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Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story 350.org leader Bill McKibben is a great communicator. His latest commentary, published in Rolling Stone, makes some excellent points, yet earns a place on our Wall of Shame today. In this commentary, McKibben laments: “By the time Obama leaves office, the U.S. will pass Saudi Arabia as the planet's biggest oil producer and Russia as the world's biggest producer of oil and gas combined. In the same years, even as we've begun to burn less coal at home, our coal exports have climbed to record highs. We are, despite slight declines in our domestic emissions, a global-warming machine: At the moment...
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Obama's Cruel Advice This story was voted the top felony this week.                                                         The Washington Times's opinion piece on Obama's African developmental policy is riddled with illogical assumptions. Sadly, these assumptions boil down to a way of thinking in developed areas that is unquestioned within the mainstream.  The article speaks of how "Mr. Obama’s power base on the left will only embrace inefficient, pre-industrial power sources", windmills, for example, while neglecting power plants. The anonymous author makes Obama...
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A Better Bargain for the Middle Class U.S. President Barack Obama makes his second appearance on our Wall of Shame, this time for his remarks Wednesday about the U.S. economy. He is joined by the reporters and commentators who covered the speech. Why? They are all clinging to outdated assumptions and failing to open their eyes to a changing world. Find video of the speech here, and a transcript here. President Obama could not have been more correct when he said: “…the choices that we, the people, make right now will determine whether or not every American has a fighting chance in the 21st century.  And it will...
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Obama on Climate Change - Head in Sand on Limits to Growth VOTED THE MOST FELONIOUS OFFENSE OF THE WEEK                                    "We’ve got to look after our children, we have to look after our future, and we have to grow the economy and create jobs. We can do all of that….”  These were the words of U.S. President Barack Obama yesterday in a widely publicized speech announcing his administration’s plans to (finally) take climate change seriously. As I suspected, the unexamined assumptions about the desirability and possibility of perpetual economic growth were present. Pursuit of economic...
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Congress Should Take Action to Continue Growing the Economy In his weekly address, U.S. President Barack Obama assumes a growing economy is good, a noble goal universally shared. He describes the U.S. housing market as “strong,” with more housing sales, construction expanding, and home prices rising. He fails to acknowledge more housing construction means more extraction of natural resources and less habitat for other species. The President celebrates the fact Americans are “buying more cars than we have in 5 years.” Again, no acknowledgement of the unsustainable rate of resource extraction and energy consumption required. Several times Obama clearly announces his objective of economic growth, and here he conflates...
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