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Should Obama Put Global Warming at the Top of His List?

President Obama has his hands full with the economy, Iraq, Afghanistan, and healthcare reform. Now, Denmark is piling a task on his to-do list. The Scandinavian country's minister for climate and energy said Obama must push through laws fighting global warming ASAP. If Congress manages to pass, say, a cap-and-trade law, the US would set a powerful example for developing countries.

International leaders will meet in Copenhagen this December with the intention of creating an alternative to the Kyoto agreement, a treaty George W. Bush refused to sign. Everybody's looking to Obama to signal that he will take on global warming, unlike his predecessor.

Would you like to see comprehensive environmental legislation passed by the end of the year?


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flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
ummm i feel strongly that reporters disappearing because they disagree with the government or future generations being caught the homeless/welfare cycle is far more important to our immediate future. environment pollution is definitely an issue but we are in the biggest economic downturn in 25 years plus we are in a war, how many crisises need to happen before people realize that the "global warming crisis" isnt really a crisis at all?
Witchy-Ways Witchy-Ways 8 years
Personally, I think it's something that cannot wait in any country and should have been done already. It's too late already and once you're done solving the economic crisis, there's probably always something more important for people than saving the planet for future generation. it's just annoying that just like saving money, people don't care for things that don't bring them immediate profit or benefits...
flutterpie flutterpie 8 years
Oh my goodness, im as anti-pollution as the next good democrat, but really? first hillary decides that climate change takes precedence over human rights in china and now denmark wants us to set aside our woes over global warming. lets get people some jobs first and then have enviroment discussion
jackiered jackiered 8 years
Undave very well articulated! We don't have money to throw around without real proof. and :fogey: it is the "economy stupid"
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
oops wrong Democrat president
Grandpa Grandpa 8 years
Hey, it is the economy stupid.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Let's prove that it exists and is man made before we commit valuable resources to this.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
Top of the list– no, but it should be on there somewhere
jackiered jackiered 8 years
Carrie Sue, not that far north - DC area but it has been ridiculous-very very cold.
piper23 piper23 8 years
This, like his proposal to socialize healthcare, should wait until our economy is more stable - Which should be some time after my great grandchildren are born.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
I am much more concerned with the state of the economy and the wars.
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
Pretty far north, are you?
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
me 2 pam! ;)
jackiered jackiered 8 years
agree Carrie Sue. Plus, in my part of the world we are praying for a little warming!!!
Carrie-Sue Carrie-Sue 8 years
"Should Obama Put Global Warming at the Top of His List?" No. I don't think it should be on his "list" at all.
organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
I wonder why the word tax never appears in this article.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
No, it's not a "top of the list" item right now. I like floppy's idea of more planning and resources going towards solar, wind and tide energy.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
Passed by the end of the year? Yes. Top of the list right now at the expense of everything else? Maybe not. But what's refreshing for me about Obama's approach is that he sees the economy, national security, the environment and healthcare as all interrelated and rather than address things one at a time, he seems like he's looking for more integrated solutions to all of these things.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
"Everybody's looking to Obama to signal that he will take on global warming, unlike his predecessor" COMPLETELY false statment on CS's part.
floppyfish1986 floppyfish1986 8 years
I'd like to see some major planning and resources go towards solar, wind and tide energy. Its crazy we're still using oil when there's endless energy available for everyone and I believe its clean energy.
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