Obama's recent speech on climate change has been applauded by many environmentalists, who are excited that he's finally walking his talk, finally taking real action to reduce carbon and emissions and protect the planet.
I'm not seeing that. I'm seeing that at least half a dozen times throughout his speech, he crows about America's increasing natural gas production, saying:
"We should strengthen our position as the top natural gas producer
because, in the medium term at least, it not only can provide safe,
cheap power, but it can also help reduce our carbon emissions."
He defends and applauds fracking, and calls for more of it. Fracking is a HUGE STEP BACKWARDS. As Josh Fox, the director of Gaslands puts it, fracking is not a "bridge," it's a gangplank. I can't take seriously any climate change plan that encourages such a destructive, dangerous, polluting practice. It almost makes Obama's speech as a whole irrelevant to me.