President Barack Obama wove refences about the environment throughout his inaugural address. Lester Graham reports that approach differs from the typical political view of the issue:
President Barack Obama wove references about the environment throughout his inaugural address. Lester Graham reports that approach differs from the typical political view of the issue:
During the inaugural address, President Obama indicated the environment is not an issue, it’s part of all issues.
For example, when he addressed the world, he talked about wealthy nations’ consuming natural resources at a cost to poor nations. He seemed to make reversing global warming as urgent as preventing nuclear winter.
“We will work tirelessly to lessen the nuclear threat, and roll back the specter of a warming planet.”
And talking about the economy, Mr. Obama talked about new energy.
“We will harness the sun and the wind and the soil to fuel our cars and run our factories.”
Wayne Fields is an expert on presidential speeches at Washington University. He says Obama doesn’t separate the issues.
“All these are bound together and we take them on all at once.”
He says Obama didn’t compartmentalize issues such as foreign oil and terrorism, or climate change and the economy.
For The Environment Report, I’m Lester Graham.