Obama gives unexpected nod to climate as second term priority

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joe10082 wrote:

We lose a veteran to suicide every 80 minutes Mr. President leaving behind countless widows and children! You might first want to consider assisting the five hundred thousand veterans that have been diagnosed with PTSD before they take their lives this year and secondly pass legislation to stop multiple tours of duty that cause the problem then confront climate change all you want! P.S. YOU SHOULD BRING ALL THE TROOPS HOME NOW!

Jan 21, 2013 3:59pm EST  --  Report as abuse

We can’t afford this BS.

Jan 21, 2013 4:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
JimsZ wrote:

I love this comment…

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations”

So, he cares about the global warming when it’s colder (here in Indiana) than we’ve seen in many years, but doesn’t care how much our children will have to pay to pay back all the debt he’s creating?

He also stated that Texas doesn’t have the right to secede because that’s not something our forefathers envisioned, yet they did envision his “GUN GRAB” which is specifically why they put the 2nd amendment into the constitution! What a hypocrit

Jan 21, 2013 8:21pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Pete_Murphy wrote:

Any progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions will be negated by the liberalization of immigration and the millions of additional carbon emitters it will bring.

Jan 21, 2013 10:12pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Sukarasa wrote:

Anybody who thinks that there is anything more important than climate change hasn’t thought about the full consequences of it.

Jan 22, 2013 3:27am EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

retired_sandman wrote:
“We can’t afford this BS.”

Do you really think ignoring it will be cheaper?

Jan 22, 2013 3:28am EST  --  Report as abuse
Abulafiah wrote:

JimsZ wrote:
“I love this comment…

“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations”

So, he cares about the global warming when it’s colder (here in Indiana) than we’ve seen in many years, but doesn’t care how much our children will have to pay to pay back all the debt he’s creating?”

Are you paying back the (bigger as % of GDP) debt your fathers generation ran up fighting WW2? If not, then why do you imagine anybody will be ‘paying back’ the current debt?

Jan 22, 2013 3:29am EST  --  Report as abuse
joe10082 wrote:

This nation loses one All Volunteer soldier veteran to suicide every 80 minutes of of each and every day of the week and the President of the United States (who lives comfortably in his hermetically sealed White House) puts a priority on of all things Climate Change in his second term. Nice misdirect! How about bringing all our abused All Volunteer Army soldiers home from Iraq and Afghanistan this week? Does the sanctity of life count for anything in America anymore or our the elected representatives of the people taking a chapter out of China’s or Pakistan’s or Afghanistan’s or Syria’s well worn play book! That life has no value! Common sense has vanished from the Obama administration. The Neocons are obviously still in full control.

Jan 22, 2013 5:20am EST  --  Report as abuse
justinolcb wrote:

he’s more concerned about polar bears and icebergs than he his 21 million US citizens he has left unempolyed more than 4 years now

Jan 22, 2013 7:31am EST  --  Report as abuse
AZreb wrote:

Most of us know that the climate is changing and has been doing so for many decades. BUT we don’t need more debt brought about by funding companies like Solyndra – with our tax dollars. Sensible changes need to be made, not just the headline grabbing changes and then the downfall.

Jan 22, 2013 8:06am EST  --  Report as abuse
GLK wrote:

Yea, though we walk through the shadows of Obamanation and Al Gorezeera
We shall go forth unafraid
We shall rejoice in the prosperity the Free Markets hath wrought
We shall lay blame for our inequities at the feet of Leftist Politicians
And tho they choose to smite my wallet
We will feel no shame
For from our toils
Our cup runneth over
And it is good.
Lift the occupiers blindness
For that they might see
The importance of prime real estate
And work to strive for ownership
Let the climate change
As it should
For the mighty rumble of the internal combustion engine calls to us
Know that the oil scarcity is a farce
And that all will be right with the world

Jan 22, 2013 10:01am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tuscar wrote:

Global Warming is a marketing catchphrase for climate change, it actually means the highs and lows will be more extreme. Those radical differences are what cause giant hurricanes and tsunami.
As far as green research goes, the people claiming we can’t afford this are shortsighted, or do not understand a global economy. We can’t afford not to research green energy, if we want to maintain out relevance in the world. If we have trouble competing now, imagine in a decade a China with renewable energy, and the U.S. is 10 years behind on that research…

Jan 22, 2013 10:26am EST  --  Report as abuse
jaham wrote:

Wow; Obama focusing on gay marriage and climate change while stubborn unemployment and our impending debt crisis remain unabated….genius.

Jan 22, 2013 10:59am EST  --  Report as abuse
Barndabas wrote:

Relationship of the Ocean and the Atmosphere
The atmosphere affects the oceans and is in turn influenced by them. The action of winds blowing over the ocean surface creates waves and the great current systems of the oceans. When winds are strong enough to produce spray and whitecaps, tiny droplets of ocean water are thrown up into the atmosphere where some evaporate, leaving microscopic grains of salt buoyed by the turbulence of the air. These tiny particles may become nuclei for the condensation of water vapor to form fogs and clouds.

In turn, the oceans act upon the atmosphere—in ways not clearly understood—to influence and modify the world’s climate and weather systems. When water evaporates, heat is removed from the oceans and stored in the atmosphere by the molecules of water vapor. When condensation occurs, this stored heat is released to the atmosphere to develop the mechanical energy of its motion. The atmosphere obtains nearly half of its energy for circulation from the condensation of evaporated ocean water.

Because the oceans have an extremely high thermal capacity when compared to the atmosphere, the ocean temperatures fluctuate seasonally much less than the atmospheric temperature. For the same reason, when air blows over the water, its temperature tends to come to the temperature of the water rather than vice versa. Thus maritime climates are generally less variable than regions in the interiors of the continents.

The relationships are not simple. The pattern of atmospheric circulation largely determines the pattern of oceanic surface circulation, which in turn determines the location and amount of heat that is released to the atmosphere. Also, the pattern of atmospheric circulation determines in part the location of clouds, which influences the locations of heating of the ocean surface.

Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 The Futility of All Endeavor
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,
“Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”
3 What advantage does man have in all his work Which he does under the sun?
4 A generation goes and a generation comes,But the earth remains forever.
5 Also, the sun rises and the sun sets;And hastening to its place it rises there again.
6 Blowing toward the south,Then turning toward the north,The wind continues swirling along;And on its circular courses the wind returns.
7 All the rivers flow into the sea,Yet the sea is not full.
To the place where the rivers flow,There they flow again.
8 All things are wearisome;Man is not able to tell it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,Nor is the ear filled with hearing.
9 That which has been is that which will be,And that which has been done is that which will be done.So there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one might say,“See this, it is new”?
Already it has existed for ages Which were before us.
11 There is no remembrance of earlier things;And also of the later things which will occur,There will be for them no remembrance
Among those who will come later still.

Jan 22, 2013 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
moonhill wrote:

If you think your utility bills are high now, just wait until Obama shutters all the coal mines. Rates are going to skyrocket. Get ready for brown outs and black outs when we don’t have enough fuel for electricity.

Jan 22, 2013 5:54pm EST  --  Report as abuse
boonteetan wrote:

Strong in speech, weak in action. Somewhere along the line, he will have to eat his words again — a talking politician whose decisions have been (and will be) restrained and humbled by the Congress, the very rich, and the powerful lobbyists. Wish him luck. (btt1943, vzc1943)

Jan 23, 2013 2:49am EST  --  Report as abuse
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