A prominent portion of President Obama’s speech last night at the Democratic National Convention (DNC) outlined his energy and conservation policies. To the delight of the partisan crowd, he used the opportunity to mock Mitt Romney’s skepticism regarding climate change.
“More droughts and floods and wildfires are not a joke. They’re a threat to our children’s future. And in this election, you can do something about it,” the president said in his opening remarks. “My plan will continue to reduce the carbon pollution that is heating our planet. Because climate change is not a hoax.”
Obama’s words are seen as a direct counter to Romney’s speech last week to the Republican National Convention, in which he joked that Obama “has promised to slow the rise of the oceans.” Climate change skeptics loved the jab. Environmentalists were not as pleased.
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Obama also echoed earlier statements from DNC speakers regarding the democrats’ “all-of-the-above” energy stance. He announced plans to increase natural gas and domestic oil exploration; further invest in wind, solar and other alternative energies; cut vehicle carbon emissions; and boost America’s energy independence while cutting pollution.
“After 30 years of inaction, we raised fuel standards so that by the middle of the next decade, cars and trucks will go twice as far on a gallon of gas,” the president said. “We have doubled our use of renewable energy, and thousands of Americans have jobs today building wind turbines and long-lasting batteries. In the last year alone, we cut oil imports by 1 million barrels a day, more than any administration in recent history. And today the United States of America is less dependent on foreign oil than at any time in the last two decades.”
Obama also promised to protect the environment from oil interests; specifically, he denounced offshore drilling.
“We’ve opened millions of new acres for oil and gas exploration in the last three years, and we’ll open more,” he said. “But unlike my opponent, I will not let oil companies write this country’s energy plan or endanger our coastlines.”
In other news from the DNC, that good ol’ pillar of gun control Dianne Feinstein is back up to her old tricks. While delivering the keynote speech to the California delegates, she promised to reintroduce “an updated assault weapons ban.”
“Weapons of war do not belong on our streets, in our classrooms, in our schools or in our movie theaters,” Feinstein said.
Indeed, The 2012 Democratic Party Platform adopted by the DNC essentially says, “We support the right to bear arms, buuuut … .” Here’s the language:
We recognize that the individual right to bear arms is an important part of the American tradition, and we will preserve Americans’ Second Amendment right to own and use firearms.
We believe that the right to own firearms is subject to reasonable regulation.
We understand the terrible consequences of gun violence; it serves as a reminder that life is fragile, and our time here is limited and precious.
We believe in an honest, open national conversation about firearms. We can focus on effective enforcement of existing laws, especially strengthening our background check system, and we can work together to enact commonsense improvements—like reinstating the assault weapons ban and closing the gun show loophole—so that guns do not fall into the hands of those irresponsible, law-breaking few.
Did you watch the conventions? Who had the strongest message regarding sportsmen’s issues?