Obama Vows to End Global Warming “Denial”

“Delay no longer an option, denial no longer an acceptable response” -Barack Obama, on climate change, November 18, 2008, Govenor’s Global Climate Summit.

CHICAGO (AFP) – President-elect Barack Obama said Tuesday his administration would brook no further delay in tackling climate change after discussing global warming with former vice president Al Gore.

Sitting between Gore and his vice president-elect Joseph Biden following the hour-long meeting, Obama told reporters: “All three of us are in agreement that the time for delay is over.The time for denial is over.

“We all believe what the scientists have been telling us for years now, that this is a matter of urgency and national security, and it has to be dealt with in a serious way. That is what I intend my administration to do,” he said.

Since his defeat in the 2000 presidential election, Gore has been awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his relentless efforts to combat climate change and starred in an Oscar-winning documentary called “An Inconvenient Truth.”

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Bush and his petro pals have managed to politicize and pooh-pooh the global warming crisis despite scientific conclusions to the contrary.  Now that science methods and scientists are making a come back under the new Obama administration, there will no doubt be a lot of confusion about global warming by the 28%’ers (Bush-backing, anti-environmental fringe base).  But scientific fact cannot be prayed away and it cannot be legislated away any longer.
In fact, some believe that Science will pave the way for climate lawsuits.  One Oxford scientist poses that Oil giants could soon face lawsuits over the climate volatility influenced by their products.
There may also be grounds for a case on the basis that firms have tried to misinform the public – as in US cases against tobacco firms – about the effects of their business.

Owen Lomas, head of environmental law at City firm Allen & Overy, said: “If you look at the extent to which certain major companies in the US are accused of having funded disinformation to cast doubt on the link between man-made emissions and global warming, that could open the way to litigation.”


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