The test of President Obama’s seriousness about addressing climate change is not his pending decision on the much-debated Keystone XL pipeline. It’s whether he effectively consigns coal-fired power plants—one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions—to the ashcan of history.
Organizers of Sunday’s “Forward on Climate” rally and march claim the estimated 35,000 activists who descended on Washington, D.C., to demand the Obama administration take action on the critical issue of global warming constitute the largest turnout ever for a climate rally.
In the near future, President Obama is expected to give construction on the Keystone XL pipeline a definitive thumbs up or thumbs down. The decision he makes could determine the fate of the Canadian tar-sands industry and, with it, the future well-being of the planet. If that sounds overly dramatic, let me explain.
It turns out that Susan Rice, President Obama’s apparent favorite for the next secretary of state, has financial investments in more than a dozen Canadian oil companies and banks that stand to profit from the growth of the North American tar sands industry and the operation of the proposed multibillion-dollar Keystone XL pipeline.
There is no debate on climate change in Germany, where architects of the clean energy movement estimate that from 80 percent to 100 percent of the country’s electricity will come from renewable sources by 2050.
Media Matters turned its bias detectors on the corporate media’s coverage of the Keystone XL pipeline, a proposed $7 billion Canada-to-Texas oil way that the Obama administration put on hold last week. The analysis found that in all mediums, pipeline supporters got more talk time than their opponents, and counted the ways reporters parroted industry’s talking points.