What Obama Can Do on Climate Change
motherjones.com — It was halting, and hardly eloquent. He seemed rusty talking about the issue, even saying "carbons" at one point instead of "carbon." But nonetheless, in a White House press conference last Wednesday, President Obama went the farthest he has gone yet in laying out a climate change agenda for his second term. There were few specifics of the sort that climate watchers wanted to hear, however—and they were justly incensed the next day, when White House press secretary Jay Carney dismissed both the notion of a carbon tax, and tying global warming to Superstorm Sandy. Nonetheless, Obama's halting words reflect a stark political reality: Thanks to Sandy, we're only now taking baby steps back towards the political traction that we had obtained four years ago, when cap-and-trade legislation really seemed achievable—before the Category 5 intensification of Tea Party science denial. Before the climate silence.