In the wake of the destructive Hurricane Sandy, Al Gore is asking President Obama to incorporate the issue of climate change into his upcoming negotiations with Republicans. If given the opportunity, the GOP will ignore climate change (and make jokes about it, as they did even after Hurricane Sandy) but with the fiscal cliff discussions, there will be no choice but to listen.
Obama has not had a great record negotiating with Republicans though perhaps now that he’s won again, he might be more forceful. Let’s hope so because this problem of ignoring the climate can’t continue.
The vice-president’s intervention for a carbon tax could give critical support to an idea that has gained currency since the election – at least among Washington thinktanks. The conservative American Enterprise Institute held an all-day seminar on the carbon tax on Tuesday.”I think all who look at these circumstances should agree that president Obama does have a mandate, should he choose to use it, to act boldly to solve the climate crisis, to begin solving it,” Gore told the Guardian in a telephone interview.
“He has the mandate. He has the opportunity, and he has the inherent ability to provide the leadership needed. I really hope that he will, and I will respectfully ask him to do exactly that.”