Last night President Obama covered a number of environmental topics, and while rhetoric only goes so far, he was more progressive than he has been in recent years.
Here are WMEAC’s Top 5 Moments:
1. The debate is settled. Climate change is a fact.
2. Every four minutes, another American home or business goes solar; every panel pounded into place by a worker whose job can’t be outsourced.
3. Continue that progress with a smarter tax policy that stops giving $4 billion a year to fossil fuel industries that don’t need it, so that we can invest more in fuels of the future that do.
4. Over the past eight years, the United States has reduced our total carbon pollution more than any other nation on Earth.
5. I directed my administration to work with states, utilities, and others to set new standards on the amount of carbon pollution our power plants are allowed to dump into the air.
In contrast, here are some of our least favorite moments in his State of the Union, and why.
WMEAC’s Least Favorite Moments
1) The all-of-the-above energy strategy I announced a few years ago is working.
– While CO2 emissions from burning natural gas are less than that from burning coal, it is still a hotly debated topic on whether or not the whole natural gas production regime is significantly more climate friendly.
Also, the longer we rely on these dirty forms of energy, it is time and money we are not using to focus on clean energy and energy efficiency. The all of the above strategy, hurts clean energy.
2) If extracted safely, (natural gas is) the bridge fuel that can power our economy with less of the carbon pollution that causes climate change.
– Define safely… whether or not fracking pollutes ground water (which it does), or causes earthquakes (which it has), at the end of the day it still uses unsustainable amounts of water and chemicals.
Fracking a well once uses up to 21 million gallons. That’s 1 day of GR water use. Beyond that, even when a well works correctly, it still puts hundreds of toxic chemicals into the ground.
So while in all it was a great speech, we have a ways to go.
What were your favorite parts of the speech and what parts didn’t add up to you?