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Chasing Rabbits: Climate Change

I hope the Republicans in Washington are paying attention. Barack Obama is about to throw them a curveball, and they need not fumble it but rather stay focused on the issues that truly matter.

Tomorrow Obama will delivery a speech on … climate change! Yes, with all of the scandals swirling around his administration, Obama has decided to focus on an issue that Americans could care less about. That's not my interpretation, that's a fact based on recent polling from the Pew Research Center: Out of the 21 issues listed in the survey, climate change/global warming ranked dead last on its list of priorities for the president and Congress.

If you go to the White House's website, the very first thing you will see (at least at this time) is; “Take Action on Climate Change: President Obama is taking action on one of the biggest challenges we face. Watch his message, then help to spread the news.” Then you can hear Obama address the nation on the issue.

In a speech tomorrow at Georgetown University, Obama will announce plans to regulate greenhouse gas emissions. Obama says he will lay out “a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it.” Keep in mind that this is the same man who told the San Francisco Chronicle in 2008 that people could build a coal-powered plant but “it's just that it will bankrupt them because they're going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that's being emitted.” Well I guess he's trying to keep at least one promise made before the election.

By the way, Obama just sent Secretary of State John Kerry to India to discuss climate change.

In other words, the campaign for climate change is in full-force. Why? Why climate change and why now? This is nothing more than another attempt for us to chase rabbits. It's an attempt to distract low-information voters and also an attempt to throw Republicans off their game and break from their message. That assumes that the Republicans HAVE a message though …







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