What ‘global warming’? Who said ‘climate change’? The enviro Left is grumbling that the greatest threat facing mankind, which became the greatest environmental threat, then was demoted to one of the greatest environmental challenges, didn’t warrant an express mention last night. Possibly this was due to last year’s embarrassment (see here, chuckle), and the continuing rough patch their case has hit.
In response, Politico’s Morning Energy writes:
MISSING IN ACTION – In his previous two major speeches to Congress, Obama hyped the pressing need to address “global climate change.” Last night? Not so much. But Democrats, many of whom blasted George W. Bush when he left those words out of his speech, were quick to shrug off the absence.
“That’s alright,” John Kerry told reporters after the speech. “There’s a lot of work that has to be done to revalidate the science and the facts with respect to that. It would cloud the reality that we’re trying to deal with respect to energy. So I’m very sympathetic. I understand that completely. That is not where the country is. That’s not where the issue is right now. It has to be brought back there. And it will be, but that’s a different track on a different issue.”
Wha? I think that translated that meant ‘We’re not going to talk about that stuff’, sort of like when Kerry also said his cap-and-trade bill ‘is not a climate bill.’ Oh. Still, as a colleague of mine from the UK said, that’s the most inarticulate thing I’ve heard a politician say since John Prescott left office.