“Haters gonna hate” no matter what they hate, including the Obama administration’s initiatives on climate change.
The Obama White House approach to climate change has been attacked as a Republican vs Democrat debate, pretty much going nowhere in the process. Obama was able to pass some landmark legislation reducing carbon dioxide emissions in the light vehicle fleet, but that’s only part of the whole carbon dioxide story. Obama is hoping to turn things around in his second term with a little less extreme climate change legislation.
Perhaps the problem was the strength of the execution, with talk of taxing carbon emissions and strict regulations that, either way, would be expensive to implement and maintain. Reducing carbon dioxide emissions to curb climate change is necessary, but the Obama administration is looking to take it down a notch and take out the carbon tax, which should make Republicans happy. Obama said in a speech, “Carbon emissions have come down, but we know we have to do more, and we will do more.”
Still, the issue of climate change remains a highly political debate. Heather Zichal, deputy assistant to the president for energy and climate change, said that something Obama is working on is to depoliticize the debate. While most Americans favor climate change regulations, the politicians that, *cough* represent them, have yet to get that message.
Zichal reflected on this when she said, “Washington needs to catch up to the rest of the nation on this issue. It’s time to turn this issue from a red state-blue state issue into an American issue.” Right now, Obama is focused on power plants, and in the next few weeks, we expect to see more announcements regarding the President’s plans for power plants, carbon dioxide reduction, and climate change.