Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Gore's Criticism of Obama On Climate Change Unjustified

The Clinton/Gore administration DID NOT LEAD on climate change when they had the opportunity to do so.  Maybe Al Gore, right, was aggressive behind closed doors with Clinton on climate change when they were in office, but it sure did not translate into any sort of public policy push.  In fact, Clinton never sent the Kyoto Protocol treaty to the Senate for a vote and environmentalists had to push like hell just to get Gore to agree to finally attend the Kyoto meeting. 

Some background:
On July 25, 1997, John Kerry and Ted Kennedy, along with 93 other senators (with five senators not voting and none voting in opposition) adopted a resolution stating that ‘the United States should not be a signatory to any protocol to, or other agreement regarding, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change of 1992, at negotiations in Kyoto.’ The Kyoto Resolution vote was 95 to 0 against sign such a treaty.
President Obama pushed Congress as hard as he could to pass a climate change bill.  He even threatened to regulation CO2 at EPA if they failed.  They failed and President Obama is regulating CO2 at EPA.  Even President Bush addressed global warming in his Clear Skies Iniatiative proposal.

Al Gore has been second to none in promoting climate change mitigation since he left office.  But his criticism of President Obama's climate change work is inaccurate and unjustified. (Image courtesy WSJ)

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