How can we let Pakistan beat us to the logical approach to dealing with climate change mitigation and adaptation?
Seriously, how can we be so backwards?
The Society for Conservation Biology, the Society for Ecological Restoration, the American Fisheries Society, Wildlife Society, the American Meteorological Society and the Ecological Society of America have sent a joint letter to President Obama asking him “to convene a “national summit” on climate change to identify effective federal policies as well as state and local government actions.”
>Climate change adaptation plans and strategies developed by bureaus will articulate and prioritize vulnerabilities particular to their mission and operations. To frame the high-level Guiding Principles and actions in this plan, a broad overview of the Department’s vulnerabilities to climate change follows.<
Glad to see the Department of the Interior (DOI) engaging in strategic planning. We need a higher level planning effort to coordinate all of our nations efforts if we wish to effectively mobilize to avert the worst effects of climate change. We don’t have a lot of time to do this.
The following link provides access to the DOI 2012 Strategic Sustainability performance Plan.
I just made another comment on the White House Comment and Questions page. I am not pleased with Mr. Obama’s non-responsive communications.
After several months you have started responding to numerous communications regarding the need to implement an effective climate change policy and planning framework. The responses have nothing to do, NOTHING, with the subject matter I brought up. I am very disappointing by this lack of responsiveness.
How should I interpret this? Apparently you don’t respect those of us who contact you enough to even respond to what we are asking or commenting on. I strongly supported your reelection and I expect your administration to at least make a sincere effort to read and respond to our comments. I await a real response.
BTW I am documenting your FAILURE to provide adequate responses on Facebook and other social media.
Philip M. Bunch<
We will want to keep an eye on this as it may be a useful part of an overarching climate change policy. I am withholding judgement until it is released but am pleased to see a broad planning and policy document being proposed.
>Murkowski, the ranking member of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, said she has consulted the committee’s GOP members for the document. She will not present it in legislative language, saying the plan is a “foundation” with items that lawmakers could cherry-pick for individual bills.
“It’s time to get this out, it’s time for the discussion to begin,” Murkowski said in a pen-and-pad briefing with reporters. “It’s pretty much the full meal deal.”<
I was pleasantly surprised yesterday when Mr. Obama gave action on climate change a prominent place in his inaugural address. He said:
“We, the people, still believe that our obligations as Americans are not just to ourselves, but to all posterity. We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries – we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure – our forests and waterways; our croplands and snow-capped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet, commanded to our care by God. That’s what will lend meaning to the creed our fathers once declared.”
It is up to us to provide the encouragement and support he will need during the battles which are sure to come with a recalcitrant, backwards congress. Please communicate with him frequently about these issues and emphasis the need for good planning and a vigorous policy framework.
It looks like he will have to use executive orders until 2014 when we can replace the congressional deniers and laggards. We must however pressure congress relentlessly and force them to give ground where ever possible. On the right hand side of this page you will find links to contact the President, your Senators and House Representatives. Use them early in the fight, use them often and use them until we win.
In an open letter to President Obama the Massachusetts Institute of Technology strongly advises implementation of a climate change strategy.
“Amid the crises and battles, both predictable and unforeseeable, that you will face over the next four years, one problem will stand out both for the economic and social dangers it poses and for the difficulty and cost of solving it. Whether you can develop a practical and sustainable strategy to address climate change—specifically, to begin lowering carbon dioxide emissions—will define the success of your new term as president.” The editors of MIT Technology Review
It is becoming clear that we have failed to plan our campaign against global warming. Our lack of planning and failure to carry out a policy framework have led to the dire warnings we are now seeing on nearly a daily basis.
“You have the power and the opportunity to lay the groundwork for a new clean-energy policy that will help us avoid the worst consequences of climate change. It is quite possible that if this is not done over the next four years, it will be too late.” The editors of MIT Technology Review
Please read the entire letter. It is a cogent and timely encouragement. It clearly spells out the challenges. We are big enough and fully capable of meeting them once we know where we are going and how we plan to get there. It is important to write the President and support his efforts.