Obama's Moon Shot: Try Climate Change
David Remnick: President has to rally the nation before it's too late
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2012 4:03 PM CST
A flock of geese fly past a smokestack in Kansas.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – Candidate Obama in 2008 talked about climate change, but President Obama largely ignored the issue. Now he has another chance, writes David Remnick at the New Yorker, provided he's willing to "step outside the day-to-day tumult of Washington politics and establish a sustained sense of urgency." America owes it to the world to take the lead given that it created much of the problem to begin with, and the window to get substantive fixes in place is closing.

"It will be a colossal task, enlisting science, engineering, technology, regulation, legislation, and persuasion," writes Remnick. Obama should start in his inaugural address from the Capitol. "It was there that John Kennedy initiated a race to the moon—meager stakes compared with the health of the planet we inhabit. " Read the full post here.

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Nov 15, 2012 2:52 AM CST
Oh dw,Climate change will be taken seriously after 1/4th of the world is sunk . Oh,and those long cold winters eat us up as well. No problem,at all,Oh and NO worries about those super Frankenstein Hurricanes,guys,there "Normal"
Nov 14, 2012 9:08 AM CST
In the last fours years he got Obama Care passed. Which was the brain child of other people. And in it's present form will bankrupt most small businesses and put millions back on the unemployment line. Just because people liked the idea of taxing the very rich and corporations does not mean it's going to be a reality. It got him re-elected, but that's the way he is. Say one thing, do another. They call it lip service.
Nov 14, 2012 6:24 AM CST
"It will be a colossal task" They left out subsities and raw cash..