DNC Roundup: Obama Talks Energy, Conservation; Feinstein Proposes Gun Control

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?

6 Responses
  • gary herman

    I’m all for the second Amendent rights, That’s how we the people got to were we are at. I’ sure that you have heard the old saying before, guns don’t kill people, people kill people. I have owned firearms for over 50 years and I have yet to kill anyone. As it is we have too many gun laws, enforce the ones you have and quite making new ones just because you can. GET RID OF THE OBAMA’S AND THE FEINSTEINS & the other do gooder’s that forgot how we had to fight the British to get our freedom and oh yes, let’s not forget about what Hilter did to the Jews. He took the guns and then took there lives. Take the guns and the other amendments then our freedom is gone and all that have died defending it will be for nothing. For those of you who are elected to serve the people then serve them well and not your own agenda. Remember the people, for without the people this Country will be in harms way.

    • Z57

      Elloquent words for a man on a mission. I agree.. HItler did the same. And Obamas move to socialism is eveident. Lets not forget Hillary Clinton… Both Her and Obama are hsaking hands with 3rd world leaders to give the UN powers over the 2nd Amendment… Obama flips so much you would think he is a carp… Persoanlly I think he is the Manchurian Candidate, A muslim thats repressents himself as a chirstian. Let us not forget he talked about how he wants U.S. Gas Prices to be at 10.00 a gallon…. I had to spill,, share the knowledlge… And vote for whoever is a Republican. I cannot stand watching this country split by Liberal nonsense.

  • warren

    Most in DC would not know an assault rifle from a salt shaker. The media loves to use that term and they are less informed then those who in congress who would love to see the 2nd Amendment abolished. It is best we remember that truism, “It is not about guns, it is about freedom”

  • jeepers creepers

    Dianne Frankenstein is at it again and brain dead like always. I looked down the list of approved handguns for California. All Glocks. I would like to see a Glock lover stop a charging 500 pound bear with his 40 caliber before the bear gets him. All hunting handguns were Banned. California Must own Glock or a huge amount of it’s stock. Bottom line is any Glock is an Assualt weapon it was only made to kill people.

  • Bear Down

    Do you have eyes and ears? Have you seen or heard the President ever at any time mention gun control? Ever? No he has not. Don’t allow fear to dictate how you vote

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