In a blistering essay in the new issue of Rolling Stone, the Hon. Al Gore takes President Obama to task for failing to push for “bold action” on climate change, and the news media for letting right-wing ideologues and major polluters get away with lying about it. From the piece:
President Obama has thus far failed to use the bully pulpit to make the case for bold action on climate change. After successfully passing his green stimulus package, he did nothing to defend it when Congress decimated its funding. After the House passed cap and trade, he did little to make passage in the Senate a priority. Senate advocates — including one Republican — felt abandoned when the president made concessions to oil and coal companies without asking for anything in return. He has also called for a massive expansion of oil drilling in the United States, apparently in an effort to defuse criticism from those who argue speciously that “drill, baby, drill” is the answer to our growing dependence on foreign oil.
Read the essay in full here.