say.

They say the White House has given encouraging signals to a proposal for Obama to use the broad-based and bipartisan summit to launch a national climate action strategy.

"What we talked about with the White House is using it as catalyst not just for the development of a national strategy but for mobilising people all over the country at every level," said Bob Doppelt, executive director of the Resource Innovation Group, the Oregon-based thinktank that has been pushing for the high-level meeting. He said it would not be a one-off event.

"What I think has excited the White House is that it does put the president in a leadership role, but it is not aimed at what Congress can do, or what he can do per se, so much as it is aimed at apprising the American public about how they can act."

Actually, I think this is a reasonable response. No doubt some of us are eager to weigh in on the question, and given that most of the population already believes in the seriousness of global warming, the time has come to galvanize a response. Right? 

Barack? 

Warmestyear

From Toles, of course. 

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Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

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