A big AWESOME and a lot of “about damn time, too”:
They say the White House has given encouraging signals to a proposal for Obama to use the broad-based and bipartisan summit to launch a national climate action strategy.
And it’s because of, well, the obvious: Sandy, drought — but also because of continuous political pressure by some of our great climate heroes:
Democrats in Congress are also moving more forcefully to keep climate change on the public radar. Barbara Boxer, who chairs the Senate environment and public works committee, said this month she was reviving efforts to pass climate change legislation, focused on strengthening coastal communities against future superstorms.
“People are coming up to me. They really want to get into this. I think Sandy changed a lot of minds,” Boxer told reporters, announcing the launch of a climate change caucus to push for legislation. “I think you’re going to see a lot of bills on climate change,” she said.
Meanwhile, Sheldon Whitehouse, a Rhode Island Democrat, committed to delivering weekly speeches on climate change from the Senate floor …
This would be most welcome. The deniers are simply no longer relevant to the factual discussion — even in the public at large. The most important thing now is a continuous, active full-court press by those folks who have been leaders on this issue. We’ve got to a.) activate our friends, b.) persuade the persuadables, and c.) neutralize (not destroy) the opposition.
We will win … not in time to avoid great suffering, but hopefully in time to stave off the worst.