I awoke to the news that Barack Obama has been re-elected as president of the U.S. In his victory speech he finally said something relevant to the climate debate:
From his 2008 speech
For even as we celebrate tonight, we know the challenges that tomorrow will bring are the greatest of our lifetime — two wars, a planet in peril, the worst financial crisis in a century.
There’s new energy to harness, new jobs to be created, new schools to build, and threats to meet, alliances to repair.
And from today’s speech:
We want our children to live in an America that isn’t burdened by debt, that isn’t weakened by inequality, that isn’t threatened by the destructive power of a warming planet
What might this ‘unexpected extra’ signal in terms of policy decisions and implementation? Or is it empty rhetoric providing a fig leaf to cover inactivity in the climate policy arena?
Place bets now!