Commentary on Obama's big climate speech of a couple of weeks ago — which Al Gore called the best speech ever given on the topic by a president, but which was completely eclipsed by the Supreme Court just hours later — was nonetheless fascinating. The McClatchy chain of newspapers focused in its lead on the negative, which is often the case with newspapers, and may be appropriate politcally speaking:
President Barack Obama’s plan to curb climate change could transform
American energy, potentially dealing a blow to the coal-fired power
plants that supply much of the nation’s electricity but also pump
planet-warming gases into the atmosphere.
Obama rolled out his long-awaited plan in a speech
Tuesday that outlined broad goals but left the specifics to be worked
out over the coming months.
“The question now is whether we will
have the courage to act before it is too late,” he said in a speech at
Georgetown University. “And how we answer will have a profound impact on
the world we leave behind, not just to you but to your children and
In any case, the "war on coal" formulation seems to be accepted by much of the media, from FOX News on the right to Politico in the center of the beltway.