Obama team kicks off climate change push

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President Obama’s allies at Organizing for Action kicked off their campaign for climate change legislation with a video attacking “climate deniers” such as Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, for being on the opposite side of the issue.

“In 2011, there were 240 members of Congress who voted to say that climate change is a hoax,” OFA executive director Jon Carson reminded liberal activists in an email this morning. Most of them are still around today, and they’re getting away with it — some of them are actually proud of it. They think the whole debate is pretty funny. If we want to make progress on climate change, we need everyone in Congress on board for a solution.”

One frame in the video says that Republicans “deny the overwhelming science that climate change is real,” although some of the featured lawmakers — such as Rubio, whose comments bookend that charge — agrees that climate change is taking place but suggests that it’s not man-made.

“It’s our job to show them there’s a price to pay for being a climate denier,” Carson writes, perhaps indicating that the group hopes to make this issue a factor in the 2014 elections.

The video ends with footage from Obama’s 2013 State of the Union speech. “We can choose to believe that Superstorm Sandy, and the most severe drought in decades, and the worst wildfires some states have ever seen were all just a freak coincidence,” he said.  “Or we can choose to believe in the overwhelming judgment of science — and act before it’s too late.”

Carson and the OFA video don’t mention the policy agenda Obama offered in that speech — cap-and-trade, along with “executive actions we can take, now and in the future, to reduce pollution, prepare our communities for the consequences of climate change, and speed the transition to more sustainable sources of energy.”

There’s still time for that. “Get ready — more on this coming soon,” Carson writes.


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