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Obama State of the Union 2012 + Energy + Climate Change

by on January 25, 2012

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“Obama is faced with a difficult problem, and he’s gambling on how best to solve it.  He won’t make any progress going head on.”  The SOTU and Climate

Related

Whitehouse “Energy + Climate Change” progress http://www.whitehouse.gov/energy/climate-change

Watch full speech: 2012 State Of The Union Address (enhanced ver. + slides) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zgfi7wnGZlE

Obama Climate Change Promise (2009)

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6 Comments
  1. Martin Lack permalink

    Very encouraging to hear Obama say all these things, all of which featured in the Green New Deal (named in honour of Franklyn D. Roosevelt) put forward by the Green Party in the UK. It would be fantastic if Congress will co-operate. What chance is there of that happening?

    • I think the chances are very slim 🙂 The US congress enjoys around 5% approval ratings. That is why Obama has to sign executive orders, to shortcut the frauds.

      • Martin Lack permalink

        Ignoring the “lyn” in Franklin above, you have now reached the limit of my knowledge of US politics/history: What do you mean by 5% approval ratings?

  2. Have a look..this is a historic low.

    Congress Approval Ratings at 5%
    https://www.google.com/search?q=5%25+approval+ratings+congress

    • Martin Lack permalink

      OK so the phrase “approval ratings” has the same meaning on both sides of the Atlantic. Sorry for being so dim; I just did not see the connection with the need for the President to sign Executive Orders. Isn’t he like HM The Queen – in that he has to sign everything into Law?

      • The thing is that everything progressive from the Obama administration is voted down. And that the congress has become corrupted with lobbying money (see current first post)

        Congress has authority over financial and budgetary matters, through the enumerated power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States. There is vast authority over budgets, although analyst Eric Patashnik suggests that much of Congress’s power to manage the budget has been lost when the entitlement state expanded since “entitlements were institutionally detached from Congress’s ordinary legislative routine and rhythm.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powers_of_the_United_States_Congress

        Congress Won’t Recess To Block Obama Appointments http://www.npr.org/2011/12/09/143458518/congress-wont-recess-to-block-obama-appointments

        Bypassing Congress, Obama will appoint three to NLRB http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jan/04/news/la-pn-obama-nlrb-recess-appointments-20120104

        The republican dominated congress is penalizing Obama for a situation Bush created

        Since Mr. Obama took office, the debt has shot up 43 percent, to the current level of $15.2 trillion, as the government has borrowed record sums to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the continuation of tax cuts adopted under President George W. Bush and economic stimulus measures enacted in 2009. http://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/19/us/politics/house-votes-to-block-obama-on-borrowing.html

        The most anti-environment Congress ever?

        Analysis by Democrats shows the Republican-dominated Congress has voted 125 times on measures that undermine environmental laws and the powers of the EPA
        http://www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2011/sep/13/anti-environment-congress-ever

        There are somewhere more statistics and uhm rightnow i do not know about the differences between the UK and USA law making system (im working atm on a new project site, check it out http://climateprogress.net )

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