In Berlin @BarackObama offers more global warming rhetoric (still no word on limiting CO2 from new - or old - power plants):
In the United States, we have recently doubled our renewable energy from clean sources like wind and solar power. We’re doubling fuel efficiency on our cars. Our dangerous carbon emissions have come down. But we know we have to do more — and we will do more. (Applause.)
With a global middle class consuming more energy every day, this must now be an effort of all nations, not just some. For the grim alternative affects all nations — more severe storms, more famine and floods, new waves of refugees, coastlines that vanish, oceans that rise. This is the future we must avert. This is the global threat of our time. And for the sake of future generations, our generation must move toward a global compact to confront a changing climate before it is too late. That is our job. That is our task. We have to get to work.
More at @earth_desk on Lisa Jackson’s faux “Richard Windsor” @EPA email identity. So much for transparency. Administration claim is this was to avoid in-box clutter. Pretty clearly an attempt at an end run around FOIA. More signs of Obama admin’s say-one-thing-do-another approach to openness.
Only science moment in #debate2012 via Obama: “There are some jobs that are not going to come back. Because they are low wage, low skill jobs. I want high wage, high skill jobs. That’s why we have to emphasize manufacturing. That’s why we have to invest in advanced manufacturing. That’s why we’ve got to make sure that we’ve got the best science and research in the world. And when we talk about deficits, if we’re adding to our deficit for tax cuts for folks who don’t need them, and we’re cutting investments in research and science that will create the next Apple, create the next new innovation that will sell products around the world, we will lose that race.” [Transcript via Washington Post]
In #debate2012, Biden seemed primed for reboot of Romney’s charge that Obama was wrong to spend $90 billion on “green energy” projects as part of the stimulus plan. When Ryan served up “green pork” (check the Twitter traffic around that phrase) Biden immediately challenged Ryan, citing letters from the congressman seeking some of that same pot of money for his constituents. Here’s coverage of the revelations about the letters from The Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe.
Ryan weakly responded that they were requests on behalf of constituents. So the people he represented supported and sought the stimulus spending and he helped them push for it. Sure sounds like he was for it?