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Great expectations: A dozen views of Obama’s second term

Dan Farber, professor of law | December 18, 2012

As we approach inauguration day next month, I thought it would be interesting to pull together the advice that people are giving him about his second term.

Here are some links if you’re interested in what people are hoping for (or in some cases, dreading):

  • From the N.Y. Times, the views of Carol Browner (advocating more use of natural gas and a federal-state partnership to regulate fracking) and Christine Todd Whitman (climate change should be front and center).
  • What EcoNews recommends (a stronger stance against fossil fuels).
  • ThinkProgress‘s views (three steps on climate change, including action against non-CO2 greenhouse gases).
  • Here’s what Mother Jones hopes for (positive action on eight important pending regulations).
  • And Rolling Stone (including new weather satellites and  funding for geoengineering research).
  • The American Enterprise Institute predicts disastrous overregulation.
  • Grist focuses on food systems.
  • The NRDC has an ambitious suggestion on how Obama could use the Clean Air Act to limit carbon from existing sources.
  • The Executive Director of the Sierra Club wants more solar and wind, less oil, and more use of the Antiquities Act to protect public lands.
  • Eric Pooley of EDF wants Obama to pursue a business-friendly plan to reduce climate change.
  • Cato calls on Obama to “rethink his failing energy policy for one premised on free markets, consumer sovereignty and deficit-reduction.”
  • Greenpeace, on the other hand, is “cautiously hopeful that in his second term he will use more of his political capital to advance the climate change agenda at home, but also globally.”

Cross-posted from the environmental law and policy blog Legal Planet.


Comment to “Great expectations: A dozen views of Obama’s second term

  1. One thing the reelection of President Obama appears to have proven is that we may be evolving once again in a positive direction, into the new age of social networking where everyone can participate in electing leaders who truly represent the needs of younger generations so they can control their own future for the first time in history, and out of the era where the power of money has controlled men’s minds by spreading fear and hate using old media that they can control to maximize the power and wealth of the super-PAC oligarchs regardless of how destructive the consequences they create that severely damage the long term future quality of life for all generations like they have throughout history.

    Destructive climate change prevention, poverty elimination and creation of economic opportunities for all must be at the top of the list, if younger generations continue to choose to control their own destiny beyond the 2012 election. It’s time to restore control of our government by all of We The People, and end control of our future by special interests focused on maximizing greed and Us/Them dichotomies.

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