|November 2011 350.org White House climate protest|
In his second inaugural address Monday, Obama said:
We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires, and crippling drought, and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition; we must lead it. We cannot cede to other nations the technology that will power new jobs and new industries - we must claim its promise. That is how we will maintain our economic vitality and our national treasure - our forests and waterways; our croplands and snowcapped peaks. That is how we will preserve our planet.Fancy words. Words that are meaningless without meaningful action. Many of us are watching to see if Obama acts on the looming nuclear waste storage crisis (crisis is far too mild a word!), ocean acidification, the threats to infrastructure from rising oceans, bays and inlets, and the rapid depletion of biomass from our oceans.
350.org is teaming together with The Sierra Club, in what will mark the first public demonstration involving the National Sierra Club organization in its history, to put pressure on Obama:
When: February 17th, at 12 Noon
Where: The National Mall, Washington D.C.
Who: 350.org, The Sierra Club and the Hip-Hop Caucus
Why: To tell Barack Obama it's time to lead in the fight against climate change, beginning with the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline.
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Just over a year ago, 15,000 people surrounded the White House -- and President Obama listened, delaying the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline. This is our best chance to show the President how strong this movement has become since then -- sign up today.The organizers are hoping that this demonstration will be the biggest protest outside the White House in U.S. history. Good for them.
I doubt it will have any impact on Obama's policies. Obama didn't delay the Keystone XL decision out of concern for the environment. He delayed it to reign in votes in the 2012 election from the left. He will make his second-term decisions on the environment with as much concern for justice as he did in the prosecution of Wall Street banksters in his first term.
Here's a video put together by the event organizers: