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November 18, 2008

Gale-Force Winds of Change
Holy Toledo. Obama just released this video of a "surprise" speech to be delivered to the bipartisan Governors Global Climate Summit being held today in Los Angeles.



Says Obama, "my presidency will mark a new chapter in America's leadership on climate change." Of course, given the embarrassment of the last eight years, even acknowledging that climate change is a problem represents a whole new volume, much a less a new chapter. He goes on to lay out his climate change strategy. It will include:
  1. a federal cap and trade system to reduce emissions to their 1990 levels by 2020 and then an additional 80% by 2050
  2. investing $15 billion annually in clean energy including solar, wind, and next generation biofuels
  3. "tap" nuclear power safely and develop clean coal technology
He sums up by declaring that, "delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response. The stakes are too high. The consequences too serious."

Well, isn't that something.

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